Media 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. George Leigh Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 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) Each printed entry receives a £5 book token. Entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or on a postcard to This England. › Browsing my children’s shelves, I understand how the books we read make us who we are Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month! This article appears in the 05 May 2021 issue of the New Statesman, If not now, when?