Queen Elizabeth II turns 92 today, but her birthday won’t be publicly celebrated until June 9, her second birthday of the year. This is a time when the nation will be looking back at the Queen’s reign and celebrating her life and achievements, but did you know these unusual facts about our monarch? 1. The Queen sent her very first email in 1976 from a British army base.2. The Queen’s birthplace is now a fancy Cantonese restaurant, named Hakkasan, at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair3. Queen Elizabeth became a homeowner at just six years old when the people of Wales gifted her a house in the grounds of Windsor’s Royal Lodge. This house was named Y Bwthyn Bach, meaning “little cottage”.4. The Queen has sent around 50,000 Christmas cards, which continues to increase each year5. She owns a variety of exotic animals, including an elephant, two giant turtles, a jaguar and a pair of sloths, all of which live in London Zoo.6. The Queen and her sister Margaret once … [Read more...] about Queen Elizabeth II: Did you know these 20 unusual facts about our monarch?
April 22 marks the annual Earth Day, a day which marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement, which began in 1970. This day brings to light the importance of being Eco-friendly and aims to bring the issue of plastic pollution to the attention of everyone around the world.As the day focuses on and celebrates the wonderful planet that is our home, the Earth in all its glory is brought to the forefront of people’s minds, but did you know all of these unusual, yet spectacular facts about planet Earth?1. All of the Earth’s rocks are recycled again and againThe ground that we walk on every day is recycled and will continue to keep being recycled, as the Earth's rock cycle transforms igneous rocks to sedimentary rocks to metamorphic rocks and this cycle continues again and again. Volcanoes spit the rocks out as magma, which then dry, harden and then after a very long time they either get sucked down again by plate tectonics or get pushed towards the … [Read more...] about Did you know these 15 unusual facts about the Earth?
A Wigan film buff has started pounding the streets of a city centre taking cinema enthusiasts on an unusual silver screen-themed tour. Other news: Wigan school pupils need help to win trip of a lifetime The 29-year-old former student of film at Liverpool John Moores University has an encyclopaedic knowledge of where the city has been featured on the big screen and even provides background knowledge of where directors and producers have consulted a range of people and organisations in Liverpool. He has run a couple of successful pilot walking tours and can now be found pounding the streets at weekends or for private bookings. Gary said: “I’m a stand-up comedian as well as a bit of a film geek so this was a way of combining my interests in comedy and film. If I go on holiday I try to see if any films were shot in that area and then track down a few locations. I’ve always loved walking tours and history tours and just thought I would give running one of my own a go. … [Read more...] about Wigan man Gary reels off film facts on tour of movie locations
There’s a large, black table in the boardroom high up at St James’s Park. However, it hasn’t been used for a board meeting for a long time. Records at Companies House have been updated to show that Fairs Cup-winning captain Bob Moncur is no longer a director of Newcastle United. And the boardroom table is a little on the large side given that the club now only has one director – managing director Lee Charnley. In fact, the change was made some time ago. This season’s Premier League handbook, published last summer, lists Charnley as United’s sole director. Back in June 2015, Moncur was appointed to the board along with head coach Steve McClaren and chief scout Graham Carr. Charnley said at the time: “This is a very positive step forward. “There is a huge common desire for the club as a whole to move forward and succeed.” Newcastle, however, went backwards. The four-man board wasn’t a check and balance on owner Mike Ashley, … [Read more...] about Why boardroom departures have left Newcastle in an unusual position
THE surprise announcement which came on Thursday evening from Bishop John McAreavey was highly unusual and a break from the convention of the Catholic Church. Usually the resignation is tendered directly to the Pope, with the Vatican making the announcement at noon `Rome time' and a simultaneous statement issued from the priest's own diocese. However, the Vatican has been silent since the lawyer's statement was issued. Michael Kelly, Irish Catholic editor, said the break from convention with the bishop issuing a statement through his personal solicitor, Arthur J Downey and Company, was "highly unusual". "I was surprised not to see it in the Vatican bulletin this morning that the Pope had accepted the resignation," he said. He said, according to the Vatican, Pope Francis is on Lenten spiritual exercises, and a statement is likely in the "next few days". In the end, the speed of the resignation caught everybody by surprise. Bishop McAreavery's resignation was tendered under Canon 401 … [Read more...] about Bishop John McAreavey’s resignation was a `highly unusual’ break from convention