WE don't get many in the UK but when we do, the newspapers give it full attention.

An article in The Guardian says that Lincolnshire suffered a 3.9-magnitude earthquake with its epicentre in Grimsby.

The British Geological Survey (BSG) said the seismic event took place at a depth of 18 kilometres (11 miles), with its epicentre in the north-east Lincolnshire seaside town. No serious damage is thought to have been caused.

 

 

According to the Daily Star, divers have found the 330 year old remains of Britain's richest shipwreck.

The merchant ship President sank near Loe Bar, Cornwall in February 1684 laden with a precious cargo of diamonds and pearls from India with all but two of her crew dying.

The Star reports that recent storms may have shifted sands, revealing the wreck to Cornwall Maritime Archaeology divers David Gibbins and Mark Milburn.

David said: “Loe Bar is usually a dangerous place to dive - the entry and exit are treacherous even with the smallest of waves. The recent period of calm weather has allowed us to get in for the first time in months.

“During our dive we were thrilled to discover seven cannons and an anchor at the site, only a few metres from shore in less than seven metres depth.”

He added: “We were exploring an area where artefacts had never previously been recorded, and we realised we were looking at new finds.”

 

 

Liverpool will get some of its greatest treasures out of storage for nine days in August to celebrate the Biennial arts festival including the 30,000 Minton tiles of St George’s Hall, one of the most spectacular surviving Victorian floors.

The Guardian says that other treasures being celebrated include “Waterloo teeth” harvested from the battlefield for sale as dentures; the Allerton oak, believed to be about 1,000 years old; centuries of art treasures from the Walker Gallery, from Giovanni Bellini to David Hockney; the civic silver collection including a mace once part of the regalia of Charles II; and the Central Library’s copy of Audubon’s Birds of America, one of only 120 elephant folio copies in the world.

 

 

The Independent informs us that the last polar bear in South Korea is to spend its retirement in the Yorkshire town of Doncaster.

Twenty four year old Tongki, who currently lives at the Everland theme park, just south of Seoul,

is to be the latest addition to its Project Polar reserve in at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, joining their

other polar bears – Victor, Pixel, Nissan and Nobby – in November.

 

 

Wildlife warning via The Independent.... the populations of much-loved British mammals including hedgehogs and water voles have dropped by up to two-thirds over the past 20 years, and many more are threatened with imminent extinction.

These findings come from a review carried out by the Mammal Society and Natural England - the first of its kind to be conducted in more than two decades – which shows that pesticide use, invasive species and road deaths have all taken their toll.

 

 

James Bond fans might be interested to read a story in the Daily Express which says that a brooch worn a character from the iconic spy films – Miss Moneypenny – is to be sold auction.

The bug brooch was worn by actress Lois Maxwell in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Octopussy in 1983.

The turquoise brooch's design features wings set with diamonds, ruby eyes, and a polished stone body mounted in 18-carat gold and has an estimated value of between £2,000 and £4,000.

It will be sold by Ewbank's Auctions in Surrey on Wednesday, June 20.

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The Express (www.express.co.uk)

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The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

Daily Star (www.daily star.co.uk)