FISH and chips remains one of the favourite 'takeaway' meals in the UK but a call has been made to reduce portions to tackle waste and obesity (maybe waists).

The BBC tells us that JJ Food Service, which supplies more than 1,000 shops,suggests that all chip portions be cut by almost a third and an industry survey reckons 45% of customers want smaller chip portions. 36% would prefer a smaller fish portion, given the choice, to cut down on calories.

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Fancy buying a house with a fascinating history?

The Daily Mail tells us that the property that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to create the famous detective Sherlock Holmes has gone up for sale for £575,000.

The four-bedroomed cottage, which was once the home of Doyle's mother, is near the village of Ingleton in North Yorkshire.

Owner Heather Jemson said: “The Conan Doyle connection came as a complete surprise, but it's interesting and we didn't mind a couple of Sherlock Holmes pilgrims turning up occasionally.”

The paper reports that some Doyle fans believed that the name Sherlock was inspired by the Sherlock Window in Ingleton's St Mary's Church, which was named in memory of the vicar's father Randal Hopley Sherlock, who had been killed by lightning. 

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According to The Guardian, the first black dormouse ever recorded in the UK has been discovered in a nest box in the Blackdown Hills of Somerset.

Britain has only one native species of dormouse, the hazel dormouse. A few black hazel dormice were found in Germany in the 1970s and two more in 2015 but it appears the Somerset specimen is a British first.

The discovery was made when staff, trainees and volunteers were checking dormouse nest boxes as part of a national dormouse monitoring programme.

This year, the project provided 300 nest boxes and more than 60 volunteers have installed and regularly checked them. One was found to have the black specimen inside.

Conrad Barrowclough, from the Blackdown Hills Natural Futures project, said: “Learning about and protecting our natural heritage is what we’re all about so finding such a rare dormouse on our doorstep is fantastic, especially at a time when Britain’s dormouse population is under threat.”

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The discovery of a giant Asian hornets' nest has caused a bit of a buzz in Gloucestershire, says The Independent.

The nest, which was the size of a large pumpkin, was found at the top of a 17 metre tree and has prompted concern from Government experts about the threat to bee populations.

The Asian hornet is smaller than bees native to the UK and poses a risk to honey bees.

An environmental spokesperson said: “It is important to remember they pose no greater risk to human health than a bee, though we recognise the damage they can cause to honey bee colonies. That’s why we are taking swift and robust action to identify and destroy any nests.”

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Reference list:

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

BBC (www.bbc.co.uk)