The Daily: April 8
Tuesday, 08 April 2014

The Daily: April 8

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

Written by Sarah Pratley
Peaches Geldof dies aged 25
Peaches Geldof was found dead yesterday afternoon at her Kent home. Police are currently treating the death as "unexplained and sudden" but unsuspicious. Peaches was the second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and TV presenter Paula Yates, who died in 2000 of a drug overdose. At only 25 years of age, she leaves her husband, Thomas Cohen, and their two sons, Astala and Phaedra. In a statement confirming her death, Bob Geldof has said "We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us." Cohen has also said in a statement, "My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons. I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts everyday. We shall love her forever."

Rare birds sighted in China
Important new discoveries have been made about the Blackthroated Blue Robin. As one of the world's rarest birds, the blackthroat is listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and is only in a small number of records since it was first sighted in the 1890s. Experts in China resighted a small number of male blackthroats in 2011, but now a female and a breeding pair have been spotted. Now, for the first time, there has been confirmation on what a female blackthroat looks like. Sighting of the breeding pair has also revealed that both parents care for the young whereas before almost nothing was known about the bird's behaviour and breeding. There is now speculation that blackthroats are more common than previously thought.

The Chelsea Pensioners' Long Wards set to receive a makeover
The home of the Chelsea Pensioners, the Long Wards, is getting a makeover. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the late seventeenth century, it has been left unchanged before now. The distinctive wood panelling is set to remain, but everything else will be modernized. The small modern rooms, measuring 9 x 9ft, are to be made bigger and residents will soon enjoy luxurious en suite facilities and direct daylight.

The Stradivarius has met its match
A new study has found that professional violinists can no longer tell the difference between a Stradivarius and a modern instrument. Stradivarius violins sell for millions with claims that their sound quality is unparalleled, having been associated with musical excellence for three centuries. However, 10 renowned soloists, when blindfolded and asked to play a range of violins to decide which was superior, chose a newer instrument over the antique model. Professor Claudia Fritz, a violin acoustics expert, said "The current study shows that first-rate soloists tend to prefer new instruments and are unable to distinguish old from new at better than chance levels". Authors of the report this study is a part of said it has provided 'a striking challenge to near-canonical beliefs about Old Violins'.

Lost Hancock's Half Hour episodes to be created and aired to mark anniversary
Lost episodes of Hancock's Half Hour are to be created and broadcasted to celebrate the 1950s sitcom's 60th anniversary. Long revered as one of the most important British radio comedies of all time, Hancock's Half Hour told of the life of struggling comedian and actor Hancock, lodger Bill Kerr and businessman Sid. It was broadcasted from 1954 to 1959 on the BBC Home Service. However, mislaid episodes by the BBC have been rediscovered and are set to be made. Kevin McNally, who was previously in Pirates of the Caribbean, is to play Tony Hancock. The episodes will be aired in November, to mark the 60th anniversary of the show's first transmission.


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