THE quirkiness of British pubs is celebrated in new listings announced by Historic England, reports The Guardian.

They include a 1960s Roman-themed pub with a statue of Julius Caesar and its original patterned Formica intact; one designed around a nursery rhyme in Swindon, and another on a 1970s housing estate in Surrey that aimed to provide as many private drinking corners as possible.

Historic England spokesperson Deborah Mays said post-war pubs had evolved dramatically from those of the 19th century, which had ornate interiors, match strikers, off-sales space and frosted glass for privacy.

Many postwar pubs were intended to be an integral part of the new housing estates being built, and had family rooms, and large car parks.

The Plymouth Herald newspaper pays tribute to eight year old Border collie dog Bonnie who raced to get help after her 75 year old owner Val Smith got tangled up in brambles whilst walking in Widey Woods, Plymouth,

Apparently Val took a few wrong turns, ended up on a different path and got overwhelmed by thick, gnarly shrubs.

She panicked when Bonnie raced off out of sight, whilst her other dog Snoopy circled in distress.

But she need not have worried for Bonnie encountered two walkers who sensed something was wrong and followed Bonnie down winding paths to Val.

Val told the Herald: “When my Collie vanished I thought, 'oh God, someone will pinch her.'

But then after a while I heard some voices. They then got me out, took me home and gave me a nice cup of tea and some biscuits.”

There is a lovely story in the Daily Express about Louie and Derek Edyvean, from Roche in Cornwall, who have been reunited with a long lost 60-year-old love letter after the sealed pot it was hidden in was bought from a charity shop and accidentally smashed.

The note - alongside the original wedding certificate - had been lost for several decades and was only discovered when Cathy Davies bought the 1940s china sugar shaker from a charity shop five years ago and gave it to her friend Lizzy Dixon as a present.

The lid was jammed so tight it could not be opened, but was recently dropped on the floor and smashed to reveal the love letter and the marriage certificate dated 1958. They eventually managed to find the Edyveans through Facebook.

The couple's daughter-in-law Michelle Edyvean commented: “They never thought they'd find the wedding certificate again. Louie had a copy made in 1961 when she realised she'd misplaced it.

“She didn't remember putting it in the sugar shaker at all. She thinks she must have given it to a charity shop when they moved house a few years ago.

“They were just amazed, especially with the reaction from people showing them all the lovely comments on Facebook.”

The Guardian tells us that the Design Museum in London, which was founded 30 years ago by Sir Terence Conran, has been named European museum of the year, the seventh British winner in the 41-year history of the prize, with judges praising it as 'inspiring' and 'socially aware'.

According to the Daily Express, a handwritten four page script of one of Britain's best-known TV comedy scenes could sell for £40,000 at auction.

The 'Four Candles' sketch, first aired by the BBC in 1976, features Ronnie Barker, trying to buy handles for garden forks from Ronnie Corbett.

But the pint-sized shop worker misunderstands and pulls four candles out of the drawer.

Andrew Stowe, from East Bristol Auctions, said: “This script is one of the most thrilling items we've ever had. It's an absolute icon of British comedy.

“It is an absolutely iconic piece of our social history - not just television history.”

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