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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The Daily: January 22

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Sarah Fortescue
Sherlock to continue until Cumberbatch 'gets too famous'
Fans of the hugely popular BBC series will already be aware that Sherlock producer Steven Moffatt is preparing a much-anticipated fourth series of the detective drama, but now he has hinted that the show will continue to go on- until Benedict Cumberbatch's fame takes him elsewhere. Luckily for his army of fans, it doesn't look like he's keen to leave anytime soon. Speaking at the Television Critics' Association, Cumberbatch said "I'm fine with it. I'm going to keep going with it...I love it. I find it very invigorating". The final episode of the third series ended with what seemed like the return of the evil villain Moriarty (Andrew Scott), who was seen committing suicide during the finale of series two – but viewers will have another long wait on their hands before they see how the drama unfolds.

Emotional letters to sweethearts reveal hidden heartbreak of WW soldiers
A new book, Wives and Sweethearts: Love Letters Sent During Wartime, contains letters found in the National Army Museum archives that show the love letters sent between soldiers and their loved ones during the two world wars. The emotion-filled letters provide an insight into the relationships between those who had only begun their relationships just before the war began; newlyweds; those battling with unrequited love; and even Edward VIII and his married lover. The intimate and eye opening collection of moving correspondence from many who never returned from their post, is published by Simon and Schuster on January 30.

Sickly Koala is nursed back to health, with the comfort of his teddy lookalike
Raymond the Koala, only 260g, was found fighting for survival next to his dead mother near Brisbane in 2012. He was cared for by Julie Zyzniewski of Zoo Studio animal centre, who took young Raymond to her workplace. At first, she was hesitant because of the responsibility: 'I took him on quite grudgingly because I didn't have a lot of spare time, and I take the commitment very, very seriously...but it's been one of the most joyous experiences of my life. He is a pleasure to be around'. Raymond is now back to good health, and is set to repay his carers; a series of photos of the cute character with a fellow furry friend are due to be printed in canvas and auctioned off on the Zoo Studio Facebook page, with profits going to the shelter.

Size 16 mannequins to be displayed in shop windows for spring and summer
High street shoppers may soon begin to notice something a little different about their window shopping experience. The slender frames often displayed in stores, as fashion mannequins, are set to expand to size 16 models, in a move to show a more realistic reflection of body shapes in the UK. Historically, mannequins have typically symbolised what the fashion industry thinks its customers would ideally look like in their clothes, rather than what they would actually look like. The majority of current shop mannequins are a size 8, but there has been a recent trend for female mannequins to move towards those with a bigger, more natural figure. Some are criticising the move as an encouragement of adopting an unhealthy lifestyle, but many are supportive, welcoming the diversity in the shapes and sizes of the models.

'Eat me now' text reminders from the contents of your fridge set to reduce food waste
A computer chip may be about to be introduced to food packaging to help let you know when your dinner is about to go off. Scientists have developed the chip, which is able to assess when the contents of the packaging are nearing their use-by date. The chips also have the potential to alert the owner by sending a text message telling them they need to eat the food by a certain time, which may radically reduce the amount of food which is thrown away. The chips are far more accurate than the current 'use by' dates used on food packaging, and have been presented to an EU committee as a means to reduce the cost of the £2.5billion of food that is thrown away by British restaurants, pubs and hospitality sector every year.

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