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New 'planetarium' will take visitors back in time

One of the country's most important Roman sites is being brought to life, a hundred and fifty years after it was first discovered. Visitors to Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire, are getting the chance to experience it with a planetarium-style projection. The "discovery dome" has been developed by a student from the University of Bath.

John Tredinnick a researcher at the University says visitors will be taken back in time during the tour:

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Two crabs discovered in lift in Birmingham

The crabs that were discovered in the lift
The crabs that were discovered in the lift Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

Two crabs have been discovered in a tower block lift in Birmingham.

The were recently found by a woman and were put into a plastic box, where they were then taken to the National Sea Life Centre for a new home.

It is believed someone may have brought them back from a trip to the seaside.

The crabs have been taken to the National Sea Life Centre
The crabs have been taken to the National Sea Life Centre Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

If you go crab fishing or come across any other sea creatures on your travels, please don’t bring them home with you – they are very sensitive creatures and need to be kept at a certain temperature with a good supply of sea water or they won’t survive.

– Centre curator James Robson

Both crabs are now being cared for by experts and will be introduced to the British shore line exhibition.

Poll shows people would like a beer with Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams is from Stoke-on-Trent
Robbie Williams is from Stoke-on-Trent Credit: Pedro Rocha/Global Imagens/Atlantico Press/Atlantico/Press Association Images

Robbie Williams, from Stoke-on-Trent, has been named in a list of pop and rock stars people would most want to have a pint of beer with.

A survey of almost 700 adults showed that Sir Tom Jones was the most popular companion people would like to have a drink with.

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'Number 10 Downing Street' could be yours for £40,000

Number 10 Downing Street has gone up for auction - in Nottinghamshire.

The Sutton-In-Ashfield property, which bears little resemblance to its famous namesake, has a guide price of £40,000.

The Number 10 Downing Street for sale in Nottinghamshire and its famous namesake.
The Number 10 Downing Street for sale in Nottinghamshire and its famous namesake. Credit: SWNS

The Zoopla listing for the end terrace house calls it an "ideal opportunity for the investor."

The three-floor, double bedroom home goes up for auction on 4 September.

Park rangers baffled by mystery appearance of carrots

A ranger spots one of the piles of carrots
A ranger spots one of the piles of carrots Credit: Severn Trent Water

Rangers at Draycote Water park near Rugby in Warwickshire say they are baffled by the mystery appearance of piles of carrots.

The mounds have been left in random places at the Severn Trent Water visitor attraction on a number of occasions.

Piles were found on:

  • 31 March
  • 12 May
  • 16 July
  • 25 July
  • 1 August

They are appealing for help to find out who is leaving them at the park, and why...

We’re really puzzled by this one...

They don’t get eaten by wild animals like rabbits; they simply remain in little piles, so we’re picking them up.

At first we thought it was just a one off, but then more kept arriving. So we’ve been taking them to Ollie’s Yard, a sanctuary for horses and ponies, nearby.

We’d like them to be used by a good cause, but we’re also keen to understand why they’re being left at Draycote Water.

– Thomas Crawford, Draycote ranger
The carrots are being given to a nearby horse sanctuary
The carrots are being given to a nearby horse sanctuary Credit: Severn Trent Water

Rangers are asking anyone who might know why the carrots are being left at Draycote to tweet them.

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Touchscreen tortoises studied by Lincoln academic

Tortoises have been the subject of a study led by a University of Lincoln academic.

The reptiles were monitored to test their navigational skills and managed to work out how to win a strawberry by pressing the screen.

A red triangle on the screen was followed by two blue circles. The tortoises were trained to press either the left or right circle to get a strawberry.

Dr Anna Wilkinson found that when food was given to the tortoises in two blue bowls, similar to the circles, the tortoises went for the food on the same side as the circle they were trained to press.

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