But the townie couple insist the fight is not over. They're going to appeal. Ding, ding! Case dismissed! Again!
OIL rig workers found a dog swimming round a drilling platform – 220km off the coast of Thailand. The brown aspin – a local breed – was exhausted but swam to them when they called him.
The puzzle is how he got there. Speculation is that he must have fallen overboard from a vessel, possibly a fishing trawler, according to Sky News.
After a couple of days Boonrod – the Thai word for "survivor" – was sent to shore with a fuel tanker, and a vet pronounced him to be in good shape.
Boonrod has so far not signed on with another trawler.
SNOW White is returning from town to the cottage in the forest where she lives with the Seven Dwarves. In the distance she sees smoke, then as she gets nearer she realises her cottage has burnt down.
Frantically she searches the forest for any sign of the dwarves, then she hears a lone voice chanting: "Scotland for the World Cup! Scotland for the World Cup!"
Snow White gives a gasp of relief. At least Dopey's safe.
It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young.