I couldn't find a thread on this topic, so I'm starting this one: There's a piece on the BBC website:
Scientists uncover St Columba's cell on Iona
Archaeologists say they have identified the remains of the cell of St Columba on the Scottish island of Iona.
They have used radiocarbon dating to...
Ancient stone monuments may have been used for mysterious moonlit ceremonies, say archaeologists
Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
7 July 2017 • 10:00pm
Ancient stone monuments may have been used for mysterious night-time ceremonies, archaeologists believe, after finding that some rock carvings...
I'm working on the theory that air displays are a form of modern art that can be seen all over Britain every summer. But now things are changing:
Shoreham air disaster forces change of plan for Red Arrows display during Falmouth Week
There'll be no more sights such as this over...
Vagina surgery 'sought by girls as young as nine'
By Jean Mackenzie Victoria Derbyshire programme
Girls as young as nine are seeking surgery on their vagina because they are distressed by its appearance, the Victoria Derbyshire show has been told.
Dr Naomi Crouch, a leading adolescent...
An unusual love story...
The Plymouth couple who found forbidden love in a TB sanatorium
By CGOSLING | Posted: June 01, 2017
A Plymouth couple who met in a Dartmoor Tuberculosis sanatorium after both contracting the deadly illness, are celebrating 60 years of happy marriage today...
SOS mystery in remote Western Australia stumps police
Is it a false alarm, or a genuine plea for help?
An SOS signal made of rocks in a remote part of Western Australia has prompted fears that someone, or more than one person, could be missing.
The distress signal was spotted by a helicopter...
Very long and fascinating article:
Isdal Woman: The mystery death haunting Norway for 46 years
By Helier Cheung BBC News, Bergen
In November 1970, the badly burnt body of a woman was found in a remote spot in Norway's Isdalen valley.
Someone had cut the labels off her clothes, and scraped...
The man who has spent his life making pickled onions in Stonehouse
By Sarah_Herald | Posted: April 29, 2017
It is not a great time to be pickling onions, but this man's family has been doing just that since 1880 – and he's not giving up any time soon.
Peter Ede, of Ede's Pickled...
The second mention of Gweek in the news today:
Armed police called to Gweek Boatyard
Armed police attended Gweek Quay Boatyard after being called in by a private company engaged in a civil matter last Thursday
The incident related to a man thought to be resident in premises at the Gweek...
United Airlines in fresh PR nightmare after rabbit set to be world’s biggest dies on UK flight
26 April 2017 • 7:20am
United Airlines is battling another PR nightmare after a rabbit destined to be the world’s biggest died on a flight from Britain to the US.
The airline, which...
Hundreds stranded in mid-Atlantic after 'runway potholes' limit flights to Ascension Island
17 April 2017 • 7:02am
Hundreds of people have been stranded in the mid-Atlantic on Ascension Island after potholes on the runway reportedly caused the partial closure of its US air base...
I get the impression from the news that arson is becoming more common these days. This story describes the total destruction of a historic old building:
Huge fire at Grade I listed stately home in Dorset leaves 'just the walls standing'
15 April 2017 • 11:28am
A historic mansion in...
How Tetris therapy could help patients
By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online
Tetris is a relatively basic yet compelling video game. The aim is to line up falling blocks so they fit together in horizontal rows. When a perfect line with no gaps is made, it will vanish, making room...
German PoW and hero goalie stars in tale of reconciliation
Film tells how Bert Trautmann, who played in Cup final with broken neck, overcame Nazi past
As a piece of fiction, a film about a former Nazi paratrooper who becomes a hero of English football might struggle to convince audiences. But...
Police were called to Veryan by neighbours trying to protect rooks from being made homeless
By WBCaroline | Posted: March 16, 2017
Villagers called police on workers spotted chopping down trees that are home to 500 resident rooks.
Neighbours are enraged because the work to fell a...
No need to go trudging round muddy fields with a metal-detector - just look in your piano!
Piano gold hoard is 'life-changing' sovereign stockpile
A hoard of gold discovered hidden inside an old piano has been revealed to be a collection of sovereign coins.
The discovery was made in Shropshire...
Eyeglasses were being made over a century earlier:
The earliest recorded working telescopes were the refracting telescopes that appeared in the Netherlands in 1608. Their development is credited to three individuals: Hans Lippershey and Zacharias Janssen, who were spectacle makers in...
