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6 April 2022

This England: Better late than never

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

An “antique” Latin book has been returned to a university library nearly 50 years after it was due back. The book, an 1875 edition of Querolus, was due to be returned to UCL Libraries in the summer of 1974.

The librarian said her “jaw dropped” when she received the book, which was returned anonymously. At a rate of 10p per day, the library fine for the book’s late return would have been £1,254. 
Evening Standard (Steve Morley)

Burning bush

A usually quiet neighbourhood was alarmed to see a hedge set alight. The hedge belongs to Lakenham retiree Glen Boden. He said: “I had just got out of the bath and was drying off when I noticed how bright it was outside – which was strange given the time.”
Norwich Evening News

(David Walsh)

The bare necessities

A man escaped from a prison van – wearing only his socks and pants. Kyle Eglington, 32, ran off after assaulting security officers in Poole, Dorset.

He had been charged with robbery. Superintendent Heather Dixey said: “Anyone who has seen a man in the area in just his underwear and socks, please report it.”
Sunday Mirror (Daragh Brady)

Dog-ray vision

A dog suffering from the rare eye disease Pannus is now wearing £100 sunglasses to keep the rays at bay. Megan Novak, 32, of Worthing, West Sussex, bought Rex Specs for her pooch Cocoa, whose corneas had UV damage.
Sunday Mirror (Amanda Welles)

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This article appears in the 06 Apr 2022 issue of the New Statesman, Easter Special