IT'S pleasing to see that one of my regular walks has been named as the second most favourite picnic spots for Brits.

The Daily Mirror reports on a survey for DisneyLife which reveals that the Welsh beach of Three Cliffs Bay in Gower was voted top spot for a family spread followed by the idyllic Padley George in the Derbyshire Peak District which I can thoroughly recommend to anyone visiting the area.

Third was another Welsh beach, Aperporth in Cardigan Bay.

The survey said that around 85 per cent of people will have a picnic at least once over the summer holidays and more than a third of families are prepared to travel for more than an hour to enjoy an al-fresco meal.


An article in The Guardian says that the latest listed buildings created by National Heritage for England include one of the handful of surviving green painted Edwardian cabbies’ shelters, a Jewish cemetery, and an underground home in Yorkshire described as a “luxury hobbit house”.

These additions mark the 70th anniversary of the listing system which has preserved thousands of England’s most beautiful, historically important or 'weird' buildings and structure.

The National Heritage List for England now has 400,000 entries, including 710 windmills, 262 palaces, 72 piers, 16 plague crosses, 13 dung pits including an 18th-century example in a Devon farmyard, three scoreboards, and the 1919 wooden rollercoaster at Dreamland in Margate.

The cabbies’ shelter – a Tardis-like structure with room inside for a kitchen, serving counter and seating – was built in Grosvenor Gardens in London in 1906 and is still in daily use by London taxi drivers.

The curvy underground house, Underhill at Holme in West Yorkshire, complete with swimming pool and cave, was the first modern earth-sheltered house when it was built in the 1970s.


The Daily Express celebrates the achievement of Harry Moorhouse, from Norwich in Norfolk, who is still playing golf at the age of 100!

He only took up the sport when he was 50 but is now reckoned to be one of the UK's oldest participants and has been awarded a lifetime membership at Eaton Golf Club which he joined in 1971.

Harry said: “I just do it for the exercise and I play around for fun. I'm not too good but quite a while ago I got down to eight handicap.”


Bristol Zoo Garden has managed to breed a rare spider, reports The Guardian.

More than 1,000 Desertas wolf spiderlings, classed as critically endangered, have hatched.

The paper says that the species is found in a single valley on Deserta Grande, one of the Desertas islands near Madeira, Portugal.

There are about 4,000 adults left in the wild and it is hoped that some of the spiderlings can be returned to their home.

Mark Bushell, curator of invertebrates at Bristol zoo, commented: “Establishing the world’s first captive breeding programme for this species is a fantastic step towards protecting it. It is a beautiful and impressive creature, but its natural habitat is being altered by invasive plants.

“There are not enough rocky and sandy areas left for the spiders to burrow and hide in. The spiders are competing for fewer and fewer burrows.”


Archaeologists have made a revealing find in the popular tourist spot of Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, reports the Daily Mail.

The article says that human bones show how cannibal cavemen feasted on each other. Apparently Cheddar Gorge was populated by cannibals 14,700 years ago, who decapitated their dead, filleted the flesh from their bodies and made drinking cups from their skulls.

The latest evidence has shown that the cannibals engraved the bones after butchering them.

Professor Chris Stringer, from London’s Natural History Museum, said: “We don’t know what caused the death of these people or how they came to be in the cave.

“It may have been during warfare that they were killed outside the cave and their remains taken there, or this was crisis cannibalism where people had to eat their dead during a bad winter.”


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