This England: Swan Song – New Statesman


Henry the Swan, the 37-year-old Grasmere resident, has died. The swan was a city legend, well known and loved by locals and tourists alike. He came to Grasmere as a swan in 1985 and never left.

When Rick Martin took over the Faeryland Grasmere boat charter business, the two became good friends.

Henry the Swan was perhaps Britain’s oldest. The previous record went to Pickles, the Whooper Swan from Leeds Castle in Kent, who died aged 30 last year.
Westmorland Gazette (Terry Hanstock)

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These boots are made for talking

Wrexham FC have said their striker Paul Mullin will not be allowed to wear his boots bearing the message “F*** the Tories!” to matches.

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The Welsh club, owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, distanced themselves from photos posted to Instagram, which showed Nike Air Zoom Mercurial boots printed with the anti-Conservative Party message and ‘Mullin10’, a reference to the jersey of the player. Number.
Time (Amanda Welles)

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A converted Bradford petrol station has opened after a £1.5million redevelopment.

The reopening caps off seven months of work, with the service station being completely stripped down to its new state-of-the-art design.

The premises now have a modern and expanded Spar store, with Costa Express machines, a Fwip gelateria and a frozen Fanta machine.
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