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KEY moments in British history will be featured in a set of coins celebrating 50 years of the seven-sided 50 pence piece, reports the BBC.

The Royal Mint has unveiled the commemorative coins mark and the events include Sir Roger Bannister running the first sub four-minute mile, the 250th anniversary of the founding of Kew Gardens in London and the founding of the Scouts and Girl Guides.

The 50p coin was introduced in 1969 to replace the 10 shilling note, and was one of three decimal coins to be put into circulation before decimalisation in 1971.

 

 

According to the Daily Express, sales of classical music have gone up 10 per cent in the last year.

The paper says that BBC Radio 3's Music Matters has revealed that 2.23 million classical albums were purchased, downloaded or streamed in the past 12 months.

Music Matters presenter Tom Service, said: “The news of this leap in consumption of classical is a great start to the year.

“It feels as though we're beginning to witness the impact of this new generation of young artists who really took to centre stage last year - such as saxophonist Jess Gillam at the Last Night of the Proms, and former BBC Young Musician winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason, performing at the royal wedding.”

 

 

An article in The Guardian says that a roll of canvas-backed paper discovered underneath a lecture theatre in Scotland may be the world’s oldest surviving periodic table chart.

It was found during a clean-out at the University of St Andrews and appears to date from 1885 – 16 years after the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev published his method of showing the relationships between the elements in 1869.

Researchers at St Andrews said they had been able to trace the origins of the chart, which was printed in Vienna by Verlag v Lenoir & Forster.

 

 

Grey is the colour it seems when it comes to Brits buying cars.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders half a million drivers choose to buy a grey car in 2018,making it the most popular colour for the first time.

A BBC report says that just over one in five new car registrations last year were grey with more than half of new cars either black, grey or white.

 

 

A story in The Independent says that a pair of Humboldt penguins stolen from a zoo in November have been recovered.

However Nottinghamshire police are refusing to name the zoo or give any other information such as where the penguins had been kept for the past two months and in what conditions.

Reference list:
The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

BBC (www.bbc.co.uk)