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Wanted – volunteers to monitor Britain’s growing slug population

Wanted – volunteers to monitor Britain’s growing slug population

Science
Citizen scientists are being sought to help carry out the first survey in decades of Britain's slug populations.To take part, all that's required is curiosity, a garden, and a willingness to go out after dark to search for the likes of the great grey or yellow slug.The year-long research project will identify different slug species and the features that tempt them into gardens. The last study conducted in English gardens in the 1940s found high numbers of just nine species of slug. Many more have arrived in recent years, including the Spanish slug, which is thought to have come in on salad leaves. Less than half of the UK's 40 or more slug species are now considered native. Research assistant, Imogen Cavadino, who is leading the ...
Bullied for dancing – now bossing it as Britain’s Got Talent’s masked star

Bullied for dancing – now bossing it as Britain’s Got Talent’s masked star

Entertainment
When Kevin Turner was eight, he was forced to move schools after being bullied because of his love of dancing.Three years later, he has had the last laugh, being unmasked as the secret young star of the first episode of Britain's Got Talent: The Champions.Kevin, now 11, was picked to join the dancing Stormtroopers in Boogie Storm.They don't normally show their faces, but leader Lee Seddon said: "He's gone through tough times and I thought it was important to get his story across." Liverpool-based Boogie Storm shot to fame in 2016 when they reached the talent show final by performing acrobatic dance routines in the Star Wars uniforms.They wanted to recruit a mini Stormtrooper for the all-star version, which began on ITV on Saturday, and chose Kevin from hun...
Andy Murray: Britain’s three-time Grand Slam winner ready to be considered a singles player again

Andy Murray: Britain’s three-time Grand Slam winner ready to be considered a singles player again

Sports
Andy Murray does not tend to sugar coat his answers.He accepts there are reasons to be cheerful after his 6-4 6-4 defeat by Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati, but admits he is "quite far away from where I would like to be".That is to be expected after just two weeks of dedicated practice before his first singles match for seven months. Murray will only play doubles in New York, when the US Open gets under way in a fortnight. But you can now consider him a singles player above all else once again. A singles player who expects to be back in his peak physical condition in January: 12 months after the second operation on his right hip. "I think nine to 12 months after the operation is when I would e...
David Walliams reveals he’s Britain’s Got Talent persona is big act

David Walliams reveals he’s Britain’s Got Talent persona is big act

Entertainment
The Britain’s Got Talent judge, who found fame playing a host of roles on Little Britain, said he struggles to be himself on camera. The comic, 47, added: “I almost can’t really function unless there’s something between me and the camera, like a moustache or some teeth or a wig. I don’t know why, I’m just like that. “It would be better if I was like the author Michael Morpurgo living in Devon and no-one really knew what I looked like. But this is the path I am on. “I’ve got a bit better because I appear on Britain’s Got Talent as myself.” Walliams became famous on TV’s Little Britain, which ran from 2003 to 2009 – first on BBC Three and later on BBC One. Among his characters were Emily Howard, a deluded “transvestite”, Ray Mc-Cooney, an insane Scottish hotel owner,
Britain’s political outlook seems toxic to investors

Britain’s political outlook seems toxic to investors

Finance
SUDDENLY Britain looks a lot less attractive as a home for international investors. The Conservative party under Theresa May gambled on a snap election to deliver a "mandate for Brexit". It unveiled a muddled manifesto that alienated voters and was out-campaigned by the veteran left-winger Jeremy Corbyn. The party lost its overall majority and will now be propped up by the very odd ducks in Ulster's Democratic Unionist party.The markets reacted less severely than might have been expected. That seems to be based on the view that a "soft Brexit" looks more likely. But it is far from clear that this is the case. David Davis, Britain's Brexit minister, seems to be ploughing ahead with plans to leave the single market and the Labour leadership is unlikely to oppose this. Moody's, the credit rat