Monday, 25 November 2013

The Daily: November 25

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Written by Helena Gumley-Mason
Prince Harry stranded at Antarctica camp
Following a storm and fiendishly high winds, Prince Harry has been snowed in at his base camp in Antarctica. The prince and his fellow Walking With The Wounded expedition team have been compelled to postpone their ski training and remain in their basic accommodation blocks at Novo. According to reports they have been using the extra time to rest, unpack and repack their kit in the hope that they will soon be able to start their 200 mile trek. Their departure date, to the second base camp at 87 degrees south, will most likely be moved from today to tomorrow at the earliest.

Nine out of 10 don’t know their conifers from their deciduous shrubs
It might be a bit of a thorny issue, but we are embarrassingly ignorant when it comes to identifying our trees. According to a recent survey – nine out of ten Brits struggle to recognise Holly leaves and do not know where conkers come from. The shocking study reveals that the average British adult cannot name some of the country’s most common trees. More than 10 per cent of Britons admitted to never having heard of an oak tree, a maple or even a horse chestnut. One would think, given the festive time of year, that people would have no trouble identifying fir trees. Sadly they would think wrong because more than one in 10 adults were unable to name a picture of one.

Lost long rings found through Facebook
Kate Hunter, 34, who lost her engagement, wedding and eternity rings, has been reunited with them following her husband's Facebook appeal. Mrs Hunter lost her rings on her way into work and only realised her error when she got to her office. She got in touch with her husband at once who 'knew immediately' that he had to put out an appeal on Facebook. Mr Hunter added, 'the power of social networking is incredible and so I got straight to it.' Within 24 hours, the appeal had been re-posted 2,300 times before a man (who wished to remain anonymous) came forward saying he had found the rings. The anonymous ring finder did not wish to take any of the reward offered on Mr Hunter’s post. Mrs Hunter was clearly delighted to be reunited with the sentimental objects and said, 'it just shows that there are some really honest and lovely people out there.'

Peter Pan haven up for sale
It may not be second star to the right and straight on till morning, but for £1 million you can buy your very own slice of Neverland. Dhivach Lodge (which lies near Loch Ness) is the name of the magical hideaway which saw JM Barrie write part of his most celebrated work -Peter Pan. It was built originally in the early 1800s as a stop-over for shepherds on their way to the market at Glenmoriston. In 1910, JM Barrie brought the three children there that inspired the Lost Boys after their mother, Sylvia Llwewlyn, died of cancer. It thought that during their sojourn here, Barrie finalised the character of Peter Pan. The Lodge has also seen painters, actors and poets coming to stay, with Anthony Trollope writing, 'you might perhaps travel through all Scotland without finding a more beautifully romantic spot in which to reside.'

50 Whovians take part in special wedding ceremony
50 couples (or rather 100 Dr Who fans) got married in a mass wedding ceremony over the weekend. The event saw fans from all over the world come and tie the knot. They were given commemorative rings and complimentary Dr Who tattoos as they renewed their vows, got married or entered into civil partnerships. The event took place in London at the Bloomsbury Ballroom and was conducted by a Minister in front of a congregation of Daleks, Cybermen and many incarnations of the Doctor himself. One couple (both 23) had come from Cincinnati, Ohio to partake in the unique ceremony. This event took place in the wake of the Dr Who 50th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday where the special episode 'Day of the Doctor' was broadcast to nearly 100 countries worldwide.

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