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There's a story in The Guardian which will interest Harry Potter film fans.

The paper reports that casting director Janet Hirshenson revealed that the late American comedian Robin Williams wanted to play the the half-giant gamekeeper Hagrid but was turned down because of the “Brits-only” rule imposed by producers. The part went to Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane.


Further evidence in the Daily Mirror that Britain is a nation of dog lovers.

A survey by dog food manufacturer tails.com has revealed that dog owners spend more on their pets than on their own children.

In an average month owners spend up to £199 which includes buying food , toys, trips to the vets, training classes and grooming, and half of parents quizzed admitted to paying out more for their dog each month than for their child.


A real look back in history is available in London says The Guardian. A piece of parchment almost 1,000 years old will go on rare public display to celebrate the long history of the City of London’s archives.

The document, the oldest object in the archives, is a scrap of a charter given by William the Conqueror in 1067, the year after the Norman conquest, confirming the legal rights of the citizens of London and can be seen at an exhibition at Guildhall art gallery until April.


If you are homeless you are probably down on your luck but a story in the Exeter Express and Echo newspaper revealed that wasn't the case for one man.

He was sitting on Exeter's High Street and was about to be moved on by police for begging which is illegal in the UK.

However he had been given a 50 pence piece and wondered if it was one of the special coins launched in memory of children's author Beatrix Potter.

The officer used his phone to help the homeless man check the price of the piece - which turned out to be worth around £400!


Is this going too far? You decide. The Daily Mail says that the students union at Sussex University is discouraging its members from using the pronouns 'he' and 'she'.

The article claims that the union has released a gender inclusive language policy, which applies to all its meetings, radio broadcasts, communications, societies and elections.

Apparently the policy states that preferred pronouns should be stated at the beginning of every meeting, regardless of whether they have been stated at previous meetings, and that gender neutral language should be used when the pronoun is not known.

“In situations where introductions are not appropriate or where an individual has not directly stated their pronouns, gender-neutral language should be used.

“The gender-neutral pronoun ‘they’ should be used as opposed to ‘he’ or ‘she’, and the pronoun ‘them’ as opposed to ‘him’ or ‘her’.

'Individuals whose gender identities are not known should not be described as ‘men’ or ‘women’, and inclusive terms such as ‘person’ should be used instead.”


Reference list:

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

Exeter Express and Echo (www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk)