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Thursday, 09 January 2014

The Daily: January 9

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Written by Abigail Laura Feetham
Anonymous Bridal Shop owner donates over £40,000 worth of dresses to charity
Brides-to-be in Hampshire have had some very good luck recently. An anonymous bridal shop owner has donated 35 wedding dresses, worth an approximate £40,000, to a Naomi House Children's Hospice charity shop. Andrea Balmer, manager of the charity shop, said she was utterly shocked when the donation was proposed via the telephone. Mrs Balmer said "after my jaw hit the floor, I said yes please!" and the dresses were brought in a week later. Since the arrival of the dresses women have been desperate to visit the store in search of their bargain dream dress; all of which are all selling for under £400 a piece. Mrs Balmer's team of staff have already sold six dresses, raising a brilliant £1,800 for the Children's Hospice Charity.

London's first pay-as-you-go-cafe is opened
If you make your way to 388 Old Street, London, you will now find yourself outside the first ever UK Branch of the Russian coffee shop company Ziferblat. Ziferblat breaks from the norm and offers customers free tea, free biscuits, complimentary snacks, or, to even prepare their own food in the kitchen. So what is the catch? Rather than paying for the produce customers will pay for the amount of time they spend in the unusual cafe, which is a very reasonable 3p per minute. This means that it would only cost you £1.80 per hour to help yourself to as much free tea and snacks that you desire. Ivan Mitin, the owner, stated that "Londoners are more prepared for such a concept; they understand the idea instantly. It's funny to see people queuing here to wash their dishes. It's not obligatory, but it's appreciated. They even wash each other's dishes. It's very social. We think of our guests as micro tenants, all sharing the same space."

British Museum to exhibit China's Ming dynasty
The autumn exhibition at the British Museum will focus on the incredible first half of the 15th century when china became a global superpower. It will explore in depth the Ming dynasty golden age between 1400 and 1450. A time when the "bureaucrats trump the military – an incredibly important period of Chinese history that is relatively unknown outside the country" stated the co-curator Jessica Harrison-Hall. The event will feature spectacular surprises and artefacts such as the world's first encyclopaedia. Niel MacGregor, the Museum's director, said "the political, social and cultural changes to China during the first half of the 15th century make this a remarkable story which is only now being fully understood."

Alfred Hitchcock's lost Holocaust Documentary to be aired
In 1945 Sidney Bernstein, Alfred Hitchcock's patron, asked him to work on a documentary about the unlawful acts committed by the Germans in the Second World War. However work on the documentary came to end before it was ever complete and, out of six film reels, five were left undiscovered for 35 years. Now, safely in the hands of the Imperial War Museum, the five film reels have been restored and the missing sixth reel has been pieced back together to complete the never before seen version of the documentary. Titled, 'The Memory of Camps', Hitchcock's documentary is due to be aired in 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the 'liberation' of Europe.

Birds and Butterflies flight paths tracked
Winged-creatures in the north have been keeping scientists and researches busy over recent months. After copious amount of data collecting and volunteer research, it would seem apparent that some Butterflies are heading northwards in England. This has been put down to a result of more habitable conditions due to temperature increases of the climate. However, it is not all good news for the winged insects. Overall 75% of butterflies have shown a decrease in numbers over the last 10 years. Some endangered species rely solely on environment and habitat, such as the Duke of Burgundy, and could therefore face extinction.

Scientists have been able to fit a tracking device on to 10 male red-necked Phalarope birds in Shetland to record the entire migration of this European breeding bird. Once a successful capture was made of one of the birds returning to Shetland, researchers discovered the little phalarope had made an incredible 16,000 mile journey, ending up off the coast of Ecuador and Peru. Scientists hope to continue their research in an attempt to learn if any future changes at sea will impact the Scottish population of birds.

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