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Message in bottle found at Southampton Guildhall

The bottle can be seen in the wall Credit: Southampton City Council

A message dating from 1935 containing a warning of troubled times to come has been uncovered by masons restoring damaged Portland stone at Southampton Guildhall, which is part of the city's Civic Centre.

The time capsule, fashioned from what is thought to be a lemonade bottle, contained a message written in pencil on the back of a cigarette packet which reads:

19th September 1935 Stanley JefferyGeorge GrovesFred PearceMussolini threatens war.

Further research has revealed that the mention of war in the message refers to the ongoing 'Abyssinia Crisis' at the time, with Mussolini rejecting a peace treaty offered by the League of Nations to end the conflict on the previous day.

The items has been passed to Southampton City Council’s Arts & Heritage service for restoration and further analysis.



Dog in a flap after getting stuck in cat flap

Narla is rescued by fire crews Credit: Sally Milo

A dog had to be rescued by firefighters when she got stuck in a cat flap.

Bernese mountain dog Narla got stuck in the cat flap at her home near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

Narla safe and well after her ordeal Credit: Sally Milo

Fire crews had to use a hacksaw to remove the cat flap and release the 15-month-old pooch.

Fire crews removed the cat flap after Narla got stuck Credit: Sally Milo

Owner Rick Scannell said that despite her ordeal, Narla was fine but admitted he has now had to buy a new cat flap.

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