The Daily: April 24
Thursday, 24 April 2014

The Daily: April 24

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Lily Cox
Camilla's brother, Mark Shand dies from head injuries in New York
Mark Shand, brother of the Duchess of Cornwall and head of the charity, The Elephant Family, has died in New York at the age of 62. Shand sustained fatal head injuries after slipping outside of an after party for a Charity event at Sotherby's. Despite being rushed immediately to hospital by paramedics, Mr. Shand was declared dead inside the facility. The event itself was attended by Princess Eugenie, and raised £950,000 for the Elephant Family and Underprivileged children. A Clarence House spokesperson commented, "The Duchess, the Prince of Wales and all her family members are utterly devastated by this sudden and tragic loss."

The People of Cornwall declared a "National Minority"
In a long battle to formally assert their identity, the Government will announce today that the people of Cornwall will become a "National Minority". The declaration is an achievement for campaigners who have propounded that Cornwall has a unique language and cultural traditions that deserve recognition. In the 2011 Census over 84,000 people identified themselves as "Cornish". The Celtic language, long considered on the verge of extinction, is now undergoing a revival and has received Government funding to aid its promotion. The leader of the Cornish Nationalist Party, Mebyon Kernow commented, "The fact that Cornish culture, language and identity is now formally a national minority on a par with the Welsh, Scots and Irish is fantastic."

National Trust burn its own trees in a bid to go Green
In an effort to go green and save some pennies in the process, the National Trust has announced that it plans to power its properties by burning trees from its own woodlands. Currently the charity generates 4% of its power from green sources, but plans will see this buoyed up to 50% by 2020. The plans rely on the installation of Biomass Boilers at 30 of its "big mansions in the countryside that gobble up a lot of oil". Though the plan has a high initial input of £35 million, it is hoped that this will reduce spending by at least £4 million a year once the new technologies are in place. At the moment, there are no plans for any further wind turbines, but it has been conceded, "Wind has got a part to play in the energy mix but as long as it is sensitively sited."

Vivien Leigh's Sussex Home for sale at £3.5 Million
The Gone with the Wild star's picturesque home near Uckfield in Sussex has been put on the market at £3.5 million. Tickerage Mill, a Grade II listed property, was bought by the screen starlet for £20,000 after her divorce from Lawrence Olivier. Leigh kept the property until her death in 1967, whereupon her ashes were scattered in the waters by the old mill. The property, stretching over 22 acres, has five beautiful bedrooms and includes a bluebell wood and separate gardener's cottage.

Sound complaints mount for Jamaica Inn
Over the course of three days, the new BBC adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's Jamaica Inn lost two million viewers. The buoyed up epic has received over 1,400 sound complaints. Whilst initially technical issues were blamed for the poor quality of the sound, the BBC has now said that "actors' not being clear is part of it". The thick accents of some of the cast were deemed exceptionally difficult to decipher, and elsewhere there was accusations of mumbling. In response to the trouble, Waterstones posted on twitter to propose that viewers should buy the book instead. Despite, the negativity surrounding the three part drama, du Maurier's son has praised the adaptation, "My mother had always hoped that a film company would remake her story for television and I know that she would be so pleased with Emma Frost's three-part adaptation of her book".

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