AN article in the Daily Mirror puts the spotlight on 33 year old Claire Davies, from Aberystwyth in Wales, who lost almost half her bodyweight in just a year so she could fit into her dream wedding dress: She dropped from nearly 22 stone to 11st 8lbs.

Claire commented: “Every time, I craved a packet of crisps, I pictured my dream wedding dress. This kept me motivated to lose weight. I joined my local gym and, twice a week, I exercised for an hour and half.”


Going on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is the end-of-term Sherborne School report on Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing.

The Guardian says that the 1929 report revealed that Turing's English reading was weak, his French prose was very weak, his essays grandiose beyond his abilities, and his mathematical promise undermined by his untidy work.

The paper says that Turing would go on to be seen as a genius, a mathematician and computer pioneer whose codebreaking work at Bletchley Park helped shorten the Second World War and whose name is given to a test for artificial intelligence.

The Codebreakers and Groundbreakers exhibition which runs to February also displays items borrowed from the government communications headquarters, GCHQ, such as a German coding machine and its British equivalent which the Germans never cracked.


The public have been given their first glimpse of a British car which is expected to smash through the world speed record.

The Independent reports that the Bloodhound SSC has been designed to reach 1,000mph and describes it as “something like a car combined with a fighter jet.”

During the demonstration, watched by over 3,000 people at Cornwall Airport, Newquay it reached 200mph in eight seconds.


The Daily Mail tells us that angler Nigel Lubrook is celebrating after catching Britain's biggest ever carp.

Nigel Ludbrook caught the 68lb 8oz (4.9 stone) fish at the Holme Fen fishery in Colne, Cambridgeshire, using white chocolate as bait.

He said: “When it first came out of the water, I was shocked, stunned, and to be honest, shaking like a leaf. My previous best carp was 35lb - I'd never even seen a fish that size before.”


There is a heart-warming article in The Guardian about three orphaned otters who have been released into the wild after more than nine months in care.

Stream, Smoult and Eddie were taken to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, Clackmannanshire, when they were cubs aged between eight and 10 weeks old.

The centre’s manager, Colin Seddon, said: “There are many factors that need to be met before we can release otters back into the wild – the weather, site location, otter population in the area and land owners’ permission. All of these must be in place to ensure the best chance of survival.

“With help from the Woodland Trust we were able to access the remote release site in the Highlands in order to successfully release the otters.”


According to the Daily Mail, a piece of work which is believed to be an unfinished portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots, has been found hidden beneath a 16th-century painting.

The Mail says that the image of a woman, which experts say has 'compelling similarities' to other depictions of the queen, was discovered by an x-ray of a portrait of Sir John Maitland, the Lord Chancellor of Scotland between 1586 and 1595.

It was being examined by conservator Dr Caroline Rae as part of research by the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Researchers suggest Mary's execution in 1587, two years before the inscribed date on the Maitland painting, may be the reason the portrait was covered over or abandoned by the artist.


Reference list:

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)