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Friday, 17 January 2014

The Daily: January 17

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Abigail Laura Feetham
Zara Philips gives birth to a baby girl
Zara Philips, the Queens Granddaughter, is reported to have given birth today to a baby girl. The baby girl, born at the Gloucester Royal Hospital, is 16th in line to the throne and was born weighing in at 7lbs 16oz. The child, whose name is yet to be announced, is the first child of Zara Philips and her former rugby star husband, Mike Tindall. To add to the delightful events, Zara and her husband decided to leave the babies sex a mystery so it was a wonderful surprise for the happy couple to find out they had given birth to a girl. The baby girl has become the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's fourth great grandchild following behind her uncle, Peter Phillips, two children. Her name is said to be announced in due course.

Roger Lloyd Pack loses his battle with pancreatic cancer
Roger Lloyd-Pack sadly passed away earlier this week after losing his battle with Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 69. For most of us Lloyd-Pack is best known for his role as Trigger in the comedy-gold sitcom that was Only Fools and Horses. Remembered for his one-liners, and for continually being convinced that Rodney Trotter was most definitely called Dave, Lloyd-Pack never failed to entertain. But Roger Lloyd-Pack's sheer genius will ensure that he will be remembered as far more than just a road-sweeping trader. Lloyd-pack was an incredibly talented actor who had appeared in dozens of films and television shows including Dr Who and The Vicar of Dibley and has been described as "a very intelligent man and a very fine actor capable of many roles" by David Jason. His agent, Maureen Vincent, told how he "died at home surrounded by his family."

Dyson unveils £450 vacuum that will work without losing suction for 10 years
Dyson claims it has invented a new ultra-vacuum that will not lose suction for a very impressive 10 years. The news comes 20 years after Sir James Dyson unveiled to the world the first ever bag-less vacuum cleaner, which went on to make the brand a household name. Not only is it claimed that this new vacuum will retain its maximum suction for 10 years, it has also eliminated the need to clean or replace the filters by using smaller cyclone technology. The latest DC54 model has 54 smaller cyclones, compared to 14 large ones in the best-selling Dyson DC39. The research behind the latest technology was said to have cost £7.5million and taken 50 versions of the technology with 2,000 prototypes and will set you back approximately £450.

The headband that can help you control your dreams
A lucid dream is something that very few claim to have experienced. However, a new headband was launched earlier this month, named the Aurora, which claims to enable you to 'dream without limits'. It works by playing lights and sounds that help you become aware that you are dreaming whilst you remain asleep and knowing when you dream by measuring brainwaves and eye-movement activity. "Once you know you are in a dream, the possibilities are endless" stated the company behind the Aurora headband. The headband is currently being retailed at $175 and even has the ability to interact with smartphones to provide users with additional data and accessories.

Knittin on the rise
Knitting has become increasingly popular as of the last few months and researches are putting this down to the recent severe weather coupled with the publicised love of the skill by celebrities such as Kate Moss and Kirsty Allsop. The online store, Loveknitting.com, saw a massive 23% increase of sales on December 29th as high winds and ferocious storms kept people tucked away in the comfort of their homes. Similarly sales were said to have peaked again on New Year's Day as the bad weather continued to hit the UK. Whilst 2011 saw a 150% increase for knitting related Google searches, the figure is now said to have grown by a staggering 430% within the last four years.

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