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Iggy Pop: University's rare musical tribute to its iguanodon

A song which was almost as extinct as its subject matter has been brought back to life by the University of Cambridge.

Jolly Old Beast was first sung in 1853 in praise of a set of concrete dinosaurs at the famous Crystal Palace exhibition.

The university revived the song as part of an online campaign showcasing its connection with animals.

‘I is for Iguanodon’ appears on 31 August 2015.

Iggy the Iguanodon

The song is a tribute to the university's own iguanodon (nicknamed Iggy) on display at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences.

Iggy was given to the Museum by the King of Belgium and is a plaster replica of a skeleton found in a mine in 1878. The original creature lived some 120 million years ago and would have measured 11 metres from nose to tail.


MK Dons bring in former England defender Upson

Matthew Upson has signed for MK Dons. Credit: PA

MK Dons have signed former England international Matthew Upson on a one-year deal.

The centre back was released by Premier League club Leicester City at the end of last season.

36-year-old Upson also played for Arsenal, Birmingham City, West Ham United and Stoke City in England's top flight.

Matthew Upson is happy to be at MK Dons. Credit: PA

“I’m very pleased to be here and I’m excited about the new challenge. This is a club that has grown in stature and I see it as an exciting place to be.

Me and the gaffer have been chatting a lot about the style of football the team play and it’s something I feel I’ll fit into well. The experience I bring with me is something I’d like to think can help too.”

– Matthew Upson, MK Dons

Train delays affecting Cambridge, Stansted, Hertford and Bishop's Stortford

Train delays affecting Cambridge, Stansted, Hertford and Bishop's Stortford Credit: Cathal McNaughton/PA Archive

There are delays to train services from Hertford East, Bishop's Stortford, Stansted Airport and Cambridge towards London Liverpool Street because of a fault with the signalling system at Tottenham Hale.

Trains have to run at reduced speed on some lines.Train services running through this station may be cancelled or delayed by up to 50 minutes.

Abello Greater Anglia says the disruption is expected until 8pm on Thursday 30 July.

The train company says the delays and cancellations are only affecting train service inbound to London but this may delay services departing London Liverpool Street. Some services may be diverted via Seven Sisters or terminate before the advertised destination.


Retired people in Norfolk among the most satisfied in the UK

Retired people in East Anglia are among the most satisfied in the country with their lives, according to a new survey out today.

Norfolk is 3rd, Suffolk 9th and Cambridgeshire 11th among the top 20 counties when it comes to the wellbeing of pensioners.

The top 10

  • 1.) Devon
  • 2.) Dorset
  • 3.) Powys (Wales)
  • 3.) Norfolk
  • 5.) East Sussex
  • 6.) Surrey
  • 7.) Gloucestershire
  • 8.) West Sussex
  • 9.) Suffolk
  • 10.) North Yorkshire

The survey by insurers Prudential measures crime levels, predicted life expectancy after the age of 65 and the availability of care in every county.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

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