Lizzie Meek, the programme manager for artefacts at the Trust, said: “With just two weeks to go on the conservation of the Cape Adare artefacts, finding such a perfectly preserved fruitcake in amongst the last handful of unidentified and severely corroded tins was quite a surprise.
“It’s an ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions, and is still a favourite item on modern trips to the Ice.”
The cake and its tin have been taken to New Zealand’s Canterbury Museum laboratory, where the Trust’s staff are working on conserving almost 1,500 artefacts.
Scott’s expedition had a number of objectives, but reaching the pole was key – and although they ultimately succeeded they found that the Norwegians had beaten them to it.
Tragically the entire party died on the return journey from the pole.
Like the hell-raising rocker it is named after, the creature was no shrinking violet.
At 19ft (5.8m) long, with a skull measuring just over a metre, it used its large, blunt teeth to crush bones and turtle shells.
It would have been one of the biggest coastal predators of its time when it roamed the Earth more than 145 million years ago.
It has now been named Lemmysuchus, which translates as “Lemmy’s crocodile”.
It comes after a study of a fossil skeleton housed at London’s Natural History Museum, which was dug up from a clay pit near Peterborough in 1909, by University of Edinburgh palaeontologist Michela Johnson.
Ms Johnson realised it had been incorrectly classified and required a new scientific name, with the Lemmy inspiration coming from the Natural History Museum’s Lorna Steel.
“Although Lemmy passed away at the end of 2015, we’d like to think that he would have raised a glass to Lemmysuchus, one of the nastiest sea creatures to have ever inhabited the Earth,” Dr Steel said.
“As a long-standing Motorhead fan I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to immortalise the rock star in this way.”
Lemmysuchus was part of an extinct group of reptiles known as teleosaurs, which were distantly related to the crocodiles of today.
“It can be difficult to identify new species as we are normally working with incomplete fossil skeletons,” Ms Johnson, a PhD student, said.
“Following careful anatomical comparison, and by referring to the main specimen held at the Natural History Museum, we could see that most of the previous finds were actually from relatives of Lemmysuchus rather than the species itself, and we were able to assign a new name.”
Keen to incorporate animal therapy with Tracy’s job as a psychotherapist, the couple quickly found that the South East was built up and expensive, so took their search a little further afield.
Dean told Sky News: “We’d fostered children when we lived in Kent, and we saw how they responded to our pets – they allowed them to come out of their shell.
“Animals are being used in therapy more and more, and we were drawn to the idea of using the animals to help people.”
As soon as Dean saw the Animalarium Borth Zoo, in Ceredigion, he knew it was meant to be.
“We’d spent holidays in Snowdonia before, but never Mid Wales. As soon as we drove over the hill and saw it we both knew we would live there.”
Moving from Milton Regis in Kent, the animal-loving family – who already had about 40 pets – found a whole new raft of exotic animals to care for.
The £625,000 zoo has more than 300 animals, including lions, monkeys, meerkats, a leopard, crocodiles, turtles, wallabies (including a rare albino wallaby), lemurs, peacocks and osprey flying overhead.
There is also a reptile house, with snakes including “a medium sized” 15ft snake, and a 22ft female boa constrictor.
For those looking for a more tactile experience, there is also a petting barn with ponies, lambs, cows, goats, pigs, rabbits and Guinea pigs.
And Dean’s daughters – Sophie, 13, Sarah, nine, and Paige, eight – can’t get enough of the animals during the summer holidays.
“From the moment they wake up they are helping the zookeepers,” Dean said.
“All their friends are keen to have sleepovers. They couldn’t be happier.”
While Dean insists he “is no Matt Damon” and wasn’t inspired by the 2011 film We Bought A Zoo, he has spoken to the man whose life the film is based on, Benjamin Mee.
The former bricklayer, who bought the dilapidated Dartmoor Wildlife Park in Devon back in 2007, before opening it to the public the following year, has offered his words of wisdom to the Tweedy family as they go about returning the zoo to its former glory.
While Mr Tweedy says he has “no plans yet for an elephant or a rhinoceros”, the next job on his list is to engage boy scouts in painting the meerkat enclosure.
“I’m keen to get some social projects going, get local people involved with the zoo,” he said.
“Lots of the animals here were rescued – either from other zoos or from owners who they’d got too big for. The leopard used to belong to an Indian prince, but once he started showing an inclination to eat his owner, he gave him to the zoo.
“He’s so used to being around people, he has trouble relating to other leopards.”
He added: “Our dream is to make it a sanctuary for people as well as animals”.
The poll, which was commissioned by the British Council and surveyed 1,768 UK adults, found that 46% admit they have been embarrassed at being unable to speak the local language.
Some 45% said they rely on the assumption that everyone will speak English in the country they are visiting and 29% said they have been too scared to even try speaking in the local language.
Around one in six said they can speak a foreign language to a high standard and 37% said they can hold a basic conversation in another tongue.
But others are left to try a range of other tactics to make themselves understood in a foreign country – 56% pointed at a menu to avoid pronouncing foreign words; 42% had resorted to speaking English more slowly and loudly than usual and 15% said that had tried speaking English in a foreign accent.
Vicky Gough, schools adviser at the British Council, said: “It’s great that many of us are willing to have a go at speaking the local language while overseas. It’s a meaningful gesture that will help you get the most from your holiday.
“But too many of us are still relying too heavily on English alone. And if this means we’re missing out on holiday, imagine the effect that our lack of language skills is having on the UK more widely.
“Speaking other languages not only gives you an understanding of other cultures but is good for business and for life too.
“Trying out a few words or phrases on holiday this summer, and encouraging our young people to do the same, is the perfect way to get started.”
In Denmark, princesses have traditionally been named Queen when their husbands take the throne.
Lene Balleby, a spokeswoman for the Royal Danish House, told the BT newspaper: “It is no secret that the Prince for many years has been unhappy with his role and the title he has been awarded in the Danish monarchy.
“This discontent has grown more and more in recent years.
“For the Prince, the decision not to be buried beside the Queen is the natural consequence of not having been treated equally to his spouse – by not having the title and role he has desired.”
The spokeswoman confirmed that Prince Henrik’s decision had been accepted by the Queen.
When Queen Margrethe dies, she will be interred in the Roskilde Cathedral in a sarcophagus made by Danish artist Bjorn Norgaard.
It is not clear exactly where Prince Henrik will choose to be buried, but Ms Balleby said it would definitely be in Denmark.
Prince Henrik has carried out very few official duties since he retired last year and renounced his title of Prince Consort.
Since then, he has spent much of his time at his private vineyard in France, despite still being married to the Queen and still officially living together.
The couple has two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.