On This Day

January 1st 45 B.C. – New Year’s Day was celebrated on January 1 for the first time in history as the Julian calendar took effect. 1600 – Scotland began its numbered year on January 1 instead of March 25 for the first time. 1651 – Charles II was crowned King of Scotland. 1772 – The […]

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Keepers at Bristol Zoo have a mammoth task on their hands at the moment, says the BBC: They have begun their annual stock-take of the animals kept at the zoo which is reckoned to cover over 14,000 creatures! The zoo and the Wild Place Project are home to around 500 species, from tiny fish and insects to gorillas and hippos.

The count is carried out at the start of each year to verify audit records and check vulnerable populations are thriving. A spokesperson for the zoo said: “The last 12 months have been very successful in terms of animal births, so the count is a big job this year.”

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An amusing article appears in the Daily Express about Muirfield Golf Club in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland, which came in for a fair amount of stick for banning women from joining.

According to the paper, a plaque appeared on a bench in Edinburgh’s West Princes Street gardens which ‘excludes’ members of Muirfield from sitting on it.

The plaque, which was later removed by the city council, read: “The members of Muirfield Golf Club are hereby excluded from sitting on this bench. By the order of the female population.”