The Daily: Ab Fab
Friday, 11 October 2013

The Daily: October 11

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Abigail Hattersley
Bridget Jones meets Sir David Jason
After a long wait and high anticipation for the new Bridget Jones, many fans found themselves lost in Sir David Jason's memoires. The two books, published on the same day, were accidently combined as 'Vintage publishers' claim they had "A Bridget Jones moment". 'Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy' included 40 pages of Sir David's new autobiography, 'My Life', and although many argue the misprint gave a sneak preview into David's book, fans were not too please and correct copies will be exchanged. However the famous diary still flew off the shelves, as everyone wants to find out what happened to Mr Darcy as they follow the much loved character through her final chapter.

Disney touchscreen allows you to 'feel' images
Researchers at Disney have created a screen that through vibrations, imitates the feeling of touch. The technology has been produced and is on show in Scotland, St Andrews from the 8th to the 11th of October. The invention allows users to feel contours, textures and protrusions through screens that will soon be appearing on mobiles, tablets and desktops. Examples of videos and pictures that have been incorporated include Fossil bones, a kettle and a swimming Jellyfish. The project is aiming to expand and enrich the user's experience and shows the endless possibilities of technology.

Driving Age raised to 19
Ministers are said to soon release a proposal asking for the driving age to be moved from 17 years to 19. The new rules would allow 18 year olds to hold a 12 month probationary licence before being allowed to gain a full driving license. However the rules do not end there, in a bid to improve traffic safety they are also asking for learners to complete 100 hours of daytime driving and 20 hours of night time driving. Young drivers will also not be allowed to carry passengers under 30 and will not be able to drive between 10pm and 5am. In 2011 around one fifth of all traffic deaths involved 17 to 24 year old drivers, the Department For Transport are hoping to see this number rapidly decrease with their stricter rules, including mandatory motorway lessons, no mobile phones including hands free and a lower alcohol allowance, being put in place.

Queen upset that children no longer read printed books
Whilst receiving her OBE for services to literature, Joanne Harris, famously known for her 1999 novel 'Chocolat', was asked by the Queen why more children are reading e-books rather than printed pages. Research concludes that a large majority of children would prefer to read off screens then turn a page. Although Joanne herself feels that printed books become a natural progression, the Queen went on to comment how she worries that children are becoming too comfortable with tablets and e-readers rather than experiencing the joys of printed books. The Queen then went to comment that video games also worry her, and children should be enjoying the simpler pleasures in life.

Absolutely Fabulous on the big screen?
After previously turning down offers, Jennifer Saunders has revealed that she would now be interested in bringing Ab Fab to the big screens. Celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2012, Saunders has admitted she is bowing from pressure of fans and sees "a little summer time film" in the very near future. However, although great news for fans of the show, Saunders says that she worries high expectations would be set, and she would hate to ruin something that was still good. With disappointing reviews of her west end show 'Viva Forever', there were worries that Saunders had put her pen firmly down, but news of her new autobiography 'Bonkers: My Life In Laughs' creates more hope that she will soon bring back the much loved characters.



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