News Round Up 335

THE anonymous graffiti artist Banksy has had a piece of work acquired by the British Museum, reports The Guardian.

It is a fake £10 banknote depicting Diana, Princess of Wales, and will join the museum’s collection of coins, medals and other currency.

Entitled Di-faced Tenner, the work was one of thousands of copies produced by the artist in 2004 as part of a planned art stunt.

Tom Hockenhull, curator of modern money at the museum, said he had been trying for years to get hold of a genuine Di-faced Tenner to add to the museum’s collection of “skit notes”, or parodies of real banknotes.

Contacted by the Guardian, a spokesperson for the artist said the banknote had been donated by “someone who runs Banksy’s currency exchange”.

As well as showing Diana’s face instead of the Queen’s, the note has been altered to read “Banksy of England” and the motto: “I promise to pay the bearer on demand the ultimate price.”

 

 

The Daily Mirror highlights Joanne and Jim Bell, from Yelland, Devon who claim they have

saved themselves £15,000 by refusing to use their central heating for the last 10 years.

Joanne said the move was originally made in protest at the proliferation of wind farms but now their bodies had adapted so well it had become normal.

“It feels uncomfortable when I’m in other people’s houses now. It’s too warm for me. When it gets very cold we just wear plenty of layers and use hot water bottles.”

She added: “I’m a wildlife lover and when I saw so many birds being killed by the blades of the wind turbines popping up everywhere I just felt I wanted to do something.”

 

 

Apparently it’s going to take eight weeks for engineers to shift a ‘monster’ 64m fatberg from sewers in Devon.

An article in The Independent newspapers says work has begun on removal of the blockage in Sidmouth created by oil, fat, and grease from wet wipes and other items that should not be flushed down toilets.

 

 

A public appeal has been launched by the Oxford English Dictionary to help help illuminate terminology used by different professions.

The Guardian says the dictionary has called on doctors, firefighters, builders, shopkeepers, teachers, plumbers, marketers and other workers to send in the words and expressions they use at work.

“The OED already includes many terms from all kinds of trades and professions but there are many more that have not yet come to our attention – and that’s why we’re asking for your help,” it said.

 

 

Guidelines from senior medical advisers say that parents should banish phones from the bedroom at night and at the dinner table.

The Independent reports that chief medical officers of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland said adults should also “lead by example” with their own screen use and online behaviour.

Their review of the potential harms of time spent online recommends a“precautionary approach” to children’s screen use, but said there was insufficient evidence to recommend a set an optimum limit.

Reference list:

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

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