The Daily: Cliff Richard
Thursday, 24 October 2013

The Daily: October 24

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Written by Helena Gumley
The Royal Christening
The gurgling third in line to the throne was carried by his father Prince William into the Chapel Royal at St James Palace yesterday to be christened. The ceremony was a quiet affair with 23 guests consisting of senior royals, the Middletons, the seven godparents and their spouses. The two lessons selected from St Luke and St John were read by Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton. The duchess of Cambridge carried the newly christened Prince out of the chapel and proceeded with the guests to tea at Clarence House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. The Queen had clearly enjoyed herself, telling the Bishop of London, "It was very nice though, wasn't it?" The historic photograph taken by Jason Bell of the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George, mimics the 1894 picture of the future Edward VIII with his father, grandfather and great grandmother – Queen Victoria.

Pop concert to kick off Poppy Appeal
A group made up of five daughters of active personnel, are going to sing this year's official Poppy Appeal single – The Call. The five girls were chosen to form a group - The Poppy Girls, following a national talent search. The Poppy Appeal itself will start this year with a pop concert for families of those in the armed forces and has set itself a target of raising £37m. The organisers at the Royal British Legion have said that families were going to be right at the core of this year's appeal. As well as the concert, the Duchess of Cornwall (earlier announced this year as the patron of the charity,) is set to visit The Poppy Factory in Richmond, Surrey.

Not so top secret: Operation Think Pink
The MI6 headquarters is just one of the iconic British landmarks which are lighting up ahead of "Wear it Pink," day. The elusive and mysterious SIS Building has been illuminated in pink for the very first time, joining other historic buildings and landmarks in their quest to remind the nation to support breast cancer research. In twelve major towns and cities up and down the country, a total of eighteen landmarks will be "pinked." To name only a few, these include Coventry Cathedral, Waterloo Bridge in London, The Tyne Bridge in Newcastle and Birmingham's Town Hall. Baroness Delyth Morgan, the Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Campaign said that she hoped "people join in and support research to help us overcome breast cancer by 2050." This pinkest and greatest of fundraising days is happening tomorrow - on Friday 25th October.

National Trust – "open mind "when it comes to fracking
Dame Helen Ghosh, the conservation trust's director general, says that the National Trust has an open mind to fracking and is no longer entirely opposed to it. Ghosh added that the National Trust would make up its mind about the controversial gas extraction procedure after seeing the evidence on its environmental impact. While appearing to move away from the trust's former stance of a "presumption against fracking on its land," Ghosh said that the gas was "less bad," than coal in terms of carbon dioxide emissions. Some have found it a bit odd that Ghosh went onto say that it was not very likely that the National Trust would ever promote or permit a windfarm on their land. Speculation has been cast as to whether this has anything to do with the aesthetic intrusion the windfarms might cause but Ghosh declined to comment about whether or not this was the case.

In a galaxy far, far, far, far, far, far, far away..
Astronomers claim they have discovered the most distant galaxy to date after seeing it through NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The Galaxy has the code name z8 -GND-5296 and is made up of stars whose light began travelling to Earth 700 million years after the so-called "Big Bang." Further studies have revealed that this particular galaxy is rich in metal and is generating a colossal amount of stars. Scientists have also said that this particular discovery will mean they can now start to study the earliest formation of galaxies. This will hopefully facilitate further study into their evolution throughout the ages. Perhaps it will only be a few light years away until the secrets of our own galaxy are at last revealed.

Sir Cliff Richard serenades passengers on flight to Florida
On a Florida bound plane with192 seriously ill and disabled children, Sir Cliff Richard broke into song. His song of choice – nothing other than the iconic hit "Summer Holiday." The legendary pop star serenaded the group of pleasantly surprised passengers before the plane took off from Heathrow thanks to the British Airways supported charity Dreamflight. The charity is in its twenty seventh year now and the annual trip offers the opportunity for each child to swim with dolphins. Sir Cliff – a long time supporter of the charity said "Dreamflight is such a wonderful idea. The fact that these very sick children have a dream of going to Disney, and then suddenly, there's this plane."

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