This England: The Newsreel! 15th March 2019

Three piece suites, laser light displays and the future of the G&T

On This Day: ‘What is art? It is not decoration. It is the re-living of experience’.

Author and journalist, Dame Rebecca West who died 1983


Home suite home

Whether button backed or in Cambridge leather, the three piece suite was once a living room staple – you could say, part of the furniture (ahem).


But following the Office for National Statistics’ announcement this Monday that it had removed three piece suites from the basket of goods that it uses to measure price inflation, John Lewis have also revealed that they stopped selling traditional matching one, two and three seater chair sets two years ago due to lack of demand.


As reported by Katie Morley for The Telegraph, just 2 per cent of searches on the John Lewis website are for three piece suites, as living rooms are increasingly dominated by mismatched furniture. According to Johnathan Marsh, partner and home buying director what we’re now coveting are “statement sofas” and “accent chairs”.


Tastes, dear reader, are a-changing!



Gone with a bang

It’s not often we put our feathered friends first but bird-lovers in Bideford, Devon this week did just that.


7000 people signed a petition to cancel their New Year’s Eve firework display in favour of a laser show from this year onwards. Residents were left all in a flap after learning that last year’s display may have led starlings roosting under a footbridge to fly in ‘blind terror’, even heading into buildings and a nearby river.


Rob Durrant who started the petition told The Telegraph: “Various options were floated, including a laser show, noiseless fireworks, a combination of lasers and quiet fireworks, no fireworks” but it was the laser show that won out.


Hurrah! Could this be the start of a new trend?



Raise a glass

Good booze-news ahead! After four-years of regulatory wrangling in Brussels, the European Commission has ruled that drink manufacturers can label their quinine flavoured traditional gin mixer 'tonic' across the EU - despite the fact they don't have health benefits, reported The Financial Times. 


In one of the more ridiculous skirmishes the UK and the EU have had, Gavin Partington, director-general of the British Soft Drinks Association told The Financial Times: 'Whatever happens with Brexit, at least we can now relax in the knowledge that the future of the quintessentially British gin and tonic is secured.' Chin chin.


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