County Down woman Kelly Gallagher says she had to battle hard to regain her morale after a disappointing downhill performance on Saturday to clinch gold alongside guide Charlotte Evans at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi.
1. The first new national railcard launched for 30 years went on sale last week. The Two Together card can be used by couple or friends - any two people who travel regularly together - to save a third on off-peak train fares. The paired cards each have two photographs on them to ensure only the named people can use them. Daily Mail
2. Gravity, the British made space epic won seven Oscars, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron. However, its awards were mainly in technical categories. The coveted Best Film award went to 12 Years a Slave, directed by British film-maker Steve McQueen, who becomes the first person to have won both an Oscar and the Turner Prize. The Times
3. Councils across England are planning a “slight rise” in council tax, according to a survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. The rise of 0.6% will see the average bill for a band D property increase by £8.47 to £1,464 in 2014-15. The southeast, outside London, will see a 0.8% rise. Daily Telegraph
4. An annual cost-of-living survey has found Singapore to be the world’s most expensive city. The island city-state tops the Economist Intelligence Unit’s list of 131 ranked cities for 2014 due to a strong currency, expensive utilities and the high cost of running a car there. Tokyo led the field last year. The Economist
5. Michael Gove will become the first Conservative Education Secretary to send one of his children to a state secondary school when his daughter starts at Grey Coat Hospital near Westminster later this year. The academy school is a Church of England comprehensive, with admission based on bands of ability, church attendance and languages. Daily Express
6. A US study suggests that eating a high-protein diet including meat and dairy products in middle age, is as unhealthy as smoking. Researchers in Carolina found those between 50 and 65 who ate a lot of animal protein were twice as likely to die early and four times as likely to die of cancer than those who did not. The New Yorker
7. New research shows that Cornish has contributed only about 40 words to the English language, fewer than Hawaiian, Swahili and Occitan. The words from Cornish include wrasse (the fish), oggy (Cornish pasty) and fogou (a house dug into the earth). The Guardian
8. Was a four-poster bed thrown out into a hotel car park the bed in which Henry VIII was conceived? Jonathan Foyle of World Monuments Fund Britain describes the bed as “the most important piece of furniture [in England]”. It was nearly lost when builders left it in a hotel car park. If the link is proved correct, the bed could be worth up to £20m. The Sunday Times
9. A panel reviewing the future of the BBC is considering a plan to scrap the licence fee and switch to a subscription service from 2020, says the Sunday Times. The plan has been recommended by leading figures in finance and academics. If agreed, it would be the most fundamental change to the BBC since its creation in 1922. The Observer
10. Ousted Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, paid £8,500 for the tablecloths at his recently abandoned country estate. It also contains a private zoo filled with rare breeds of goat, a garage full of vintage cars and personalised bottles of brandy featuring a photo of his smiling face. BBC
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