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Friday, 21 March 2014

The Daily: March 21

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Nayha Tandon
Kate Bush announces 15 concert dates in London
Kate Bush has announced that she will play a series of concerts in the UK later this year. The announcement was made via her official website which said she will play 15 shows at London's Hammersmith Apollo in August and September. The new show - Before the Dawn - will start on 26 August. The singer best known for her hits including Wuthering Heights and Hounds of Love, last toured in 1979. Bush only ever toured once in her career, in 1979. The six week tour travelled around Britain and mainland Europe, with the last show at the Hammersmith Odeon – now known as the Hammersmith Apollo. It is unclear why the 55-year-old never toured again. During her career, the singer has won both Brit and Ivor Novello awards, and in 2013, the Queen honoured her with a CBE for services to music. Tickets for Before the Dawn will be available for purchase as of Friday 28 March, 09:20 GMT.

'Spanish supernanny' hired to look after Prince George
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have hired a 'Spanish supernanny' named Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo to help look after Prince George. Both William and Kate are said to be 'delighted' that the full-time nanny has accepted to join the royal household. Ms Borrallo will be joining the royal couple and their son on their approaching tour to Australia and New Zealand. A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: 'Maria is a full-time nanny, who started work with us recently, and will be accompanying the Duke and Duchess and Prince George to New Zealand and Australia. He added: 'We will not be giving further details on Maria or her employment, except to say that the Duke and Duchess are of course delighted she has chosen to join them.' The Spanish nanny trained at the prestigious Norland College and is believed to have worked for high-society families in the past.

Infographic reveals that music makes us happier
Listening to your favourite song, dancing with friends and even watching others jump for joy can make you a happier person. According to a new infographic produced by Happify, a digital company that builds science-based tools and games to boost happiness, music and rhythm reward the path in our brain that make us feel joy. Research shows that dancing in time with your friends also creates a stronger neuro-chemical release that results to positive emotions. The research revealed that 90 per cent of us have experienced 'chills down their spine' whilst listening to music. Scientifically speaking, both at the start and during your favourite part of a song, your brain releases dopamine.

Swiss Emmentaler is named top cheese
A Swiss Emmentaler has been named as the best cheese in the world at an international competition in Wisconsin. It was Switzerland's fourth win in the past five years. Cheese maker Gerard Sinnesberger took top credit at the 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest with his Original Schweizer Rohmilch Emmentaler. From the maximum 100 points, the Emmentaler scored 97.85 in the final round of judging Wednesday. The cheese was declared the best of 2,615 entries from 22 countries. Winning second place was an Austrian entry, called Erzherzog Johann, and another Swiss entry, Gruyere, was third. The competition alternates with the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay each year.

Spring Equinox
The northern hemisphere is celebrating the first day of spring today. Humans have celebrated vernal – equinox, better known as spring, for thousands of years in a variety of ways. In basic terms an equinox is when the length of night and day are approximately equal. There are two equinoxes - one in March for the beginning of spring and one in September for the beginning of autumn. A solstice is the 'opposite' of an equinox, it when a different pair of biannual events occurs in the middle of winter and summer, when the Sun appears at its lowest or highest point. Each of these four days takes place at more or less equal time periods, highlighting key transitional points as the Earth orbits the sun. These transitions are the result of the Earth's axial tilt. Humans who lived thousands of years ago may not have known about these details of the astronomy, but over generations they learnt that the Earth gets warmer and colder in reoccurring cycles - with the spring equinox marking the Northern Hemisphere as it begins to clear the winter's cold.

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