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Friday, 07 February 2014

The Daily: February 7

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Sinead Nolan
Love is... taking out the Bins
If you're wondering how to show your partner you care this Valentine's Day, the answer might be a lot simpler than you think.

Research has found, that while a candlelit dinner is still top of the list – putting out the bins, making the bed and putting the toilet seat down are also among the more modern 'romantic' actions.

Doing the ironing without being asked, putting a load of washing on and vacuuming are also among the things men think are romantic.

A spokesman for luxury hotelier Sandals Resorts, which commissioned the research, said: "These days it seems just helping with everyday chores or remembering their partner's birthday is considered romantic."

Middle class Families Denied Nanny Allowance
Middle class families who hire nannies are excluded from a Government allowance which lowers national insurance costs for small scale employers.

The scheme, set out by George Osbourne, was initially intended to boost the earnings of small businesses by removing the first £2000 off the employers' National Insurance contributions.

However, it excludes employers who pay people for personal, household or domestic work.

Treasury sources said domestic staff were excluded because the rebate is intended to encourage people to invest in their business.

The exclusion has lead experts to warn that, in effect, parents are being encouraged to keep their nannies and other domestic workers "off the books".

Scientists Discover Early Footprints
The earliest evidence of human footprints outside of Africa, have been discovered on the shores of Happisburgh, in Norfolk Coast in the East of England.

The footprints, which are thought to be more than 800,000 years old, are direct evidence of the earliest known humans in Northern Europe.

Dr Nick Ashton of the British Museum has described the footprints as "one of the most important discoveries, if not the most important discovery that has been made on [Britain] shores."

Such discoveries are very rare. The Happisburgh footprints are the only ones of this age in Europe and there are only three other sets that are older, all of which are in Africa.

Snoring Cure
It promises a blissful night's sleep – and certainly beats a dig in the ribs.

A new pillow which promises to cure your snoring habit, has hit the market with a new technology aiming to solve sleep disturbance for good.

The Snore Activated Nudging Pillow is fitted with an integrated microphone that picks up the sonic vibrations of snoring. It then inflates an internal air bladder which increases the pillow's depth by three inches, which gently nudges the sleeper move their head or body.

The device has a 30 minute delay setting to allow the user to fall asleep, without the pillow inflating. A panel of buttons on the side of the device also allows users to adjust pillow for light or heavy snoring. The device is available online from the New York-based retailer Hammacher Schlemmer for £92.

National Gallery Buys First US Painting
It's good news for art fans all round as The National Gallery acquires its first ever painting by an American artist.

The museum has paid £15.6 million for George Bellows' 1912 painting, Men of the Docks, which depicts a group of workers standing by the waterfront in Brooklyn.

The acquisition marks a major shift in the gallery's collecting policy, previously limited to paintings by European artists from the Renaissance to around 1900.

Bellows documented the hardship of working life as New York emerged into the 20th Century.

Dr Nicholas Penny, director of the National Gallery has he was a "great fan" of American painting and that great examples were hard to come by.

He added: "Bellows has almost always been seen in the context of American painting, but the way he painted owed much to Manet, and his depiction of the violence and victims of New York derived from Goya and earlier Spanish art."

Realist painter Bellows was the subject of a 2011 exhibition at the National and a retrospective at the Royal Academy last year.

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