1. David Woodland

Allergic woman has spent 17 years in a hut

A woman said to be allergic to the 21st Century has just spent her 17th anniversary living in an unheated and leaking hut in South Somerset. Gillian McCarthy was 41 when she retreated from the chemicals and pollutants that she says nearly killed her.

She believes her local authority should provide her with a specially built low emission house.