News Round Up

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.

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I' VE heard of some daft reasons for a train being delayed but the Daily Mirror has come up with a real corker.

According to the paper, a London to Edinburgh train was delayed after a scorpion escaped from a passenger's bag.

A British Transport Police spokeswoman said: “We were called at 2.56pm to a Virgin train from King's Cross to Edinburgh and we met the train at Peterborough.

“A scorpion had escaped from a passenger's bag, but it had been recaptured quickly and put in an ice cream box. We have taken the scorpion to an exotic pet rescue in Peterborough.”

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Politics
Many people consider politics boring, but 2016 will be infamous for its plethora of political upheavals, ending on that startling note as the world watched the multi-billion dollar business mogul, Donald Trump, who had no previous political experience, elected as the 45th President of the United States. Didn't see that one coming.

Adding to the hype of 2016, scandal after scandal unravelled in the political world - recall Hillary Clinton’s controversial emails? Feminists worldwide gained a huge win as female leadership came to office in lands that had previously been dominated by men. Viral stories in the UK included stories about Sadiq Khan, Queen Elizabeth, Theresa May, and David Cameron. Not so boring, wouldn’t you agree?

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Keepers at Bristol Zoo have a mammoth task on their hands at the moment, says the BBC: They have begun their annual stock-take of the animals kept at the zoo which is reckoned to cover over 14,000 creatures! The zoo and the Wild Place Project are home to around 500 species, from tiny fish and insects to gorillas and hippos.

The count is carried out at the start of each year to verify audit records and check vulnerable populations are thriving. A spokesperson for the zoo said: “The last 12 months have been very successful in terms of animal births, so the count is a big job this year.”

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An amusing article appears in the Daily Express about Muirfield Golf Club in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland, which came in for a fair amount of stick for banning women from joining.

According to the paper, a plaque appeared on a bench in Edinburgh's West Princes Street gardens which 'excludes' members of Muirfield from sitting on it.

The plaque, which was later removed by the city council, read: “The members of Muirfield Golf Club are hereby excluded from sitting on this bench. By the order of the female population.”

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