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Broadcaster announces Shakespeare’s death 405 years late

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A newsreader has been left red-faced after she announced the death of William Shakespeare 405 years late. Argentinian presenter Noelia Novillo confused the death of Shakespeare the writer with that of an 81-year-old from Coventry who was the first person in Britain to receive the Covid jab last year. Reporting on the pensioner’s death, which was not linked to the vaccination, she said: “As we all know, he’s one of the most important writers in the English language - for me the master.”

Does food shortage signal coming of Messiah?

Fears of a global food shortage have resurrected a 300-year-old religious prophecy over the coming of the Messiah. After it was claimed that humans will be unable to feed the planet’s growing population as soon as 2023, people have pointed to the prophecy of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi – known as the “Alter Rebbe” – that an international food crisis is a sign that the Messiah is coming.

Insect tasting menu at French restaurant

A restaurant in France is offering a tasting menu of insect dishes. Laurent Veyet offers a prawn salad with yellow mealworm, crunchy insects on a bed of vegetables and chocolate-coated grasshoppers. “There are some really interesting flavours”, said the Parisian chef, adding: “Not many people could say they don’t like that.” It is believed that mealworm and other insects could offer a sustainable and low carbon-emission food source for the future.

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