IT appears that Britain has a 'new tallest mountain'.

According to the BBC, Mt Hope, which is sited in the part of the Antarctic claimed by the UK, has been re-measured and found to higher than the previous title holder, Mt Jackson.

Hope is now put at 3,239m (10,626ft); Jackson is 3,184m (10,446ft).

“In Antarctica there are no roads, so to get around you have to fly planes. And if you're flying planes you really need to know where the mountains are and how high they are," explained Dr Peter Fretwell, from the British Antarctic Survey.”


Men can be much more careless than women when it comes to keeping hold of their wedding rings, says a survey outlined in the Daily Mail.

The research, carried out by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, found that almost a quarter of men - 24 per cent - admitted they had lost their wedding ring compared to just 14.3 per cent of women.

Sarah Willoughby, development director for Ecclesiastical's fine art, antiques, jewellery and collections business, said: “This research provides a fascinating insight into the items that people in the UK treasure, and we know first-hand from our customers how devastating it can be when people lose the things they love most.”


The Midlands city of Coventry has been named the UK's city of culture for 2021.

The Guardian reports that Coventry beat off competition from cities like Swansea, Stoke-on-Trent and Sunderland and the town of Paisley.

David Burbidge, chair of the Coventry 2021 bid team, said: “It’s huge and just an incredible result. Most importantly, we are bringing this to the people of Coventry and they deserve this, so we are thrilled that we have been selected.”


How about this for a Christmas novelty...the Daily Express reports on the one hundred year old box of chocolates!

According to the newspaper, when youngster Eileen Elmes received the Little Red Riding Hood Pascall’s Chocolate Novelties as a Christmas present she though they were too special to eat so she kept them untouched until she died aged 99 in 2007.

They have now been put up for sale by Eileen’s niece, who did not want to be named.

She is quoted as saying: “My aunt told me she couldn’t eat the chocolates because they were so pretty and beautifully wrapped, even though she loved chocolate.”

They will now be auctioned off with an estimated value of between £70 and £100.


The Independent says that one of London's main railway station will host 200 homeless people for dinner on Christmas Day.

Volunteers will lay on the spread at Euston Station and Steve Naybour, of Network Rail, who commented: “Working on Christmas Day is pretty much par for the course for many of us. This year, because I wasn’t scheduled to work, myself and a handful of colleagues came up with this plan to feed some of London’s homeless instead.” 


The Ashton family from Sheffield reckon they have what is believed to be Britain's oldest Christmas tree.

The Daily Mail reports that the 97 year old, two foot high tree has survived gale force winds and World War Two bombings.

It has been passed down through a family's maternal line since it was first purchased from Woolworths at Christmas in 1920.

Kay Aston told the Mail: “It's a great piece of history and I'm so glad to have it. To think the tree has stayed the same for almost 100 years but everything around it has changed so much. The things it will have seen.

“It's outlived two generations and even the shop it was bought from, so it's obviously made of strong stuff. I get it out every year and decorate it and it takes pride of place in my living room.”


Around 700 items of refugees’ clothing salvaged from beaches and olive groves on the Greek island of Lesbos are to be hung in an installation by the British war artist Arabella Dorman in the nave of St James’s church in Piccadilly, London, reports The Guardian.

They include a baby’s bright red bib emblazoned with the words “My 1st Christmas Ever!,” pyjama tops with sleeve ends intertwined like holding hands and a pair of jeans upside down as though their owner is falling from a height.

Dorman said: “Nothing compared me for the human drama on those beaches. It was so shocking to see the level of trauma, especially among children, the innocents caught up in war. There were thousands of items of clothing discarded by refugees.”

The installation, called Suspended, will be on display until February 8.


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