The Daily: Fawlty Towers
Wednesday, 23 January 2013

The Daily: January 23

Written by Rhiannon Davies
Classic Fawlty Towers episode to be censored
The BBC is facing complaints of "airbrushing history" from viewers after "unnecessarily" censoring a Fawlty Towers episode which features racist language and John Cleese impersonating Hitler. A BBC spokesperson has said that the decision is a response to changes in "public attitudes" since the episode was made, and worries that the episode will be offensive. Despite the negative response from viewers, the BBC maintains that they are "very proud of Fawlty Towers and its contribution to British Comedy".

President surprises White House visitors
Visitors on a public tour of the White House got more than they bargained for when they were greeted by the President and his wife. Handshakes, hugs, and less-conventional 'fist-bumps' were exchanged between the stunned members of public and the President. Obama family dog, Bo, a Portuguese Water dog was also seen wandering around the room, and running towards the furniture , only to be stopped by the President himself, who declared to one visitor "he was thinking, 'can I chew that'?".

Lady Mar calls for "fairness and equality for women"
Lady Mar has called for the first-born daughters of British aristocrats to be able to inherit their father's title. The Countess is one of only two female hereditary peers in the House of Lords, the result of an unusual arrangement in her own ancient Scottish title which allows for the eldest child, male or female, to inherit the title. The proposition by Lady Mar comes alongside the House of Commons debate of a Bill which will allow the first-born child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to inherit the title, irrespective of gender.

40% of girls born in 2012 expected to reach 100 years
Research released by the British Medical Journal states that 40% of girls born in 2012 are expected to live until 100 years old. This compares with just 13% in 1951. However, John Appleby, chief economist of the Kings Fund, states that longer life expectancies do not necessarily reflect a healthier old age. The professor stated that it could lead to a "scramble for resources" and questions about what this new information will mean for the world's population.

Animal round-up
In keeping with chimpanzees expressing human-levels of fairness, it seems that other animals have also been expressing human traits this week. A bottlenose dolphin reached out to a diver for help after being caught in a fishing line off the coast of Hawaii. The mammal was heard squealing before nudging the bemused swimmer, who then spent the best part of eight minutes freeing the dolphin from the line.

Back in the UK, a remarkable kitten named Harvey, born without the bones connecting his upper legs to his paws, has learnt to walk on his 'elbows' and back legs. Harvey is currently awaiting an operation, funded by Cats Protection, which will implement metal pins into his legs to allow him to walk on all fours.


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