LUKE Elsworth has become Britain's youngest ever airline pilot....at the age of 19.

The Daily Mirror says that Luke qualified to fly passenger jets just two years after he was allowed a driver’s licence.

He was offered a job with easyJet after enrolling in the airline’s pilot training programme at CTC Aviation in Southampton almost as soon as they would accept him - just nine days after his 18th birthday.

He described his first flight - from Gatwick to Toulouse in the south of France - as “incredible”. Nature watchers in the UK reckon signs of spring took a week longer to spread across the country this year than in the last two decades.

------------------

The Guardian reports that a mild winter saw spring flowers out earlier than usual and signs of spring such as hawthorn leafing and red admiral butterflies on the wing on Christmas Day.

However, lower than averages temperatures in April meant that spring travelled from south to north more slowly than in recent years.

------------------

It seems that urban seagulls are no mugs when it comes to working out where their next meal is coming from.

An article in the Daily Mail says that the birds have learnt to linger where the best fast-food shops can be found and have developed a taste for takeaway chicken and pork ribs.

Dr Chris Pawson, of the University of the West of England (UWE), said: “They are not arriving on the dot every night, but they know which places there is likely to be more food dropped.

“They start to congregate at about half past eight and their numbers are largest at about 9.45pm or 10pm.”

------------------

How about this for coincidence... according to the Daily Mail when Lally MacBeth bought a dress from a vintage shop in Brighton, she was stunned to find out it belonged to her mother 20 years ago.

When she sent a photograph of the dress to her mother Penny later that day, she realised it was one she used to own in the 1990s.

------------------

Whoops! The Independent tells us that when a well-meaning member of the public took a 'dead cat' into an animal shelter in Guernsey, it turned out to be bedraggled fluffy toy.

Steve Byrne, the shelter manager, said: “When a member of the public arrived with what was said to be a dead cat, your heart sinks as it is never an easy moment when we aren't able to help an animal.”

He went on: “What was supposed to be a dead cat was very kindly brought wrapped and placed in a box but when I went to check the animal over not only did I find it wasn't a cat I also found it wasn't dead at all.

“The deceased cat was in fact a very wet and muddy dog –not any normal dog –but a hand puppet.”

------------------

Although the 2015 James Bond film Spectre was a box office hit, it wasn't everybody's cup of tea, reports The Sun. It generated more complaints than any other film released that year.

There were 40 complaints made to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) about gruesome scenes in the spy thriller.

But in its annual report the BBFC concluded that in the context of an “action film featuring a larger-than-life hero character who always defeats his enemies, this moderate violence is acceptable at 12A”.

------------------

Reference list:

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

The Sun (www.thesun.co.uk)