The Daily: Clarke Gable
Friday, 01 February 2013

The Daily: February 1

Written by Francesca Houslander
Happy Birthday Mr Gable
Today The Lady is remembering the birthday of 1930s and 40s movie heart-throb Mr Clarke Gable. Despite his passing in November 1960, aged 59, Gable is immortalised for his academy-award winning depictions of Gone With The Wind's rugged Mr Rhett Butler, with his brash but timeless quotes, still used today. Despite his Father insisting on "manly" occupations of hunting and hard physical work, Gable who loved language, peddled his way to the theatres in Oregon as a necktie salesman. His acting coach and 17 years his senior, Josephine Dillon rebuilt Gable's chronically malnourished physique and taught him to train his naturally high-pitched voice, which he would lower for acting roles. Although one Warner Bros. executive Darryl F. Zanuck commented of Gable "His ears are too big.." Gable secured his much coveted role in David O. Selznick.'s Gone with the Wind 1939, and will woo the hearts of many, forevermore.

Postmen outraged at Royal Mail's decision to ban their shorts
The Royal Mail has banned postmen from wearing shorts, as they claim the risks of frostbite are too high. The health and safety department told over 200 sturdy postmen that they must opt for trousers, whilst doing their rounds in these freezing temperatures. This was met with outcry from many staff as one worker states 'We're all disgusted about it. I find wearing shorts much more comfortable as I feel more restricted in trousers and my legs do get warm...there's an agreement between Royal Mail and the union which stipulates the rules about uniforms and there's nothing saying you can't wear shorts'. The ban was prompted by postman slipped and grazed his leg with ice spikes that were attached to his boots for extra grip.

Over 25,000 South coast seabirds effected by sticky spillage in bay
Seabirds have washed up on the Southern Coast, coated in a dangerous, sticky wax. The birds, which numbered in the 100s, are reported to be distressed and Mark Smith, of the Dorset Wildlife comments: 'They have swum through this substance which is almost like a glue and it has stuck their feathers together, meaning they can't fly or swim". Over 25,000 guillemot birds are estimated to be effected in the Lyme Bay area with more expected to arrive next morning. The waxy substance was later identified as palm oil from a spill, in the heart of this popular seabird bay. Paul Kennedy of the We have tried washing them, and have had some success with margarine, which seems to be absorbing the substance.'

Manx: Bringing a language back from the dead
Deigned a dead language, Manx, the former language of The Isle of Man is undergoing a regeneration with novels, road signs, radio shows and even a local primary school speaking the language again. Manx has had a volatile journey with the islanders. "In the 1860s there were thousands of Manx people who couldn't speak English," recalls Brian Stowell a 76-year-old islander who presents a radio show in Manx, "But barely a century later it was considered to be so backwards to speak the language that there were stories of Manx speakers getting stones thrown at them in the towns". A Recession in the mid 1800s caused many Manx speakers to seek work in England and parents were reluctant to pass this first language to their children as it may have limited their job opportunities overseas. N the 1960s less than 200 spoke Manx and the last native speaker, Ned Maddrell, died in 1974.

A Study claims that women in their 50s are most empathetic
A study of more than 75,000 adults has revealed that women in their 50s are the best listeners, due to the era in which they were born. Researchers agreed that women who were raised in the Sixties and Seventies, experiencing the struggles of the apartheid, anti-war protesting, gay rights, and women's lib have had their eyes opened and are grounded. Report co-author Sara Konrath of the University of Michigan, states 'They reported that they were more likely to react emotionally to the experiences of others, and they were also more likely to try to understand how things looked from the perspective of others.' Famous women in their 50s include Nigella Lawson, 53, Dawn French, 56, and her comedy partner Jennifer Saunders, 54, and TV presenter Fern Britton, 55.

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