Cornish granite giant to set sail for saints valley in Brittany
Carving a giant granite statue of St Piran, transporting it from Mabe to Falmouth by traction engine then having rowers haul it through town before it sets sail for Brittany aboard an old fishing vessel.
This may sound bizarre...
French nuclear power plant explosion: Blast at EDF's Flamanville station 'does not cause radioactive leak'
Authorities say there is 'no nuclear risk' from accident in reactor's turbine hall
Thursday 9 February 2017 13:18 GMT
Several people are being treated for smoke inhalation...
Petition started for retiring officer to keep his police dog
6 February 2017
More than 15,000 people have signed a petition to allow a police dog to retire with her handler.
Sgt David Evans, from Shropshire, is "heartbroken" at the prospect of not being able to keep four-year-old Ivy when he...
Bodmin Jail is claimed to be one of Britain's most haunted places...
A proposal is being made to create a 63 bed hotel at popular Bodmin Jail tourist attraction
By C_Becquart | Posted: January 18, 2017
Proposals are being considered to demolish buildings at a major Cornish visitor attraction...
Researchers claim to identify Camelot's location - say it was nowhere near Tintagel or Cornwall
By LBarton | Posted: January 14, 2017
A retired academic has claimed to have solved a 1,400-year-old riddle surrounding the location of Camelot - and it's not in Cornwall but 300 miles away in...
If there's better place for this story, Mods, please shift it.
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A message to readers from Packet editor Paul Armstrong
Imagine, for a moment, life without the Packet. Even if you are not a weekly purchaser of the printed newspaper, you – or someone you know or...
Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey | Episode 1
13 December 2016 · 5:56pm
Joanna begins her Greek Odyssey at the Parthenon in Athens, created by the ancient Greeks two and a half thousand years ago. From here Joanna travels around the southern region of Greece from Athens to the...
This is a strange one:
Garden dug up of missing woman last seen in public in 1999
The garden of a woman reported missing in Inverclyde six weeks ago is to be excavated after it emerged she was last seen in public 17 years ago.
Police Scotland said that apart from her carers, the last...
'Kangaroo mothering' helps boost a child's health and intelligence, study finds
12 December 2016 • 6:00am
Kangaroo mothering”, the practice of continuous skin-to-skin contact with a newborn baby, results in healthier, more intelligent and successful offspring, a new study...
Caesarean births 'affecting human evolution'
By Helen Briggs BBC News
The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists.
More mothers now need surgery to deliver a baby due to their narrow pelvis size, according to a study.
Researchers estimate cases...
Devon has a brand identity issue with German tourists who think it's part of Cornwall
By Oli_Vergnault | Posted: December 03, 2016
We all know how much German tourists love Cornwall.
They simply can't get enough of the place and love anything the Duchy has to offer from its rugged coastline...
Exeter fire: Royal Clarence Hotel collapses as blaze rages
A hotel has begun to collapse in a massive fire that has raged throughout the night.
The front of the Royal Clarence, described as England's oldest hotel, has started to fall away in the blaze in Exeter, Devon.
The fire began at...
New ITV drama series on ITV Hub:
Supernatural drama series spanning three time periods. A tragic death in 1944 sends ghostly ripples down the years ensuring that truth will eventually surface, whatever the cost.
4 Episodes so far, I've only just started watching it, but it seems promising...
Cornwall hit by 2.3 magnitude earthquake at Liskeard
By cg_graham | Posted: October 27, 2016
Cornwall has been struck by a 2.3 magnitude earthquake, with the centre of the quake at Liskeard.
There are no reports of any damage this morning.
Kirstin Lemon, of the British Geological Survey...
Vatican bans Catholics from keeping ashes of loved ones at home
Cremation guidelines state remains cannot be scattered or kept at home but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place
Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent
Tuesday 25 October 2016 14.41 BST
Catholics are forbidden from...
Killing of Pedals 'the walking bear' sparks hunting debate
He may have been the internet's most cherished bear.
But news of the apparent slaying of Pedals - who became famous for walking upright on his hind legs through the suburbs of New Jersey - has outraged many animal lovers.
