Wacky Britons claim world records
Two wacky Britons - a tightrope walking dog and a vacuum cleaner collector - have taken the latest edition of Guinness World Records by storm.
Ozzy, a border collie/kelpie crossbreed, has entered the world famous tome for achieving the Fastest Crossing of a Tightrope by a Dog. The four-year-old, a native of Anglesey, North Wales, crossed a 3.5m (11.4ft) rope in 18.22 seconds at the Faith Animal Rescue Centre in Norfolk.
Ozzy now lives in Norwich with his owner, 51-year-old carpenter Nick Johnson, who has no formal dog training experience but learned the techniques from the internet.
Mr Johnson said: "As Ozzy's parents are working sheepdogs on a farm, it's in his blood to want to work closely with me. Ozzy is most happy when he's working on the tricks that we do and regards it as a game. We also only practice when Ozzy is in the mood, after he's done all his important dog stuff, like sniffing around and meeting other dogs."
He added: "It makes me feel so happy and proud, that Ozzy and I have such a strong friendship and relationship we can work together on tricks and games that get the recognition of Guinness World Records."
James Brown, of Hucknall in Nottingham, also swept into the book for having the Largest Collection of Vacuum Cleaners - a whopping 322 models. So vast is the eccentric 33-year-old's collection he has opened his own museum.
Mr Brown's interest began when he was four but he had to wait until he was eight before his parents bought him his first real model. The majority of his quirky collection is not valuable because the machines are old and common, he said.
But certain machines in the collection are more prized because they are genuinely rare, such as some of his Kirby and Scott & Fetzer machines. Regardless, Mr Brown said he would never sell his collection and he cannot envisage a day when he would stop collecting.
Yet asked if he would celebrate his achievement by plugging in a few models to suck up some dirt, he said: "I won't be cleaning. I don't enjoy house work."
The latest edition of the book is newly out. It has sold more than 120m copies and is the world's best-selling copyright book, available in more than 100 countries.