News Round Up #356

A private buyer at an auction held in Etwall, Derbyshire, has picked up a fascinating piece of history, reports the Daily Express.

The buyer spent £12,500 on a hunger strike medal awarded to a militant suffragette, which was found after more than 100 years gathering dust in a drawer.

Apparently the Medal of Valour was given to Elsie Wolff Van Sandau after she endured “the last extremity of hunger and hardship” while fighting to win equal voting rights for women.

Auctioneer Isabel Murtough said: “It was an honour to sell this medal. I was delighted that it did so well.

“I hope this find reminds people of the sacrifices Miss Wolff Van Sandau and her fellow suffragettes made a century ago to help women gain rights many of us now take for granted.”

The Guardian newspaper informs us that Rose Hudson-Wilkin, chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, has been appointed the Church of England’s first black female bishop.

The new bishop of Dover was born in Jamaica and was ordained as a priest in 1994, the first year the C of E allowed female clergy.

Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, described her appointment as “groundbreaking and historic.”

The Independent reports on Shadow, an 18 month old Shar-Pei dog, who survived on seaweed, sticks and stones for 45 days after falling off a 547ft cliff at Falcon Hill Beacon near Eype in Dorset.

The dog was on a walk with his owners when he slipped his harness, fell off the cliff and went missing.

But holiday-makers later found the dog and called animal welfare charity RSPCA.

Shadow underwent surgery to remove sticks, stones and dried seaweed in his stomach that he had apparently eaten in an effort to survive.

An article in the Daily Mirror says that scientists from the UK Seti Research Network, searching the universe for aliens, are worried about how to strike up a conversation with beings from another planet.

So now they have asked members of the public what they should say when they finally have a close encounter via a major survey of public attitudes towards alien contact.

The Guardian tells us that UK book sales fell for the first time in five years in 2018.

Sales dropped from £3.11bn in 2017 to £2.95bn last year, according to the latest figures from the Publishers Association.

Stephen Lotinga, the chief executive of the Publishers Association, said:“One of the biggest changes has been the increase in audio-book sales. There is some substitution away from print, audio has surged, but there was also always going to be a point where print sales couldn’t continue rising every year.”

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