News Round Up
by Patrick O’Connor
LIZZY, a seven year old Corgi dog has been sacked from a West End play for refusing to obey the Queen!
The Daily Telegraph reports that the dog was appearing in the play The Audience in which Helen Mirren plays the Queen.
The play is a fictionalised account of the Queen’s relationships with her prime ministers and Lizzy featured in a scene, set at Balmoral, in which Harold Wilson visits.
But the dog was unable to follow stage instructions and has been given its marching orders to be replaced by Coco.
Director Stephen Daldry said Lizzy’s first three performances had gone smoothly, before the run of refusals.
“She was excited the first three times, and then I think she decided she didn’t want to be an actress any more. She decided to retire from the British stage.”
Rather than robbing the rich to feed the poor, it appears that Robin Hood could have been a freedom fighter tackling French invaders in Kent.
The Daily Mirror reports on an article in History Today magazine by historian Sean McGlynn who says that instead of operating from Sherwood Forest near Nottingham, Robin Hood could in fact have been William of Kensham, from near Tunbridge Wells who fought the French forces of Prince Louis who invaded England in 1216.
Mr McGlynn said: “It’s hard to find another contender for the Robin Hood Story from this age or afterwards who is both a hero and an outlaw.
“In William we have both: a feted resistance fighter, loyally protecting the crown, but also, from Louis’ perspective, an egregious outlaw defying the righteous rule of the imposed new regime.”
He added that William would have travelled to the Nottingham area because it was the main headquarters of the English army at the time.
A pat on the back in The Sun for Manchester United footballer Darren Fletcher who handed over chips worth £700 to a group of young man in a casino.
Apparently Fletcher got chatting to the teenagers whilst at the roulette wheel with pals at an Edinburgh casino and when told they were celebrating a birthday gave them the chips.
Student Darcy Nicholl said: “This was the first time we’d been in a casino — and we left with £700. We just want to make Fletch aware of how grateful we are.”
American Microsoft staff moving to England have been provided with a 44 page manual of tips on how to adapt to life in the UK, says the Daily Mirror.
The booklet, A Guide To Living And Working In England, informs them “chippies” are fast food stores serving “a treat of fish fried in a crispy batter” while “pubs” are “more than plain bars” and are “homely places full of historical character (and characters!)”.
A section on shopping includes several paragraphs explaining how to buy items at Argos.
There are also passages on parking, using the Post Office and going to A&E – known as the ER by Americans.
It was thought to be at the bottom of the Atlantic but a violin which was played on the deck of the Titanic as it sank has been discovered in an attic, says The Sun.
The scuffed, water-stained instrument was found in a musician’s loft with the name of Bandmaster Wallace Hartley who fiddled Nearer, My God, To Thee with his group before they died in 1912, engraved on it. Scientists have concluded it is genuine following seven years of tests.
Andrew Aldridge, of Wiltshire auction house Henry Aldridge & Son,, said: “When we first saw it we had to keep a lid on our excitement. It was almost too good to be true.”
The Daily Mirror salutes 53 year old granddad Mick Hegney who spotted a man snatching a woman’s purse at a supermarket in Tamworth, Staffordshire and chased him.
Mick caught up with the thief and dumped him in a chest freezer until police arrived.
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