News Round Up 353

AN article in The Guardian announces that Grace Jones, who was Britain’s oldest person, has died at the age of 112.

Grace died at her Worcestershire home, and her 81 year old daughter Deirdre McCarthy said: “I never dreamed when I was a little girl that my mother would be the talking point of the whole country. I used to say to my friends: ‘She is a piece of history gift-wrapped’. She was wonderful and had a lovely sense of humour.”

Apparently Grace, who was born on September 16 1906, attributed her longevity in part to whisky.


According to the BBC, scientists from Oxford and Aberdeen universities reckon it is time for a full geophysical survey of The Minch, to see if the Scottish strait is hiding an ancient meteorite crater.

They believe they can pinpoint where the space object fell to Earth.

Dr Ken Amor and colleagues say this location is centred about 15-20km west-northwest of Enard Bay – part way across The Minch towards Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides.

“If you imagine debris flowing out in a big cloud across the landscape, hugging the ground, eventually that material slows down and comes to rest. But it’s the stuff out in front that stops first while the stuff behind is still pushing forward and it overlaps what’s in front,” explained Dr Amor.

“That’s what we see and it gives us a strong directional indicator that we can trace backwards.”


The Independent tells us that a rare gold Roman 4.31g coin which was found on a British farm, has been sold for £552,000.

The 4.31g gold coin of the usurper-emperor Allectus sold for more than five times its maximum estimate – becoming one of the most expensive Roman coins in the world.

It was found by a metal detectorist next to a Roman road in a farm near Dover, Kent.


It seems we Brits love to binge-watch TV shows so much that it now accounts for a sizeable chunk of people calling in ‘sick’ to work.

The Guardian reports on a survey of 5,500 people by the magazine Radio Times in which 18% said they had specifically called in sick so they could watch TV at home.

“The rise of the streaming giants from the US and the traditional British broadcasters’ adoption of streaming and catch-up services has fundamentally changed the way we consume TV,” said Tim Glanfield, the editorial director of RadioTimes.com.

“For many, the idea of waiting a week for a new episode or a year for a new series is the exception rather than the rule in 2019. Being able to discover and then devour hours (if not days) worth of one show all at once is the new norm.”

Reference list

  • The Guardian
  • The BBC
  • The Independent
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