News Round Up

by Patrick O'Connor

 

ACCORDING to the Daily Star, Britain is facing an invasion of 'an army of crazed ginger ants'.

It seems that pest experts have issued a warning over two species of Argentinian ants which are covered in red hair, love to chew wires, and can spread disease.

Expert David Cross is quoted as saying: “Most arrive here via container ships from different parts of the world, either in food or perhaps soft furnishings.”

And continuing the theme, a Daily Express article claims that venomous spiders as big as mice are about to embark on a mass invasion on British homes.

The giant house spider is one of the biggest spiders in Europe and females can lay up to hundreds of eggs.

Spider expert Chris Ayre predicts the spiders will flock to British homes this month in a bid to take shelter from harsh weather and to start breeding.

British women are getting a taste for real ale. A Daily Mirror report examines research carried out by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) which revealed that the number of women trying real ale for the first time has more than doubled in just five years.

CAMRA's findings showed that the traditional image of the bearded real ale drinker may be changing with the number of women drinking it soaring from 14 per cent five years ago to 39 per cent today.

Ellie Furzeman, landlady of The White Lion in Wrightington, West Lancashire, said: “The White Lion is a traditional pub which is at the heart of the local community, and we’ve experienced a big surge in the amount of real ale we sell, especially amongst younger female drinkers opting for something different.”

Britain is renowned for the eccentric behaviour of some of its citizens so it was no surprise to see the Daily Express report that thousands watched competitors aim to fly at least 100 metres (109 yards) at the weekend.

They were leaping off the pier in the Worthing International Birdman competition in West Sussex which was offering a £10,000 prize.

Think twice before you give your baby an unusual name. That's the message in a Daily Mirror story which showed that a quarter of parents had a baby name they weren’t brave enough to use.

And that's not surprising, when the choices included Isis, Viking, Urban, Indiana, Oak, Cobalt, Cicero and Bluebell.

A survey by UK parents site Mumsnet found that 26% of parents couldn’t go through with their choice of name. Of those, 45% were ultimately rejected as too "quirky", while 18% backed out over fears that their child would be judged.

Justine Roberts, Mumsnet founder, said: “Discussions about proposed baby names are seemingly endless, reflecting peoples anxieties about what, for most parents, amounts to the first big parenting decision they have to make. No one wants to consign their child to a lifetime of ridicule or blandness.”

Britons are spending more on gym membership. Figures revealed in The Guardian says that the figures has gone up by 44 per cent in the last year, driven by the growth in popularity of new, budget gyms which come without expensive contracts.

An article in The Independent suggests that cockney rhyming slang – the traditional dialect of London's East End – could be on the way out.

A poll of Britons aged between 18 to 24 found that most were unable to identify the meaning of phrases such as "Donald Duck" (meaning luck), "Ruby Murray" (curry) or "bottle and stopper" r](copper).

Reference list:
The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

Daily Star (www.daily star.co.uk)