News Round Up

News Round Up

by Patrick O'Connor

IT seems that more and more Brits are receiving parking fines, says The Sun.

Figures released by the RAC Foundation show that the number of motorists handed parking fines by private companies have soared by more than 25 per cent over the past 12 months.

The data suggests a parking ticket is issued every seven seconds in Britain.

RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding said: “These numbers are eye-watering.”

A large number public payphones are set to be scrapped in the UK, reports the Daily Mail.

BT has disclosed plans to get rid of around 8,700 of the 46,800 payphones on streets around the country, saying that many of them are barely used and are no longer needed.

The rise of mobile phones has resulted in a 90 per cent decline in the use of payphones over the last 10 years.

However campaigners claim they are vital for communities in rural areas where mobile phone signals are poor, and can be a lifeline for motorists involved in an accident on remote roads.

A BT spokesperson said: “BT is committed to providing a public payphone service, but with usage declining by over 90 per cent in the last decade, we've continued to review and remove payphones which are no longer needed.”

Environmentalists would be pleased to read a story in the Daily Telegraph which said that the National Grid confirmed Britain's first full day without coal power “since the Industrial Revolution”.

They put it down to a combination of low demand for electricity and an abundance of wind which meant that the grid completed 24 hours relying on just gas, nuclear and renewables.

“The Industrial Revolution started with coal and it’s been the absolute backbone of our power for most of the time since,” said Duncan Burt, head of real-time operations at the National Grid.

The biggest collection religious works outside the Vatican will be housed in a new library at Lambeth Palace, reports The Guardian.

Planning permission has been granted for the first new building at the historic site for 200 years. It will feature a nine-storey tower constructed in the grounds of the palace on the south bank of the Thames opposite the Palace of Westminster.

Historic manuscripts and books dating back to the ninth century will be stored in the archives.

“It includes books and manuscripts collected by archbishops down the centuries, and the modern collection is the archive of the Church of England,” said Declan Kelly, director of libraries and archives at Lambeth Palace.

The Independent tells us of a new book with a rare series of colour photographs taken during the Second World War made public for the first time.

'The Second World War in Colour' photographs were shot on expensive colour film by photographers at the Ministry of Information during the war and feature a wide range of subjects including well know figures like Winston Churchill and General Dwight D Eisenhower. 

“The images in this book show the vivid hues of the flames and fabrics, the intense blue skies, the sun-tanned faces and the myriad of colours of military camouflage,” said Ian Carter, author and Senior Curator at the museum. 

Reference list:

    The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

    The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

    Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

    Daily Telegraph (www.telegraph co.uk)

    The Sun (www.thesun.co.uk)

    HOW about this for kicking a football a long distance....a Daily Mail article says a ball booted out of a ground in Aberdeen, Scotland ended up 1,100 miles away in Norway!

    The ball was kicked over a 25ft fence at Banks o' Dee Football Club's riverside ground by an under-19s team player, landed in the River Dee, floated into the North Sea and was then carried all the way across to the Norwegian island of Vanna.

    LISTENING PRACTISE

    Norwegian Johnny Mikalsen then found it and informed the club after he was able to make out its name written on the ball.

    Banks o' Dee club secretary Tom Ewan said balls are regularly lost in the river but this was the first time they had ever been found.

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    IT seems that we Brits have some of the biggest baby bawlers.

    The Daily Mirror reports that according to a study carried out at Warwick University, along with infants in Canada, Italy and Netherlands, British babies out-cry all other countries while toddlers in Denmark, Germany and Japan have the fewest tears and tantrums.  

    The university says it has formulated the first universal chart for normal amounts of crying in the first three months - babies wail around two hours a day on average in that time

    Highest levels of colic – crying more than three hours a day for at least three days a week – were found in the UK (28% of infants at 1-2 weeks), Canada (34% at 3-4 weeks) and Italy (21% at 8-9 weeks).

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    THE numbers of golden eagles in Scotland could be boosted, reports The Independent.

    The South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project has won £1.3 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and hopes to increase numbers in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish borders.

    The paper says that there are now two to four pairs of golden eagles in the south of Scotland but a study has shown there is suitable habitat for between 10 and 16 breeding pairs.

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    AN article in The Guardian reports that the Tate Britain gallery in London will be opening its doors until midnight for the first time in order to cope with demand for an exhibition of work by Yorkshire-born painter David Hockney.

    The event sold more than 350,000 tickets before the doors opened in February, and has gone on to become one of the most popular shows in Tate Britain’s history.

    The midnight openings will be held on the last weekend of the exhibition at the end of May.

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