If one of the country’s most iconic monuments was up for sale today, you’d expect it to be headline news with plenty of media coverage. How different it is in today’s Daily Telegraph, which contains the news that Stonehenge is up for sale, as part of the Amesbury Abbey estate. The article considers that this news is “enough to rouse the envy of all American millionaires who are bitten by the craze for acquiring antiques. Here is the oldest of our temples for sale.” However, little of the masses of research that has been done into the stone circle had been done by then, for the article states that no one knows its age, although it could be nearly 4,000 years old (it is in fact older) and quotes the old belief of it being a Druidical site. Rather worrying is the fact that although “it is believed that steps will be taken to protect Stonehenge in the interests in the nation” and that any American purchasers would not be able to transport it across the Atlantic, but it is not confirmed, leaving that hideous idea still a possibility. And yet all this is covered in just two paragraphs on page 6!
Also in today’s paper
- The Times is prosecuted under the Defence of the Realm Act over its publication of a letter about the French army – page 5
- An officer of the Royal Naval Air Service trumpets its contribution to the fighting in German South-West Africa (now Namibia), but not in the air, in armoured cars – page 6
- Another day, yet another strike over a war bonus, this time Blaenavon Steel Works and Collieries – page 6. It is extraordinary how many of these there have been, in a definitely lesser-known aspect of the war - The London String Quartet brings back what are described as Pop concerts – page 6, although not as we would know them a century on - The Indians at the front clearly love their sporting activities – after the football match reported on May 25 they now stage a gymkhana several miles behind the line – “perhaps the strangest scene that has been witnessed in Flanders since war broke out” (page 7) - Turkish attacks at Gallipoli are repulsed – page 8. For a change no suggestion is made that there are any Allied advances - Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey has to take leave of absence “in order to rest his eyesight” – page 9, this absence being regretted in a fulsome leader on page 8 - Another example of the banner headline on page 9 overstating things today – “Zeppelins reported over London” it reads, although read below and they have merely reported to have been seen over “certain outlying districts of London” - Talking of outlying districts of London, several open spaces in the suburbs are to be used for hospital purposes – page 10