Tuesday, 22 May 2012

The Daily: May 22

We scour the news so you don't have to.

Written by Becky Prime

Chelsea Flowers in full bloom
The Chelsea Flower Show, opening to the public today, has a rich history of ornate garden designs, beautiful flowers and connections with the Queen. Yesterday the Queen went on a private visit to the show, during which she was presented with a white gold and sapphire broach as a Jubilee gift from the Royal Horticultural Society. She was also taken on a tour to see the display of flower-corgis, a rose especially grown for the Queen’s Jubilee, the highest-ever garden opened by the Chelsea Pensioners, as well as a fencing duel between Olympic hopefuls. Reflecting on this year's wet April and May weather, an emphasis on mossy greens and the allusion of wild areas of natural beauty runs throughout.

Neglected French village bought by artist
A small village of 19 buildings and other structures, including 13th century castle ruins, tennis courts, a swimming pool, chapel and dilapidated stables, has been sold at auction for €520,000. The village, Courbefy, set in the heart of the Limousin, was yesterday sold to South Korean-born photographer, Ahea, after a second auction having initially failed to draw interest earlier in the year. It is unknown what plans the artist has for his new purchase, but other bidders expressed an interest in using the site as a base for a reality TV show or as a centre for disabled adults.

British nun to be canonised
Vatican officials have announced that nun Elizabeth Prout lived her life to the virtues of faith, hope and charity to such an extent that her devotion and care should be recognised in the form of sainthood. Her canonisation will be the first of a female British saint in over 40 years. Known as Mother Mary Joseph, she spent her life working in the slums of Victorian Manchester. She died of tuberculosis in 1864 and the appeal for her canonisation was opened in 1993, yet it is unlikely that the process will be finalised before the end of next year.

Female commander for Royal Navy
Today, the first female commander of a Royal Navy warship will take up her post aboard the Type 23 frigate HMS Portland in Rosyth, Fife. 40-year-old Sarah West commented that this new position is the highlight of her 16-year career with the Navy and a role in which she feels fully prepared and proud to undertake. West joined the Navy just one year after the ban on women serving on board was lifted in 1994 and is now looking forward to working with a focused and driven team for the operations she will now be leading.

Britain’s oldest student graduates
A 91-year-old student has graduated with a masters in Military Intelligence, making him the oldest student in Britain. Following a career with MI6, Bertie Gladwin decided to return to education and study for a degree after his retirement in 1987. At the age of fourteen Bertie had left school after being placed in a low-ability class, but decided to pursue his academic aspirations later in life. The Second World War veteran has recently received a distinction from the University of Buckingham for his most recent qualification, which is the third degree he has achieved since retirement.




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