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Monday, 24 March 2014

The Daily: March 24

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Kate Lismore
Revealed: Britain's best city
The Sunday Times names Bristol as the best city to live in. With strong transport links, especially with the journey from London to Bristol expected to be cut to just 80 minutes by 2017, Bristol has an all round appeal with a combination of great shopping, nightlife, and housing.

Meanwhile the best rural place to live was voted to be the district of Uttlesford in Essex. The area boasts an employment rate 10% higher than the national average and is popular with commuters as it is an hour away from London and in the flight path of Stansted airport. Moreover the district's charming houses and higher life expectancy make this the most desirable rural area according to The Sunday Times.

Hundreds queue for a chance at a mini work of art
As part of the Royal College of Art's annual sale, artists such as Grayson Perry, Paula Rego, Jeremy Deller and photographer David Bailey all submitted works anonymously, signing the backs of the postcards on sale. It wasn't until buyers had bought a card would the identity of the artist be revealed. Art enthusiasts queued in their hundreds to get the chance of an original mini masterpiece, raffle tickets were on sale for the first 50 places, to make queuing less competitive. A massive 2,900 postcards were sold which each postcard costing £50, with the estimated profits going towards student's fine art bursaries.

Britain's snails under threat
Experts have warned that the importing of potted plants should be banned as they risk introducing the 'highly dangerous' New Guinea flatworm to put the wild British snail in danger. Wild British snails play an important role in the ecosystem, fertilising the soil and providing food for other species. UK horticulturists are able to produce potted plants for domestic market, but lose out to cheaper foreign imports. The flatworm has already been responsible for the extinction of several species across the world and could endanger gardens, forests and other plant-life if left unchecked.

Partially-sighted couple tie the knot after guide-dogs bring them together.
Claire Johnson, 50, and Mark Gaffey, 51, met in 2012 at a guide dog training course and their dogs, Venice and Rodd became smitten with one another. The pair continued to meet up for coffees and lunch dates after the course ended so that the dogs could spend time together, and over time fell in love. Claire said, "I have no doubt that our guide dogs brought us together and helped me find my true love." Mark eventually popped the question on Valentines Day a year later. The couple were married in Baralston, Stoke-on-Trent and Venice and Rodd even had starring roles in the ceremony as ring-bearers.

New Royal Mail stamps celebrate great Britons
From well known faces such as Alec Guinness, Dylan Thomas and Roy Plomley, to those whose contributions were more covert, like British spy Inayat Khan who worked with the French Resistance in WWII. The Royal Mail's new collection of stamps demonstrates the range of British talent over the years. Marking what would have been the 100th birthdays of each person, the individuals may have come from a variety of backgrounds and professions, but each contributed a great deal to British society.

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