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Sail the world: Coming home

After almost two years at sea, the tall ship Lord Nelson has been in Halifax, Canada, getting ready for the final leg of her voyage around the world.

On board are 50 sailors, able-bodied and disabled people, who've helped to take her to 30 countries on all seven continents.

ITV Meridian reporter Richard Jones has followed the ship's story since she left the UK in October 2012 and has been in Canada to meet the men and women who've risen to the challenge of crewing a tall ship at sea.

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Sail the world: Conquering earth's most hostile seas

The Lord Nelson's voyage around the world was designed to take her the right way around the world, dodging the worst of the weather, and following traditional sailing routes.

But there was no avoiding the notorious Southern Ocean, acknowledged to be the sailing equivalent of climbing Mount Everest.

On board, the ship's navigator Marcin Dobrowolski turned cameraman and filmed the epic passage which took the ship around Cape Horn and then further south to Antarctica.

Richard Jones has been following the story of the ship since she left the UK, and used Marcin's pictures for this special report on the Lord Nelson's biggest challenge.

Hampshire father's guide for teenagers on how do household chores gets two million hits on YouTube

A father from Hampshire has made a video to persuade his children that changing the toilet roll is not that hard. The amusing attempt at getting help with household chores has had more than two million views on YouTube.

Will Reid, from Southampton, uploaded the video entitled 'Teenage Instructional Video - How to change a toilet roll' because his children always left the empty roll on the holder.

He does not want to put them under too much pressure so plans a second video:

"The advanced level would be to put the empty toilet roll holder in the bin," he says in the video.


Warm showers make for frisky frogs

Credit: Brighton Sea Life Centre

Staff at a sea life centre in the south have managed to convince a group of poison dart frogs that mating season is upon them - by tricking them with regular showers.

The colourful amphibians produce a skin toxin used by Amazon tribes to tip their spears with. After being regularly sprinkled with warm water, they have begun a noisy serenade of croaks and chirrups in the hope of attracting mates.

Curator Carey Duckhouse said: "They breed in the monsoon season, and choose somewhere dark and wet to lay their eggs. We have 18 frogs of five different species, and decided to see if we could stimulate a bit of courtship with a regular sprinkling of warm water."

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Sail the world: The final voyage

It's almost two years since the tall ship Lord Nelson left the UK on her maiden voyage around the world. She's the first vessel specially designed to be jointly crewed by able-bodied and disabled people.

Her 50,000-mile voyage has involved a thousand sailors and has taken her to South America, Africa, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, and the Southern Ocean.

ITV Meridian reporter Richard Jones has been following the story of this epic adventure since it started in Southampton in October 2012.

He's been aboard the ship in Cape Town, and sailed on her as she took part in a tall ships' race from Sydney to Auckland.

Now he's been back to catch up with the crew as they prepare for the last leg of the voyage back to the UK.

Treasure-seekers strike gold on Kent beach

The hunt for gold continues today on a Kent beach as the first diggers to uncover the buried treasure have been announced.

A German artist sparked the 'gold rush' on Folkestone Harbour, where hundreds of people with buckets, spades and metal detectors have descended on the beach.

Artist Michael Sailstorfer has hidden 30 bars of pure gold under the sand as part of a public art festival.

Names of first confirmed beach gold finders revealed

Megan Henderson, Kirsty Henderson and Kevin Wood confirmed as first people to find gold on beach in Folkestone Credit: Folkestone Triennial

The organisers of the Folkestone Triennial gold hunt on a beach in Folkestone have revealed the names of the first people confirmed to have found the precious metal buried in the sand.

Kevin Wood, Kirsty Henderson and her sister Megan Henderson from Canterbury made their discovery at about 7pm on Friday evening. They had been digging for about an hour before low tide. Each gold bar is worth about £500.

The gold before it was buried in the sand Credit: Folkestone Triennial

“My legs went from under me and I started shaking,” Kevin recalled. “I put it quietly in my pocket. We left the beach and half way home, we pulled over for a drink.”

– Kevin Wood, Treasure hunter
Kirsty Henderson and Kevin Wood at the Kent beach where they made their discovery Credit: Folkestone Triennial
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