IS sleep very important to you? Well if you want a luxurious kip, then the Daily Mirror will point you in the right direction:  Cookes Furniture store in Birmingham is selling the Vispring Diamond Majesty bed which will cost you £75,000!

Apparently it features the ‘most valuable and rarest natural fibre in the world’- loose vicuna - a type of wool which is said to be ‘more expensive than gold’ and the most valuable and rarest fibre in the world. The Majesty is also said to be ‘ultra-soft, hypo-allergenic, with excellent insulating properties and a solid beech frame. Included in the £75,000 price is a £40,000 mattress, which features a blend of premium materials, including ‘platinum certified’ Shetland wool, cashmere, silk, and bamboo, for a ‘perfect night’s slumber.

The Daily Mirror reports that a rare silver fox, which may have been kept as a pet, has been found roaming in a garden in Alsager, Cheshire. It has been given the name of Shadow and is now being looked after by RSPCA staff at the charity's Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in nearby Nantwich. A spokesman said: “It is likely that Shadow has been kept as a pet and he has either escaped, in which case we need to find his owners, or he has been dumped by his owners.”

According to the Daily Express, a 14th century cave of mystical carvings which was once used by the Knights Templar, has been put on the English Heritage at Risk Register because of increasing water damage, which have created holes within the ancient artwork at Royston Cave, in Hertfordshire.  It is believed that the cave was once used as a secret meeting place by the Order of the Knights Templar, a religious-military institution of the Catholic Church who were established at the time of the Crusades, before their dissolution in 1312.

Government advisers on climate change reckon tree planting must double by 2020 as part of radical changes to land use in the UK. The Guardian says that new forests would lock up carbon but also help to limit the more frequent floods expected with global warming.  The article says that the Committee on Climate Change said land currently used to produce food would need to be converted to woodland, growing crops to produce energy and for new homes to accommodate the growing population. Up to 17 per cent of crop land and 30 per cent of grassland could be converted.

The Sainsbury's supermarket chain is to become the first to sell edible bugs in the UK, reports The Independent. Customers will be able to buy Eat Grub’s Smoky BBQ Crunchy Roasted Crickets in 250 of the supermarket stores.

The house crickets, also known as acheta domesticus, are farmed in Europe and come in packets of about 50 for £1.50 per bag.  Rachel Eyre, head of future brands at Sainsbury’s, said: “Insect snacks should no longer be seen as a gimmick or something for a dare, and it’s clear that consumers are increasingly keen to explore this new sustainable protein source.”

 

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The Express (www.express.co.uk)

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