Friday, 01 March 2013

The Daily: March 1

Written by Natalie Letch
A Farewell to Claridge's
After running Claridge's for 12 years, Gordon Ramsey has decided to end his tenure at the Mayfair hotel. Ramsey's departure follows a failed negotiation to renew a long-term contract with Claridge's owners. Having won the contract in 2001, alongside his former business partner and father-in-law, Chris Hutchenson, the departure marks the final instalment of what has been a continual upheaval in recent times. Ramsey infamously fell out with Hutchenson after he fired him in 2010, which led to a long legal battle; the restaurant lost its Michelin star in 2010 and had recently been voted by the Harden's guide as one of the "most overpriced restaurant" and "most disappointing cooking". Ramsey's new venture will be opening Union Street Cafe in Borough this coming autumn.

David Hockney Gives Council The Cold Shoulder
Having lived in the small East Yorkshire town of Bridlington and used its landscape in many of his paintings, which have been exhibited when the council wanted to honour the artist, David Hockney has failed to acknowledge any offers. Perhaps when the former mayor, Cyril Marsburg claimed that the town "should capitalise on his fame", it left a bitter taste in the artists' mouth. The embarrassing snub has resulted in the council having to drop the idea and resort to finding alternative ways of generating an income for the town. David Hockney is renowned for his contribution to the Pop Art movement in the 1960's and is considered to be amongst the most influential British artists of the 20th century – which could explain his lack of interest in the 'honour'.

The Popes Flies Away From The Vatican
Pope Benedict XVI, aided by his walking stick, left the Vatican and was taken by limousine to the Vatican's helipad and deaparted by helicopter to the Caster Gandolfo. The Pope later took to the social media network, Twitter, where he posted his very last tweet to his followers: "Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives". Being the first Pope in modern times to abdicate from the position, he will now most likely reside in his converted monastery which lies in the western corner of the Vatican City, at the end of March. A new Pope will be designated prior to Palm Sunday, which takes place on 24th March 2013.

Team GB Honoured By The Queen
The Queen presented numerous awards to Olympic gold medallists from Team GB at Buckingham Palace yesterday. Amongst those awarded were: Jessica Ennis who received a CBE for her gold medal in the heptathlon, Greg Rutherford, an MBE for gaining gold in the long jump, Nicola Adams, an MBE for gold in boxing, Jason Kenny and Joanna Rowsell an OBE and MBE, respectively, for double 2012 cycling and team pursuit. Meanwhile, Sir David Brailsford who is the British Cycling performance director and Principal of Team Sky received a knighthood. Team GB exceeded all expectations in the 2012 Olympic games, claiming a total of 65 medals that included an astounding 29 gold medals, which is the best tally recorded by Britain at any Olympics since 1908.

Doctor's Untrusting of Their Own Hospitals
It has been revealed through NHS internal figures that a staggering two thirds of doctors and nurses would not recommend the hospital that they work in to their family and friends. A senior source confirmed that the 'friends and family' test, is by far the best way to receive "a holistic view of hospital and should be helpful for hospitals to focus on improvements". One of the most damning in the survey was that of North Cumbria University, who had a mere 35% of staff that would recommend treatment. Such a result was in stark contrast with eight NHS trusts, including, Great Ormond Street and Moorfields Eye Hospital where over 90% or more of staff would recommend treatments. A Department of Health spokesman commended that "any trusts which have not scored so well [will] investigate the causes of concern and listen to the feedback from their staff".

Bruce Reynolds, Great Train Robber Dies
Bruce Reynolds, known as the mastermind behind what was in 1963, Britain's biggest ever robbery has died at age 81. After avoiding capture for almost five years, Reynolds was jailed in 1968 for ten years for his role in the 15 man haul from a mail train in Cheddington, Buckinghamshire getting away 120 bags of money, worth £2.6m, which is equivalent for £40m in today's currency. Using inside information on mail movements, he and fifteen gang members wearing helmets and ski masks raided the train, escaping with one of the biggest robberies of all time. Reynolds' son, Nick stated that "he hadn't been well for a few days" and died in his sleep on Thursday.

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