The Daily: April 11
Friday, 11 April 2014

The Daily: April 11

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Written by Sarah Pratley
Julie Walters to receive Bafta Fellowship
National treasure Julie Walters is set to receive the Bafta Fellowship, the highest honour the British Academy of Film and Television Arts can grant. This is in recognition of her contribution to film and TV. Walters has said "I'm completely honoured and thrilled". She was made a CBE in 2008 and first achieved international stardom in the 1983 film Educating Rita, for which she won the Bafta and Golden Globe for best actress as well as being Oscar-nominated. She's won a Bafta for best supporting actress in the 2001 film Billy Elliot and won the best actress category at the Bafta TV awards for three consecutive years between 2002 and 2004 and again in 2010. Chief executive of Bafta, Amanda Berry said, "Julie is thoroughly deserving of the Fellowship, the highest honour the Academy can bestow." Walters will receive the award in London on the 18 May.

Sue Townsend dies aged 68
Sue Townsend, bestselling author of the Adrian Mole series, has died at her home after a short illness. She was diagnosed with diabetes in the 1980s which left her blind, underwent a kidney transplant in 2009 and had a stroke in 2012. The first two instalments of the Adrian Mole series made her the best-selling novelist of the 1980s, and the books went on to be adapted for radio, television and theatre. Writer and comedian Danny Wallace has said "She was incredibly sweet to her younger fans and I've got all these books at home that she had signed and she would say 'To Daniel, from Sue Townsend aged 43 and three quarters' or '45 and a half'". JK Rowling has also paid tribute, as she tweeted "So sad to hear about Sue Townsend. She gave me so many laughs".

'Competitive parenting' caused by classroom teddy bears
Competitive parenting is being prompted by young pupils taking home a classroom teddy bear at the weekend to record what they got up to. This is a common teacher tool to encourage parents to be active with their children and for the pupils to practise their writing and storytelling skills. The teddy bears are accompanied by an exercise book filled with stories, photos and drawings of its previous adventures and the host family are encouraged to add to it. However, research by the TES has revealed that parents are being over-competitive and using the diary to showcase their impressive weekend activities. Teachers have reported that rather than simple trips to the park and walks, the teddy bears are attending orchestra rehearsals, piloting ships and enjoying high-profile events. Some schools have said that such parent politics has resulted in them having to stop using the bears.

Calls for golf to change
With the 2014 Masters well underway, light is being thrown on the stuffy and unappealing ways of golf. As Rory McIlroy pointed out in Augusta: "Participation in golf is down 13 per cent. There's a few things that might need to be done for golf to become played more again, participated more, in terms of the general public". Sport England has confirmed that in the UK golf is the fourth biggest faller in English sports and in the US there has been a steady decline in participation for a decade, with more courses closing than opening last year. Golf clubs are still considered as social institutions with a sport attached, with numerous restrictions, time constraints, stuffiness and rule by gerontocracy, and this is keeping people out, rather than encouraging more to join in.

World's oldest barmaid celebrates her 100th birthday with no plans to retire
Dolly Saville, a great-grandmother from Buckinghamshire, is celebrating her 100th birthday. She has been pulling pints at The Red Lion Hotel for 74 years, but still insists that she is not planning on retiring. She estimates that since she started when she was 26, she has poured around two million pints. She has only had two weeks sick leave in her life and at 94 was still working at least six hours a day, six days a week but now works three hours a week. The bar has been named 'Dolly's' in her honour. Mrs Saville has said: "I love my work and I love the people, it keeps me going and it's better than sitting around".

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