Alan Cosh and Harrison RB round up the latest news and information from across the Petersphere to start your day in the right way.
This morning you will hear from Winton Players’ chairman Ryan Watts who explains how the am-dram group has coped during lockdown – plus news, travel and weather.
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Reports suggest a coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford appears safe and trains the immune system.
Trials involving 1,077 people showed the injection led to them making antibodies and white blood cells that can fight coronavirus.
The findings are hugely promising, but it is still too soon to know if this is enough to offer protection and larger trials are underway.
There are side-effects, however, with 70 per cent of people on the trial developing either fever or headache – but researchers say this could be managed with paracetamol.
Would you be prepared to volunteer for trials of a coronavirus vaccine? Let us know why you would – or wouldn’t …
A spokesman for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds says the reintroduction of red kites to the UK – which has seen several nesting pairs make their homes in the Petersphere – “might be the biggest species success story in UK conservation history”.
The red kite is one of Britain’s most distinctive birds of prey, known for its reddish-brown body, angled wings, forked tail, and “mewing” call.
Numbers of kites had declined over a 200-year period and, by the 1980s, they were one of only three globally-threatened species in the UK. Thirteen young birds were brought over from Spain and released in the Chiltern Hills, in July 1990.
They are now thriving, with an estimated 1,800 UK breeding pairs – and we’d be delighted to see your photographs of red kites in the Petersphere. Send them to email@example.com.
A reminder for all of you in the Petersphere – and beyond – that criminals are taking advantage of the NHS Test and Trace Service by sending phishing emails and texts containing links designed to obtain your banking passwords and PINs.
It’s important to remember that NHS Test and Trace will never ask you for financial details, PINs or passwords. They will also never visit your home. You can forward scam emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and report suspicious texts to your mobile phone provider by forwarding the text to 7726. If a scam text claims to be from your bank you should also report it to them.
A new horoscope discovered by NASA could mean a change in star signs for many. The space agency sent horoscope followers into a frenzy after a blog post revealed there could be a 13th sign of the Zodiac.
The mystery sign named Ophiuchus is for those born between 29 November and 17 December. Almost all of our birth signs will change as a result. Let us know if you will be sticking to your present sign or moving along into another, to accommodate the 13th part of the Zodiac.
A reminder that the Grange Surgery is closed this afternoon. Please call the out-of-hours service number, 111, during this time.
Today marks the 121st birthday of novelist, journalist and Nobel and Pulitzer prizewinner Ernest Hemingway. It’s also the birthday of two great British supporting comedy actors, Mollie Sugden and Bill Pertwee – best known for their roles in, respectively, Are You Being Served? and Dad’s Army, although the former also appeared as Mrs Fox in the radio series of Dad’s Army …
Apparently these little bits of trivia are very popular so we’ll endeavour to include something every day just so you can bore the pants off your work colleagues.
And today is National Junk Food Day … like people need any encouragement. If you do indulge, please take your litter home with you.
Travel news now. The A272 between Langrish and Bordean will be closed overnight for resurfacing this week from Bordean House to the junction with Bordean Lane. And resurfacing work continues in Liphook from Midhurst Road to Devil’s Lane with expected road closure.
There may be some delays in Pulens Lane at the junction with Heath Road and Durford Road, and Swan Street remains closed between the junction at Borough Hill and the junction with Chapel Street while new underground electrical circuits are installed. This work is set to continue until the first week of August.
Traffic control is in use in Bedford Road, outside Howdens, and an upgrade to the traffic signals on Station Road, near Sandringham Rd, means there will be multi-way traffic control in operation there.
Work also continues on highway improvements on the Winchester Road at the junction with Prince’s Road, and the Berelands slip road on and off the A3 remains closed for electrical work overnight.
And, in Liss, multi-way traffic signals are in place in Andlers Ash Road.
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Today will be another fine day with mainly sunny spells, though there will probably be more cloud around during the afternoon. It will once again feel warm with highs of 21 C and a gentle breeze from the north. The outlook for the rest of the week remains dry with plenty of sunshine, with seasonal temperatures in the low 20s.