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5 May 2021

This England: Hit the spot

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 man has gone viral on social media after completing a six-year challenge to park in every car parking space at his local Sainsbury’s. Gareth Wild, 39, from south-east London, tweeted:“For the last six years I’ve kept a spreadsheet listing every parking spot I’ve used at the local supermarket in a bid to park in them all. This week I completed my Magnum Opus!”
Forres Gazette
(Graham Reeves)

Storm in a teacup

Trouble is brewing for a driver stopped for using his mobile phone at the wheel – after police discovered he was also making a cup of tea. North West Motorway Police patrol officers made the find when pulling a driver over on the M62. “We couldn’t believe it. Needless to say, a traffic offence report was issued,” the force tweeted. One social media user asked if they had taken a mug shot. Another added: “That takes the biscuit.”
Metro (Amanda Welles)

Cash cow

TikTok has an unlikely new star: a cow hoof trimmer. Ant Thomas, from Truro, works to make sure that cows’ hooves are in good shape. His life took a dramatic turn in February when he uploaded a video to the social networking site TikTok. Within hours it had been viewed 100,000 times and subsequent videos have attracted as many as 15.5 million views. Ant said: “Right now it’s absolutely manic. I’m doing more cows a week now than I was a month two or three years ago.”
Cornwall Live
(Daragh Brady)

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