News Round Up

by Patrick O’Connor


IF you fancy a bottle of the Italian lager Peroni Nastro Azzuro, then don’t go to the English seaside resort of Skegness, says The Sun.

According to the paper, bosses behind the drink think Skeggy, as it is popularly known, is too ‘rough’.

They quote bar owner Derek Bain who claimed his bar in the £85 a night, three-star Crown Hotel, was snubbed because inspectors because they didn’t think it was classy enough for the Rome-based brew.

Derek told The Sun: “They walked around with a clipboard and turned their noses up. They are saying Skegness isn’t good enough for Peroni and the people up here aren’t the people they like to associate with their brand. It’s obscene.”

The paper reports that a spokesman for Peroni owners Miller Brands said draught was not right for every venue. “We assess them on the basis of outlet and consumers as to whether or not our brands are right for there.”

Planning to visit London? The Daily Mail reveals that research carried out by the University of Southampton indicated that travelling on the tube could be bad for your health.

Apparently they found that small dust particles in the air found in an underground railway station were quite different to the dust breathed in most other surroundings and that this may have health implications because they could penetrate the lungs and body easily including the liver, brain and kidneys.

Now the university has called for more research to discover what the risks are as the findings could mean that working or travelling on an underground railway for a sustained period is bad for health.

Aaah, poor things…

Is this another example of political correctness gone mad? The Sun says that a head of an unnamed school in Harrow, North London, has banned teachers from marking homework in red ink – ‘in case it upsets pupils.’

It seems that staff have been told to use a different colour for corrections. Harrow Council’s children’s director Catherine Doran said: “These policies are decided by headteachers.”

For some strange reason, completely beyond my comprehension, television viewers in Britain like to watch programmes by so-called ‘celebrity’ chiefs.

But now it seems that they may be sending out the wrong message.

The Daily Express is carrying a story which says that celebrity chefs have been accused of fuelling the nation’s obesity crisis with recipes too high in sugar and fat.

Scientists at Coventry University tested over 900 recipes from 26 top chefs and found 87 per cent fell “substantially short” of guidelines.
Dr Ricardo Costa, senior lecturer in dietetics at the university, said: “Given the level of trust the public tends to place in the nutritional integrity of these cooks’ recipes, it’s important to highlight where they’re falling short of healthy  eating benchmarks.
“When you have celebrity chefs involved with promoting Government healthy eating initiatives, you inevitably encourage a culture of confidence in their culinary practices.”
He added: “If people regularly use the recipes found in these cook books, it could be that celebrity chefs are exacerbating public health nutrition issues in the UK.”

Oh dear!

Talk about beating the odds..

A delightful story in The Sun about 36 year old Sharon Turner, from Lambourn in Berkshire, who gave birth to TWO sets of identical twins. Apparently the odds against that were 70 million to one.
A Royal Berkshire Hospital spokesman said: “We may re-name the special baby care unit The Turner Room as they are occupying all four incubators.”

Whoops! When mechanic Andrew Mitchinson took a millionaire’s £220,000 205mph 6.2 litre Lamborghini Murcielago for a drive on an MoT brake test, he probably didn’t think he would end up in court.

But Mitchinson skidded on a wet road while driving too fast through Staveley, near Windermere in Cumbria, and caused £87,000 damage. Now he has been fined £280 for careless driving, reports the Daily Express.

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