Monday, 05 August 2013

The Daily: August 5

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Written by Maria Sturla
Peter Capaldi has been revealed as the latest Doctor Who
Oscar-winning  actor, Peter Capaldi, has been revealed as the 12th actor who will play Doctor Who. Taking over from Matt Smith, filming of the latest Doctor will commence in the autumn, with the actor revealing his new role as an “amazing privilege” for him. The Glasgow-born actor stated that he “can’t wait to get started” and that he hasn’t “stopped smiling” since the news broke. Capaldi was revealed as the latest actor to play Doctor Who on a programme hosted and presented by Zoe Ball on the BBC.

Boris Johnson is helped out by a “good Samaritan” in 100-mile cycling event
The UK’s largest participating cycling event, a 100-mile race between London and Surrey, took place this weekend with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, taking part. Along the ride, on Sunday, the London Mayor was held back with a puncture to his bicycle in Cobham, Surrey, saying that he was helped out by a “good Samaritan”.

Royal birth is officially registered whilst Prince William makes first official public engagement
The birth of Prince George, third in line to the throne and future King, has been officially registered by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. A Westminster City Council registrar travelled to Kensington Palace to witness the Duke of Cambridge signing the birth certificate. Since the birth of the royal baby, the family of three have spent most of their time at the Middleton’s family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, with Prince William taking part in his first public engagement playing a charity polo match this weekend. The Duke joked that the charity event allowed him to “get away for the afternoon” as being a first-time father had so far been all about “nappies, nappies, nappies”.

Government blocks US singer Kelly Clarkson from exporting Jane Austen’s ring
The Government has recently blocked the exportation of a ring that once belonged to Jane Austen, preventing it from leaving the UK. American singer Kelly Clarkson purchased the ring at auction last year for more than £150,000 and wanted to take it with her to the US. Culture minister Ed Vaizey hopes the temporary export ban on the ring will encourage a UK buyer to come forward, saying that he hopes the historic ring can be “saved for the nation”.

Animal troubles at home and abroad
The grandmother of a new-born Asian elephant has been nursing the latest addition to the family, a role normally taken on by the mother, in a zoo in Israel. La Petite, the grandmother of the new calf, has even started feeding the baby elephant, consequently baffling zookeepers. Meanwhile, a mammal closer to home, the grey-long eared bat, is on the verge of extinction according to research scientists at the University of Bristol. With the study showing that there are less than 1,000 bats left in Britain, concerns have been raised about the need to protect the bats’ natural habitat. Dr Razgour, who is the lead researcher of the study, has expressed the need for “greater conservation efforts” before the bats become completely extinct.



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