How Britannia got her trident
Parliament voted to renew Trident as Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent. But what about Britannia and her trident?
— Unnoticed by some, our coinage was unilaterally disarmed in 2008 when a new 50p was issued, with a crest, not Britannia.
— But then Britannia didn’t always bear a trident. When she was first put on coins by the Romans she carried a spear in one hand and an olive branch in the other.
— She retained her spear until 1797 when, to celebrate Britain’s naval power, the weapon was replaced by a trident. The inspiration came from Poseidon and Neptune, Greek and Roman deities of the sea. They carried a trident because it was used in the ancient world for fishing.
Death under arrest
Who dies when police in the US arrest suspects, and how do they die? A study of 4,813 deaths of suspects during and soon after arrest revealed the following:
95% were males.
42% were white.
32% were black/African American.
20% were Hispanic.
60% were classed as homicides.
11% were suicides/intoxication.
6% were accidental injury.
5% were natural causes.
Source: Bureau of Justice
No. 1 with a bullet
And in the light of three deaths in Spalding, Lincolnshire, how does the UK compare among G7 nations for homicides involving firearms?
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Public Health England warned people to wash salad after 62 were hospitalised from food poisoning. Which foods caused the most incidents reported to the Food Standards Agency last year?
|Meat and meat products||254|
|Fruit and vegetables||97|
|Dietetic foods/food supplements||61|