1.....An artillery shell that had been used as a doorstop for 40 years prompted a bomb scare after its owner brought it into a police station. A man strolled into Heavitree Police Station in Exeter, Devon, yesterday morning with the shell in a carrier bag. He told officers he had been using it as a doorstop but wanted to get rid of it because it was too rusty. The Royal Navy bomb disposal unit in Plymouth was called to investigate but quickly established it had already been diffused. Devon and Cornwall Police said the man brought the device in as part of a force-wide weapons amnesty. My thoughts.....I wouldn't mind betting there is the odd one or two still being used as doorstops that haven't been diffused. Just imagine slamming the door with a bang, taking on a whole new meaning. 2.....Electronic life has "wiped out books" because adults prefer to check their emails and smartphones to picking up a paperback while on the move, Dame Jacqueline Wilson has said. The children's author said she found it "sad" to see adults are not reading as much as they used to, claiming she was often the only one on a train journey holding a book. Dame Jacqueline, who has written more than 100 books, said while children still had a huge appetite for reading , thanks in part to encouragement from their schools, adults increasingly appeared to prefer their smartphones. " I find it sad that adults aren't reading as much," she told the BBC. The former children's laureate was last night honoured with a special award at the British Academy Childrens ceremony for her contribution to literacy and love of reading. My thoughts.....good job I buck the trend....I would have to decorate my office/third bedroom walls if you could see them with no books stacked there. 3.....A pensioner required surgery after a dentist dropped a metal file down his throat during a root canal treatment. Alexander Hoar, 74, had the one inch long metal and plastic file stuck in his throat for several hours before surgeons could remove it. By the time he made his way to hospital, the metal file had dropped into his stomach. Surgeons had to put an endoscopy tube and pincer down his throat to seize the file and pull it out. Mr Hoar, who is bringing a claim for compensation against the dental practice in Penzance, Cornwall, said he was overwhelmed with "absolute terror" as " all hell broke loose". Mr Hoar, of Penzance, said: It was traumatic. All I could hear was the dentist saying ' Alex, Alex, I'm sorry'. "I've tried to go back for treatment since it happened but every time I go into a dentist I cry, It's embarrassing. A spokesman for Bupa Penzance Dental Care Practice, then called Oasis Dental Practice, said: Our team acted quickly to make sure Mr Hoar received medical attention. We launched an investigation and we've reviewed our practice procedures to help prevent it happening again. My thoughts.....I see they've changed their name from "OASIS Dental Practice"....sounds a good move personally. 4.....Patient safety is being put at risk because inexperienced doctors are left to man accident and emergency units without support from senior colleagues, the medical regulator has said. Trainees at NHS hospitals have to "fend for themselves" in A&E and other units, according to the General Medical Council (GMC). Trainee doctors are being asked to treat patients and make decisions beyond their abilities, creating "very clear risks to patients from doctors who may not know what they're doing", Charlie Massey, the chief executive of the GMC, told the Guardian Newspaper. In one instance, a foundation-year doctor called three times for help from senior colleagues while she was working in the resuscitation unit, but received no support and had to make decisions herself, the GMC's survey found. In another A&E department, junior doctors were said to be displaying symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Last year, a Daily Telegraph investigation found that A&E departments were being run with no consultants present for more than 40% of the time. In some units, the most senior person on duty was a junior doctor who had only finished medical school the year before, Freedom of Information data showed. My thoughts.....Wow, how to empty A&E units....only the very brave go to start with, and those that do might be healed or maybe not....if you know what I mean.