Recent news has celebrated the birthdays of two British men both turning 110 on the same day. In the rest of the UK, Theresa May has been speaking about Brexit and the newly proposed drinks bottles deposit.
Britain’s Oldest Men
Alfred Smith and Robert Weighton were both born on the March 29, 1908 in different parts of the UK. Amazingly, they both recently celebrated their birthdays on the same day 110 years later. Alfred is still active, working on his farm in Perthshire and says his life has benefited from a job he has enjoyed and the secret to a long life is “laughter and porridge.”
Robert has spent parts of his life travelling, spending time in Canada and Japan and now lives in Alton. “I have not lived my life avoiding being run over by buses or getting cancer or anything else,” Robert said. “I’ve done nothing to deserve or achieve this age. I’m just one of the lucky ones.”
The men have never met each other and it’s not known which of them was born first, but they do now exchange birthday cards every year!
There are now less than 365 days until Brexit and Theresa May claims that it will bring extra funds for schools and the NHS.
“Of course when we leave the European Union, we’ll no longer be spending vast sums of money, year in and year out, sending that money to the European Union, so there will be money available here in the UK to spend on our priorities like the NHS and schools.”
Ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair has expressed his disagreement with Brexit, being an avid ‘Remain’ campaigner. He has been quoted saying it’s “not too late” to stop it.
Plastic Drinks Deposit
A scheme has been proposed to introduce a deposit on all single-use drink containers. This means that consumers will have to pay an extra cost of 10p-20p which will then be refunded once the container has been returned for recycling. The scheme has been proposed after David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II highlighted ocean pollution and showed footage of wildlife eating plastic waste.
In the UK only three billion out of 13 billion plastic drinks bottles are recycled, which is causing harmful damage to the worlds oceans. This new scheme plans to greatly reduce this number, with Scotland already announcing that they will be introducing the scheme. Environment secretary Michael Gove says:
“We have already banned harmful microbeads and cut plastic bag use, and now we want to take action on plastic bottles to help clean up our oceans, we need to see a change in attitudes and behaviour. And the evidence shows that reward and return schemes are a powerful agent of change.”