News Round Up

A poll published in The Guardian reveals that Winnie-the-Pooh is the UK's favourite childhood book character, just pipping Harry Potter.

1,200 people who read at least once a week were quizzed.

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George, Enid Blyton’s tomboy adventurer from the Famous Five, was third with The Hobbit’s Bilbo Baggins and Roald Dahl’s Matilda in fourth and fifth places.

The survey was commissioned by the Reading Agency, which has launched a Summer Reading Challenge for children in libraries across the country.

“We know the power of picking up a book you love and discovering a favourite character … the Summer Reading Challenge gives children the chance to be transported and inspired by the adventures of their favourite characters, and read books that can go on to play a fundamental role in their lives,” said chief executive Sue Wilkinson.

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HOW about this story in the Daily Mail explaining how experts went to precise lengths to achieve historical accuracy:-

One of the most important spots 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.”

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LUKE Elsworth has become Britain's youngest ever airline the age of 19.

The Daily Mirror says that Luke qualified to fly passenger jets just two years after he was allowed a driver’s licence.

He was offered a job with easyJet after enrolling in the airline’s pilot training programme at CTC Aviation in Southampton almost as soon as they would accept him - just nine days after his 18th birthday.

He described his first flight - from Gatwick to Toulouse in the south of France - as “incredible”. Nature watchers in the UK reckon signs of spring took a week longer to spread across the country this year than in the last two decades.

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An annual poll has revealed that Richard 111 remains the most fascinating figure in the eyes of historians and the public.

The Guardian reports that the BBC History Magazine History Hot 100 puts Richard at number one for the second year running.

This may partly be helped by the discovery of his remains in a council car park in Leicester in 2012.

The Guardian says that this reignited interest in a king whose reputation as a “deformed sadist burns enduringly bright because of Shakespeare.”

His reburial in Leicester Cathedral was broadcast live on TV in March last year.

Robert Attar, BBC History Magazine’s editor, said: “He is someone who fascinates people and is the only king that I know of who has several societies dedicated to him. Richard also divides people like few others.”

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