Science 

Deadly PLAGUE which TERRIFIED Romans and killed millions could RETURN to UK

The “plague” is a fungus called Berberis vulgaris which infects harvests of wheat and caused Romans to sacrifice their canines to appease the god of rust, which they thought was behind the infection. Wheat stem rust caused crop failures for thousands of years until farmers noticed a link between the outbreaks and barberry shrubs, which were planted as hedges and harvested for their berries – leading to campaigns in Europe and North America to remove the bushes. The last official outbreak of the plague was in the UK was 1955…

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Top Stories World 

BREAKING: Man dies in fall from balcony as strong winds hit Britain and Europe

The 56-year-old was repairing a window when he lost his balance and fell in the Spanish seaside town of Segur de Calafell, Tarragona. Emergency services were called at 10.50am local time today and found the man lying in his courtyard. Despite the efforts of paramedics who battled to save his life, the man was pronounced dead. The tragedy came as winds caused havoc around the continent. This morning, emergency services received 539 calls because of the wind. Fire crews have been called to hundreds of incidents, mainly caused by unstable…

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10 Facts 

World Egg Day: Top 10 facts about poached, boiled or fried eggs

1. This morning, Exeter College, Oxford will be attempting to break the world record for the most people dipping egg soldiers simultaneously. 2. The current record is 178, set by soldiers of the Allied Rapid Response Corps at Imjin Barracks, Gloucestershire in 2014. 3. The average hen lays 300-325 eggs a year. 4. The world’s largest omelette weighed 14,225lb 6oz. It was made by a team of 55 people in Portugal in 2012 and used 145,000 eggs. 5. In 1474, in Switzerland, a chicken believed to be a rooster was…

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Top Stories World 

Tributes pour in for Yosemite climber who died saving wife from falling rock

ATHENA Andrew Foster was killed when protecting his wife from a rock fall in Yosemite National Park Andrew Foster, 32, was trapped when more than 1,000 tonnes of rock fell from the face of the El Capitan monolith on September 27. He was seen running back to the rockfall to protect his wife, Lucy Foster, 28, and dived on top of her – saving her life. The pair were returning from a climb when a sheet of granite around 131ft (40m) by 66ft (20m) plummeted from a height of 656ft…

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Sport 

County cricket: Jennings to leave Durham, plus day two of final round – live!

9.40am BST09:40 Jennings turns down Durham contract and will leave club Some breaking news to bring you: Durham’s one-day captain Keaton Jennings has turned down a new contract and will become the latest high-profile player to leave the county at the end of the season. Jennings cited his continued international ambitions and the need to be playing in the first division of the County Championship, meaning his widely anticipated switch to Nottinghamshire would rely on the latter confirming promotion this week. Durham have already lost their Twenty20 captain Paul Coughlin…

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Sport 

County cricket live: Essex win title as Lancashire lose to Somerset – live!

1.59pm BST13:59 Felix Organ is out! Oh, no! Felix Organ, the newly-crowned best-named man in county cricket, goes to Harris. Hampshire are 101 for seven, still 103 behind. Middlesex couldn’t get among them could they? Share this post Google plus close 1.55pm BST13:55 Oi oi Parky. Worcestershire CCC (@WorcsCCC) The Worcs 50 is up but the next ball Mitchell is bowled for 34 to give Parkinson a 10-for in the game September 15, 2017 Share this post Google plus close 1.54pm BST13:54 Hardus Nails has three, and Sussex are 147…

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Top Stories World 

‘EU Schengen zone is CRIMINAL PLAYGROUND’ UK and bloc’s most wanted men on run together

British fraudster Mark Acklom and Spanish conman Jose Estevez were spotted together in Geneva, Switzerland, drinking coffee back in May. Acklom, 44, has not been since since 2012 after he posed as a spy and Swiss banker to seduce 57-year-old divorcee Carolyn Woods out of her life savings before fleeing. He allegedly promised to marry her after they met in a clothes shop in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, before persuading her to lend him all her savings to help his “cash-flow” problems. Estevez, 50, fled Spain after he was jailed for ripping…

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Sport 

County cricket: Warwickshire v Somerset, Lancashire v Essex and more – live!

11.29am BST11:29 Right, the covers are now almost completely off. We are getting there. Share this post Google plus close 11.25am BST11:25 Worcestershire need 46 to win and Daryl Mitchell has a century! What a guy. Share this post Google plus close 11.22am BST11:22 As ever at Edgbaston, there is one bloke sat alone at the back of the Hollies. Hardy soul. Share this post Google plus close 11.17am BST11:17 Apparently it’s now hammering it down at the Ageas. Share this post Google plus close 11.14am BST11:14 Oh my word!…

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Sport 

County cricket live – Lancashire v Essex, Hampshire v Surrey and more!

12.00pm BST12:00 Hildreth goes, Somerset lead by 301… Time to crack on you’d think. Share this post Google plus close 11.58am BST11:58 Oi oi Worcestershire CCC (@WorcsCCC) Ashwin into the attack with Notts 209-7 September 7, 2017 Share this post Google plus close 11.57am BST11:57 Lancashire have it doing all sorts. Umming and ahhing after every ball. Somehow Essex surviving. 9 for 1. Share this post Google plus close 11.56am BST11:56 20-year-old James Bracey going nicely for the Glosters … He has 62 and they are 301 for four. Share…

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Sport 

County cricket: Lancashire v Essex, Surrey v Hampshire and more – live!

4.00pm BST16:00 Still not Billings! Haggett. Something must be up with Billings. Anyone know where he is? Share this post Google plus close 3.59pm BST15:59 Hampshire have lost their first. Weatherley goes to Dernbach, and they are 7 for 1. Share this post Google plus close 3.58pm BST15:58 Notts are 12 for one and still 38 behind. Mullaney gone to Leach. Share this post Google plus close 3.57pm BST15:57 Stevens didn’t last long! He’s gone and Kent are 134 for five. Caught behind off Wood – second in the over…

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