HOW about this for dedication to public service – 93 year old Phyllis Roberts has become Britain's oldest mayoress.

The Daily Express reports that its the second time that Phyllis is pulling on her mayoral chains in Blaenavon, near Pontypool in South Wales, having first held the title in 1970.

She commented: “I was nominated by members in the council and I didn't expect to get the support that I did. Age to me is just a number - it's all about whether you're up to the job or not.”


Work to build a new pavilion for Carlisle Cricket Club has unearthed a bath house for Roman troops manning Hadrian's Wall, reports the Daily Mail.

Weapons, pottery and coins were among artefacts found in the bath house which was used by around 1,000 members of the Ala Petriana cavalry – the Roman equivalent of the SAS.

Frank Giecco, technical director for the archaeology contractor Wardell Armstrong, said: “We’d never known where the bath-house was for the cavalry fort. It would have been a very important part of life for these troops.

“The bath house was a very important meeting place for the cavalrymen – and there would have been a lot of gambling here.”


Art lovers are in for a real treat, says The Guardian newspaper, at an exhibition described by the director of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford as “a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

It features 120 works by the Renaissance artist Raphael and Xa Sturgis commented: “Not since 1983 when an exhibition of drawings from British collections was on display at the British Museum has such an extraordinary gathering of Raphael drawings been shown to the public.”

The exhibition runs from June 1 to September 3.


The Guardian also looks at an exhibition that will be on display at the British Museum in September, which will feature a piece of tattooed skin from the upper torso of a warrior who died about 2,400 years ago

The skin will be among hundreds of objects on loan from the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg which shines a light on the Scythians – fierce nomadic horsemen who ruled an empire stretching from the Black Sea across Siberia to the borders of China for 1,000 years.

A spokesman said: “Mostly in this museum we are familiar with peoples who built cities, lived in a built environment, and wrote their own histories … the Scythians had no written language and so left no accounts of themselves, and as nomadic herders they built nothing permanent except their tombs, which fortunately for us they filled with everything they owned in life. The tombs are their monuments.”


You meanies! According to an article in the Daily Express, British parents are nicking an average of £50 a year from their children's piggy banks.

Some of the main reasons they put forward are school dinner money and change for charities and parking.

Two thousand parents were surveyed by the Nationwide Building Society, who found that 60 percent of those with children aged between four and 16 dipped into their offspring’s savings. 

The average amount taken annually was £46.20 – a 116 per cent rise on last year’s £21.41.

A spokesperson for the Nationwide said: “At a time when increasingly fewer people carry cash, we can often get left short when scrambling around for change.

“Quite often it’s children who have more loose change than anyone, and it’s often nicely tucked away in a money box.

“So, it’s no surprise that their parents take the opportunity to raid their kid’s piggy bank for things such as parking or the school lunch money.”


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The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)