The Daily: 18 September
Richard Burton's intimate writings are to be complied for the first time in a book entitled 'The Richard Burton Diaries'. The book has been assembled by Chris Williams from a vast collection of diary entries stretching from 1939-1983. Williams, a professor of Welsh history at the University of Cardiff, spoke of the colossal amounts of information he read in order to comprise the 350,000 word book. The extracts from Burton's diaries will undoubtedly detail his love affair with Elizabeth Taylor and his life as a star, but according to Williams the book will also reveal that the man behind the headlines remained down to earth despite his success.
The Scream set to go on show in New York
Edvard Munch's infamous 'The Scream' is to be displayed in New York's Museum of Modern Art from October this year. The pastel, which sold for a record breaking $120 million in May, will be displayed until the 23rd of April next year under strict security on the museum's fifth floor. The pastel is one of four versions created by Munch and when sold to anonymous bidder, believed to be US financier and MoMA board member Leon Black, it broke the record previous held by Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust, to become the most expensive piece of artwork of all time.
Samuel Johnson prize nominees announced
The longlist for the prestigious Samuel Johnson prize has been announced today. The list features fourteen books that are described by David Willet, who heads this year's judging panel, as a reflection of the "diverse range of high quality non-fiction available for readers to enjoy". The nominees include Salman Rushdie for his memoir 'Joseph Anton' and Thor Hanson's 'Feathers' described as "the untold natural and cultural history of nature's finest inventions". The £20,000 prize is Britain's leading non-fiction prize and will announce its winner on 12th of November.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on final leg of tour
Prince William and Catherine Middleton were given a royal welcome in the tiny Pacific island of Tuvalu in the final leg of their Jubilee tour. In accordance with the local tradition of carrying in all visitors that arrive by sea, the Duke and Duchess were lifted off their aircraft on a double throne. The entirety of the islands 10,500 population came out to welcome the royal couple that were treated to a traditional falekaupule welcoming ceremony. Tuvalu is the third smallest country in the world in terms of population, and, at just 10 square miles, it is the fourth smallest in size. The Duke and Duchess's visit is the first royal visit to the country since the Queen's tour in 1982. The couple will stay overnight on the island before travelling home to London tomorrow.
Pensioner grows worlds largest onion
For Peter Glazebrook, a retired chartered-surveyor from Newark, yesterday's Harrogate Flower Show was a double success. Not only did he have the largest onion in the show, he also had the largest onion in the world. The onion, which Glazebrook has been cultivating since November last year, weighs in at a whopping 17lbs and 5oz, breaking the previous record held by John Sifford of the West Midlands. For yesterday's worthy winner it was his 10th world record in 30 years of gardening but this particular triumph was 25 years in the making. Speaking of his success, Glazebrook said, "I feel so proud. I will take it home, look after it and put it down to seed. Its far to valuable to eat".
Daily tip from the lady archive
“PEOPLE cannot help being influenced by their surroundings and their environment; therefore how all important it is that both of these should be healthy and cheery, for health and happiness both go hand-in-hand.”The Lady. The Blessing of Old Health, 18th November 1920