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BUILDERS working on a house in Eastbourne, Sussex, were in for a surprise when they knocked down a chimney.

For, says the Daily Express, they discovered a letter from a child to Father Christmas which is believed to be more than 90 years old.

The letter, dated 1925 and signed by E Short, read: “Daddy Christmas, will you please bring me these things. Fort, cannon, box of soldiers, Indian, chocolate, boat, book, handkerchiefs. Yours sincerely, E Short.”

The house owner Emily Nash told the paper: “I bought the house and asked the builders to remove the chimney breasts and they found a little envelope with a folded up letter for Father Christmas in 1925.

It's amazing it stayed in the chimney for that long and wasn't damaged or removed. The house was built in the early 1900s so whoever wrote the letter must have been one of the first people to live there.”

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An article in the Daily Telegraph mourns the death of Jack Russell collie-cross Yentl who has died at the age of 24 and was believed to be the oldest dog in Britain.

Owner Charlie Martin, from Bude, Cornwall said “I said to my missus I'm going to call him Yentl. She said where did that name come from and I said I've named him after a Barbara Streisand film.”

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It seems that we are seeing fewer hedgehogs in our gardens.

The Daily Mail reports on a survey by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds which revealed that that only one in four Brits spot hedgehogs in our gardens each month.

The number of people seeing hedgehogs at least once a month has fallen from 28 per cent last year to 25 per cent this year, while the number who have never seen one in the garden has risen from a fifth (20 per cent) in 2015 to 24 per cent in 2016.

The cost of land in London is now so expensive, says the Daily Mirror, that a parking space in the capital city is on sale for £250,000. It's located in a private underground car park in Knightsbridge.

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The Guardian tells us that firemen in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, were called out to release a cow after she got her head stuck in a tree.

They used straps and farm machinery to try to pull her out and then a vet was called to sedate the animal before the crew used saws and other tools to free her.

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A collection of 3,500 Dinky toy cars has gone for £150,000 at an auction, according to the BBC.

They were collected by the late John Kinchen, from Portsmouth, for decades before his death last year, with models dating from 1937 to the early 1970s.

And the rarest model, a South African issue Dinky 139 Ford Consul Cortina, sold for £800 at the auction in Exmouth, Devon.

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Interesting insight into how we do things in Britain can be found in the Daily Mirror.

They report that an E-tea-quette survey has shown that six in 10 Brits spread jam first on a scone and then add some cream!

And the survey also reveals that more than half of those quizzed reckoned you should pronounce 'scone' as if it rhymed with 'gone' rather than 'phone.'

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Reference list:

The Express (www.express.co.uk)

Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

Daily Telegraph (www.telegraph co.uk)

BBC (www.bbc.co.uk)