Teenagers “apologise unreservedly” for picking up items at Auschwitz death camp
Two British teenagers were released with suspended prison sentences earlier this week after they were detained for attempting “to keep some items which they had found on the ground” at Auschwitz death camp.
A spokesperson from The Perse School in Cambridge said that both boys have been fined about £170 and have “apologised unreservedly” for their actions. The school also said the pupils picked up the items “without thinking”.
8 million mummified animals found in Egyptian catacombs
Eight million animals have been found in the Egyptian catacombs of Anubis in Saqqara. The majority of the mummified animals are dogs, much to the surprise of the archaeology team involved in the excavations, as they were not expecting to find so many mummified animals in their search.
Despite mass burials and animal cults being customary in ancient Egypt, the mass scale of this discovery has shocked the researchers involved.
Researchers have for many years known about the animal catacombs – a map from 1897 clearly shows the location of the mummified dogs. However, it was not until a team from Cardiff University’s School of History, Archaeology and Religion, with the help of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, investigated the tunnels in 2009 that they found masses of mummified animals.
Former National Theatre head claims Shakespeare’s jokes aren’t funny
Director Sir Richard Eyre has revealed that he believes Shakespeare’s jokes are not funny for modern audiences.
Despite previously directing numerous Shakespearean plays, including Richard III, King Lear and Hamlet, Richard Eyre argues that some forms of comedy become dated very quickly, and therefore lose its meaning.
Speaking at the Chalke Valley History Festival, Eyre said: “It’s true that a lot of Shakespeare’s jokes aren’t very good because they’re topical, you know. Comedy dates very, very quickly.”