The Daily: UK
Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The Daily: September 11

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Emma Dawson
Man Booker Prize shortlist announced
The Man Booker Prize shortlist 2013 has been announced and it contains a striking group of writers who are all from different countries. Eleanor Catton, 27, is the youngest on the shortlist and would become the youngest recipient of the Man Booker Prize should she win. She is up against several authors who have been shortlisted for the award previously, Jim Crace has been nominated once and Colm Toibin, whose entry would be the shortest Booker winner at 104 pages, has been nominated twice, while Jhumpa Lahiri has recieved the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Furthermore, NoViolet Bulawyo is the first Zimbabwean to be longlisted and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, while Ruth Ozeki is a practicing Zen Buddhist Monk.

The RSC to put on plays with "some of the greatest parts ever written for women"
The Royal Shakespeare Company has decided to put on three Jacobean plays with great parts for women as part of a season dubbed 'Roaring Girls.' The company wishes to raise the question of gender equality in the theatre and in wider society with Erica Whyman, the deputy artistic director, commenting that 'there are real issues that rise out of these plays that are 400 years old, yet we're still asking the same questions now.' She added 'ask any actress of a certain age and it gets harder even though they may have had a glittering career, it still doesn't provide sufficient parts for great actresses.' The plays will be The Roaring Girl, Arden of Faversham, which contains the largest female role in all of Elizabethan drama, and The White Devil.

Hollywood diets have always been as crazy
Celebrity diets seem to be becoming more and more bizarre and painful but this is certainly not the case. In 1929, in an article entitled 'Diet – The Menace of Hollywood', Katherine Albert explores the problems with the diets of stars such as Joan Crawford and other 1920s stars. She notes several unappetizing menus used to lose weight, such as having hot water for breakfast (no calories at all), having eight tablespoons of consomme (clear soup), two saltine crackers and a quarter of a pound of tomatoes for lunch, and cottage cheese, two ounces of pineapple and a glass of buttermilk for supper, making the total day's calories consumed a mere 305. Albert also said that the diet fads took a 'part of the lifespan of the star' and increased the number of tuberculosis cases, linking actress Barbara LaMarr's death from the disease with her dieting.

There are female conductors but they don't get the top jobs
Marin Alsop is 'far from being the only woman conductor in the world' but 'there is one heck of a glass ceiling for them to break through' wrote Jessica Duchen in The Indepndent. Women simply do not get the jobs at the "big gigs" often enough and the situation is even worse in regard to recordings. Duchen says that prejudice against female conductors is deeply ingrained in the music industry. Furthermore, she notes that some successful female conductors have said that they have been actively discouraged because of their gender. Though the situation has improved, 'an equivalent list to mine 40 years ago would have been considerably shorter', there is still a long way to go.

Britain the 22nd happiest country in the world
Britain has ranked 22nd in the world rankings for the happiest country in the world, beating Germany, Japan, Russia and China. The top five happiest places to live were all in Europe, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden, said a report published by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Denmark was in the top spot last year also. However, Britain has been voted to have the second best city in the world. A previous survey placed London in second place, indicating that it was the second best city to do business in, to live in, and to visit.

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