News Round Up

by Patrick O'Connor


THE maximum speed allowed on British roads is 70 mph but the Daily Telegraph says latest police data reveals that a motorist caught travelling at 149mph on the M25 was the worst offence of the past year

The data also showed that a driver travelled at 96mph on a 30mph road in Gateshead, the largest proportional breach of any speed limit, and that the highest speed recorded on a 50mph road was 119mph on the A414 Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire.



Simon Best, chief executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: “149 miles per hour equates to nearly two and a half miles in a minute. If anything goes wrong at that speed, you’re unlikely to walk away and you are a grave danger to the innocent road users around you.”


It seems that Brits favour going abroad for their hen and stag parties. The Daily Star reports on a poll by which reckons that 77% of male respondents said that in the last six months they had been on a stag do abroad.


Favourite venue for men was Prague followed by Amsterdam and Krakow. Women preferred Albufeira, Benidorm and Marbella.


Chris Clarkson, managing director of, said: “It seems that many people are growing tired of the lacklustre seaside resorts that the UK has to offer and those embarking on a hen or stag do want to spend it in sunnier climes or somewhere offering a bit more of an adventure.”


We Brits may like improving our homes but we hate being rung up about it. The BBC says latest figures by Ofcom show that nuisance phone calls are increasingly related to offers of home improvement work.


The regulator said that although the proportion of unsolicited calls that are about payment protection insurance dropped from 22% last year to 13% in 2014, the number of calls about loft insulation and solar panels rose.


They added that some nuisance callers were hiding their identity by using 'number spoofing' where the number displayed on the recipient's phone is either a false number, or uses the number - without consent - of a legitimate business.


Dog daft we are, but this Daily Mail story really takes the biscuit. A British company has launched a range of teabags for dogs.


The Woof & Brew herbal blends promise perks for your pet such as better breath and a shinier coat.


A spokesman for the company said: “We used to run a tea-shop and many dog owners would say their dogs like to have a cup of tea, but the caffeine and milk in the tea isn’t really suitable for dogs. So we came up with a range of herbal teas they can enjoy without negative effects.”


We are also a nation of biscuit nibblers, claims the Daily Mirror. They comment on research to mark National Biscuit Day which revealed that one in six people would rather have a Hobnob than sex, and a quarter would give up alcohol instead of going without a Chocolate Digestive. The survey said that Brits nibble at least two biscuits a day.


There's bound to be plenty of interest from World War Two memorabilia enthusiasts next month when dog tags worn by Douglas Bader are to be sold at an artefacts auction being held to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day in New York next month, says the Daily Express.


Bader, a Battle of Britain pilot, lost both legs in a plane crash in 1931 but returned to the RAF fitted with prosthetic limbs. He bailed out of his fighter after colliding with another aircraft over Le Touquet in France in 1941 and was sent to Colditz as a prisoner of war after repeated escape attempts. He was held in the camp until April 1945 when the site was liberated.


The Daily Mail tells us that the government's Education Secretary Michael Gove is facing a growing backlash over plans to drop US literary classics such as To Kill A Mockingbird and Of Mice And Men together with the Arthur Miller play, The Crucible, from new English Literature GCSEs.


As well as fewer opportunities to include such texts on the new British dominated syllabus, apparently Gove wants the exam to be ‘more focused on tradition’  Buffoon.


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