Penstioner Anthea Connell, from West Bridgford in Nottinghamshire, is planning to sell a 'love note' from legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix at auction for an estimated £3,000.

The Daily Express tells us that 69 year old Anthea was handed a signed guitar strings packet after catching the eye of the American rock legend at a concert at the Boston Gilderdrome in Lincolnshire in 1967.

She was watching Hendrix warm up when he wandered over and started talking to her. He handed her a letter on the back of his guitar strings packet, which read: 'To Anthea. Love and kisses to you forever. I wish I could really talk to you. Stay sweet. Jimi Hendrix.'

The note will now go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire, on October 23.

Anthea commented: “I was totally awestruck - Jimi Hendrix was a complete icon. He turned to his band members on the stage and asked one of the guys to give him something to write on.

“He came back with a guitar strings packet, which may well have been his. He proceeded to write me this wonderful message on the back.”


The BBC tells us that a letter written by Prince George - the Queen's grandfather - in 1908 in which he complains boys of the time are “too forward” is to be sold at auction.

It was written two years before George became king and in it, he also apologises that his son Prince Albert - who would become George VI - was “rather shy”.

The note was addressed to Admiral Sir Wilmot Hawksworth Fawkes, president of the interview committee for entry as a cadet to the Royal Navy and Prince George thanked him for interviewing his son.

Michael Kousah, of Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers in Essex, said the letter was “remarkable” and showed how the future king was aware of his son's “shyness and sensitivity”.

It will be auctioned on September 26 and is expected to fetch between £800 to £1,200.


Letters are also the subject matter in an article in The Guardian about the World War Two codebreaker Alan Turing.

A lost collection of nearly 150 letters from Turing has been uncovered in an old filing cabinet at the University of Manchester.

In response to an invitation to speak at a conference in the US in April 1953, Turing replied that he would rather not attend: “I would not like the journey, and I detest America.”

The letter, sent to Donald Mackay, a physicist at King’s College London, does not give any further explanation for Turing’s forthright views on America, nor do these views feature in any of the other 147 letters discovered.

Turing is regarded today as the father of modern computing who broke the Nazis’ second world war Enigma code.

Professor Jim Miles, of the university’s school of computer science, said: “I was astonished such a thing had remained hidden out of sight for so long. No one who now works in the school or at the university knew they even existed. It really was an exciting find and it is mystery as to why they had been filed away.”


The UK is to produce its first commercial crops of lentils, reports The Guardian, to be grown on farms in Hertfordshire, Hampshire, Suffolk, Sussex and Wiltshire.

Suffolk based firm Hodmedod has worked with British farmers on a series of trial crops since 2015.

Most lentils on sale in the UK are imported from India or Canada and have never been grown on a large or commercial scale in the UK.

“We’d always wanted to grow lentils but were repeatedly told it just wasn’t possible,” said Hodmedod co-founder Josiah Meldrum.

“Then we met some inspiring German lentil farmers who told us to just plant them and see what happened. We did and it turns out lentils grow well here, the trick is keeping them weed-free and harvesting them – skills we’ve been learning over the last few years.”


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The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

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