THE Independent reports on how Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire was forced to go into emergency lock down after a gibbon escaped from its enclosure.

Families were ushered into a restaurant for safety until handlers managed to recapture the animal.

The zoo said that the gibbon was only on the run for less than 20 minutes and stressed that no public or staff were ever in danger.

“As a precaution, and as part of our standard procedure, we temporarily closed the zoo this morning due to one of our gibbons being in an area he shouldn't be in," said a spokesperson for Twycross.

 

 

If you are travelling in the UK then one place to avoid might be Glasgow's Queen Street railway station.

For the BBC tells us that it has been named Britain's most unpopular railway station in a survey of passengers.

The report says that independent watchdog Transport Focus took the views of more than 28,000 people at 56 stations.

London King's Cross achieved a 96 per cent score and was the most popular station, just above neighbouring St Pancras.

Apparently top priorities for passengers were arrival time information, waiting rooms and the overall look of the station.

Glasgow Queen Street is currently undergoing a £100m redevelopment, which is set to be completed by 2019.

 

 

A new photography centre at London's V & A Museum will feature work by Linda McCartney.

Dozens of intimate family photos and celebrity portraits by the late wife of Sir Paul McCartney will be included, say The Guardian.

The museum is almost doubling the space it devotes to photography.

Linda McCartney died in 1998, aged 56. Images given to the V&A include original Polaroids of the McCartney family, portraits of rock stars including the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, and experimental platinum and hand-painted prints, lithographs and cyanotypes.

Before marrying Paul McCartney and joining the post-Beatles group Wings, Linda Eastman was a successful photographer who in 1968 became the first woman to shoot a Rolling Stone magazine cover, of Eric Clapton.

 

 

London has come out top in a survey to find the best city in the world for university students, says the BBC.

The rankings were produced by the QS higher education data analysts based on factors such as the number of top universities in a city, the local jobs market, the diversity of the culture and the quality of life and includes a survey of the views of 50,000 students

London students enjoy a higher concentration of world-class institutions than in any other city, including Imperial College, University College London, the London School of Economics and King's College.

 

 

Grey squirrels are becoming a real pest, according to an article in The Guardian.

New research says that they are raiding bird feeders on a huge scale.

Over 40 per cent of households across the UK put out bird feed, totalling about 150,000 tonnes a year and costing £210m.

“Anybody who feeds birds knows that there is a good chance that squirrels will come in to your feeders,” said Prof Mark Fellowes, at the University of Reading, who led the new work published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning.

“The question is how much is going to the target species – the birds?”

Robert Middleditch, at the charity SongBird Survival, added: “These findings greatly add to our understanding of the significant economic and environmental damage that non-native grey squirrels cause.”

Reference list:

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

BBC (www.bbc.co.uk)