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Kissing the Blarney stone. Image by Brian Rosner / CC BY 2.0

Blarney Stone actually Irish
Scientists have found that Ireland’s Blarney Stone is made of local carboniferous limestone. The research contradicts both Blarney Castle’s claim that the stone is actually half of Scotland’s ‘Stone of Destiny’, and rumours that it was hewn from the same rock as Stonehenge. Kissing the stone at the castle near Cork is alleged to bestow eloquence, and is a popular activity for tourists. Read 

Flight disruptions expected in France on Tuesday
A 24-hour strike by air traffic controllers is expected to cause flight disruptions in France on Tuesday. Flights going to and from France, as well as internal flights, will be affected. Travellers are advised to check with their airlines for updates before travelling. Read more:

Artisan baker takes top prize for Paris’ best baguette
Twenty-four year old Antonio Teixeira has won the annual best baguette competition in Paris. The baker, who runs Boulangerie Aux Délices du Palais in the city’s 14th arrondissement, will now be the official baker for the French president for the next year. He beat 186 rivals, although 50 were disqualified for exceeding size and weight limits. Read more:


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