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Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Daily: December 12

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Written by Kiran Devgun
The Bridget Jones effect: Chardonnay to be the most enjoyed drink this Christmas!
The long aged 'oaky' taste once associated with 1990's wineries are no longer believed to be Britain's preferred festive drink as the fruitier flavours infused within a classic bottle of Chardonnay are increasingly consumed and enjoyed by today's generation. Post the recent inauguration of novelist Helen Fielding's latest Bridget Jones Diary – Mad about the Boy, Chardonnay is identified as the all time favourite tipple that Bridget can drown her sorrows in and rely on to lift up her spirits once again! Readers of Fielding's latest novel have turned to Chardonnay as the most appropriate drink for the season, in which Chardonnay is more than just a tasteful wine drink and more so a mood-lifting charmer that has the ability to bring about all sorts of merriment and joy in time for Christmas.

Just how much will Santa Claus really eat this Christmas Eve?
The Big Bang UK Scientists have come together for a tongue and cheek promotion investigating how many houses Santa is expected to be visiting worldwide this year, alongside much he is expected to be eating! Using current statistical data, there are 1.6 billion children worldwide expected to be visited by Santa this year, which suggests he will be visiting 5,556 homes every second in order to deliver gifts on time! With every mince pie and glass of milk left for him to indulge in, Santa is further expected to consume a whopping total of 150 billion calories on Christmas Eve. But that's not all. Calculating the science of Santa has also revealed that Santa gifts two presents per child across the world, which further reveals that over £270 billion will be spent this year. He does have a job and a half indeed!

Pet dogs neglected and victims of canine obesity
Owners of dogs across the UK are reportedly neglecting their pets from walking freely in recreation areas, when a handling lead is not necessarily required. The PDSA found that 2.7 million dogs are estimated to be mistreated by their owners and are never allowed to be freed from leads. Without giving these dogs the right to walk, run and play freely on a daily basis, the dogs not only appear lethargic but are equally described as unfit victims of canine obesity. Stephan Goward at the Charity Dogs Trust articulated, 'Dogs need the company of other animals and humans. They also need daily running of the lead and the freedom to explore new places'. Sadly, however, many owners dismiss their dog's interests and are believed to be breaking the very basic laws on pet ownership, since their pets health and happiness is at high risk.

Will you be baking your very own cheddar cheese this Christmas?
TV show, The Great British Bake Off is believed to be playing a pivotal role in influencing and encouraging many families to partake in traditional home baking this Christmas. Waitrose experts have recently found that this year many individuals will revel in baking Christmas specialities from scratch, in which home-made cheese and chutney will be the most impressive serving laid at the table. The craze for baking has been associated with such cookery shows pointing towards the innate pleasure of cooking for loved ones within the domestic sphere, in which the example of home-made cheese is an impressive food option that can accompany almost anything and is to be savoured by everyone. Cooking skills that were once dying are finally revived in time for Christmas! Will you be making your very own cheddar cheese?

Record breaking Christmas treats!
The longest Christmas cracker chain that was successfully joined together by 749 Birmingham office workers is believed to have broken the Guinness World Record title this year. Snaking around various parts of Birmingham's Brindley Place, organiser Lydia Ellis expressed her joy and said, 'it feels great to do this and bring the community together, we have never done anything like this before and it is a way to get the festive spirit going in Birmingham'.
More news on record breakers, Dorset based farmer Mark Baggs has apparently grown the largest pumpkin that is expected to weigh the same amount as a smart car! After spending six months nurturing the pumpkin in a 500ft poly-tunnel, Baggs hopes his giant pumpkin will break the UK record. Expected to weigh over 1,500lbs, Baggs is in the run up for winning a £1,000 prize cheque at the Southampton Pumpkin Festival. Good luck Baggs!

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