News Round Up

by Patrick O'Connor


WE Brits love our cricket but that might not be true of the residents of Smallthorne, Stoke on Trent, who have criticised the local cricket club.

The Daily Mail says that they claim balls from match days are smashing into their windows, greenhouses and roofs after a row of trees were chopped down.

People living near Norton Cricket Club say their lives are being made a misery by the flying balls and say they have to duck if they leave the house during a game, adding that they are 'hundreds of pounds' out of pocket thanks to cricket balls smashing into their properties and cars, leaving them to pick up the tab for the damage.

They are now demanding that the club erects nets on the 6ft-high boundary wall to catch high-flying balls.

The society guide Debrett's has moved with the times to launch its first etiquette class for the digital age with the intention of giving teenagers tips on how to interact and manage their social media reputation.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the guide has launched a day course entitled Coming of Age in which participants aged between 13 and 16, will learn about the opportunities to connect with others through social media but also “the dangers of oversharing and living lives online”.

James Field, training manager at Debrett’s, said: “The whole digital movement is such an important part of our lives that only a fool would let it be an after thought.

“Quite often an online profile is the first impression someone will have of us. It’s important to have a look at how we come across online.”

It's not a welcomed title but London's 'Walkie Talkie' skyscraper has been named as the UK's worst building,

The Carbuncle Cup, run by Building Design Magazine, has gone to Number 20, Fenchurch Street in the City of London, says The Independent newspaper.

The office building, is nicknamed the Walkie Talkie building due to its similarity to the old-school device.

One judge, Ike Ijeh — architecture critic for Business Design, said the Walkie Talkie was “a gratuitous glass gargoyle graffitied onto the  skyline of London.”

It seems that Britons are no longer obsessed with their garden lawns, claims the Daily Mail,

A survey by garden furniture website showed that one in four homes now has no real grass in its garden as the UK paves over its green space.

Households are choosing low maintenance alternatives such as paving, decking and AstroTurf – with almost three-quarters of adults saying that a lawn is a ‘burden’.

Blackpool has the unenviable distinction of being called the takeaway capital of the UK.

An article in the Daily Mirror says that Food Standards Agency figures show the seaside resort has 279 takeaway shops - more than treble the national average meaning Blackpool has roughly one takeaway for every 500 people living in the town.

The town also has among the lowest health levels in the UK - and its residents has the shortest lives in England with an average life expectancy of 74.

A British army mascot has been promoted...for good behaviour.

The Daily Mirrors tells us that Private Derby XXX - a ram - is the regimental totem of the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment.

And after eight years serving, he was promoted to Lance Corporal in a special ceremony.

Brrr....according to The Guardian, a chilly August made this summer the coldest one in the UK in the past three years.

The average temperature for summer was just 13.9C (57F) and it was the wettest end to the summer in 50 years for Dorset, Hampshire and Guernsey. Cornwall and the south coast had to cope with up to three times the average rainfall for August.

A Met office spokesperson said: “No-one can deny that we have had a pretty disappointing summer with a lot of unsettled weather and only a few warm spells, especially through July and August.

“Our weather has been dominated by low pressure over and to the west of the country that has brought us periods of heavy rain from the south – what we call the Spanish Plume.”

A scientist has claimed that the mythical figure of King Arthur, who was married to Guinevere, held court over the Knights of the Round Table and wielded the sword Excalibur was in fact a real person.

The Independent says that research by Dr Andrew Breeze, a professional philologist and Celticist from the University of Navarre in Spain showed that King Arthur was a general rather than a monarch, fought all his battles in southern Scotland and Northumberland – and lived most of his life in Strathclyde

He has based his findings on a Latin chronicle called The History Of The Britons, written in the ninth century by the Welsh monk Nennius.

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