DAN and Stephanie Roach loved visiting a stretch of beach at Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire, Wales, so much that they bought it, says the Daily Express.

The couple spent every summer on the privately owned beach with their children so when it came up for sale for £250,000 they snapped it up.

Stephanie said: “The beach is gorgeous and we wanted to preserve it. It is such a fantastic spot and our biggest fear was that somebody might buy it and do something against the ethos of it.”

 

 

The Guardian tells us that a £4.5m lottery grant has been received to turn the house in Sudbury, Suffolk, where the famed artist Thomas Gainsborough was born and learned his trade into a national centre for the display and study of his work.

“The announcement is such a boost for the arts nationally, for a market town, a county and for helping to open the doors to this wonderful place for everyone,” said Mark Bills, director of the museum.

 

 

A world record for book illustrations has been set by the £430,000 sale at auction of the original map of Winnie the Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood.

According to The Independent, Sotheby's auction house in London described the 1926 sketch, by English artist and book illustrator EH Shepard, as “possibly the most famous map in children’s literature”.

It sets out the world of Winnie the Pooh and captures the personalities of AA Milne’s characters.

Hundred Acre Wood was inspired by Ashdown Forest in East Sussex - in 1925, AA Milne bought Cotchford Farm on the edge of the forest and he soon started publishing stories about Winnie the Pooh.

 

 

The Museum of London has acquired a unique panoramic view of a lost London landscape including the medieval sprawl of the old Palace of Westminster, captured before the great fire of 1834 destroyed the parliament buildings.

The 1815 work is a watercolour nearly seven metres long by the French artist Pierre Prevost, says The Guardian.

The museum’s director, Sharon Ament, said. “Not only does it highlight London as an important centre of international artistic exchange, it also reveals a fascinating moment in time.”

 

 

It has been described as the ultimate sandcastle....a sculpture made from 29 tonnes of sand in front of Dover Castle in Kent.

The Daily Express says the sculpture has been built with all the required defensive measures which include crenellated outer walls with towers and battlements, and an inner bailey protecting the great tower.

Roy Porter, English Heritage Senior Properties Curator and creator of the castle, said: “By studying hundreds of years of trial and error by the real castle builders our ultimate sandcastle contains everything you’d like to see, with each element showing off castle-building ‘perfection’ from a different era.

The model took five days to make and it has been created to celebrate the start of a weekend dedicated to sandcastle building across all English Heritage castles in England.

 

 

This may make uncomfortable reading for some people but The Independent reports on a poll of 2,000 Brits about the nation's worst bad habits.

They include comfort eating, swearing, stressing, spending too much time on social media, nail biting and not doing any exercise.

Dr Meg Arroll, a psychologist on behalf of wellness brand Healthspan, which commissioned the research, said: “Changing existing habits, particularly eating habits, is complex as we develop these behaviours over a lifetime

“Food can easily be associated with comfort as high fat and sugar treats trigger our brain’s reward centre and comfort foods such as chocolate boost feel-good neurotransmitters, offering an antidepressant effect.”

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