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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 Carlisle Crown Court jury has convicted a man of a wounding offence – but cleared him of intentionally causing the injury to the victim. Andrew Sword, 33, of St Ninian’s Road, Carlisle, denied both offences.

News and Star (John Reardon)

Romance isn’t dead

To the classically handsome chap in the navy fleece winter coat who got on the Portsmouth train at about midday on 15 December. You smiled at me spilling my sugar packet and I was intrigued at the story of your wooden teeth. Coffee? Girl In The Pink Dress With Pigtails Who Spilt Sugar Everywhere

Rush Hour Crush in Metro (Cecil Sanderson)

[See also: This England: Fast and loose]

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Chicken kickin’

A farmer has given his chickens footballs to play with while they are stuck indoors during the bird flu lockdown.

Bird keepers across the country have been told to keep their flocks indoors to reduce transmission.

Phill Crawley, from Sunrise Poultry Farms in Sileby, Leicestershire, said toys kept his chickens entertained.They also enjoyed playing with road traffic cones, he added.

BBC Leicestershire (Janet Mansfield)

[See also: This England: Best laid plans]

Marketing minsters

After more than 900 years of being known as Southwell Minster, the place of worship in Nottinghamshire could be given a different name – because too few people know what a “minster” is.

The Times (Paul Kelly)

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This article appears in the 06 Jan 2021 issue of the New Statesman, Out of control