ACCORDING to the Daily Star, postal workers have stopped delivering mail to Regent Gardens in Hereford because they are being dive-bombed by seagulls.

Apparently residents have received a letter from Royal Mail bosses warning them they wouldn’t get any more letters and parcels and have been told to make a 45-minute round trip to collect their post from the nearest sorting office.

The letter explained: “The gulls are nesting and rearing their chicks. Postmen are attempting to deliver to customers every day and we apologise if any customer has been affected by this.

“The safety of our people is paramount to Royal Mail and these swooping attacks made it difficult for the postmen to carry out their deliveries.”


The Guardian informs us of a new exhibition by English Heritage at Portchester Castle which looks at the story of 2,000 African-Caribbean soldiers imprisoned in the medieval castle in the 18th century.

The men – and 99 women and children – were transported from St Lucia in 1796 to the castle, which overlooks Portsmouth harbour.

They were all black soldiers and their dependants, freed from slavery by the French in 1794 and who had been fighting for France against the British.

Curator Abigail Coppins said: “At a time when the entire black population of Britain was roughly 10-15,000 our exhibition completely turns the tables of the views of the period.

“These were not slaves, but free men and women, fighting and in some cases dying for a cause they believed in. Research is on-going but this exhibition restores a forgotten chapter of black history in England’s story.”


The Houses of Parliament are featured in six paintings by the French artist Claude Monet which is to be shown at Tate Britain, reports The Guardian.

It's the first major exhibition charting the stories of 19th-century French impressionists who sought refuge in Britain.

Monet’s views of the sun setting through fog over Parliament are one of his most highly regarded series of paintings and although 19 exist, not one is in a British public collection.

But now Tate Britain has managed to secure the loan of six, the most exhibited together in Europe since a show in 1973, for the exhibition, being staged this winter.

The six paintings will come from galleries in Chicago, New York, Le Havre, Paris and Krefeld in Germany for the show.


The Bank of England's new £10 note will feature the author Jane Austen in its design, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The Bank of England revealed the design at Winchester Cathedral where Austen was buried after her death in 1817 at the age of 41.

The new note, which will be issued on September 14, is the first Bank of England banknote with a tactile feature to help blind and partially-sighted users.

Victoria Cleland, the Bank's chief cashier, said: “The new £10 note marks the next exciting step in our introduction of cleaner, safer, stronger polymer banknotes.

“I am delighted that the Jane Austen £10 note incorporates an innovative tactile feature, which I hope will greatly benefit blind and partially sighted users.”


It's taken 76 years but the cause of a leak in the roof of St Peter's Church in Folkestone, Kent has finally been tracked down.

The Daily Express says it was caused by a bullet hole made by German bombers during the Second World War!

Restoration workers found a bullet hole in the church spire, and concluded the damage was caused when Luftwaffe Messerschmitts attacked the town in 1941.

Archived reports show a raid by the bombers, who made “a lightning attack in the harbour area” on March 27, 1941, at 9.23am. 

Church warden David Wilson said: “The church roof has been leaking long enough for everyone to believe that it has always leaked. It is good to now know the cause and rectify it.”


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