• (Photo credit: Facebook / BBC Radio Solent)(Photo credit: Facebook / BBC Radio Solent)

    A local BBC radio station recently got an emotional phone call from one of their listeners who was “upset, lonely and missing his wife.”

    What happened next will warm your heart.

    During Alex Dyke’s mid-morning show, Bill Palmer called the BBC Radio Solent to share his heartbreaking story, Mirror reports.

    “He called up to say he was lonely and missed [his wife],” producer Chris Hitchings told BuzzFeed News. “I don’t think he had anyone else to talk to.”

    After hearing his story, Dyke invited the 95-year-old to come in to the station for a cup of coffee,to which Palmer happily obliged. Bu Palmer didn’t show up just drink his free coffee, he instantly “became the star of the show,” BuzzFeed News reports.

    When Palmer arrived at the studio using the taxi ordered by the radio team, he was given a guest spot on air, Mirror reports. Palmer received several phone calls from regular listeners who wanted to speak with him. Watch Palmer become the star of the show in the video below.


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  • Chicago's 'L-Train' was transformed into a mobile library.Chicago's 'L-Train' was transformed into a mobile library.

    In Chicago, the ‘L’ Train could very well stand for ‘library.’

    That’s because The Chicago Transit Authority’s ‘Books on the L’ program was a part of Chicago Ideas Week, which took place last week.

    Train riders were encouraged to pick up a book while they commuted to and from their destinations. They were asked, however, to leave them behind for others to enjoy when they disembarked, reports Mentalfloss.

    The books reportedly included titles by Michael Strahan, Scott Shane, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, and Chicagoite Martine Rothblatt.

    The idea initially took hold in the U.K. with Books on the Underground before making its way to the Big Apple with Books on the Subway, says Inhabit.com.

    Books on the L’ first hit the Windy City in 2014.

    Chicago Ideas Week celebrates innovation and local

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  • Korean families reunite for the first time after being torn apart for 65 years

    They were allowed to be together for 12 hours before being separated again.

    Six decades have passed by since the war separated North Koreans from the South, leaving many families with no way of getting in touch. 

    Recently, they were reunited for the first time. 

    A group of nearly 400 South Koreans were chosen to participate in the rare inter-Korean reunion that took place at the Mount Kumgang resort in North Korea, Reuters reports.

    They crossed the North Korean border on Tuesday to see their family members for the first time since the Korean War separated them 65 years go.

    Among the participants to be selected for the painful brief reunion were Lee Soon-gyu and her husband Oh In Se.

    North Korean Oh In Se, 83, reacts as he bids fareweel to his South Korea wife Lee Sun-gyu (R), 85, after the separated family reunions at Mount Kumgang resort, North Korea, October 22, 2015. REUTERS/KOREA POOL/Yonhap North Korean Oh In Se, 83, reacts as he bids fareweel to his South Korea wife Lee Sun-gyu (R), 85, after the separated family reunions at Mount Kumgang resort, North Korea, October 22, 2015. REUTERS/KOREA POOL/Yonhap
    The last time they saw each other was back in 1950 when Lee was only 19-years-old and six months pregnant, according to the National Post.

    “Come, sit close to me,” the 83-year-old Oh said to his wife, reports the news outlet.

    Their son, Oh Jang-kyun, who is now 65-years-old, was also at the gathering to meet his father after crossing the heavily armed North Korean border with his

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  • One woman’s special day turned extra special after her wheelchair-bound father surprised her by walking down the aisle.

    Heather Duquette was a little thrown off when the wedding DJ played the wrong song and her father wasn’t ready as she started to march towards her husband-to-be.

    “I was a little nervous when I didn’t see him down there as I approached the doorway to make my entrance,” Duquette told BuzzFeed Life.

    In fact, the DJ was allowing a little extra time for her dad, Ralph, to be helped out of his wheelchair so he could walk his daughter down the aisle.

    The elder Duquette was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012, which left him confined to a wheelchair. Much to everyone’s surprise, he had been working hard with a physical therapist and nurse since April to help bring mobility back to his legs.

    The video shows Ralph slowly standing up with the help of a friend and carefully walking towards his daughter. At one point as they gradually make their way down the aisle, he loses his

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  • Mountains, buildings and boats in the bay are seen in this photo of the Vancouver skyline. (Thinkstock)Mountains, buildings and boats in the bay are seen in this photo of the Vancouver skyline. (Thinkstock)

    Okay, this is just getting a bit absurd – Vancouver is the fifth most reputable city in the world? Does Vancouver even have any room left on its overflowing trophy shelf next to its third most livable city award from The Economist and first most livable in North America by British consultancy firm Mercer?      

    It’s no secret though, Vancouver is a stellar city and one of the most championed in Canada.

    While the city has cleaned up in the awards department as a highly livable city on account of its favourable weather, high quality of life, political and social environment and medical/health considerations, the fifth place ranking on the Reputation Institute’s list bears more substance than the popularity contest it seems to be at first blush.

