News Round Up

by Patrick O'Connor

 

IT seems that us Brits know little about the Battle of Waterloo.

The Daily Mail quotes research which showed that three out of four people have little or no knowledge about the battle.

53 per cent knew the Duke of Wellington led the British forces, while one in seven believe that it was the French who were victorious in 1815.

The survey was carried out by the National Army Museum ahead of the 200th anniversary on June 18. It also revealed that young people are more likely to associate Waterloo with the London railway station or the Abba song than the battle. One in eight of those aged 18-24 said they'd never heard of it. 

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If you fancy a dip off the coast of Britain beware! The Daily Mail reports that billions of jellyfish have appeared, attracted by higher sea temperatures.

Hundreds of the barrel jellyfish have been hauled in by fishermen on the Devon and Cornish coast, with dozens of sightings reported to the authorities. 

And passengers on a sea life cruise came across a giant swarm of thousands of the jellyfish just off Pendennis Point near Falmouth, Cornwall.

Keith Leeves, captain of AK Wildlife Cruises, said: “It was eerie and a little unnerving. There were thousands of them. I’ve never seen anything like that in all the years I’ve been doing this – it was spectacular.”

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Another consequence of the warmer weather is that there could be fewer acorns. A Daily Mirror article says that climate change could be hitting acorn crops from the UK’s oak trees.

A survey by the Woodland Trust claims that warmer years tend to lead to less synchronised flowering of oak trees, and as a result smaller crops.

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And continuing on the same theme – the Daily Telegraph warns us that millions of huge killer hornets which eat bees and have caused the deaths of six people in France, are heading to Britain because of the warm Spring.

The Asian hornets, which are nearly three inches long, are far more vicious than smaller varieties and carry a much more powerful sting.

Carolyne Liston, chairwoman of the Norfolk Beekeepers' Association, said: “They are a very, very aggressive predator. They wait by the entrance and grab foraging bees as they come back into the hive. They can absolutely decimate bee colonies. We are concerned they are going to come into Britain on someone's caravan who has been travelling in France.”

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The things people do....apparently someone called the emergency 999 number asking for an ambulance because a squirrel had been knocked down.

The Daily Mirror reports that the East of England ambulance service released an audio tape of the caller asking for a crew to ‘attend to someone hurt in hit-and-run’ in Epping Forest, Essex.

Two ambulances were dispatched but were halted when the operator asked for further information and the caller said the ‘someone’ was a squirrel.

Reference list:

Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

Daily Telegraph (www.telegraph co.uk)