The Daily: Doctor Who
Monday, 03 June 2013

The Daily: June 3

Written by Ijeoma Onweluzo
Prince William backs swimming campaign
The Duke of Cambridge has supported calls for swimming to be accessible to all children in primary school. A video message was recorded to back the Amateur Swimming Association's (ASA) proposal that every child has the right to learn to swim. Prince William is patron of the English Schools Swimming Association. In his message he said that half of seven to eleven year olds in England, about 1.1 million children, cannot swim the length of a standard pool. He also made mention of the importance of children being confident in water, with reference to the benefits of swimming going beyond exercise.

Stamp to mark Queen's Coronation Celebration
On 2 June 2013 Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her Coronation in Westminster Abbey. A Jersey stamp from more than 40 years ago featuring an image of the Queen is to be reissued on 2 June to celebrate this occasion. The portrait of Her Majesty was produced as a stamp in 1969 and 1971. The 9p stamp from 1971 is one of a two stamp set, known as a "se-tenant pair", which can be separated and used or kept together by collectors. The second stamp is a recent image of Her Majesty in a lilac dress. The stamps, which each have a nominal value of £2, were designed by the UK firm True North.

Next Doctor Who star to be woman
Matt Smith, long running star of the Doctor Who Television series is to leave after a 50th anniversary show in November and a Christmas special. The BBC last night pointed out that Steven Moffat, the lead writer, had signalled that the twelfth Doctor could be a woman. Moffat surprised an audience at the Edinburgh Television Festival last year by asking: "How many people would continue watching it quite happily and believe it was the same person if the Doctor turned into a woman? It is a part of Time Lord Lore that it can happen. I put the reference in the episode The Doctor's Wife to the fact that a Time Lord could potentially turn into a woman." A BBC spokeswoman said that casting for Matt Smith's replacement had begun last week but filming for the Christmas special would not start until autumn.

Jeeves and Wooster goes live on the West End
Jeeves and Wooster, the adventures of P. G. Wodehouse's famous comic creation is being adapted into a West End play for the first time. They will be brought to the Duke of York's Theatre in London from October in an adaptation called Perfect Nonsense. It will star Stephen Mangan as Bertie and Matthew MacFadyen as Jeeves.

Mangan said he hopes the play "will bring the characters to a new generation". He added: "There will be a lot of people who either haven't got around to reading Wodehouse or don't know anything about him." The play, written by brothers Robert and David Goodale is an adaptation of The Code of the Woosters. The novel, published in 1938, is widely regarded as the pinnacle of the Jeeves cannon. Mangan said he was drawn to the role as "Bertie is such a brilliant character and he is part of one of the most iconic double acts of all time."

Lily Cole launches jewellery to save Amazon forest
Model and environmentalist Lily Cole has launched a line of sustainably-sourced rubber jewellery, with profits going towards saving one billion trees in the Amazon rainforest.

After considering a number of sustainability projects, she settled on wild rainforest rubber sourced from Acre, northwest Brazil. "Right now there isn't a market distinction between wild rubber and plantation rubber," she explains. "Essentially it costs more to produce wild rubber because it is a much more manual, less industrialised process; local tappers have to go into the forest and tap the trees accordingly. In the short-term the land is more valuable for cattle farming, so currently there isn't enough of a financial incentive to do wild rubber trading, to protect the forest from being deforested."

When queried on reconciling being a model that has fronted campaigns for luxury brands with her more recent altruistic ventures, she offered: "In terms of lifestyle, I appreciate material things but I find that most of the value in my life doesn't come from material things."

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