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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

The Daily: February 18

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Helena Gumley - Mason
Queen hosts stars at Buckingham Palace celebration.
The Queen, patron of Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, was accompanied last night by the Duchess of Cambridge as she greeted Hollywood stars and filmmakers at Buckingham Palace. The occasion was a celebration of British drama, attended by current RADA students and some familiar faces including Alan Bennett, Alan Rickman and Helena Bonham Carter. Dame Helen Mirren gave a performance of The Tempest in the famous Palace Ballroom. Dame Helen, who has portrayed the Queen on several occasions said 'I am genuinely always astounded by her aura, her twinkle, her presence.' The Duchess of Cambridge joked with Dame Helen about being called 'granny' by her husband, Prince William at the BAFTA Awards two nights ago.

Fourteen year old feline has swimming therapy.
It is usually a treatment reserved for dogs (according to the principal at South Coast Hydrotherapy School.) But now, for the first time, experts are starting to think that our feline friends may take to hydrotherapy just as well. A veterinary surgery has taken the unusual step of treating a cat's arthritis through swimming pool sessions. The fourteen year old cat – Morph is currently taking one hydrotherapy session a week to help ease painful joints. The treatment was used last year by Heidi – a four year old, 7g continental rabbit, who also had hydrotherapy to help ease the arthritic problems on her hips, neck and knees.

Cornwall-grown-tea to be sold in Waitrose
Tregothan Estate near Truro in Cornwall has been growing tea since 2000 and is already selling it locally. But now it is set to supply the supermarket giant, Waitrose. This is the first time that tea leaves which have been grown in the UK will be available to buy in a British Supermarket. The Boscawen family have owned the Tregothan Estate since 1335 and can trace their ancestry back to Earl Grey. The Estate is currently exporting its tea to China as well where it is very popular. The managing director Jonathan Jones said that his team had found a perfect growing spot seven miles from the south coast on the banks of the River Fal.

Mansion where Charles II stayed to go up for sale
For £5 million, a little piece of history can be yours. Malmesbury House in Salisbury, Wiltshire, was built in 1416 and housed King Charles II after 1665 when he fled London to escape the terrible plague endemic. The oriel window from which the fleeing king addressed his subjects is still in perfect condition. Handel is also thought to have made his English debut performance at the Grade I listed house. The property boasts nine bedrooms, six bathrooms, and an immaculate view of Salisbury Cathedral. The house was bought up by the wealthy Harris family and continued to be in their possession for more than 300 years. The current owner, Charlie Stone said 'Owing to its rarity and historical connections, we expect strong interest.'

Lewis Carroll bemoaned Alice in Wonderland fame in previously unseen letter
While the tales of Alice in Wonderland have been loved worldwide for so many years, evidence has recently come to light to suggest that the same could not be said of the author. In a recently found letter addressed to a Mrs Symonds, written in 1891, Carroll expressed an 'intense hate,' for the fame he experienced as a result of his celebrated work. The letter was written almost thirty years after the publication of Alice in Wonderland. Carroll (whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) went on to write that he sometimes wished 'I had never written any books at all.' The letter is to be auctioned as well as a photograph of a young girl.



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