A real treat for Game of Thrones fans revealed in the Daily Mail.

Several locations that were used to film scenes are set to be opened to the public next year.

Some of the most famous landmarks in the show, such as Winterfell, were filmed in .Northern Ireland

Now HBO intends to celebrate the show's legacy by converting some of the Northern Ireland filming locations into tourist attractions.

Jeff Peters, vice president of licensing and retail for HBO, said: “HBO is thrilled to celebrate the work of the Game Of Thrones creative team and crew by preserving these locations and inviting fans to visit Northern Ireland and explore Westeros in person.”

 

 

An array of rarely seen documents from the Second World War are to be published for the first time by The Imperial War Museum in London.

The Guardian says they include a hasty sketch detailing the plan for one regiment’s escape from Dunkirk, to the handwritten annotations on Winston Churchill’s End of the Beginning speech.

The museum’s head of documents Anthony Richards sorted through thousands of papers in the archives to come up with 20 he felt defined the Second World War.

These include a “diagrammatic layout of embarkation” in which Captain Ken Theobald of the Fifth Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment detailed the plan the British Expeditionary Force would use to help his regiment escape the Dunkirk beaches in 1940.

“People remember Dunkirk because of the scale of it – it was such an enormous operation. The plan in the book only covers a very small part of the beach there – it was intended for just one special unit. It makes it more personal.”

 

 

There was a massive shock in store for Stephen Hope, from Stockingford, Nuneaton when he popped into his loft to look for books, reports the Daily Mirror.

For when Stephen opened the hatch a seven foot boa constrictor fell to the floor!

The snake, believed to be around 14 years old, has been taken to the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary but no-one has any idea how it got there into the loft.

 

 

Business could be booming for British wine, reports the Daily Express.

According to the paper, Chapel Down in Kent is expecting to pick its largest crop ever at its 115-acre vineyard and believes that national production could exceed the previous record of 6.3 million bottles in 2014.

The company's marketing director Mark Harvey commented: “We are only at the start of the picking harvest but Chapel Down is expecting our biggest yield ever in part due to the summer’s good weather.”

Apparently the number of vineyards in Britain has doubled to more than 500 in the past 10 years and now accounts for 2,500 hectares of farmland – the equivalent of 3,500 football pitches.

 

 

UK embassies around the world are to get an artistic makeover.

An article in The Guardian says that a still life with artificial flowers, flock wall paper and lace doilies is to be the first in a series of government art commissions as part of a £500,000 scheme commissioning 10 artists over 10 years to create limited edition prints for diplomatic buildings.

Painter Hurvin Anderson Anderson was asked to come up with a work about Britain and responded with a snapshot of his mother’s front room in Birmingham. His parents were part of the Windrush generation and the glass vase is one of his mum’s prized possessions, which travelled with her from Jamaica.

“It is very important for our collection that we continue to acquire and show and reflect the society that we’re living in,” said Penny Johnson, the director of the Government Art Collection.

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