The Daily: Golden Globes
Monday, 14 January 2013

The Daily: January 14

Written by Camilla Hayselden-Ashby
Britons clear up at Golden Globes
The 70th annual Golden Globes ceremony saw Brits taking home top awards. Les Miserables took the award for Best comedy or Musical with actors Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman receiving honours. Adele took the gong for Best Original Song Theme for Skyfall. Ben Affleck's film Argo, about the CIA's rescue of six diplomats from Iran, had a good night taking Best Drama and Best Director. The award for best actor went to Daniel Day-Lewis for his role in Lincoln. Downton Abbey missed out on the top television award to Homeland whose British star Damian Lewis won Best Actor. Dame Maggie Smith was credited with Best Supporting Actress for her role as the acerbic Lady Crawley in Downton. Red Carpet winners were Anne Hathaway, sporting a gamine crop from her role as Fantine in Les Mis, in a glittering white shift by Chanel Couture and Emily Blunt in golden lace from Michael Kors.

One is most amused: Queen sees the funny side when car will not start
This weekend we proved that we are not alone in having difficulties getting the car revved up for work on a winter's day. Even the royal vehicle can be a little reluctant to get going. However the Queen saw the funny side when her Bentley would not start after a church service at Sandringham. Her Majesty, wearing a black and white checked coat, was seen standing pointing and laughing as her chauffer attempted to coax the vehicle to life. On the seventh attempt the engine finally spluttered to life for the quarter of a mile drive back to Sandringham House. The Queen is reported to have said 'Don't stop it, don't stop it', evidently fearing it would not come back to life.

New research reveals that Shakespeare and Wordworth boost the brain
If you're trying to get your brain limbered up after the holiday season you could do worse than picking up some Penguin Classics. Scientists, psychologists and English academics at Liverpool University have found that classical writers such as Shakespeare can have a positive effect on the mind. The brain activity of volunteers reading books by Shakespeare, Wordsworth, T.S.Elliott and others was compared to when the same text was 'translated' into more straightforward modern language. The more challenging texts set off far more electrical activity in the brain than the simplified versions causing parts of the brain to 'light up' which shift the brain into a higher gear and encouraging further reading as well as promoting self-reflection. Philip Davis, an English professor who worked on the study says "Serious literature acts like a rocket-booster to the brain".

Roll up for edible ashtrays, leeches and amputated limbs from the little cake shop of horrors
If you thought the edible worms and false teeth of childhood were bad enough then you aint seen nothing yet. A pop-up opening in East London from the mistress of gore Miss Cakehead (Emma Thomas) will have a menu that includes severed arms confected from Victoria sponge, babies' heads set in chocolate and 'vomit' cocktails. The event has been commissioned for the launch of the DVD of horror film 'The Helpers'. The one-night-only opening is expected to attract huge crowds. For the launch of Resident Evil 6 she hosted a stall at Smithfields meat market where her gory sweet treats were displayed on butcher's hooks which had crowds snaking across the market to get a taste. On her events' amazing popularity she says "I've learnt that it's impossible to create an offensive cake. The gory look is offset by the deliciousness of the cake."

'The Tube gets up steam to mark 150 years, and we all become trainspotters'
The 150th anniversary of the opening of the world's first tube line bought out the train lover in the capital's residents as travellers were surprised by being engulfed in smoke as a steam train chugged its way along the tube line. Trainspotters or 'ferroequinologists', as they prefer to be called, were out in force to view the engine's passage armed with stepladders and cameras to ensure the best view. The route passed through 13 stations to Moorgate with smoke alarms having to be overridden to accommodate its passage. The steam train's interior is luxiourious compared to modern offerings with wood panelling and brass fittings. If you missed out on the spectacle don't fear - the train will appear again next weekend - and after two years of work to get it back on the rails, will have further outings in May and September.



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