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Friday, 10 January 2014

The Daily: January 10

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Written by Abigail Laura Feetham
The 60 year old mixer that it still going strong
Gosia Stepien couldn't afford to purchase a brand new mixer, some of which can retail for up to £400, and went online in a bid to source a more affordable second hand appliance. She came across the secondhand Kenwood Chef A700, described as the Rolls Royce of kitchen appliances when it was first marketed in the 1950's, for the attractive sum of £15. "I could tell it was going to be old" she stated, "but I didn't expect it to be this old". Once Gosia brushed off the dust and turned on the appliance she was surprised, after a little smoking, to find it in incredible working order and she has already used it to make homemade bread, pizza dough and cakes in her home in Plymouth, Devon. Gosia stated that "occasionally now when I switch it on it will smoke for 30 seconds, but then it works perfectly. I love it - it was a real bargain."

Honeybee shortage threatens crop pollination
The dramatic fall in wild bee numbers has been in recognition now for numerous years. However, according to new research, there are now not enough honeybees to pollinate crops in more than half of European countries. With a sudden increase in the need for bio-fuels, more and more land has been given to accommodate crops such as sunflowers and oilseed rape, both of which are dependent on pollination. Professor Simon Potts has said that "we face a catastrophe in future years unless we act now" and describes honeybees as the "unsung heroes of the countryside providing a critical link in the food chain for humans". It is estimated that it could cost farmers a staggering £1.8 billion to replace the work that the honeybee is capable of, which really is a big sting.

Mein Kamp become an eBook bestseller
It would appear that Hitler's autobiographical manifesto, Mein Kampf, has become an online bestseller. According to the Author, Chris Faraone, sales of the book have peaked dramatically with more than a dozen free versions of Mein Kampf being downloaded in excess of 100,000 times. Some paid for e-versions have even gone on to outsell the likes of Glenn Beck on iTunes and even entered the Amazon charts. Faraone believes that the sudden increase in popularity is due to eBooks being far more secretive then hardcopies nowadays. He states that people may not want to get "spotted reading it on a subway" or having Mein Kampf on public display, but by "judging hundreds of customer comments online, readers like that digital copies can be quietly pursued then dropped into a folder or deleted."

The new 'FitBit' collar for dogs
Described as the 'FitBit' for dogs, the 'Voyce Collar' was recently exhibited at the Consumer Electronics show in America. According to I4C Innovations, the company behind it all, the collar has been designed to monitor your canines "key vital signs including heart rate and respiratory rate, along with other wellness indicators such as activity, rest, calories burned and more." All of this data will then enable an owner, or a vet, to analyse and gain a more thorough insight into your pets health. Any changes in activity level within a dog could indicate signs of common conditions, such as arthritis, so by using this technology experts have predicted that it could lead to an early diagnosis and more effective preventative treatment for our beloved companions.

Kirstie Allsopp's mother dies after battle with breast cancer
Lady Fiona Hindlip, interior decorator and mother to the television presenter Kirsty Allsop, has passed away on Monday at the age of 66 after a 26-year long battle with breast cancer. The news comes months after Kirstie's sister, Sophie, revealed that she underwent a double mastectomy as a preventive measure to the risk of cancer. Sophie stated that she had grown up with watching her mother "struggle with breast cancer" so for her it was "a very simple, logical decision to remove a part of my body which could potentially kill me," with Kirsty commenting that their "Mum was always very discreet, stoic and amazingly brave, but we were aware of the impact it had on her, and it was hard for us to see her suffer."


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