CONGRATULATIONS to Martin Appleton-Clare, who according to the Daily Mail, has been declared World Pie Eating Champion for the third successive year.

Apparently he ate a standard-sized pie in 32 seconds beating last year's time by 13.5 seconds, in the annual event which takes place at Harry's Bar in Wigan.

The fastest woman was Vicky Lindley whose time was one minute and 30 seconds.

Whilst on the subject of eating, a Daily Mirror article says that Chocolate Digestives were the winners of the Britain's Favourite Biscuit show organised by Channel 5.

They beat the Chocolate Hobnob into second place and Jammie Dodgers came third.

A researcher investigating plastic waste pollution spotted a breakfast cereal promotional toy ship amongst seaweed and fragments of walrus and whale bone, on Jan Mayen Island, in the Arctic Circle.

The Daily Mail reports that in 1958, the aim was to boost sales of Sugar Puffs by offering a miniature collection of famous ships.

And now a two-inch-long models of the RMS Mauretania - back then among the world’s biggest and most luxurious passenger ships - has turned up at the virtually uninhabited Norwegian-owned outpost.

It is believed the little plastic ship was discarded in a town or city close to Britain’s east coast and found its way into the North Sea before eventually ending up the Arctic Circle.

Eelco Leemans, the Dutch marine investigator who found the model ship, told the Mail: “There were lots of plastic items on the beach - fishing material, bottles, crates - but my eyes fell on this little white thing, and I thought: 'Oh, how incredible, a miniature ship! How on earth did this end up here?'”

The Daily Mirror tells us that 43 year old Joanne Milroy's search for her long lost cousin ended when she found him working in the same Amazon warehouse in Warrington, Cheshire.

Joanne hadn't seen 50 year old John Pownall since the early 1980s, after their families moved away from each other.

Then one day she spotted his name on a rota in the warehouse and realised they worked in the same department.

Joanne, who lives in St Helens, Merseyside, commented: “We lost touch after moving house and because of general family life and work, and as time went on, we just fell out of contact..

“For the last couple of years, I'd been looking on social media, in phone directories and online to find John.”

According to The Guardian, excavation of an old cellar in Cambridge has revealed bottles, bowls, crockery, cups, jars, pewter tankards and teapots from Clapham’s Coffeehouse which closed down 250 years ago.

Its site is now part of St John’s College, which paid for an excavation before recent building work. Archaeologists found a hoard including more than 500 objects also including serving dishes, jugs and bottles, storage jars, bowls, cups of every size and shape – including straight-sided coffee cans and tall chocolate cups – sauce boats and 18 jelly glasses in which calf’s foot jelly would have been served.

Craig Cessford, from Cambridge University’s archaeological unit, said: “Coffeehouses were important social centres during the 18th century, but relatively few assemblages of archaeological evidence have been recovered and this is the first time that we have been able to study one in such depth.”

The Scottish government has passed legislation banning the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

The BBC reports that the bill, which bans the use of non-domesticated animals for performance or exhibition in travelling shows, does not apply to static circuses.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “This is an important act that will not only prevent travelling circuses ever showing wild animals in Scotland in the future, but will demonstrate to the wider world that we are one of the growing number of countries that no longer condones the use of wild animals in this way.”

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