The phrase "Duck don't Grouse" comes to mind on reading a report in the Sun that after a spate of HGVs hitting bridges they are too high to go under and too heavy to use, councils across England are demanding lorry drivers should be banned from using sat nav systems designed for cars because they cause chaos when they go down roads that are too small for them or on bridges they’re too heavy for.  Having just replaced a rather expensive wing mirror that was taken out by a lorry down a country lane in the UK, I have to agree.

Also in the Sun, a story that ties in nicely with Thursday night's session; the age-old advice to feed a cold and starve a fever may be wrong. Researchers from the specialist Salk Institute in California said that the loss of appetite which often goes with an infection is part of the problem, not the solution. Medical experts now say that we should try to eat more in both instances.


The Guardian reports that a group of veteran squatters has occupied an empty £15m central London property. The extensive, five-storey Grade ll-listed Eaton Square property was bought by Russian oligarch Andrey Goncharenko, in 2014. Seemingly this little-known oligarch has bought a number of luxury properties in London in recent years.

The squatters who belong to a group calling itself Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians (don't try saying that as an acronym), said they entered the building through an open window on 23 January and have accommodated about 25 homeless people so far, many of whom had been sleeping rough around Victoria station.


The Daily Mail warns of a new bit of cyber crime at one of Europe's most luxurious hotels. The 4-star Seehotel Jaegerwirt in Austria fell victim to blackmailers who hacked into their electronic keycard system and locked guests in their rooms demanding a ransom. MD Christoph Brandstaetter admitted paying, saying: 'We had no other choice'. They are now planning to remove cards and go back to good old-fashioned keys and locks, which is great news for me because I can never get electronic keycards to work. 


According to the Daily Mirror research carried out by the CoOp shows that Britain is raising a “can’t cook, won’t cook” generation with half of young adults unable to rustle up a simple dish: A third of 18 to 35-year-old Brits have no idea how to cook spaghetti bolognese from scratch and four in ten would not know how to prepare a roast dinner.


Staying with the Daily Mirror, it seems that French restaurants, cafes, food stalls, hotels and schools, have been banned from offering unlimited sugary drinks in an attempt to tackle obesity . The new law applies to “flavoured fizzy and non-fizzy drinks, concentrated drinks like fruit syrups, including drinks based on milk, cereal, vegetables or fruit”. A recent study found that in France, almost 57% of men and 41% of women over the age of 30 are overweight or obese.  It's nice to know Britain isn't alone. 


Reference list:

The Sun (www.thesun.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)