HOT water bottles are coming back into fashion, reports the Daily Mail.

A new report says that the switch to old-fashioned hot water bottles is because families are trying to save on heating bills during the cold winter months following price rises by the big energy companies.

The report by internet firm Studio says that sales are the highest since the 1960s.

A Studio spokesperson said: “Households are using the same methods of keeping warm as their grandparents used in post-war Britain.”

A new set of £2 coins this year will mark the 200th anniversary of the Dr Frankenstein novels by Mary Shelley.

The Daily Mirror says that another £2 coin will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice with poet Wilfred Owen’s line “the truth untold, the pity of war”.

A hand-painted fan which reflects a long lost view of Harrison's Walk in Bath has been acquired by the city's Holburne Museum, according to an article in The Guardian.

The fan, which was painted around 1750 by Thomas Loggon, a renowned fan painter with dwarfism who ran a teahouse and china shop under the sign of The Little Fanmaker, shows elegantly dressed people strolling in Harrison’s Walk, a tree-lined riverside walk kept exclusive by paid subscription.

The BBC tells us that the first polar bear to be born in the UK in 25 years has arrived at the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig, near Aviemore, in Scotland.

Una Richardson, the park's head keeper responsible for carnivores, said: “While we are absolutely thrilled, we are not celebrating prematurely as polar bear cubs have a high mortality rate in the first weeks of life due to their undeveloped immune system and the mother's exaggerated need for privacy, with any disturbance risking the cub being killed or abandoned."

She added: “We will continue to monitor Victoria and very much hope for the best possible news when she emerges around March.”

A plea for funds to maintain the UK's only museum dedicated to the suffrage movement has been reported in The Guardian.

The Women’s Social and Political Union, an organisation that campaigned for woman’s suffrage in the UK, was founded in the parlour of Emmeline Pankhurst’s home in Chorlton-on-Medlock, south Manchester, in 1903.

The Guardian says the building currently houses a three-room museum – including the parlour – along with the charity Manchester Women’s Aid, which supports victims of domestic abuse.

It is staffed by volunteers and receives no public funding, instead relying on donations.

The writer and activist Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, said:“This is the real building where a historical event happened that defined this pivotal change in our ideas of citizenship.”

Gail Heath, the director of the Pankhurst Trust, said it would take about £3.5m to transform the centre into an “enhanced museum attraction” with space for school groups to learn about the suffragettes.

According to Trevor Ward, from Clydach Vale in Rhondda, south Wales, he has been able to reach his 104th birthday because of a tough regime of mountain walks.

The Daily Express says that he takes on the tough hill climbs every day except Sunday and also goes to dancing and bingo sessions every week and still “likes a drop of whisky”.

Trevor started work at the Cambrian Colliery coal mine as a teenager and spent 38 years underground before ending his career as a store worker at Porth Textiles. 

Daughter-in-law Morwenna, said: “He walks every day. People cannot believe it when they hear how old he is – he looks years younger than his age. But apart from his hearing having gone a little, he’s fit as a fiddle.”

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