Monday, 29 October 2012
The Daily: October 29
By Rhian JenkinsDog saves the life of owner by stopping her from choking
Eighteen year old Aysha Perry, a tattoo artist from Sutton-on-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, was eating her dinner in the living room when a 4cm (1.5 inch) piece of chicken became lodged in her throat. With her flatmate out, Aysha was groping for the phone and gasping for breath when Sheba, her four year old Japanese akita who was sleeping in the kitchen, heard her owner's distress and came bounding into the room, hitting Aysha's back with her enormous paws. The piece of meat flew out of her throat from the force, saving her owner's life. She says that Sheba could obviously sense her distress, as after the meat was dislodged she began licking her face to make sure she was okay. Since the incident, Aysha has had to free Sheba's paw from a fence it was trapped in whilst out on a walk, but she still claims to feel in debt to her protective pet.
Leicester Cathedral to be the resting place for Richard III's skeleton
The government has confirmed that if a well-preserved skeleton found by archaeologists beneath a car park in Leicester can be proven to be that of the 15th century king Richard III, it will be interred in Leicester cathedral. The skeleton has been found to be consistent with the known details of Richard III's appearance and death, showing signs of severe scoliosis (a curvature of the spine), which is believed to be why Shakespeare portrayed the character in his history play 'Richard III' as being a 'hunchback'. The skeleton also shows signs of trauma to the skull, and there is a barbed iron arrow head in the area of the spine – sources claim that during the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 Richard was pulled from his horse and killed by a blow to the head. But campaigners from both York and Leicester say that the remains should go to them, should they prove to be those of Richard III. The victory has fallen on the Lancaster side, with justice minister Helen Grant writing that if the remains are indeed those of the late king, they will be given a permanent grave in Leicester Cathedral – his previous grave, in the church of Greyfriars in Leicester, was lost during redevelopment over a number of centuries. Tests are now being conducted by comparing the DNA results on the bones to those of living descendants of Richard's eldest sister, Anne of York.
How old is too old for exercise? A 93 year old body builder claims never.
Dr Charles Eugster, a former dentist, took up body building when he was aged 87 in order to turn the heads of the 70 year old girls on the beach. He admits that this was not the only motivation for hiring a previous Mr Universe winner to train him three to four times a week – confessing to be extremely vain, he was worried about his health and felt he was getting overweight, due to the long hours he worked as a dentist with little time for exercise. More content with his trim, muscled appearance now, he encourages other seniors to exercise as he does. But is he exercising too much for someone his age? Dr Eugster claims that in order to achieve the right amount of exercise, one must have 'microscopic tears in your muscles'. This has promoted the debate of how old is too old – Professor Steve IIiffe prescribes caution when undertaking strenuous exercise in older years, stating that Dr. Eugster is unusual in being able to withstand such vigorous activity in his 90s. Professor IIiffe encourages senior citizens to undertake some physical activity, though, such as walking to the shops or taking the dog for a walk. There have even been recent studies suggesting that simply pottering around in the garden is a good idea. Dr. Eugster reminds people to enjoy old age, though: 'ageing has become something for me, an enormous pleasure, a delight, a joy'.
007 fans forced to sit through 30 minutes of advertising before the newest James Bond film even began
The recent James Bond films have become infamous for their use of product placement as a form of advertising, but it may now be verging on the ridiculous, as this weekend packed cinemas up and down the country waiting to see the new Bond film 'Skyfall' had to sit through 30 minutes of adverts and previews, all seeming to simply be plugs for the film and its sponsors. The secret agent is featured in five of the adverts, for products such as Heineken, Omega watches and a Bond themed aftershave. Many fans were also grew unhappier as the film began, disappointed to see Bond drinking Heineken beer instead of his trademark Martini. It has not been confirmed how much the producers have made from 'Skyfall', but reportedly already £29 million has been raised from product placement deals alone, which results in approximately a third of the film's budget. This is not the first Bond film to be ridiculed for this, though – both 'Casino Royale' and 'Quantum of Solace' featured clumsy lines that appeared to only be included for the use of product placement.
The spookiest house in Britain – grave stones in the garden, and a former mortuary for the living room
A family of five have made their home in a former cemetery keeper's lodge in Southampton, which is surrounded by crumbling statues and spooky gargoyles. The couple, Mike Blatchford and Jayne Stead, were a winning team for turning the Grade II listed building into a home, as Mike is a self-employed builder, and Jayne is a designer. They now live in the historic chapel with their three teenage children: Joe, Florence and William. Though their decision to live in possibly the spookiest house in Britain is questionable they are not deterred; Mike's aunt, a medium, came to visit and told them that the place had a really nice feeling about it. Though Jayne admits there have been some strange occurrences, such as strange presences in the living room, and the family dog barking at an empty corner, she claims to have never seen a ghost during her time in the chapel. The family hope to have lots of the local school-children visit for upcoming Halloween.
Daily tip from the lady archive
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