NINETY- five year old Charles Betty, who left school with no qualifications, has become Britain's oldest university student after he was awarded his second PhD.

The Daily Express reports that Charles is now a Doctor of Philosophy after completing a 48,000-word thesis on why elderly ex-pats living in Spain return to the UK.

He took five years to complete the long-distance course while also caring for his disabled wife, Eileen, flying from his home in the Spanish town of Benalmadena to attend his graduation ceremony at the University of Northampton.

He only started his academic career after he retired from being a school inspector aged 70.

and completed his first PhD in Education when he was 75 and five years ago began studying for his second.

He said: “The thesis is all about the reasons why people return to Britain, we've got 300,000 Brits in Spain and most living in the Costa del Sol according to the census.”

 

 

Spice Girls fans are in for a treat, says The Guardian, when a collection of memorabilia goes on a UK tour of 12 cities.

It includes costumes, dolls, flasks, lunch boxes, plates, cups, Christmas crackers, toys, biscuits and cushions.

“I’ve always been a bit of a magpie,” said Alan Smith-Allison ahead of the opening of his Spice Girls exhibition in London.

The new show features thousands of examples of the merchandise that accompanied the girl band, along with hundreds of costumes the Spice Girls wore for their performances, videos and movie.

 

 

More memorabilia news from the BBC...the jacket worn by Harrison Ford when he played Han Solo in Star Wars' The Empire Strikes Back is expected to fetch up to £1m at auction in London next month.

It is one of 600 lots going under the hammer including Marty McFly's Back To The Future Part II hoverboard and Johnny Depp's Edward Scissorhands costume.

Auction house Prop Store said the sale would include “some of the most iconic cinematic artefacts of our time”.

The upcoming auction will be held at the BFI Imax in London, where the items will be on display for the public to view from September 6-20.

 

 

According to The Guardian, a 13th century bible, one of a handful of books which survived intact when the library of Canterbury Cathedral was broken up at the time of the Reformation, is back in the building after almost 500 years.

The Lyghfield bible is the only complete bible and the finest illuminated book known to have survived from the medieval collection.

It was bought at a recent rare books sale in London and the cathedral plans to put it on display in a new exhibition area.

Cressida Williams, head of the cathedral archives, said: “It is of the utmost significance to us to have here in our collections a copy of the core Christian text which was owned by one of the last monks of the medieval monastic community.”

 

 

A new report says that the number of voice calls made on mobile phones in the UK fell for the first time ever in 2017.

The BBC says that according to telecoms regulator Ofcom, a total of 78 per cent of all adults now own a smartphone and on average, people check them once every 12 minutes during their waking hours.

Two in five adults look at their phone within five minutes of waking, while a third check their phones just before falling asleep.

However the report finds that the total volume of calls made on mobiles fell by 1.7 per cent in 2017, even though making them is the cheapest it has ever been.

 

 

The Daily Express tells us that pensioner Dennis Whyard, from Tovil in Kent, has been reunited with Sprocket the springer spaniel after the dog played a major part in finding him after he went missing for five days.

His son Mick Whyard reckoned Sprocket saved his father's life and the animal was the guest of honour at Dennis' 90th birthday.

Dennis, who has dementia, went missing after walking out of his home but Sprocket

sniffed him out underneath a bramble bush.

More than 180 people, drone and sniffer dog teams searched for him before Sprocket found the OAP in a "very frail" condition in woodland near Allington, Kent.

Mick said: “My dad has no recollection of the whole thing.”

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