THE BBC tells us that the UK's first polar bear cub to be born in 25 years is male.

Staff at the Highland Wildlife Park, near Kincraig in Scotland are preparing a list of "suitable names" for the public to choose from for the cub.

Head keeper responsible for carnivores, Una Richardson, commented: “Our keepers are coming up with a suitable list which we will soon ask the public to choose from on social media.

“This will help us engage with as wide an audience as possible to raise awareness of the threats polar bears are facing in the wild and the need to protect this magnificent species.”

The new young people's poet laureate for London is 24 year old Somali-British Momtaza Mehri.

The Guardian reports that she is hoping to spend her year in the role convincing young people “to see poetry as part of their every day, rather than in some dusty tome, or academic niche interest”.

Mehri, from Kilburn in north-west London, was selected for the role by a panel of arts organisations and poets, and is, according to Spread the Word’s chair of trustees Rishi Dastidar, “an inspired choice” and a “poet to watch”.


The Tate Gallery in London has launched a £5 ticket scheme aimed at increasing the number of young people going to ticketed exhibitions.

For some of the major events at the gallery, visitors have to pay up to £22, which says The Guardian, tends to restrict it to older age groups.

Tate director Maria Balshaw, said: “We are acting on what 16-25-year-olds say they want so that we can make the changes needed for future generations. Our sector should be shaped by their creative energy and their message to us is clear: arts institutions should plan with, not for them.”


Pensioner Linda Pollard, from Leicester, got a big surprise when she brought home a bag of pre-packed bananas from the Aldi supermarket.

For, says the Daily Mirror, out popped a three-inch long live scorpion!

She trapped it under a glass and waited for the RSPCA to arrive and take it away.

They identified it as a Slender Brown scorpion which are common in Belize, Central America, where the bananas had come from.

They are classed under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act as poisonous with a sting like a bee that can cause pain, redness and swelling and in rare cases heart attacks, hypertension or even death.


 According to the Daily Express, the world's largest collection of toy soldiers is to be auctioned off.

Apparently, 100,000 military figures and vehicles made of lead, metal and plastic were found in the garage of Carmelo Mazzotta who died of leukemia aged 55.

Most of the soldiers stand between one inch and two inches tall, although some of the figures are larger.

It took two members of staff from Wessex Auction Rooms in Wiltshire nine days to box up the collection ready for a specialist toy sale later this month.

A spokesman said: “We believe this is the largest collection of toy soldiers in the UK - and possibly the world - to go to auction. This was a lifetime hobby for Mr Mazzotta and as such, selling it has been an emotional experience for his family.”


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The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

BBC (www.bbc.co.uk)