News Round Up

by Patrick O'Connor


BRITAIN'S favourite smell is fresh sea air blowing ashore, according to a survey by AirWick fresheners.

The Daily Express story says that cut grass, the whiff of pine trees and roast dinners have also found their way on to a list of the nation’s most-loved scents.



More unusual scents to figure in the poll include creosote on fence panels, barbecues, rain, petrol and bonfires.


A headteacher in Cornwall has handed the red card to red ink marker pens. The Cornishman newspaper reports that Sara Davey, from Mounts Bay Academy, has declared that there will be a new marking system using green and purple pens.


Teachers will mark comments/feedback in green pen while students are being asked to comment on teachers’ feedback using purple pen.


Vice principal Jennie Hick said: “A lot of primary schools are already using a similar system amazingly well and I think it was felt that red ink was a very negative colour.”


Jackets worn by George Harrison and Ringo Starr in The Beatles' 1965 film Help! have raised £115,000 at auction in Liverpool, reports the BBC. A piano used by Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon was bought for £57,500.


They were were sold by Richard Lester who directed Help! and The Beatles' first film A Hard Day's Night.


I fully endorse the comments made by a Government minister in the Daily Telegraph when he said that if humanity can put a man on the Moon and split the atom, it can build a satnav that understands punctuation.


Brandon Lewis said if the apostrophe is “good enough for Her Majesty’s Government, so should it be for local councils”.


He was replying to a parliamentary question on the guidance Government has issued to councils about the use of the apostrophe on street signs.


It would seem that us Brits are living longer. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics and reported by the BBC reveal that the number of people living in the UK aged 100 increased by 73% in the decade to 2012.


More than half a million people aged 90 and over were living in the UK in 2012 and out of the 13,350 centenarians living in the UK in 2012, 660 were aged 105 years and older, while England and Wales had the most 100-year-olds.


It is the one thing we Brits have been renowned for, enjoying our tea breaks, but now the Daily Mail says the tradition is under threat.


It is reported that 2.5 million workers claim they are too busy to put the kettle on and wait around to make tea or coffee for everyone and a third of workers admit they would rather just make themselves a drink and get back to work.


Now, in a bid to halt the decline in the communal cuppa come actors Stephen Fry and Felicity Kendal who have backed a campaign by older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service to bring back our brew breaks.


Backing the Great Brew Break fundraiser, the charity’s ambassador Felicity Kendal said: “Time out for a cup of tea and quick chat is hugely important, especially in today’s ‘head down’ fast paced culture.”


Touching romantic tale in the Daily Mirror about guide dog owners Claire Johnson (50) and Mark Gaffey (51) who have got married after a chance meeting between their pets helped them find true love.


The Mirror reports that the couple wed in Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, after their dogs, Venice and Rodd, became infatuated with each other at training two years ago.


Claire said: “I have no doubt that our guide dogs brought us together and helped me find my true love. Much like our two guide dogs, we really are best friends and soul mates. Our dogs were the classic love story. Everyone used to joke about how Mark's dog Rodd and my dog Venice were meant to be together.”


The stormy winter in the UK has led to a national shortage of garden fences, says the Mirror.


The problem has been caused by the demand for replacement panels after the country was hit by five major storms over the winter.


Simone Gallen, editor of magazine Fencing & Landscaping News is quoted as saying: “There is panic buying with prices soaring since the storms at the end of 2013.”


It seems that girls are putting on make-up at a much younger age these days. The Daily Telegraph reports on a survey by online beauty retailer Escentual, which says that the national average age for girls starting to use make-up is now 11 years of age, three years younger than it was a decade ago.


Emma Leslie, beauty editor of said: "Women are mostly concerned that these pre-teen girls might develop an unhealthy obsession with their appearance - over 62.6 per cent thought this was the biggest risk from younger girls starting to use make-up.”


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