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18 August 2021

This England: Spitting image

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

Strangers regularly stop a mum in the street to say her baby daughter is a mini Boris Johnson thanks to her unruly mop of blonde hair.

Bethany Jeeves was stunned when Lottie was born with a shock of long, thick silvery hair. Since then, five-month-old Lottie’s hairdo has taken on a life of its own and regardless of what Bethany does to it – including wetting, washing and brushing it – it sticks up.

Cambridgeshire Live (Nigel Huddlestone)

[See also: This England: Flight of fancy]

Butter fingers

A motorist being chased by police was caught after dropping his phone while it was open on his Facebook page.

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Essex officers said the dangerous driving suspect, 30, from Basildon, was later arrested after crashing in Southend.

Metro (Amanda Welles)

[See also: This England: Snow place like home]

Gooseberry grievances

A gooseberry grower lost his title after his prized bushes were poisoned and killed ahead of a prestigious competition. The reigning champion claims his chances were scuppered before they even began after his highly prized crop was “nobbled”.

Terry Price, crowned winner in 2020 with a 50g fruit, says he noticed his bushes looking “sickly” three months ago and that within ten days they were dead.

Mr Price said: “I could have cried when I found out because so much work goes into it and then it’s all gone just like that.”

Last year he won the trophy for “premier berry”.

Yorkshire Post (Michael Meadowcroft)

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