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Thursday, 03 April 2014

The Daily: April 3

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Kate Lismore
The Queen to meet Pope Francis for the first time & an exhibition of Royal toys is announced.
As part of her visit to Rome, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are scheduled to have a private audience with the pontiff at the Vatican today. The Queen has had visited previous sitting popes, and this will be her first meeting with Pope Francis since his inauguration last March, which was attended by the Duke of Gloucester in her place. Queen is expected to have lunch with the Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano, who invited her and the Duke to Rome. Back in Britain, an exhibition showcasing 250 years worth of Royal toys will go on show this July in the state rooms at Buckingham Palace. The collection will include the current monarch's own childhood toys and previously unseen photographs and film footage.

The UK ranked No.13 on the Social Progress Index
A new survey that has been designed as an alternative to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that takes into account factors such as health, housing and education ranked the UK above other countries despite a third of our population being obese. New Zealand was awarded first place, followed by Switzerland and the Netherlands. Britain scored top on education, personal freedom and free speech but came in at number 37 for health.

Wartime classic SPAM makes a comeback
The canned meat has been used in Japan and the US in sushi recipes, and has become extremely popular with diners, it has been reported. SPAM, which was first introduced in 1937 appealed to the masses during the war because of its long shelf-life. The food has remained popular in places such as Hawaii, where it's known as 'Hawaiian steak' and can be ordered as an extra in McDonald's and Burger King meal deals.

Stolen impressionist paintings found in factory worker's home after having been bought for £20.
Paintings by impressionists Gauguin and Bonnard which have been valued at over 30 million Euros have been found hanging in a former fiat factory worker's kitchen in Turin after being stolen 40 years ago from a house in Regent's Park. The works supposedly had been moved through France by train when they went missing in 1970, only for them to be left onboard. They were then stored in a rail depot until they were auctioned off in 1975. Police handling the matter are now in the process of establishing who the paintings belonged to originally.

Lost British silent film, 'Love, Life and Laughter' has been found in a Dutch archive
The 1923 silent movie, starring Betty Balfour and directed by George Pearson, has been on the BFI's most wanted film list for a number of years. The film was discovered last week in the EYE archives when film researchers were looking through a collection of films that had arrived at the archive in 2012. Film fans hope that the BFI will be able to acquire a copy of 'Love, Life and Laughter' which is considered to be one of the great achievements of early British cinema.


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