London's V&A Museum is to feature a diamond and pearl tiara which was saved from the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, reports The Guardian.

It will be one of the star objects in the first major exhibition on the classic age of the great ocean liners.

The tiara was commissioned from Cartier in 1909 by the Canadian banker and shipping magnate Sir Hugh Allan, as a gift for his wife Marguerite who was a passenger on the Lusitania, which was torpedoed by a German U-boat within sight of the Irish coast on its journey from New York to Liverpool.

Although she was rescued, both her daughters were among the 1,198 casualties (the body of one daughter was never found).

The exhibition will include posters, film, furnishings, parts of original ship fittings – including some ornate carving from the Titanic – and glamorous clothing worn by wealthy passengers on voyages.


There is a heart-warming story in the Daily Mirror about 23-year-old student Ella Johannessen who woke up after napping on a train to find a kind-hearted passenger had left £100 under a napkin on her lap.

The Leeds Beckett University student had been speaking to her mother on the phone earlier in the journey about how "stressed and upset" she was about her finances.

She then went for a nap on the journey from Leeds to Peterborough and burst into tears when she woke up and found the gift.

Ella said: “I rang my mum and spoke to her about how little money I had, how worried I was about my finances and I got upset.

“I hung up the phone and went to sleep (and when) I woke up about half hour later I noticed a napkin on my lap. Under the napkin was £100.”

She added: “After a terrible 18 months where I lost my father and both of his parents it showed me that there is kindness and good people in the world.

“I would like to tell the person that they are a fantastic human being and it has really lifted my spirits and massively helped me out.”


The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge has been presented with a gold and garnet cross, found on the breast of a teenage girl buried lying on her own bed about 1,300 years ago.

An article in The Guardian says that the grave was found in 2011 by University of Cambridge archaeologists only a few miles from the museum, on land at Trumpington being developed for housing.

The cross suggests that the girl, believed to be aged about 16, was an early Christian convert, but she was buried between 650 and 680 AD in the pagan style with grave goods which were probably also treasured possessions.

The cross is thought to be worth more than £80,000, but has been presented to the museum by the landowners, Grosvenor.


 The Independent tells us that more than a million disposable coffee cups and lids were used by the House of Commons last year - equivalent to 1,500 per MP.

A Freedom of Information request by environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) showed that plastic straws, stirrers, condiment sachets, plastic cutlery, disposable water bottles and coffee cups were all bought in vast quantities across the Palace of Westminster,

Labour MP Kerry McCarthy said it was time for Parliament to get its “house in order” and take a lead on the national issue of throwaway plastic. 


It seems that some Brits are getting wealthier.

According to the Daily Express another 800,000 households became millionaires when looking at total net household wealth – which included property, savings, shares, pensions and possessions – an increase of15 per cent to £12.8 trillion in the two-year period ending in June 2016.

Statistics revealed by the Office for National Statistics showed that the net wealth of the average household was £259,400, with 3.6 million households – 14 per cent of the population – having assets of more than £1 million, up from 2.7 million households in 2014.


Reference list:

The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)