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eBay 20th anniversary - South's unusual items & bids

Buying and selling over the internet has become the norm and there are lots of sites you can use, eBid webstore and of course the most famous eBay.

Well eBay is 20 years old today and you can pretty much buy everything on it. Over the years we have reported on some of the more unusual things that have gone on sale - as Sally Simmonds reports.


Was a drone used to spy on naked Dorset sunbathers?

Sunbathers on the famous nudist beach reported seeing the drone Credit: ITV

Sunbathers on the famous Studland nudist beach in Dorset believed they've been spied on by a drone with a camera attached.

The drone is reported to have flown up and down the beach. A spokesman for the naturists said that several people had complained.

People sunbathing on the beach are worried about the use of any pictures. Anyone flying a drone over National Trust land would have to obtain permission - it's understood that no permission was sought.

Wi-fi for cross-Solent Red Funnel passengers

Wi-fi for Red Funnel customers Credit: ITV

Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries has rolled out a new high capacity wi-fi service across all its vessels and terminals in time for the peak summer season.

In addition to Red Funnel’s passenger vehicle ferries, customers using the Red Jet Hi-Speed fleet, which serves the company’s Southampton-West Cowes route at speeds of between 36-40 knots, will be offered free wi-fi for the first time.

Red Funnel was the first cross-Solent operator to introduce wi-fi for customers more than seven years ago.


Go-ahead given for 90,000 panel solar farm

One of the company's smaller sites Credit: ITV
Tne solar panels will be installed in these fields Credit: ITV

The go-ahead has been given today for a 90,000 panel solar farm, planned on land owned by Dorset South MP Richard Drax at Mapperton. East Dorset District Council's planning committee deferred making a decision on 23 June because they said they needed to make a site visit. Seven councillors voted for the project and three against. There has been strong opposition from campaigners. The energy company is Wiltshire-based Good Energy. More shortly.

A blast from the past - Bluebird ready to fly again after 90 years

She was the first to break the 150 mile an hour barrier - a supercar as legendary as her driver Malcolm Campbell.

Tomorrow on the 90th anniversary of that achievement, the Bluebird will recreate that famous run - albeit at a more genteel speed.

But the car almost never ran again at all. Her engine was seriously damaged and only the skill and dedication of engineers brought her back to life, as Martin Dowse reports.

Cross-channel electric plane record disputed

A pioneering French pilot took off from Kent this morning, landed in Calais 36 minutes later - and celebrated becoming the first person to fly across the Channel in an all-electric plane.

But then the sparks started to fly. Because as Didier Esteyne touched down, a rival pilot claimed HE set the record a few hours earlier. Abigail Bracken has the story.

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