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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The Daily: March 18

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Nayha Tandon
Rhossili Bay in Wales voted best beach in the UK
The TripAdvisor Traveller Choice Beaches Awards has named Rhossili Bay in Wales as the best beach in the UK, the third best in Europe and the ninth best in the world. Rhossili Bay in the Gower was chosen over some tough competition from Dorset, Cornwall and Scotland, and secured the top spot in the UK. The vast three-mile beach joined the likes of Australia, Seychelles and Turks & Caicos in the top ten beaches in the world. Rhossili Bay has the biggest stretch of white sand on the Gower Peninsula and expands below towering cliffs. It is popular with surfers, paragliders and hikers equally. The village of Rhossili itself carries much history and the wreck of the Helvetia, which ran ashore on Rhossili Bay in November 1887, can still be seen on the beach as well. Another three UK destinations also secured a place in the top 10 beaches in Europe, including Woolacombe Beach, in Devon which was named seventh place, and Porthminster Beach, in Cornwall at ninth place.

More Brits than ever before are online dating
A new survey has revealed that nine out of ten Brits think online dating has become more acceptable in the past three years. But although these figures may seem high, the study also revealed that 84 per cent do not believe it's the best way to meet a long term partner. The survey looked at people's experiences and outlook towards dating, and showed that fears about online dating are still prevalent amongst single people. The survey carried out by Macmillan Cancer highlighted that whilst 32 per cent of singletons have gone on a date set up by friends, 69 per cent said they would be happy for a friend to suggest dates through the use of Facebook, which 40 per cent of the participants claimed they trusted. However, with the industry worth £60m, it seems the power of online dating shows no signs of declining, with websites such as Match.com and eHarmony revealing over15m users. Statistics show that seventeen per cent of couples who married in 2012 met online, and about 20 per cent of committed relationships stemmed from online dating.

TV licence law change proposal supported strongly from MPs
A proposal to put a stop to the criminal offence of watching TV without a licence is being considered for inclusion in a bill before Parliament. This has come about after Tory MP Andrew Bridgen's, proposal to make non-payment a civil matter won over the support of 145 MPs. Ministers claimed they wanted to postpone a decision until BBC licence renewal talks in 2016 - but they could seek to gain the power to change the law now. However, the BBC has said it fears a change could lead to an increase in people failing to pay. In 2012, around 155,000 people were convicted of non-payment of the TV license, and 48 went to prison for not paying consequent fines. The MP for North West Leicestershire Mr Bridgen, has said he is worried at the number of people who are brought into the criminal justice system "for such a minor offence". His alteration to the Deregulation Bill could go before MPs by 25 March.

Royal Festival Hall organ returns after 9 years
The enormous organ has returned back to the Royal Festival Hall after nine years. The Southbank Centre's newly restored instrument takes up the entire backstage wall of the hall and at full tilt makes the air shake through the sheer sound it can produce. The Southbank's Organ Curator, William McVicker, explained that the organ needs to be louder that the entire orchestra. The huge instrument dates back to 1954 and includes around 8,000 pipes. The organ has also been built to be able to play quiet, gentle tones – of which will be on display at Tuesday's gala to publicly re-launch the instrument. The organ has been out of use since 2005 at the same time the Royal Festival Hall itself was closed for refurbishment. The instrument was removed and renovated by the organ-makers who originally built it - Harrison & Harrison. The Organ Gala Launch concert will take place at the Royal Festival Hall in London at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18 March and will be broadcasted live on BBC Radio 3.

River Zin is reborn in the Israeli desert
The waters of the river Zin in the Israeli desert were reborn after locals predicted its return. After years of drought, the re-birth was captured on camera in the Negev desert, Israel. The video shows the waters gushing down the dry riverbed, whilst being viewed by excited locals. It is thought that the reason for the return of the flood waters is due to the heavy rain in mountainous regions several miles away from the dry land. The landscape consists of tumbling canyons and winding dusty paths which cause small waterfalls and the water to flow over the terrain. The flow of water, or lack of it, through the river is unpredictable and it has been years since enough rainfall has caused a flood in the desert. However, locals seem to have strange methods of being able to predict the return. During the summer season, the Negev desert is a dry and isolated land, but in the winter months, the rain falls on higher ground. If the rain continues around April, it can build up on high ground and result in the flooding of the river bed below. The pattern of these events is also described in the Old Testament of the Bible and the Negev desert is thought to have been where 12 spies were sent by Moses to travel the Promised Land, and the Zin River was used to mark the border of Israel in Biblical times.

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