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25 January 2023

This England: Spice king

This column – which, though named after a line in Shakespeare’s “Richard II”, refers to the whole of Britain – has run in the NS since 1934.

By New Statesman

A supermarket customer who bought five jars of paprika last year was stunned to be named the spice’s No 1 buyer in the north-east.

Paul Anthony Jones, 39, was congratulated by Sainsbury’s – despite spending only £4.75 on the 95p jars.

Jones, of Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, said: “I don’t think I earned the title because I have some bizarre paprika addiction – it’s more that other people in the region don’t buy a lot.” He said he thought the Sainsbury’s email declaring him top buyer was “pure comedy”.
Daily Mail (Jill Allwood)

Cross your Ts

Workers have been mocked online after a photo of a misspelt road marking in Scarborough went viral. Instead of “town centre” being painted on to the A165, contractors missed out the second T and wrote “town cenre” instead.

Caroline Bains shared her picture of the blunder on Facebook, adding: “Not sure that’s right.”
BBC Yorkshire (Daragh Brady)

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Dance around the problem

Residents in a seaside town home to a bizarre set of “wiggly” road markings have voiced their displeasure by staging a conga protest along them.

People were left confused and angry when a series of curvy lines were painted alongside the historic seafront in the town of Clevedon, Somerset.

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According to North Somerset council, the lines were designed to slow down traffic.

But locals and business owners were infuriated by the move, which they claim looks like a “driving lane for drink-drivers”.
Metro (Steve Morley)

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This article appears in the 25 Jan 2023 issue of the New Statesman, Why Germany doesn’t do it better