Gay men convicted of now-abolished sex offences to be pardoned
Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of now-abolished sexual offences are to receive posthumous pardons, the government has announced.
It will mean formal pardons for those convicted over consensual same-sex relationships...
I've started reviewing ITV's Hub of these programmes: eg, http://www.itv.com/hub/wycliffe/WFEa95a002
I watched most of them when they first broadcast live in the 90s, but I wasn't very impressed.
But now I remember I was watching on a small B&W mobile TV at the time. The pictures on ITV hub...
Hollie McNish: The things new mothers aren't always told
Hollie McNish is a poet who writes about motherhood - from morning sickness and breastfeeding in public to the impossibility of ever finishing a hot cup of tea. Here she argues that taboos still prevent people talking openly about...
This is the first I've heard about this. I may have to dig out my baptismal certificate again!
Cornwall Council to offer tax breaks based on religious beliefs
By cg_graham | Posted: August 20, 2016
Cornwall Council is granting tax-breaks to people because of their religious beliefs – and...
Some topics are difficult to pigeonhole, and this is one:
From MI6 to tea with Trotsky: the secret life of Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome
7 August 2016 • 8:00am
"Any book worth reading by children,” wrote Arthur Ransome in his autobiography, “is also worth reading by...
A road bridge over the railway partly fell onto the track.
Barrow upon Soar bridge collapse causes rail chaos
The sudden collapse of a bridge has caused major disruption to trains between the East Midlands and London.
The collapse, at Barrow Upon Soar, near Loughborough, happened in the early...
...well, Devon and Cornwall, anyway!
Giant miner puppet walks through Cornwall
A giant puppet of a Cornish miner has taken its first steps on a 130-mile journey.
The 10-metre (32.8ft) Man Engine will travel across the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site to mark the 10th year of its Unesco...
Updated map of the human brain hailed as a scientific tour de force
Researchers reveal that human brain has at least 180 different regions, confirming the existence of 83 known regions and adding 97 new ones
Ian Sample Science editor
Wednesday 20 July 2016 18.00 BST
When the German neurologist...
Liverpool waterfront heritage status at risk as mayor rejects UN plea
Unesco urges two-year moratorium on new development at world heritage site but Joe Anderson says it would stifle development
Nazia Parveen North of England correspondent
Sunday 17 July 2016 13.52 BST
The world heritage site...
Trailer here, to get your glands secreting!
Robot Wars - Meet the House Robots
Back in the days when the internet was a little baby, and we had to make our own entertainment… we all watched a programme called...
Why are these Legal Name Fraud billboards appearing in Cornwall?
By CGBen | Posted: June 07, 2016
These bizarre advertising boards are appearing all over the country - including here in Cornwall - and no one knows why.
You may have even seen one yourself. There's one in Truro next to the...
Now my attitude to exercise is, if you're healthy, you don't need it. If you're not healthy it can be dangerous! :twisted: Nevertheless some people do put themselves through the torments of exercise. Here's an account of one such long distance run, which happens to pass through one of my...
The man is back! (A little more aged, but then aren't we all...)
Ben Building: Mussolini, Monuments and Modernism
Having previously investigated the architecture of Hitler and Stalin's regimes, Jonathan Meades turns his attention to another notorious 20th-century European dictator, Mussolini...
The age at which you start losing friends
Studies show that the number of friends we have declines consistently as we get older
Scientists have revealed the age at which men and women start to lose their friends: and it’s a lot earlier than most people would have thought.
A new thread, for stories like this:
Goodbye Mrs Nosworthy, tributes after shock death of 'inspirational' 36-year-old teacher
By RDoddHerald | Posted: May 19, 2016
A teacher from Riverside Primary School in Plymouth has died after suffering a stroke.
Kirsten Nosworthy, 36, was admitted to...
I couldn't find a general purpose demolitions thread, although videos of tower blocks collapsing (or sometimes not!) appear regularly on the internet. Just to be different, there's no video of this one, as it hasn't happened yet, and it's a bridge, not a building:
Concrete cancer bridge over the...
We have other threads on bad driving, but they're usually just one-off stories.
Cars 'forced to undertake woman spotted doing her makeup on major Plymouth road'
By Herald_alexs | Posted: May 11, 2016
Reckless drivers have been told to pay attention to the road after a woman was spotted doing...