5 things we’ve learned this week

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:20 19 August 2017

Five things we learned this week

Five things we learned this week


Much can change in a week, and we don’t want you to miss out on any of the week’s top stories or fun facts – so each Saturday we’ll be recapping some of the week’s highlights in handy bite-sized form.

The engraved bones which were discovered in Gough's Cave. Picture: The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London 2017.The engraved bones which were discovered in Gough's Cave. Picture: The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London 2017.

So whether you’re looking to catch up on the week’s key stories, like the latest developments at Weston General Hospital, sports headlines from Weston Football Club, or... er... quirky fact about cannibals or bumblebees, this is where you’ll find it.

Because we’re so helpful, we’ve also included links back to the original stories if this recap piques your curiosity and you want to learn more.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy five of the things we’re learned this week...

Weston General Hospital.Weston General Hospital.

People are still worried about the future of Weston General Hospital.

The hospital’s accident and emergency department has been closed overnight since July 4, and although bosses continue to insist the closure is a temporary one, the people of Weston are sceptical.

A poll on the Mercury website this week showed 75 per cent of voters doubt the A&E will ever be restored to a 24/7 service, while 91 per cent believe not enough is being done to reopen the department.

Steve Timmis, of Protect Our NHS North Somerset told the Mercury there is ‘not a chance it will reopen’, while North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, which comissions hospital services, countered by saying ‘we remain very clear this is a temporary measure’.

Alex with wife Telma, daughter Alicia and new son Rafael.Alex with wife Telma, daughter Alicia and new son Rafael.

A shoelace is apparently a handy tool in an improvised labour.

Somerset couple Adam and Telma Barnes welcomed new son Rafael into the world last week – but it’s fair to say the delivery did not go quite as planned.

That is because Rafael was in such a hurry to see the world, that he ended up being born en route to hospital in the middle of the Mendip Hills.

Adam delivered Rafael himself, improvising by using a shoelace to tie the umbilical cord – and praised Telma for, in the absence of medical assistance and an epidural, ‘did the whole birth on a couple of paracetamol’.

Somerset Wildlife Trust wants help to save our bees. Picture: golfer2015Somerset Wildlife Trust wants help to save our bees. Picture: golfer2015

Somerset’s famous cider could be under threat...

We all know Britain’s bumblebees are dying out – but who knew the danger that could spell for one of Somerset’s most popular exports?

One in every three mouthfuls of food we consume is only possible through insect pollination during growing, and local delicacies like strawberries and cider ‘wouldn’t exist without them’ according to Somerset Wildlife Trust.

The charity has begun a crowdfunding campaign to create new insect-friendly habitats to ensure treats like cider can be enjoyed for years to come.

Weston scored twice to win after falling behind.Weston scored twice to win after falling behind.

Weston Football Club have not forgotten how to win

The Seagulls had endured a really tough start to the season, claiming no points at all from their opening three games, but emerged with a deserved win from Tuesday night’s clash with Gloucester City.

They did not do it the easy way either, having to come from a goal down to win 2-1 through goals from Jake Lee and Dayle Grubb.

The win took Weston out of the relegation places in the early-season table, and they’ll be hoping to build on the win today (Saturday) when they visit high-flying Bognor Regis Town.

Bones show evidence of ritual cannibalism, according to experts.Bones show evidence of ritual cannibalism, according to experts.

People in Cheddar used to eat each other

In truth, if you’re an archaeological expert, you might already have known this – but new ‘breakthrough’ findings by experts at the Natural History Museum in London has cast new light on the village’s cannibalistic past.

Human skeletons found previously in Gough’s Caves had already shown evidence of cannibal practises, but new findings illustrate how bone markings were engraved as part of an ancient ritual.

It is suggested the markings were done out or respect, and that the cannibalism ‘was not just about treating the dead person as food’ – although it’s unlikely that proved too much consolation at the time to those being eaten.

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