News Round Up 344

THERE’S some good news in the Daily Mirror about Britain’s butterflies.

The newspaper reports on monitoring carried out by thousands of volunteers which shows that thanks to a summer heatwave, more than two thirds of species were up compared to 2017, reversing declines.

Two of the rarest species, the large blue and the black hairstreak recorded their best year since monitoring began in 1976 and the Duke of Burgundy rose 65%.

However the heat did not suit some grassland species with Gatekeepers, small skippers and Essex skippers down in numbers and Red admirals, a garden favourite for Brits, went down 75%.

Professor Tom Brereton, from Butterfly Conservation, said: “2018 brought relief following five below average years.

“But there were not as many as we might have expected given the fabulous weather and 2018 ranked barely better than average.

“Two thirds show negative trends long term, highlighting the challenge we face.”

The highest French decoration has been awarded to a former teenage switchboard operator at the communications headquarters for the D-Day landings during the Second World War, says The Independent.

The article informs us that Marie Scott was 17 years old when she was involved in listening to and collating messages for Operation Overlord at Fort Southwick, Portsmouth.

Now as part of the 75th anniversary of D-Day this summer. 92 year old Marie, from New Malden, south-west London, is being presented with the Legion d’honneur.

She will travel to Normandy with a group of 30 other Second World War veteran and be officially presented with the award by a French general at the Memorial Pegasus Museum in Normandy on June 5.

What a wasteful lot we are. According to latest research, Britons throw away 720 million eggs a year – three times more than in 2008and at a cost of £139m

The Guardian says that the waste is blamed on overcautious consumers relying on best-before dates to decide if eggs are fresh enough to eat.

Figures from the company behind the food waste app Too Good To Go, revealed that UK households binned 720m eggs last year, compared with 241m in 2008.

“If you’ve been throwing your eggs in the bin based on the dates on the box, you’ve probably been wasting perfectly good food,” said Jamie Crummie, the co-founder of Too Good To Go.

Egg producers also believe the rise in the number of eggs being wasted could be down to consumers’ ignorance and thoughtlessness, and their view of eggs as a low-value item, unlike fresh meat or fish.

A panel of experts compiled by the magazine Radio Times have come to the conclusion that Fawlty Towers, set in a chaotic Torquay seaside hotel and starring John Cleese, was the greatest ever British TV sitcom, reports The Independent.

Although it ran for only two series, the popularity of its 12 episodes meant that it is often re-broadcast.

Co-writer, Connie Booth said the show succeeds because it allows “infantile rage and aggression” to flourish even within “well-mannered English society”.

Forty year old runner Pita Oates, from Leyland, Lancashire, has been telling the Daily Mirror how her pets dogs saved her life after she broke a leg on a remote moorland at Great Hill, near Chorley.

Pita was unable to stand after she fell whilst on a three mile run with her Border Collies Buddy and Merlyn.

She explained that whilst Buddy stayed with her, Merlyn ran around barking for help which attracted the attention of a walker, who contacted emergency services.

Pita said: “I would have died without a doubt – I wouldn’t have lasted the night. It was freezing and I was soaking. The winds were horrendous.”

She broke a femur and tore two ligaments, spent eight days in hospital and has had a titanium plate fitted

Reference list

  • The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)
  • The Daily Mirror
  • The Independent
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