The world's first 'baby bottle' used by our Bronze Age ancestors more than 3,000 years ago has been unveiled by scientists. The clay container was used to feed an infant fresh milk from cows, goats or sheep - up to 3,200 years ago. And it could mean that other vessels up to 5,000 years ago in Neolithic times were also used as baby bottles, though there is no definite proof for this. The Bronze Age vessel had a two inch wide bowl with an extremely narrow spout through which the liquid could be poured. It was found in a Bronze Age tomb in Bavaria, southern Germany - buried with the cremated remains of the one to two year old child. A chemical analysis of lipid residues found it contained traces of milk from domesticated animals. The specific species could not be identified. Two similar vessels discovered in the graves of infants at a nearby Iron Age cemetery dating back 2,800 to 2,450 years also had fatty-acids from ruminants. The discovery will prompt anthropologists to re-evaluate the … [Read more...] about World’s first baby bottle used by our Bronze Age ancestors 3,000 years ago found
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Mary McLaughlin, 58, was last seen alive when she left a bar after a night out on September 26, 1984 A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a mother more than 35 years ago. Mary McLaughlin, 58, was last seen alive when she left a bar after a night out on September 26, 1984. Her body was found six days later at her home in Laurel Street, in Partick, Glasgow. Despite protracted inquiries at the time, no one was arrested or charged. However, a new investigation was launched by detectives from Police Scotland's Homicide Governance Review team. It emerged yesterday that a 58-year-old man had been arrested in connection with her death. Graham McGill appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court and made no plea. He was remanded into custody pending a further court appearance. Mrs McLaughlin, a mother of 11, was found dead in her own home on October 2, 1984. One of her sons, then 24, kicked down the door to get into the flat and found his mother's body on her bed. She had been strangled … [Read more...] about Murder suspect, 58, appears in court over killing of mother-of-11 who was strangled more than 35 years ago
Has LGBT Pride lost its way? This is a question more and more people are asking in the run up to Saturday’s Pride London parade. What began in 1972 as a protest for gay rights has now morphed into a commercialised, bureaucratic and rule-bound event, which too often reflects the wishes of the city authorities, not the LGBT community. The admirable organisers, Pride in London, are being forced to operate with onerous controls and draconian costs. These have been imposed by the mayor of London, Westminster council and the Metropolitan police, whose conditions mean a mere 26,500 people will be permitted to march. This is a fraction of the number who would march if it were a free and open event. Today, LGBT organisations have to apply three months in advance, pay a fee and get wristbands for all their participants. The parade feels increasingly regimented, commodified and straitjacketed. The city authorities are also enforcing punitive costs for road closures, pavement barriers, … [Read more...] about I’ve marched in every Pride London since 1972. Today, it needs liberating
A convicted killer who tackled the London Bridge terrorist with a fire extinguisher has compared to extremist to the wannabe jihadis mocked in satirical film Four Lions. John Crilly, an ex-prisoner who subdued Usman Khan during the knife rampage, posted on Facebook after the attack killed Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, two workers on the rehabiliation scheme he was part of. Crilly wrote that Mr Merritt was 'the best guy I ever met', adding: '(Jack) was killed by a s***house of a pathetic rubber dingy rapids type terrorist.' The quote is a reference to the 2010 film Four Lions, which mocks Islamist recruits who say life is like being in the queue at Alton Towers, waiting to get on the 'rubber dingy rapids' ride. Mr Crilly added: 'Jack actually tried helping this guy! To educate him. As he educated me. 'Jack came all the way from Cambridge to be at my graduation... How proud am I to be called Jack Merritt's friend.' John Crilly (holding his degree certificate) is pictured … [Read more...] about Convicted killer who tackled London Bridge knifeman with a fire extinguisher hits out a ‘s***house Four Lions terrorist’ who murdered his friend and mentor Jack Merritt
THE WHO: Who (Polydor) Verdict: Talkin' 'bout regeneration Rating: CAMILA CABELLO: Romance (Syco) Verdict: Pop with poise Rating: The Who have always been willing to challenge their fans. A brilliant singles band when they emerged with the 1960s mod anthems I Can't Explain and Substitute, they went on to pioneer the rock opera with Tommy and Quadrophenia. They made grand statements, asked questions and toyed with expectations. They're at it again on their curtly titled 12th album Who, their first since 2006's Endless Wire and only their second in 37 years. Pete Townshend (left) and Roger Daltrey (right) of The Who 'I don't care, I know you're going to hate this song,' rails singer Roger Daltrey on opening track All This Music Must Fade — suggesting that listeners are in for another bumpy ride from the pen of songwriter and guitarist Pete Townshend. With the latter's power chords bolstered by guest Benmont Tench's shimmering keyboards, the song strikes … [Read more...] about ADRIAN THRILLS: Guess Who’s back… with only their second album in 37 years, for Pete’s sake!