Planeteer: Bangkok’s emergency status to be lifted, Anglo-Saxon gold surveyed, drones map the oceans

Scabbard fitting from the Staffordshire Hoard. Image by Ann Wuyts / CC BY 2.0

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Scabbard fitting from the Staffordshire Hoard. Image by Ann Wuyts / CC BY 2.0

Golden Anglo-Saxon hoard brought together for first time
England’s Staffordshire Hoard, a massive collection of Anglo-Saxon gold, has been brought together and surveyed. There are over 4000 pieces of buried loot from the Kingdom of Mercia, with ornate animal and religious details and decorative pieces from weapons. Many of the artefacts have already been exhibited, and some will return to The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, with others displayed in a new gallery in the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Read more:

Mail Rail will become underground ride
Post Office Underground Railway, a driverless route that transported London’s post from 1927 to 2002, will reopen as a tourist attraction in 2016. The original route went from Paddington to Whitechapel, and the central section of the track will become an underground museum in Islington, with flintlock pistols, evidence from train robbery trials and the chance to ride the rails. Read more:

Exhibition to showcase international artists in Rīga
Rīga Art Space is to host a large-scale exhibition, highlighting popular works by artists from around the world, including Rīga’s own Kristine Alksne. Opening on 15 March, the Re:visited exhibition in Latvia’s capital city aims to be ‘like archaeology, where people may locate unexpected findings in the fine variety of modern arts’. Entry is €3. Read more:

Pear & parmesan ice cream is flavour of the year in Germany
Pear and parmesan has been named as Germany’s flavour for 2014, but popular ice cream vendors in Berlin have expressed doubt over the award, saying they don’t think it will be a hit with the public. Italian ice cream giant Uniteis is behind the taste sensation, and claim it’s ‘a mix of an old favourite with a new trend’. Read more:

President Hollande appoints gangsta rapper to pep up speeches
Hollande, the president of France, has appointed gangsta rapper Pierre-Yves Bocquet (AKA Pierre Evil) as chief speechwriter in an effort to revitalise and inject some personality into his speeches. The rapper is also a writer for music press and considered an authority on Snoop Dogg and Public Enemy. Read more:

Basel Carnival parade. Image by kaeferchen61 / …read more


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