News Round Up
by Patrick O'Connor
HOW about this story in the Daily Mail explaining how experts went to precise lengths to achieve historical accuracy.
For one of the most important spot in British history has just been moved - by seven yards.
950 years after King Harold was killed at the Battle of Hastings, the exact place where he fell has finally been located by English Heritage historians in the town of Battle, East Sussex.
And now the stone memorial marking the spot has been shifted seven yards to the east, to mark the spot where William the Conqueror’s army killed him with an arrow through his eye.
Early historians believed that the high altar of the abbey church was built on the exact spot where Harold fell on October 14, 1066 but after Henry VIII destroyed the church in 1538, the site of that high altar was lost - until now.
An English Heritage spokesman said: “What was previously marked as the spot was close but we now know it stood slightly further east.”
'Something old, something new' is the first line of a traditional rhyme which sets out what a bride should wear at her wedding for good luck.
And the 'something old' part certainly applied to the wedding of Emma Marsh, of Falmouth, Cornwall.
For, explained the Daily Express, she was married to husband Donald in a 200 year old veil worn by at least six generations of her family.
Apparently Emma didn't know the veil existed until her mum Gillian got it out of the attic after she announced her engagement.
It can can traced it back as far as her great, great, great grandmother Hannah Mawson's wedding in Bolton in 1849 to Joseph Calvert and it was last used in 1972 when Gillian married John Townend. Emma said: “It had beautiful embroidery on it. Out of coincidence the pattern went perfectly with the lace of my dress.”
What a messy lot we Brits are.
The Daily Express tells us that litter discarded on motorways and A roads is costing taxpayers nearly £5 million-a-year to clean up.
Date obtained from Highways England by the Auto Express magazine show that roadside crews are filling an average of 332 sacks of rubbish every day from the 4,300 miles of 'strategic road network' at an estimated cost of £40 each.
One of the UK's best know shopping areas is to be pedestrianised.
The Guardian quotes Valerie Shawcross, London's deputy for transport has saying that the work in Oxford Street, which is visited by more than four million people a week, will be completed by 2020.
The aim is to ban all vehicles from Tottenham Court Road to beyond Selfridges and the entrance to Bond Street tube station.
It would appear that seagulls aren't the only things swooping down on Brits.
A report in The Guardian says that the local council in Cornwall reckons they may have to put up signs advising against feeding animals after a mother claimed that her three year old son was nipped by a gang of grey squirrels.
Sophie Renouf was walking in Tehidy country park, near Redruth with her son, Finley.
She said: “There was one squirrel there and my son, as you would, fed him as usual. Next thing, six of them came running out of the hedge and then, all of a sudden, all I remember is him screaming. I looked and there was blood pouring out of his hand.”
Sophie added that she rushed to intervene and had to shake off one of the animals, which was trying to scramble up her leg.
Finley had to be taken to hospital to be treated for puncture wounds.
A spokeswoman for Cornwall council said: “There are currently no specific signs advising against feeding the squirrels but we have displayed notices to this effect in the past and may do again if this becomes a regular problem.”
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Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)