THE Daily Mirror puts the spotlight on ABBA superfan Clive Roe,71, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

His living room has become a shrine to the group, with more than 850 pieces of memorabilia lining the walls and filling every shelf.

Clive reckons each piece of memorabilia makes him feel closer to his heroes – whether it is an ABBA soap bar, keyring or signed album cover.

He listens to their music almost daily, has danced through 86 tribute gigs and has been on a TV quiz with the group as his specialist subject and even named his daughter Agnetha after one of the band's singers.

“Whenever I need a little lift, I look through all my ABBA bits and bobs and it takes me back to happy times, “ said Clive.

 

 

England was full of World Cup fever even though the national team only made the semi-finals and BBC reported that a London Underground station was temporarily renamed after the team's manager.

For 48 hours Southgate Tube station in Enfield, north London was rebranded Gareth Southgate.

Transport London said: “We're delighted to be able to show our appreciation to Gareth and the team by renaming the station in his honour.”

 

 

The UK's first spaceport is to be at A’Mhoine peninsula in Sutherland on Scotland's north coast, says The Guardian.

The UK Space Agency said the site, between Tongue and Durness, was chosen as it is the best place in the UK to reach highly sought-after satellite orbits with vertically launched rockets.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), a Scottish government agency, will be given £2.5m from the UK government to develop the spaceport which could be up and running by the early 2020s.

Agency chief executive Graham Turnock said the spaceport grant would “help kick-start an exciting new era for the UK space industry”.

 

 

Work is to be carried out to protect a Tudor shipwreck, found on Kent mudflats by a local history and archaeology group.

The BBC reported that Timescapes discovered timbers from the 16th century wreck protruding out of sand at Tankerton Beach, Whitstable, while hunting for World War Two pillboxes.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has scheduled the wreck, and another in Camber Sands, for protection on the advice of Historic England.

Experts from Wessex Archaeology, with the help of Timescape volunteers, surveyed the exposed remains, which measured more than 12m long and 5m wide (40ft by 16ft).

Samples of the age of the wood revealed one oak plank comes from woodland in southern Britain and was felled in 1531.

According to Historic England, the hull's construction suggests it is a late 16th or early 17th century single-masted merchant ship of around 100 to 200 tonnes.

 

 

The Morrisons supermarket chain has introduced a “quieter hour” to help customers who struggle with the noise of shopping,

The Daily Express says they will dim lights, turn music off and reduce the volume of bleeping checkout machines in all stores between 9am and 10am every Saturday.

Daniel Cadey, from the National Autistic Society, which helped develop the initiative, said: “Around 700,000 people are on the autism spectrum in the UK.

“This means they see, hear and feel the world differently to other people, often in a more intense way. “Morrisons’ ‘quieter hour’ is a step in the right direction for autistic people, who find supermarket shopping a real struggle.”

 

 

According to The Guardian, a new and less intimidating entrance has helped the V&A in London achieve record visitor numbers, bucking a trend of sharp falls across the UK’s museums and galleries.

More than 4.4 million people visited the V&A and its London satellites, Blythe House and the Museum of Childhood, a 26% rise of almost a million visitors on the previous year.

The museum’s director, Tristram Hunt, said finally getting a new entrance on Exhibition Road had helped drive up visitor numbers. It was less intimidating than the grand “castle keep” way in on Cromwell Road.

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