THE death of the Queen's 12 year old dog Whisper has brought to an end a personal connection with the Corgi breed dating back to 1944 when she received Susan, her first Pembroke Corgi as an 18th birthday present.

The Daily Mail said that Whisper had become a royal favourite following the death earlier this year of Willow – the last corgi the Queen reared herself.

All her subsequent corgis – apart from Whisper – can trace their lineage back to Susan, and the Queen became an expert on the breed.

She had taken in the dog in 2016 after its owner Bill Fenwick, a former Sandringham gamekeeper, died. 

Although she still has two dogs, Candy and Vulcan, they are dorgis, dachshund and corgi crosses.

A source told the Mail: “Whisper was a friendly chap and followed her everywhere.”

 

 

Half of people taking up guitar lessons are female, according to a new study.

The Guardian outlines research in the UK and US by guitar manufacturer Fender.

Almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of those picking up the guitar did so because they wanted to gain a life skill or better themselves, according to Fender’s survey of 500 new and aspirational guitarists, with 42 per cent saying they viewed the guitar as part of their identity.

Half of all British respondents said they preferred to play privately, 18 per cent more than in the US and 61 per cent said they simply wanted to learn songs to play socially or by themselves, rather than make it big on stage.

 

 

The latest casualties of a high-tech world seem to be alarm clocks and door knockers, says the Daily

Express

Leading department store John Lewis has reduced its range of alarm clocks by 30 per cent as people turn to mobiles for their wake-up call.

And sales of knockers have fallen by nine per cent because of smart doorbells with features such as video streaming and phone apps.

Also the days of small televisions and DVD players also seem to be numbered, with the most commonly sold screen size doubling to 70 in from 2010's 36 in.

 

 

The Independent informs us that the origin of a mysterious golden relic has been identified after leaving archaeologists baffled for almost 150 years.

The small, flat golden plate was discovered alongside a female skeleton and a coin at a grave site beneath York station in 1872.

Now now a team at Yorkshire Museum - alongside experts from around the world – have announced it is a Roman mouth plaque dating from the third century.

It is the only example of its kind in Britain, and one of only 23 discovered worldwide.

The plaque would be used to cover the mouth of a dead body, and experts said it would usually be used for a person of high status.

 

 

Up for sale is a rare copy of the first ever Bible to be printed in English.

The Daily Express reports that the bible, which was translated directly from the Hebrew and Greek by Protestant reformist William Tyndale in 1536, could fetch as much as £10,000 at Chiswick Auctions, West London, on November 28.

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