Weekly Odds & Sods

A public inquiry into quarrying at Backdale on Longstone Edge has been cancelled after Secretary of State John Prescott yesterday declared the Peak District National Park Authority´s enforcement action to be null and void.   The Authority has expressed its extreme disappointment at the announcement but it has signalled its firm desire to continue action against what it believes to be the unlawful mass extraction of limestone from Backdale Quarry, near Bakewell. —– Continuing the project to find out whether the clothing worn by Mallory on his famously ill-fated 1924 Everest expedition was up to the task, an exact replica of Mallory´s clothing has been dispatched to Nepal to be tested on Everest.   The Mountain Heritage Trust, owner of the replicas, has agreed to preliminary field-testing by Graham Hoyland, who will wear the replica clothing on part of his Everest expedition this Spring.   Source: BMC —– Following the spate of BUSA related news we have shown of late we are pleased to report that BUSA has reached an agreement with SubTV to provide a BUSA results service in student unions across their University Television Network.Over 90 Universities? Student Unions, from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, currently receive SubTV programming. This will mean that a large majority of the 146 universities that compete in BUSA sport will be able to see their sports match results televised.—– Confusion abounds over whether or not four Polish trekkers were kidnapped recently by Maoist rebels in Nepal. A friend of the trekkers claimed that they contacted him by phone last week to say that they had been taken hostage. They have since made contact from the village of Lukla to deny the claim. Source: BBC ———————————————————————– If you have any news worth reporting please contact Matt – matt@planetfear.com / 0114 2969114 ———————————————————————–