The Daily: Prince William spends New Year on royal rescue mission
Wednesday, 02 January 2013

The Daily: January 2

Written by Alesha Bonser
Prince William spends his New Year away from Kate on royal rescue mission
While the rest of the country slept off the revelry of New Years Eve, the dutiful Duke of Cambridge and three fellow crew members flew from their base in Anglesey, North Wales to join an urgent search operation for a missing 41-year-old man who had been swept into the sea off a pier in Blackpool. While his pregnant wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, celebrated the New Year with her family in Berkshire, Prince William is understood to have been on 24-hour standby for search and rescue duties. The search for the missing man was carried out overnight by RNLI and Coastguard crews from the local area and was assisted by Prince William's RAF rescue helicopter. Stuart Atkinson, part of the Crosby coastguard crew, reported that the mission was hampered by very strong gale force winds. The search for the missing man continues.

Can BBC's Blandings steal the period drama crown from Downton?
After the tragic death of the handsome Matthew Crawley on Christmas Day, period drama favourite Downton Abbey has received harsh criticism from reviewers and viewers alike. Luckily, those who feel bereft without their Sunday night aristocratic fix will soon be treated to a new period drama in the form of six-part series Blandings. Set in 1929 and based on PG Wodehouse's much-loved fictional accounts of the good-natured 9th Earl of Blanding Castle and his disagreeable household, it is hoped that this new series will introduce a new and younger audience to the work of Wodehouse. The series will feature an all-star cast, including Timothy Spall, Jennifer Saunders and David Walliams.

Schoolboy finds WWII bomb with Christmas present metal detector
A seven year old boy has discovered a buried WWII bomb while exploring local fields with a £30 metal detector he was given for Christmas. While out experimenting with his new present, Sonny Caton came across the mud-covered metal capsule. His father Jem became suspicious after he washed the capsule under a tap and the family was advised to contact the police after ringing a relative who was a former RAF armourer. Experts later identified the device as a 10lb British practice bomb from WWII and it was removed for safe disposal. Despite the drama, Sonny's mother Tracey was delighted that the Christmas present worked effectively, 'We are going to go out again to see if he can find something Roman. It has made our Christmas.'

The art of royal power dressing
Forget the shoulder pads of the 1980s, a new exhibition at Buckingham Palace, 'In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion' brings together carefully preserved garments and paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries to demonstrate the original power dressing of court fashion during this 200 year period. The exhibition explores the costumes of British monarchs and their court and examines how clothing was used to depict wealth, prestige and status. Including works by Hans Holbein the Younger, Nicholas Hilliard and Van Dyck, the exhibition displays more than 60 paintings as well as clothes, jewellery, accessories and armour from the Royal Collection.

British landscape painting at The Royal Academy
An outstanding new show at The Royal Academy unites Britain's best and most acclaimed landscape paintings by original pioneers of the genre Constable, Gainsborough and Turner. This enlightening exhibition reveals how this supposedly British speciality was, in fact, influenced by European artistic tradition. Although previously regarded as a lesser art form by art academies which were filled instead with foreign masterpieces and portraiture, 'Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape' documents the rise of landscape painting to the internationally recognised genre it remains today.

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