NO more meat pies then.... the Daily Express focuses on a report which states that British men are the fattest in Europe and the third most obese in the world.

The statistics were compiled by health and well-being brand Forza Supplements, using government figures from around the world.

The average weight is13st 3lb - only Americans and the Australians are bigger – with an average height of 5ft 10in.

The 2018 man has a chest of 43in, a waist of 37in, wears size nine shoes and has a collar size of 16in.

Fifty years ago, the average British man was 5ft 7½in, weighed 11st 8lb and had a 38-inch chest and a 34-inch waist. He wore size seven shoes, had a collar size of 14½in.

Forza Supplements managing director Lee Smith said: “It is extraordinary how much Mr Average has changed in the past 50 years.

“He has gone from being what we might consider a bit of wimp these days into a taller, more rugged muscle man, but with a noticeable beer belly.

“These figures clearly show how obesity levels are going up all the time and this is impacting on male life expectancy.”


According to an article in The Guardian, rail problems, fears of terrorism, and the high cost of getting to and eating in London have contributed to a “flatlining” of tourism in the capital city last year.

Figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions show that although there have been big tourism increases in Northern Ireland, and Scotland, the picture was not so rosy in London.

For the first time, the most visited attractions outside London were in Scotland. The National Museum of Scotland was up from 15th to 11th spot with a 20% increase. Edinburgh Castle is in 12th place with a 16% increase.


Harry Potter fan Hayley Malsom, from Gloucester, grabbed a real bargain when she popped into a charity shop and left with three first edition Harry Potter books for £3.

The Daily Mirror says that it was only when Hayley got home did she realise that the copies of

the 'Goblet of Fire,' 'Order of the Phoenix' and 'Half-Blood Prince' that she had in her bag were all first editions.

She commented: “As far as I'm aware the staff in the charity shop had not realised that they are first editions.

“I haven't had them valued but after a quick Google search I did see that one went for around £60,000.”


 The Guardian tells us that a multimillion-pound restoration of Lindisfarne Castle in Northumberland has revealed the hidden work of a 17th-century interior designer.

The 350-year-old hidden wall paintings uncovered in the old kitchen of the castle have been likened to modern-day wallpaper.

Nick Lewis, the house steward of Lindisfarne Castle, said: “If you imagine a wallpaper in anyone’s house today, they often have flowers on the wall. Well, this is what this is, it’s decorative and was intended to make them feel happier and at home.

“They used charcoal to draw it, very simple carbon, and there are areas of red pigment so they might have been painted and coloured. “

John Wynn-Griffiths, a conservator for the National Trust, added: “This is such an exciting and rare find. We are always extremely careful when peeling back layers of history but we did not expect to find these paintings at all.”


Residents at a care home for elderly in Devon have fallen in love with a robot dog and pony, reports the Daily Express.

Kenwith Castle care home near Bideford introduced the therapy 'pets' which respond to touch and speech and are designed to reduce stress and anxiety..

KC the dog and Keno the pony make noises when stroked and can also help those suffering from dementia.

Rae Vanstone, the home matron , said: “Our residents really enjoy having these pets in the lounges with them, it gives them a feeling of being at home.

“They engage with KC, our dog, and Keno the pony, and can often be found petting and soothing them when they make noises.”


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The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)