THE Daily Mirror tells us that treasure hunters in Staffordshire have discovered what is believed to be the oldest Iron Age gold ever found in Britain.

The collection, which has been named the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs, was found on farmland in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Three necklaces and one bracelet, were found separately about one metre apart and experts believe they were made in the third or fourth century BC, making them approximately 2,500 years old.

Julia Farley, curator of British and European Iron Age collections for the British Museum, said: “This unique find is of international importance. It dates to around 400-250 BC, and is probably the earliest Iron Age gold work ever discovered in Britain. The torcs were probably worn by wealthy and powerful women, perhaps people from the continent who had married into the local community. Piecing together how these objects came to be carefully buried in a Staffordshire field will give us an invaluable insight into life in Iron Age Britain.”

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American President Donald Trump has already had an impact on the English language, says The Guardian.

They report on the latest additions to oxforddictionaries.com – the online reference guide to current English.

Head of content development Angus Stevenson said “ 'Clicktivism' (a pejorative word for armchair activists on social media), 'haterade' (excessive negativity, criticism, or resentment), 'otherize' (view or treat – a person or group of people – as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself) and 'herd mentality' (the tendency for people’s behaviour or beliefs to conform to those of the group to which they belong) all emerged during the 2016 battle for the White House. We had all the words around Brexit in the last update and we are now starting to see all the words around Trump coming into the dictionary.”

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According to the BBC, a flight from Heathrow to San Francisco was delayed for several hours after a mouse was spotted on the plane.

Passengers were strapped in and waiting to take off when the delay was announced.

British Airways said:  “We know almost everyone wants to fly with us to San Francisco, but on this occasion there was one very small customer who we had to send back to the gate.  Everyone with two legs is now on their way to California, and we are sorry for the delay.”

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The Daily Express puts the focus on Steve Cook, a 38 year old man from Swindon in Wiltshire who has amassed one of Britain's biggest collection of vacuum cleaners.

Apparently Steve has been collecting vintage cleaning machines since he was three-years-old and reckons he has spent around £10,000 and is now running out of places to store the Hoovers in his tiny one-bed flat. “I have to stop myself from buying more sometimes because I have to think about how I am going to live for the rest of the month,” he said.

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It's amazing what some people will buy. An article in the Daily Mirror says that two samples of mould that Sir Alexander Fleming used to produce penicillin have sold for almost £25,000.

The specimens of the yellow-green Penicillium Notatum fungus are contained on a glass disc and date back to the 1930s.

One lot containing one of the moulds, letters, photographs and a journal sold for £12,500 to a private overseas buyer on the internet at the London auction. A second mould sold for £11,875 to a private overseas buyer on the telephone.

Matthew Haley, of auctioneers Bonhams, said: “The high prices paid for these lots reflect their importance and the enduring fascination with Alexander Fleming’s crucial discovery, to which so many millions of people all over the world owe their lives.”

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Reference list:

The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

BBC (www.bbc.co.uk)