From Sir Lewis Hamilton’s chivalry to beavers in Hyde Park, 11 great news this week
A new restaurant will open at the cathedral next year, on the site of the former refectory of the preparatory choral school. Andrew Pern, owner of Michelin-starred The Star in Harome, North Yorkshire, is involved in the project. York Minster costs around £ 22,000 a day and the restaurant’s sales will help keep it going.
Rocket scientists and brain surgeons are “unnecessarily placed on pedestals” in our everyday parlance. Research published in the British medical journal, investigating a scientific basis for the sentences “It’s not brain surgery” and “It’s not rocket science”, compared the cognitive test results of 329 aerospace engineers and 72 neurosurgeons in the UK, Europe, the United States and Canada with the general population of the United Kingdom.
The results showed that rocket scientists and brain surgeons have their strengths, but in terms of cognitive abilities, they are on a par with the rest of the population.
Difford’s Cocktail Guide has confirmed that Irish Cream is the best-selling liqueur in the world. The original version – a brilliant blend of Irish whiskey and spirits, Irish dairy cream, chocolate and vanilla flavors – is 17% ABV, although many variations now exist, including salted caramel.
The show of the comedian / actor / writer After life was named the most watched British comedy of the decade on Netflix, with almost 100 million viewers. The actor writes and stars in the series about a man who struggles with the loss of his love and plans to kill himself, only to be saved by his dog. The show debuted in March 2019. It will return for a third and final season in January.
The seven-time Formula 1 champion has been knighted, days after controversially losing a record-breaking eighth title to Red Bull rival Max Verstappen. The 36-year-old was joined by his mother, Carmen Lockhart, as he was knighted by the Prince of Wales in an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, becoming the fourth F1 driver to receive this honor after Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart, and the first while still in competition.
Hyde Park could be redesigned and lost species including beavers could be reintroduced to London as part of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s ambitious rewilding plans. It has released £ 600,000 in funding to support the project, which is designed to help London achieve its goal of net zero. The project also includes plans to encourage people to plant green roofs.
A 1930s police station – similar to the one made famous as Doctor Who’s Tardis in the BBC sci-fi series – is among hundreds of British structures listed for preservation by Historic England. The kiosk, which dates from around 1931, was originally located in North Kilworth, Leicestershire, but moved to Bradgate Park in Newtown Linford, also in Leicestershire, in 1952 and was given Class II status.
Historic England has listed 284 historic places this year, including an ambulance station in Market Harborough and a Victorian railway bridge in Darlington.
A solitary hawthorn that has stood for at least half a century on Shell Beach on the Solway Coast in Kippford, Scotland, has been named Tree of the Year. He beat hundreds of nominations to become the UK’s favorite in a competition hosted by The Woodland Trust, and will now represent UK in the 2022 European Tree of the Year competition.
An album featuring the tweets and cries of endangered Australian birds debuted in the top five of the country’s Aria music charts, beating Abba and Christmas favorites Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey.
‘Songs of Disappearance’ features the birdsong of 53 of Australia’s most endangered species, including cockatoos, birds and nocturnal parrots. Proceeds from sales are used for BirdLife Australia conservation projects.
One of the country’s most important literary treasures was saved from sale on the open market. Organized in the late 19th century, the Honresfield Library features manuscripts from the Brontë family, letters from Jane Austen, and handwritten poems by Robert Burns.
The sale of the library, in three installments, was announced in May 2021 by Sotheby’s, but Friends of National Libraries successfully asked agents to postpone the sale. Following a fundraising campaign, the Friends were able to raise more than £ 15million to acquire the library, saying: ‘The cornucopia will now be permanently in the public domain in the UK . “
The men’s best friend
Dogs truly are man’s best friend, say the researchers, having found new evidence of the value of canine companions. The study, published in the scientific journal Plos one, found that dog owners were more likely than those without a dog to report feelings of being loved and valued during the pandemic. They were also less likely to show signs of depression and gave higher scores on average when asked to rate the social support they had around them.