have just come across a story on sunherald.com (AP) in which a plucky pensioner,
said to be in his 80's, repelled a burglar by thwacking him around the head with
what is being described as a 'long shoehorn'.
site says that burglars kicked the door down in the pensioners home, then demanded
money at gun point.
the pensioner stood his ground and the burglars made a run for it.
police eventually caught up with the burglars when they broke into another home
all happened in a place called Lebanon (!) in Wisconsin, USA.