Forty-five-year-old Shane Healey, from Newcastle, is such a fan of rock band Status Quo that he wants his 3,500 item collection of band memorabilia is to be melted down and made into a coffin because he cannot bear the thought of anyone else getting their hands on his prized possessions.

The Daily Express reports that Shane says he has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds collecting trinkets including signed records, a drum-kit used on the BBC TV show Top of the Pops and Rick Parfitt’s sunglasses.

His collection also includes 650 records and he has seen the group live 467 times.

He told the paper: “The Quo collection will be melted down and made into my coffin.

No-one else is going to get their hands on the collection, so after I leave this mortal coil my collection will be made into my coffin.

“I’m taking it with me because I’ve spent the last 40 years of my life collecting and nobody else is getting their hands on it. It would drive me nuts to think that somebody could scratch a record I’ve carefully looked after.”


The Guardian tells us that for the first time in more than 80 years, regular performances are to be staged at a huge, abandoned Victorian theatre hidden inside Alexandra Palace, north London.

The theatre is being restored with the help of an £18.8m lottery grant and work will near completion over the summer.

Alexandra Palace’s charitable trust deputy chief executive Emma Dagnes commented: “The building will not be a gleaming interior. I describe it as a gentle nudge into the modern era.”


Singer Kate Bush has written an inscription for a stone that will be placed near the home of the Bronte sisters on the Yorkshire moors.

The BBC says this comes 40 years after her hit record Wuthering Heights, inspired by Emily Bronte's novel. She's one of four artists who have written messages about the sisters.

The four stones will form a trail between the family home in Haworth and the sisters' birthplace seven miles away in Thornton and will be unveiled as part of Bradford Literature Festival on July 7.

Bush said: “I am delighted to be involved in this project. Each sister being remembered by a stone in the enigmatic landscape where they lived and worked is a striking idea.

“Emily only wrote the one novel - an extraordinary work of art that has truly left its mark. To be asked to write a piece for Emily's stone is an honour and, in a way, a chance to say thank you to her.”


It seems we all have big 'families' but just don't realise it.

An article in the Daily Express explains that research by family history firm Ancestry shows that the average UK adult has more than 16,000 living relatives and most are completely unknown to them.

A spokesman said: “We've come a long way since the double helix was discovered in 1953 and the fact that we're now able to use that pioneering science in our own homes to enrich our lives and make new connections with relatives we never knew existed is remarkable.

“Even in the fast-moving modern world, family remains a priority in life for most and while Ancestry wouldn't necessarily expect Brits to contact all 16,000 of their cousins, it might be that striking up a relationship with even a few could end up being a life-changing experience - and it all starts with your DNA.”


 The BBC reports on the unveiling opposite Parliament in London of a statue commemorating the life of the suffragist Millicent Fawcett.

She campaigned for women's right to vote during the early 20th Century and is seen as one of the most influential feminists of the past 100 years.

The bronze casting, by the artist Gillian Wearing, is the first statue of a woman to be erected in Parliament Square.


Reference list:

The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

BBC (www.bbc.co.uk)