THE Royal Mint is to release 50p coins celebrating the 20th anniversary of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's children's book The Gruffalo.

The Daily Mail reports that the Mint is releasing three versions featuring the monster - gold and silver proofs, as well as the standard uncirculated version, which will be sold for £10.

There will be an unlimited number of these coins put on sale, but only 25,000 silver proofs and 600 gold proofs will be available which will be sold for £65 and £795 respectively.

Nicola Howell, from The Royal Mint, said: “Over the last 20 years The Gruffalo has become one of the most famous children's characters in the world.

“We felt it was only right, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the book being published to feature him on a commemorative coin.”



A study of 2,000 adults has revealed the main things guaranteed to turn someone’s mood sour, including getting ill, bad traffic and a grumpy partner.

The Independent newspaper says that the survey,commissioned by Philips Hue smart lighting, showed that the average adult spent an hour and 52 minutes a day in a bad mood, with just under half admitting they have days where they are in a bad mood from the minute they wake up to the minute they go to bed.

Other bad mood triggers included getting a stain on a new top, someone saying something negative about your appearance and having a bad skin or hair day, burning toast, the phone battery dying out and oversleeping.

Six in 10 Britons thought they suffered from the “Winter Blues” with more than half attributing their negative state of mind to a lack of sunlight.



An English Heritage blue plaque is to be installed at a house in Chelsea, London where reggae singer Bob Marley sought refuge after an assassination attempt in Jamaica.

The Guardian says that Marley, novelist Angela Carter, the writer and traveller Gertrude Bell and the war correspondent Martha Gellhorn were among figures to be celebrated in 2019 by the London heritage scheme.

The house on Oakley Street, off King’s Road, was where Marley lived with his band the Wailers in 1977 and it was where they finished recording Exodus, the album which featured Jamming and One Love.



The Guardian informs us that the largest number of King Tutankhamun treasures ever to leave Egypt are heading to London.

The Saatchi Gallery will be the only UK venue for a world tour of 150 original artefacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb, 60 of which have never left Egypt before.

Objects will include a gold inlaid miniature coffin which contained the king’s liver after it was removed during the mummification process, a gilded wooden bed with carved lion feet probably made specially for Tutankhamun’s funeral and a gilded wooden shrine showing intimate scenes of royal domestic harmony.

The exhibition will run from November 2 2019 to May 3 2020.



According to The Independent, rural churches will no longer obliged to hold Sunday services after the Church of England voted to change canon law.

All parish churches had to host a weekly service on Sundays, under strictures dating to 1603 that were written into modern canon law in the 1960s.

But years of falling church attendance and dwindling religious observance have left some priests looking after up to 20 rural churches – making it impossible to hold a Sunday service in every one.

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