IT'S perhaps not surprising that an international study of internet traffic has shown that seven in the evening is one of the most popular time to order take-away food.

The BBC says data research from biologists at the University of Aberdeen, examined patterns of looking for food online, such as pizza or Chinese meals, across the UK, US, Canada, Australia and India.

Similar "twin peaks" pattern appeared in all countries - at 7pm in the evening and then at 2am, suggesting ancient "foraging" behaviour has now switched online.

 

 

The Daily Mail reports on a holiday disaster for a family from Winchester – thanks to their cocker spaniel puppy Bailey.

Ella Arundell, her partner Russell Mack and their three young children were all set to go off for a £2,500 week long break in Majorca when they discovered the puppy had ate the children's passports!

The Mail said the family were unable to use the normal 24-hour fast-track service because they were child passports and the airport warned them that it wouldn’t accept ones that Ella had desperately tried to tape together.

 

 

The things you find in a junk box...the Daily Mirror reports that such a item was a book written 175 years ago by the world’s first computer programmer which has just sold for £114,000.

Only six copies of the 50-page “Sketch of the Analytical Engine” written by Lady Ada Lovelace, are known to exist.

She helped fellow mathematician Charles Babbage in inventing the world’s first computer, the Difference Engine, in 1822.

The book, signed by her, contains her translation of a presentation in Turin by Babbage, along with her own interpretation of his theories.

It was found during a clear-out by a couple from the Cotswolds – who had no idea they owned it.

 

 

The things you find in an old bread basket...the Guardian reports that such an item was the only known recording of a demo track featuring David Bowie (then known as David Jones) when he was 16.

And the recording, with Bowie singing I Never Dreamed with his first band, The Konrads, is expected to fetch £10,000 at auction.

The Konrads did not win an audition with Decca, although the record company did give them a trial later that year – and turned them down – before Bowie left the band citing artistic differences.

The tape was rediscovered by David Hadfield, who was Konrads drummer and manager, when moving home, stashed in an old bread basket that had belonged to his grandfather.

Hadfield said: “We had decided that we would do a couple of guitar instrumentals and one original song. I chose I Never Dreamed and decided that David was the best person to sing it and give the right interpretation. So this became the very first recording of David Jones singing 55 years ago.”

 

 

According to the BBC, crew members of a ship which sank off the Kent coast more than 275 years ago have been identified.

Researchers using archive documents, were able to name 19 of the 237 shipmen who were on board the Dutch ship the Rooswijk, carrying coins and silver ingots, which sank on Goodwin Sands in January 1740.

An international team of maritime archaeologists are diving, excavating and recording the Dutch East India Company wreck as part of the #Rooswijk1740 project.

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