News Round Up 343

WORRYING news for British beer drinkers in the Daily Express.

A new international study,which also involves the University of East Anglia, claims that the price of a pint could rise to £10 as the world’s barley crops face being decimated by rising temperatures.

Research co-ordinator Professor Dabo Guan said: “While the effects on beer may seem modest in comparison to many of the other impacts of climate change, there is nonetheless something fundamental in the cross-cultural appreciation of beer.

“If you still want to have a couple of pints of beer while you watch the football, then climate change action is the only way out. This is the key message.”

The life of Tiny the Wonder, a champion rat-catching dog in the 19th century, is to be told in an immersive show at the Museum of London, reports The Guardian.

Tiny, a Manchester terrier, was once celebrated in the City of London for being able to kill 200 rats in an hour.

Alongside a fox, a horse, a pigeon and an elephant, he is to be celebrated once again in the show Beasts of London, billed as the first to look at the history of the capital city through non-human eyes.

“We are concentrating on what it has been like for animals to live here as the city has changed,” said Francis Marshall, senior curator.

Planners in London have given the go-ahead for a huge new skyscraper dubbed ‘The Tulip’ which would become the capital’s second tallest building after the Shard.

The Independent says that the 305.3-metre tower would be located in Bury Street. The 12-storey “bud” at the top is set to include a viewing platform with rotating pods, a restaurant and sky bar.

Chris Hayward, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s planning committee, said he believed the attraction would boost the area’s economy, despite opponents’ fears that it could cause harm to London’s heritage sites.

The Daily Mail informs us that an amateur metal detectorist has found a perfectly preserved gold coin dating back almost 2,000 years whilst scouring a newly-ploughed field near an ancient Roman road in Dover, Kent.

It carries with the face of Emperor Allectu who took Britain out of the Roman Empire during his reign around 293AD.

The 24 carat gold coin, known as an Aureus, is expected to sell for £100,000 when it goes to auction later this year.

The detectorist, who did not want to be named said: “This really is the find of a lifetime for me and the greatest discovery I have made by miles.

“At first I was quite sceptical of its authenticity because it was so shiny but when I realised what it could be potentially I just completely freaked out by it.

“It was then authenticated by the British Museum and the specialist there was just as ecstatic as me. He said it was one of the best finds he had ever seen.’”

A group of photographs at the centre of what many consider to be one of the great hoaxes of the 20th century are to be sold at auction.

An article in The Guardian newspaper says that photographs of the ‘Cottingley Fairies’ are expected to fetch nearly £70,000.

The pictures were taken in July and September 1917 by 16-year-old Elsie Wright and her nine-year-old cousin Frances Griffiths, in Cottingley in West Yorkshire.

The two girls used coloured paper cut-outs and hat pins to stage the scenes at the end of Elsie’s garden.

Frances’s daughter, Christine Lynch, said: “Elsie had the idea of faking the photographs of the fairies. It stressed her all her life about those fake photographs because it was only meant to be for the family.”

The photographs will go under the hammer at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, on April 11.

Reference list:

  • The Guardian
  • The Daily Mail
  • The Independent
  • The Daily Express

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