    The study digs in, looking at three major categories – Appealing Environment, Effective Government and Advanced Economy – each with its own series of attributes ranging from on-the-nose elements like adequate transport and financial stability to

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  • Jeanean ThomasJeanean Thomas

    A Cambridge, Ont. mom’s open letter recently posted on Twitter is making us feel all the feels.

    Jeanean Thomas’s daughter Peyton wanted to learn to skateboard – but the six-year-old thought it was “just for boys.”  It took some convincing, but Thomas finally got her daughter to believe that wasn’t the case – and they headed to the local skateboard park. 

    “The skateboard my daughter was using is actually mine from when I was a kid. She was surprised that I used to skateboard and I think that helped,” Thomas tells Yahoo Canada. “I told her that there is no such things as girl things or boy things, there are just things. If it interests her she can do it.”

    But as Thomas writes in her letter, when they arrived at the park, a group of teenage boys who were smoking and swearing made her daughter “immediately want to turn around and go home.”

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    “I secretly wanted to go too because I didn’t want to have to put on

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  • Evgeny SmirnovEvgeny Smirnov

    Russian breakdancing champion Yevgeny Smirnov is as decorated as they come in the art form. He’s won over 30 cups and medals in his career. You would think a man as talented as Smirnov would see his world come crashing down after having his leg amputated following a motorcycle accident three years ago.

    Yet here he is appearing on Russia’s version of So You Think You Can Dance last month inspiring the world, performing a flawless routine with only one leg, with his partner:


    Smirnov reportedly lost his leg well after his motorcycle accident because gangrene had spread throughout the limb.

    Fortunately for Smirnov, his attitude proved to be the x-factor and he obviously decided that giving up dancing wasn’t an option. The grace and strength he exhibited in his appearance on the talent show served as an incredible example of the same qualities that obviously lie within his character.

    Add to that the fact the young man grew up an orphan and it’s obvious that from the outset of his life

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  • An Isreali cafe near the coastal city of Netanya is hoping to help spread peace with the help of their chick pea spread. 

    The Hummus Bar is offering a 50 per cent discount to Jews and Arabs who dine together.

    A translated post from their Facebook page reads: 

    “Scared of Arabs? Scared of Jews? With us there are no Arabs! But also no Jews… With us there are only human beings! And real, wonderful Arab hummus! And great Jewish falafel! And free refills on all hummus dishes if you’re Arab, Jewish, Christian, Indian, et cetera… Special discount: 50% off on hummus dishes for a table where Jews and Arabs are sitting together! *Valid Sundays through Thursdays.”

    The offer has been “liked” over 5,000 times and “shared” over 1,000 times.

    Owner Kobi Tzafirir said he wants to show the world that not all Jews and Arabs are involved in violence.

    “We want to show that we’re all human beings, just like each other, not so different,” he told Al Jazeera over the phone. 

    The area has seen ongoing

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  • 'I wanted to touch his heart': Boy writes compassionate letter to his bully

    The eight-year-old's letter was read by the principal on the intercom at school

    (Photo: Shamayne Neesley)(Photo: Shamayne Neesley)
    Instead of using violence, a young boy stood up against a bully by writing a heartwarming letter offering friendship. 

    Nicolas Neesley is a third grade student at Jennings Elementary School in Quincy, Michigan. While on the playground one day, Neesley noticed his friend getting pushed around by a fifth grade student, his mom told ABC News. 

    Instead of just standing by, the third grader got involved and tried to stop the fighting. As a result, he got spit on and got called names by the bully. 

    (Photo: Shamayne Neesley)(Photo: Shamayne Neesley)Rather than fighting back with anger, the eight-year-old wrote a letter addressed to the school with a message to all bullies.

    “You don’t have to be a bully. If you don’t have any friends just make a friend it’s very simple. But you already have a friend, us,” the letter said.

    After telling his mother about the incident they decided to wait a week before doing anything, because his mother was afraid of how the bully would react, according to the Daily Reporter.

    On Oct. 5 during anti-bullying day

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  • This motorcyclist has quickly become an Internet hero after rescuing a frightened kitten from a busy intersection.

    In a video recently uploaded on YouTube, the female motorcyclist spots a kitten helplessly trying to avoid getting hit by oncoming traffic. The daring rescue was captured on her GoPro camera. 

    The woman is seen waiting to turn left on a four-lane road when she notices the orange tabby in the middle of the intersection.

    “Stop, stop, stop!” the motorcyclist is heard yelling as she walks into the intersection. At first she had thought the kitten was a leaf blowing across the road before realizing it was actually a kitten, she says in the video. 

    She then jumps off of her bike and quickly picks up the frightened kitten before walking to the sidewalk and giving the kitten to a nearby bystander.

    It’s unclear from the video how the kitten wound up in the busy intersection but the motorcyclist, who goes under the Reddit username Your_Brain_On_Pizza, wrote that she saw the kitten

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