We’re spending a couple of days in the New Forest. At the risk of sounding a bit Fotherington-Thomas, I have to say that it’s a wondrous and magical place.
'Weather forecasters are predicting possible ground frosts this week as an unseasonable cold snap grips the county.
After a hot first half of 2014, the cold spell is making August the first month where temperatures have dipped below normal.
From now until Friday, the Met Office is predicting temperatures of around 16C (61F) to 17C (62F) – feeling more like 10C (50F) with the wind chill factor – along with showers today, tomorrow and Friday.’
Eeh, it’s bitter.
'Out today is the fourth peer-reviewed article deriving from the search for Richard III’s grave. It focuses on the king’s bones and teeth, specifically what a few of them might tell us about where he lived at different times in his life, and how his diet changed. And once again, the scientific release occurs on the day Channel 4 broadcasts a new film about the dig.
The headline conclusions are:
- Richard III’s diet was impressively aristocratic – high in meat and fish (some of which were from the sea) – though for a period from the age of around five it was heavier on grains; this youthful gruel episode was offset by greater luxuries when he was king, including more freshwater fish and wildfowl, and wine
- The study supports Richard’s known origins in Northamptonshire, but suggests he had moved out of eastern England by age seven, and lived further west, possibly in the Welsh Marches (the borderland area between Wales and England), returning to eastern England as an adolescent or young adult.’
Scientific confirmation that Richard III was an East Midlands lad.