BIRTHDAY celebrations for Britain's oldest men who both reached 110 on the same day, although neither knows who is the elder as the exact times of their births is not known.

The Daily Express says that Robert Weighton, from Alton in Hampshire, shares a birthday with Alf Smith, from Perth, who were both born on March 29, 1908.

They recently became pen pals although being 470 miles apart they have never met.


The Guardian tells us that the remains of a monastery founded in 1385 by Richard II, and the spectacular wall paintings added in later centuries, are going to be open to the public for the first time; almost 80 years after being left to the people of Coventry by a wealthy local businessman.

A £4.3m Heritage Lottery Fund grant means that the preservation trust which now owns the Charterhouse; a complex of medieval and later Grade I listed buildings surrounded by 70 acres of parkland, is within sight of its fundraising restoration target.

It should be open in 2020 with a visitor centre, cafe, and recreations of the modest cells of the Carthusian monks.

The site was left to the people of Coventry in 1940 by the businessman Colonel W F Wyley. His family rediscovered the wall paintings hidden behind panelling, which date from the 15th and 16th centuries and are of national importance – including a wall painted to imitate the far more costly effect of tapestry hangings.


 Another historical tale in the Daily Express which reveals that a 3,500-year-old stone carving of one of only a handful of female Pharaohs has been found by accident at a Welsh university.

The head of Hatshepsut, who came to the throne of Egypt in 1478 BC, is on two limestone fragments used during handling sessions at Swansea University’s Egypt Centre.

Until now no one had realised their significance. The two irregularly-shaped fragments had been glued together and kept in storage for more than 20 years.

During a recent handling session for students, egyptologist Dr Kenneth Griffin noticed that one of the objects chosen, which had been stored for decades, was much more interesting than first thought.


According to the Daily Star, Young's Chip Shop firm wants to employ someone to test samples of fish and chips.

Jason Manley, head of frozen brand marketing, said: “We’re searching for Britain’s most passionate fish and chip connoisseur, who knows delicious fish and has a desire to try fantastic new products. 

“This is an incredibly important hire for us – we’re expecting to trawl through boatloads of applications.” 


A recreation of a sculpture destroyed by the Islamic State has been installed in Trafalgar Square, says the Daily Mirror.

The replica of a statue of Lamassu has been made out of 10,500 empty, Iraqi date syrup cans.

The sculpture depicts the armoured winged bull which protected the gates to the capital of the Neo-Assyrian empire Nineveh for over 2,800 years.

The original was destroyed along with other artefacts in the Mosul Museum, by ISIS in 2015

The replica is the work of US artist Michael Rakowitz, who has been attempting, since 2006, to remake more than 7,000 archaeological artefacts looted from the country of his ancestors.


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