Thursday, 26 April 2012

The Daily

We scour the news so you don't have to.

Written by Melonie Clarke

BBC team is a match for Team GB

The number of BBC staff being sent to broadcast at the Olympics this year is far larger than Team GB, with 765 staff at the event compared to 550 athletes in the GB team. The number of staff at the UK Olympics is 55% more than the team the BBC sent to cover the Beijing Olympics. Teh BBC are defending the large number of staff being sent to the games, highlighting the fact that they are showing 2500 hours of live sports during the event. Roger Mosey, Director of London’s 2012 for the BBC, said that there will be 24 HD channels covering every event, therefore making the large number of staff for the event inevitable.

Britannia rules the waves!

Five years after the fire which devastated the Cutty Sark, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh reopened the famous tea clipper at Greenwich yesterday. £50million and five years of restoration later, the world’s last remaining tea clipper is back to her former glory and officially opened for the public today. Cutty Sark Trust director Richard Doughty said: "This is a very special moment. We've been working for a very long time, trying to get this ship fit for the Queen. The Cutty Sark first set sail in 1869 as a tea clipper, but she also carried other cargos such as Gun powder.

Mein Kampf to be reprinted

Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf is to be reprinted in Germany for the first time since WWII, despite worries that it may become a best seller. It is possible to acquire second hand copies from book shops, but the original has not been commercially printed since 1945. The book will be republished under licence by the state of Bavaria to stop other publishers printing different versions when the copyright expires in 2015. Markus Söder, the Bavarian Finance Minister said: “We want to make clear what nonsense is in there.”

£260,000…for a shed?!

A property costing £260,000 in one of London’s most fashionable postcodes may seem like a steal. Especially as your neighbours would include stars such as Kate Moss. But what if that property is in fact a shed? Yes you might be able to borrow a cup of sugar from Kate Moss, but because of a clause in the tenancy you would only be able to stay there two nights a week. Mark Gibbs of Taylor Gibbs, who is handling the sale said the shed,would be a “perfect artist studio or London crash pad.” He went onto say “it is a niche-type of property.”

Dig for victory, dig for internet

Fed up of slow internet speeds, the residents of Wray and neighbouring villages have come together to dig a 40 mile trench and lay their own broadband line. The scheme, called Broadband for the Rural North, will benefit everyone from farmers to teachers and other members of the local society. John Hamlett said that in a village which has increasingly seen its young leave for work, access to high speed broadband will give people the chance to work in the area and for it to become “industrially competent once again”.




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