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Monday, April 24, 2017

Twenty Things: Did You Know...?

A 15-foot high statue of St George astride a horse is unveiled at Wellington Arch in London
A statue of St George in London/THE TELEGRAPH.

News nuggets ripped, stripped and snipped from the press.

  1. Scientists working on the UK's first atom bomb in the 1950s narrowly avoided a fiasco when they nearly dropped a five tonne replica on England, it has emerged.
  2. England's patron saint, St. George was apparently born in Cappadocia - the area now known as Turkey around the year 280.
  3. The extreme political right in Germany has vowed to move further right.
  4. In the UK, five women who were attacked by a group of men in "a brutal, homophobic attack" say it has left them "emotionally scarred" and afraid to go out alone.
  5. Xavier Jugelé, the French policeman murdered in Paris in an attack, had been on duty in the aftermath of the attacks on the Bataclan music hall in Paris in 2015 - where 89 people were killed.
  6. More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed or wounded in a Taliban attack on an army base on Friday.
  7. Lebanese law currently allows a rapist to be exonerated if he marries his victim.
  8. Stranded migrants in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, use abandoned structures as shelter.
  9. An overuse of mobile phones by parents disrupts family life, according to a survey of secondary pupils.
  10. New Beacon Books, in north London, is Britain's oldest black bookshop.
  11. Serena Williams won a grand slam when she was 10 weeks pregnant.
  12. A fur coat worn by a stewardess when the Titanic sank has been sold at auction for £150,000, almost double its original valuation of £80,000.
  13. Tunnels at a former top secret World War Two chemical weapons site in Wales are being formally opened to the public.
  14. Thousands of scientists have taken part in demonstrations around the world in protest against what they see as a global political assault on facts.
  15. Labour has accused the the UK government of failing to act on air pollution, which it says is a "public health emergency".
  16. There are 20,000 objects larger than 10cm flying around Earth, which are big enough to cause "catastrophic damage".
  17. A missing labradoodle named Cooper, which sparked a major hunt after boarding the wrong flight in Canada, has been reunited with his owner.
  18. US actress Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie in 1970s sitcom Happy Days, has died, aged 56.
  19. You can take a course studying Dolly Parton at the University of Tennessee.
  20. Creative people physically see and process the world differently.

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