IT seems that we Brits have some of the biggest baby bawlers.

The Daily Mirror reports that according to a study carried out at Warwick University, along with infants in Canada, Italy and Netherlands, British babies out-cry all other countries while toddlers in Denmark, Germany and Japan have the fewest tears and tantrums.  

The university says it has formulated the first universal chart for normal amounts of crying in the first three months - babies wail around two hours a day on average in that time

Highest levels of colic – crying more than three hours a day for at least three days a week – were found in the UK (28% of infants at 1-2 weeks), Canada (34% at 3-4 weeks) and Italy (21% at 8-9 weeks).


A particularly destructive species of moths is threatening curtains, carpets, costumes and tapestries in some of the UK's most historic properties.

An article in The Guardian says that Monopis sp., also known as the pale-backed clothes moth, has recently been discovered for the first time by English Heritage, which is now enlisting the help of the public to map the spread and intensity of the menace.

“We’ve lost some modern furniture and furnishings, but so far we’ve kept on top of it with historic textiles by utter scrupulous diligence,” said Amber Xavier-Rowe, head of collections conservation.


The Daily Express tells us that Roman artefacts have been discovered during work to upgrade the A1 in north Yorkshire .

The large Roman settlement, beneath Scotch Corner, a major junction near Richmond, pre-dates settlements discovered in York and Carlisle by a decade, suggesting the Romans had in fact begun their expansion in the north of England 10 years earlier than previously thought.

Among the discoveries are part of an amber carved figurine, thought to have been made in Italy during the 1st century AD, a coin manufacturing workshop and a rare silver ring shaped like a snake.

Neil Redfern, principal inspector of Ancient Monuments at Historic England said: “This project has given us a unique opportunity to understand how the Romans conducted their military expansion into Northern England and how civil life changed under their control.”


If you like horse racing, then you might want to get hold of some new stamps to be launched in the UK.

The Daily Mirror says that a new set will feature racehorse legends to mark the 40th anniversary of Red Rum's historic third Grand National win.

The horses featured are Frankel, Shergar, Kauto Star, Desert Orchid, Arkle, Brigadier Gerard and Estimate as well as Red Rum.

A spokesman for Royal Mail commented: “Horse racing is a British passion, and we pay tribute to eight legendary horses that have proven their greatness on UK racecourses and won the affection of the public.”


An exhibition at Buckingham Palace will show some of the more unusual gifts presented to the Queen during her 65 year reign, says The Guardian.

The gifts have come from from over 100 countries during more than 250 overseas visits.

The exhibition, held during the annual summer opening of the state rooms at Buckingham Palace from July to October, will have an emphasis on local craft and artistic tradition, rather than on the lavish and luxurious.

They include a colourful Yoruba throne, gifted by Nigeria in 1956, and a pair of baskets woven from coconut leaves, given by Queen Salote Tupou III of Tonga in 1953.


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