Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The Daily: April 24

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Melonie Clarke

The best retirement village

A study based on mortality rate taking into account 51 different pension schemes has revealed that the village with the highest life expectancy is Hinton St George, Somerset. On average, men live to a ripe old age of 88.7 and women to the age of 91.6. Occupation, social class, wealth and income during retirement were all factors in a person’s longevity. Aldeburgh, in Suffolk, and Frinton-on-Sea, in Essex, also made the top five.

No hoodies!

Readers of The Chap magazine, home of the dandy and eccentric, united yesterday to oppose the proposed expansion of Abercrombie & Fitch into Saville Row. Gustav Temple said: ‘Saville Row is where the uniform that Lord Nelson was wearing when he was killed at the Battle of Trafalgar was made… it should remain the home of English bespoke tailoring forever.’ As well as a number of Chaps, there were also many Chapettes (ladies, out to fight the cause). Protestors sung a chorus of “Give three-piece a chance” during the protest, fitting considering the proposed Abercrombie & Fitch store was once the home of The Beatles’ Apple HQ.

Ballet in Cambodia

Stephen Bimson, 29, graduated from the Rambert School of ballet in 2009. He is now due to start the first ballet school in Phnom Penh , Cambodia later this month. Many of the classes are scheduled to take place in the evening to avoid the use of costly air conditioning. Devi Vanhon, Bimson’s business partner said: “There is an opportunity here to provide something that doesn’t exist…Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia have a lot of ballet schools.” Bimson was inspired to set up his school after outreach work in the country with Outreach International in 2010.

Inspiration for Open All Hours dies aged 78

Brian Meecham, who ran Meecham and Son, in Crewkerne, and was the inspiration for Ronnie Barker’s character Arkwright in Open All Hours, passed away last week. Meecham ran his store, which opened in 1928, from 1965 until 1998 when he retired. When Barker used him as the inspiration for his character Arkwright and even copied the exact layout of the store for Open All Hours, Meecham became something of a celebrity. Residents of Crewkerne even nicknamed him Arkwright. Barker, who passed away in 2005 used to go to Meacham’s store to buy Bull’s Sweets when visiting his holiday home in a neighbouring village.

Royal affairs

For approximately 800 years, the people of Gloucester have sent the Queen a Lamprey Pie to mark coronations and jubilees. However, this year the pie will lack a key ingredient. A scarcity of the eel like creatures in the area has meant they have had to import Lampreys from Canada.

According to Dr Lucy Worsley, people are made happier and wiser by visiting our nation’s royal palaces. She commented that there is much to learn from our royal history.

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