QUIRKY WORLD ... Royals go to the dogs with corgi-shaped pendants

England: Corgi-shaped pendants are to go on sale in a new range for the Royal Collection to mark the summer opening of Buckingham Palace.
QUIRKY WORLD ... Royals go to the dogs with corgi-shaped pendants

The handcrafted necklaces by jeweller Alex Monroe pay tribute to the Queen’s much-loved pets and feature a corgi — known for their short stubby legs — depicted from the side with its tongue hanging out.

The 22-carat gold-plated corgi pendants cost £150 each, while the sterling silver version is priced at £126.

Global significance

Scotland:

A 700-year-old declaration of Scottish independence has been recognised by a world heritage body for its international significance.

The Declaration of Arbroath, a letter from Scottish barons to the Pope John XXI in 1320 pledging their resistance to English rule, has been awarded special status in the Unesco Memory of The World Register.

Scottish culture, tourism, and external affairs secretary Fiona Hyslop, who has campaigned for Scottish independence throughout her political career, said she was moved to inspect the document which has been preserved under lock and key for more than a decade.

Rare marker

England:

Archaeologists have found a new clue in their attempts to unravel a 1,000-year-old mystery from early English Christianity.

With the assistance of crowdfunding, experts have been digging on the island of Lindisfarne, off the Northumberland coast, trying to find evidence of the earliest monastery on the island where the famous Lindisfarne Gospels were created.

Founded by King Oswald in 635 AD, it was attacked and destroyed by the Vikings a century later. Although the monastery was replaced, the site of the original has long eluded experts but the excavators have discovered a very rare Anglo-Saxon grave marker.

Chomp champ

USA:

Defending champion Miki Sudo won the women’s division of the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island.

Meanwhile, Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut upset Matt Stonie to regain the championship title in the men’s competition.

Ms Sudo, from Las Vegas, ate 38 and a half hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to retain the coveted title, which she has held for the last two years. Mr Chestnut downed 70 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, beating Mr Stonie by 17 dogs.

Mr Chestnut’s 70 dogs were the most ever eaten at a competition. In 2013, he set a world record by eating 69 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Thousands of people — many wearing Nathan’s Famous hats — gathered on Coney Island’s famed boardwalk for the contest.

Marijuana museum

USA:

It’s known as Mary Jane, ganja, chronic, and even the sticky icky, and has featured in countless movies .

Now, marijuana is the subject of ‘Altered State: Marijuana In California’, a unique exhibition focusing on the topic, which will be open throughout the summer at the Oakland Museum of California.

Set against the backdrop of a California ballot measure this year asking voters to legalise marijuana’s recreational use, the exhibition features artwork, political documents and posters, and scientific and interactive displays meant to provoke questions and conversations about pot.

It comes as 35 American states already have medical marijuana laws on the books and four states and Washington DC have legalised weed for recreational use.

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