Tuesday, 01 May 2012

The Daily: May 1

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

Written by Poppy Cockburn

The taste of success
Celebrity chef Heston Blumental's three Michelin-starred restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, was named the best restaurant in the nation at a ceremony last night, moving into 9th place in the international stakes. The accomplished master of British cuisine boasts a menu including roast marrowbone with anchovy and mace, spiced pigeon cooked in ale and quaker pudding with pear and perry. The celebrity chef's restaurant has consistently been in high demand: it was fully booked up for the first three months following its opening in February last year.

Special delivery
It was baby joy for a couple of Peregrine Falcons as a pair of chicks hatched at the Falls of Clyde in Lanarkshire recently, with a third infant expected to hatch out of its shell imminently. According to the Scottish Wildlife Trust, the protected parents have been frequenting the site loyally for many years; the fifteen-year-old male was spotted there as far back as 2000.The trust provides 24-hour surveillance over the speciesso that the feathered families are sure to thrive and multiply.

Women’s hours
It has emerged that a £1 million spending cut made by the London Metropolitan University will largely impact on the Women’s Library, threatening to diminish opening hours from five days per week to merely one. The library is home to a wealth of historic documentation including 60,000-plus books and pamphlets, an archive of personal letters and 11,000 objects; amongst them Barbara Cartland’s ‘Recipes for Lovers’ alongside copies of Jackie magazine from the seventies. The archival cornerstone of feminine heritage in Britain will be forced to partial closure if it is unable to fathom a new financier by December. Supporter, Sandi Toksvig said ‘It truly is a national treasure, and should be maintained at all costs’.

Lawfully landing husband
PC Sean Hannigan, a village policeman from Leicestershire, has been flying to work from Frankfurt every week after his wife was transferred to the German city with her work. The considerable commute involves a 90-minute flight over 450 miles before the committed copper can report for duty. PC Hannigan cheerfully explained: ‘If you’re doing a job which you love and which gives you so much fulfilment then travelling a few hundred miles to get there and home again isn’t a problem’. Every weekend, the PC wings it home to his wife, Annie, to report for his husbandly duties.

Delayed decoration
Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday announced the decision to award the remaining survivors of the wartime Artic convoys with campaign medals, as he launched a review of the rules on military decorations. Around 66,500 sailors are said to have journeyed on the convoys to Russia in harsh conditions, of which approximately 200 remain. The consideration of retrospective decoration would be ‘some vindication’ for the veteran voyagers said Penny Mourdant, the MP for Portsmouth North. The Atlantic Star was the original medal that was bestowed for maritime supply missions in 1946.

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