News Round Up

by Patrick O'Connor

LOVELY story in the Independent about a jam-maker who found herself locked inside a church and was eventually rescued - after tweeting for help.

Forty three year old Sarah Greep was stranded inside Minster Church of St Andrew in Plymouth when volunteers were unaware she was still inside. She tried to raise the alarm but eventually turned to her mobile phone and twitter.

Sarah wrote: “I'm locked in inside St.Andrews Church! I was in private praying chapel & when I came out, everyone was gone & doors locked. £Plymouth £help.”

She later added: “Trying to think of best way to get out of this church with minimum disruption. It's quite calm & peaceful in here so in no hurry £Plymouth.”

Her tweets soon caught the eye of local police, who managed to track down a warden with a spare key for the door.

Sarah said: “I realised I was locked in so I started going through my phone book, thinking of all the people I could contact. But it was a lovely day outside, I thought most people would be out enjoying the weather. I didn't want to bother anyone so I just started tweeting.”

She had tried to phone telephone numbers for church volunteers on the back of a leaflet within the building but couldn't get through.

According to the Daily Express, making jam is now back in fashion, thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge and supermodel Kate Moss who have both revealed their enjoyment of the hobby. The Duchess recently revealed that she loves to make fruit jam at home while she’s waiting for Prince William and Kate Moss is launching her own brand of plum conserve made from fruit grown on her Cotswold estate.

Food distributor RH Amar says this year’s plentiful sunshine and the abundance of fruit has led to a nearly 40 per cent increase in visitor numbers at pick-your-own farms compared with last year.

The firm's marketing director James Amar said: “Jam making has been made cool again. The Duchess of Cambridge and Kate Moss are among the celebrities who have helped push its popularity in recent years.

“We expect this year to be one of the biggest jam-making seasons we’ve ever seen, particularly bearing in mind the abundance of top quality fruit following a fantastic summer.”

The Daily Express described it as a 'van-tastic sight' when hundreds of car lovers paid homage to the Morris Minor van. The event at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, celebrated the 60th anniversary of the vehicle, known affectionately as Moggies.

They were once a common sight in Britain with the Post Office running a fleet of 50,000 while others were used as ice cream vans, milk floats, TV licensing vans and even caravanettes.

The Express reports that more than 327,000 varieties of the van were produced out of factories in Cowley in Oxford and Adderley Park in Birmingham between 1953 and 1971.

When residents of a housing estate in Romiley, Greater Manchester, woke up one morning they were astonished to find a herd of cows on their doorsteps, says the BBC.

Apparently up to 40 cows had escaped from Bongs Farm, Stockport. The BBC quotes

resident James Small who said neighbours were woken by 'mooing' as dawn approached. “It was the funniest wake-up call ever,” he said. The cows were eventually safely returned to the farm.

Visiting the UK? Then you might want to avoid Hemel Hempstead. The Daily Telegraph reports on a survey, run by the website Crap Towns Returns, which names Hemel as the ugliest town in Britain.

The survey attracted more than 3,000 votes, putting Hemel Hempstead ahead of Luton, Slough, Bracknell and Birmingham.

The BBC tells us that Harry and Amelia were the most popular first names for babies in England and Wales in 2012.

A new addition to the top 10, according to the Office For National Statistics, was Riley and Mia and Isla replaced Ruby and Grace in the top 10 for girls.

It would appear that the average Briton spends 192 hours doing nothing!

A survey by computer upgrade retail Crucial outlined in the Daily Express claims time-wasting activities leave two-thirds of us utterly frustrated – with one in 10 even complaining of feeling depressed.

The biggest time-wasters are queuing (48 per cent), being left on hold (44 per cent), waiting for deliveries (42 per cent) and watching a slow computer boot up (31 per cent).

Behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings said: “The British sense of ‘correctness’ means that things are expected to happen in a certain way, at a certain time. When they don’t, we become frustrated because of our own lack of anticipation.”

What's in a name? Well, a story in the Daily Star says that a non-league football club is hoping to boost its fortunes by giving its players superstars’ names.

Farnborough, who play in the Skrill Conference South, now features Lionel Messi and David Beckham in the starting line-up after the entire squad changed their names by deed poll.

The Hampshire club’ s manager Spencer Day, who is now the 'Special One' Jose Mourinho, said: “We’ve got by far the greatest team the world has ever seen.”

Many people take little or no part in physical activity, with nearly 80% failing to hit government targets, says The Observer.

Research carried out by the Centre for Market and Publication Organisation at Bristol University, claimed that almost one in 10 adults have not walked continuously for five minutes in the past four weeks.

The study found that just over 8% of adults who could walk had not – with the exception of shopping – walked continuously for five minutes within the previous four weeks, while 46% had not walked for leisure for 30 minutes continuously over the same period. Almost nine out of 10 had not swum and a similar proportion had not used a gym.

Professor Carol Propper, described the results as “staggering … The level of physical activity is shockingly low.”

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