The Daily:Margate, UK, named in top 10 world destinations
Friday, 14 December 2012

The Daily: December 14

Written by Katie de Klee
Margate, UK, named in top 10 world destinations
Brits have been holidaying in Margate for at least 250 years, and now the rest of the world might start to take notice. Margate has been given seventh place on the Rough Guide Travel Hot List for 2013. The Kent destination even came above Puerto Rico in the list. The guide describes Margate as offering 'golden sands and dilapidated seaside charm', but ensures that with its vintage shops, cute cafes and art spaces, Margate offers to more to visitors than the beach. Some of the locals have grumbled at the list, saying that any tourists are sure to be disappointed. However, the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery, opened by the Queen last year has been a big pull for visitors, and may have started a momentum of change in the little coastal town.

Student chases a train for a mile along tracks to get to an exam
A 34-year-old student from Lancashire risked her life, and caused considerable chaos to the railway, when she chased a train for a mile when it left without her. The woman, who hasn't been named, had to get off the train at Burney Central to buy a ticket from a kiosk when her card was declined by the conductors chin and pin machine. She was about to get back on the train as it pulled out of the station with her dissertation and revision notes still on board. Hoping to catch up with the train at the next station, the woman jumped onto the tracks and sprinted off in pursuit of the train. A police inspector described her behaviour as incredibly stupid: putting herself and railway and police staff in danger. A train coming in the opposite direction had to grind to a halt and she could have been killed. The women has been issued with a penalty fine of £50 for trespassing on the railway lines.

Sir Patrick Moore's sussex home to be turned in to an astronomy museum
Sir Patrick Moore's home in Sussex is full of his amazing collection of telescopes, xylophones and memorabilia from his long and remarkable career. It was Sir Patrick's dying wish to have the property turned into a museum to educate future stargazers. Sir Patrick, presenter of The Sky at Night which aired on the BBC for more than half a century, lived in his house Farthings, in Sesley, West Sussex, with his mother until her death in the early 80s and then with his cat Ptolemy. For the last 10 years The Sky at Night has been filmed at Farthings because Sir Patrick's arthritis made it impossible for him to leave his home. The house has an impressive observatory. Sir Patrick Moore died at the age of 89 last weekend, he never married and had no children.

Some free range turkeys never see day light
Many people spend extra money on their Christmas lunch to ensure that they celebrate with the best possible ingredients for the year's most festive meal. But many turkeys that fill the shelves for Christmas and are advertised as free range may never have been outdoors, living in cramped conditions. Thousands of birds may have to live in one darkened shed and some have their beaks cut down to prevent them from pecking each other to death. The biggest myth of free-range turkey farming is that the animals spend much of their time outdoors. Although the birds are given access to outdoor space, many are too frightened to venture out.

Enigma Hero should be pardoned.
Alan Turing, a British Second World War code breaker, was convicted of homosexuality and should now pardoned, argues Professor Stephen Hawking and other leading scientists. Hawking has sent a letter, with ten other signatories, to the Prime Minister requesting that Turing be formally forgiven. In 1954 Turing was convicted of homosexuality, which was still illegal at the time, and he died of cyanide poisoning. An inquest found he had committed suicide. Turing's work at Bletchley Park helped bring the war to an end and he has been described as one of the most brilliant mathematicians of the modern era.

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