December was the UK's wettest and warmest month on record

December was the UK’s wettest and warmest month on record

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LONDON — December was the wettest month of any calendar month on record in the UK, according to new statistics released by the Met Office on Tuesday. In addition, December came in as the warmest such month on record, with the monthly average “closer to those normally experienced during April or May,” the Met Office said.

The update won’t come as a big surprise to the thousands of home and business owners impacted by flooding in December, which the Prime Minister David Cameron has called “unprecedented.”

Persistent rainfall throughout the month from storms Desmond, Eva and Frank saturated the ground, swelling rivers to record levels in northern England, Scotland and Wales. Severe rain warnings were still in place on Tuesday for parts of the UK, with forecasters expecting an active North Atlantic storm track to stay in place for at least the next one to two weeks Read more…

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December was the UK’s wettest and warmest month on record

Bad news, Scotland: Master butcher says haggis actually came from the Vikings

Bad news, Scotland: Master butcher says haggis actually came from the Vikings

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An award-winning Scottish butcher has claimed that haggis — Scotland’s national dish — isn’t Scottish after all, but rather Scandinavian.

Joe Callaghan, a master butcher at family-run Callaghans of Helensburgh Butchers in the UK claims that the dish was brought to Scotland by marauding Norsemen during the Viking conquest of the Scottish coastline in the early ninth century.

In fact, Callaghan feels so strongly about the dish’s alleged Nordic origins that he has hailed the haggis an “imposter”, and is campaigning for “staggis” — a version of haggis based on the Viking recipe — to replace Scotland’s national dish. Read more…

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Bad news, Scotland: Master butcher says haggis actually came from the Vikings