News Round Up 347

A London store has become the first one in the UK to offer a till-free service.

The Daily Mail reports that customers at Sainsbury’s in Holborn Circus will be able to scan and pay for products using the company’s app on their phone.

Apparently, when they have finished, they scan a code to complete the process and receive their receipt by email.

Sainsbury’s say they have been experimenting with the technology, called SmartShop, since August and that 82 per cent of transactions in the store were already done digitally.

However, for customers who struggle with the technology, paying by cash or card is still an option through a help desk.


There has been a big increase in van drivers in the UK.

An article in the Daily Mirror says that the number has risen by 59% since 2009 because of an increase in self-employed drivers, driven by a boom in online shopping.

Britain is now the EU’s biggest online retail market, with 83% buying on the web.

A report by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and consultants BearingPoint say there are now 4.6 million vans in the UK.


Ashdown Forest, near Brighton in East Sussex, which was the inspiration for AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood, has been destroyed by fire.

The Daily Express says that the blaze swept through the six acres site.

A fire brigade spokesman said: “Six fire engines, four Land Rovers, a water carrier and the control unit are in attendance and our teams are tackling the fire using beaters.”

Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne, who lived in nearby Cotchford Farm, Hartfield, drew inspiration from the forest to write the popular series of children’s books in the 1920s.

The woodland became the fictional Hundred Acre Wood, home to Winnie the Pooh and his friends Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, and others.


A Daily Mirror story puts the spotlight on the latest ‘Funeral Music Chart’ which shows that popular songs are taking over in popularity from hymns.

The list, compiled by Co-op from the 100,000 funerals, revealed that old favourites such as “The Lord is My Shepherd” have given way to modern hits including Ed Sheeran’s Supermarket Flowers, Westlife’s You Raise Me Up and Angels by Robbie Williams.

Other songs being requested include Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust, My Way by Frank Sinatra, and Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.


The Guardian informs us that Buckingham Palace is to display a drawing identified as only the second image of Leonardo da Vinci made in his lifetime.

The hastily-drawn sketch, was probably drawn by one of his studio assistants.

Martin Clayton, head of prints and drawings at the Royal Collection Trust, said: “It is a very quick casual sketch of Leonardo; it is the closest that we get to a snapshot of Leonardo during his own lifetime. It may be trivial as a work of art but it’s hugely important, even moving, as a record of the man himself.”

The drawing will be one of 200 going on display in the largest exhibition of Leonardo’s work in more than 65 years.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing is at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, from May 24-October 13.

Reference list

  • The Guardian
  • The Daily Mirror
  • The Daily Express
  • The Daily Mail
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