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THERE was an unusual travelling companion for Moire Boxall who was returning to Glasgow in Scotland from a visit to Queensland, Australia, reports The Guardian.

After the 9,300 mile trip Moira unpacked her bags to find a non-venomous spotted python in her footwear!

Apparently she originally thought it was a toy put there as a prank. The snake is now in quarantine in Scotland.

 

 

An article in The Independent warns that there is an alarming decline in the song thrush.

Britain's first farmland worm survey has revealed that nearly half of English fields lack key types of earthworm which might explain the drop in numbers of the much loved bird.

The English population of the song thrush declined by more than 50 per cent between 1970 and 1995, leading to it being listed as a species of conservation concern.

The #60minworms survey, led by Dr Jackie Stroud, a Natural Environment Research Council soil security fellow at the Rothamsted Research centre, adds to the evidence that the song thrush is being affected by a reduction in farmland earthworm populations, along with the loss of hedgerow nesting sites.

 

It looks as if we're being invaded by dangerous spiders which resemble the deadly Black Widow.

The Daily Mirror reports that the Noble False Widow, which causes extremely painful bites and sometimes infection, and is typically found in Madeira and the Canary Islands, are arriving in the UK in suitcases and camper vans.

Some parts of the world might find a story in the Daily Express of little significance but they reported that the county of Surrey had been hit by an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.0.

The tremor was felt in Newdigate, Surrey, less than 10 miles from Gatwick Airport, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS) and was the fourth recorded quake in the area in the last fortnight,.

 

 

Congratulations to The Wonston Arms, near Sutton Scotney in Hampshire which has been named pub of the year by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

The Guardian says that the pub was saved from closure by the community four years and at one stage looked likely to be lost to developers.

Matt Todd gambled by taking on the pub after 11 years as a regular, leaving his job in corporate marketing to buy The Wonston Arms in 2015

“People keep coming to see it and telling more friends, and we got into the last 16 last year, and this year, blimey, we are the best pub in country according to beer drinkers … I am flabbergasted and stunned – our little pub has beaten off the big boys.”

 

 

Put on display in London is a painting by Caravaggio estimated to worth at least £85 million – five years after it was discovered in the attic of a French farmhouse.

The Daily Express says that the 400-year-old masterpiece underwent a two year restoration before appearing at P&D Colnaghi & Co art dealership.

It shows the beheading of Assyrian general Holofernes by Judith, from the Book of the Apocryhpa in the Bible

It is thought to have been painted between 1600 and Caravaggio's death at just 38 in 1610.

After being exhibited in London, Paris and New York the work will be sold at auction in Toulouse on June 27.

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The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)