I don't think so...amusing tale in the Bognor Regis Observer about Doris Ayling, from Bognor Regis, West Sussex, who was sent a maternity appointment letter by a hospital.

Problem is that Doris, who has seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, will be 100 in November!

Doris commented: “I was a bit amused by it all. I've never been to the Portsmouth hospitals and I don't know where the Fareham hospital is. It's a complete mystery to me how I got this letter.

“I had three children when I was 20, 23 and 29. That was enough.”

A spokesman for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We have written to the lady that was incorrectly sent the appointment letter. It was a rare administrative error and we have apologised for any unnecessary anxiety this error may have caused.”


Spare a thought for poor pussy Munchkin. The Daily Express reports that the three year old cat is allergic to all the things cats usually love such as fish, cream, milk, chicken and even tinned cat food.

She is owned by Paul and Louise Bean, from Hutton-Le-Hol, Yorkshire and Louise said: “She has to have an injection every month but the vet has found a special dried food she can eat. Munchkin has eaten us out of house and home trying different foods, but has won our hearts.”

She added: “I have still never seen her catch a mouse – so at least we can be grateful for that.”


The call has gone out for someone to accommodate a very large house guest.

The Guardian reports that the Natural History Museum is inviting any indoor museum in the UK to look after Dippy the dinosaur for at least four months.

The giant Victorian cast of a diplodocus is to be dismantled and removed from the South Kensington museum in London and temporarily replaced by the genuine skeleton of a blue whale which it is planned will be displayed during the summer of 2027, suspended as if it is diving from the roof.


The Independent says a new map of the London Underground Tube will show the number of calories you can burn by walking between stops.

Apparently, research has revealed that it takes four minutes to get from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus on the Tube, but taking the 11 minute walk would burn 42 calories – or the equivalent of half a chocolate digestive biscuit.

And walking from London Bridge to Tower Hill takes 17 minutes, compared with a 12 minute Tube journey, could help you burn 46 calories.


A £1m painting, which was once sold to help fund Nelson Mandela's legal defence, was discovered being used as a noticeboard in a London flat, reports the Guardian.

Hannah O'Leary, a specialist in South African art at Bonhams auction, spotted Arab in Black, a 1939 work by Irma Stern, during a valuation visit to the flat.

“I spotted this masterpiece hanging in the kitchen covered in letters, postcards and bills. It was a hugely exciting find, even before I learned of it's political significance,” she said.

Giles Peppiatt, director of Bonhams South African art department, said: “This painting was a significant part of Mandela’s defence fund – there were other works of art given to the auction, but they were very minor. This was by far the most important piece.”

Irma Stern, who died in 1966, is regarded as South Africa’s leading artist. One of her paintings sold for £3.1m at Bonhams in 2011.

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The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

Bognor Regis Observer (www.bognor.co,uk)