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4 May 2022

This England: Spats over spuds

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

Roast dinners cause more arguments than any other meal, says a Sainsbury’s poll of 1,000 couples. One in four couples admit to bust-ups over which meat and veg to have and how to cook them. Arguments often centre round whether to make it all from scratch or just buy a ready-made meal.
Sunday Mirror (Daragh Brady)

Don’t drop the bull

Firefighters have rescued a bull after it got stuck in a swimming pool in Devon. Crews from Torquay, Paignton, Buckfastleigh and Exmouth attended the rescue in Westerland, near Paignton.

Teams used a special harness and lifting slings to lift the animal out of the water. The rescue service said crews were unsure how the bull ended up in the pool.
BBC News South West (Christopher Rossi)

Not all the world’s a stage

An audience member asked for a refund for a Shakespeare play as the actors had Yorkshire accents. The theatregoer had walked out of Northern Broadsides’ production of As You Like It in York.
Metro (Amanda Welles)

Hedging their bets

A couple who claimed their neighbour’s 36ft hedge sent their energy bills sky high because it blocked sunlight have won a battle to have it cut. 

Renfrewshire Council rejected their request to cut it down, but the Scottish government agreed on appeal that the hedge be lopped to 16 feet by September 2022.
Metro (Godfrey Holmes)

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This article appears in the 04 May 2022 issue of the New Statesman, Dictating the Future