The Daily: June 20
Friday, 20 June 2014

The Daily: June 20

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Written by Sarah Pratley
80% of Brits not eating their five-a-day
New research by the Health Supplements Information Service (HSIS) has revealed that 78% of Brits are not eating their five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. The survey which polled 3,000 people from across the UK found this despite recent calls that we should be eating seven portions a day. The findings found that the average intake is three portions a day, although only 36% of those surveyed managed this. The European Food Information Council have also warned that on average Britons only eat 258g of fruit and vegetables today, which is far below the 400g recommended by the World Health Organisation. Dr Emma Derbyshire from HSIS said: "Anyone who averages only three portions of fruit or vegetables a day is at real risk of missing out on important vitamins and minerals and is putting their health at risk."

Road building in Iceland brought to a halt by elves
Construction on a new road in Iceland has been brought to a halt after campaigners warned that the work would disturb the elves living in its path. The matter has been partly resolved since a local woman, who regularly talks to the elves, mediated with them, resulting in the elves agreeing to the road as long as their chapel, a 12-foot high jagged rock, was carefully removed and placed elsewhere. The rock is set to be removed by a crane and the rock is said to weigh 70 tonnes. Petur Matthiasson from the Icelandic highways department said: "It's not every day in Iceland that we divert roads for elves. It's just in this case we were warned that elves were living in some rocks in the path of the road – well, we have to respect that belief." Surveys suggest that over half of Icelanders believe in the elves, known as Huldufolk, or the hidden people.

Twitter hack sees Labour calls for owl for everyone
The Labour press Twitter account was hacked yesterday, according to Labour insiders, after the party seemed to pledge that everyone in the country will get an owl. The account posted: "Everybody should have his own owl." Steps have been taken to fix the matter, with a party source blaming a "bot" for the tweet, which has now been deleted. However, puns have since been flooding in. Labour tweeted: "We had hoped our compulsory owl guarantee would be a head turning policy, but sadly it's no longer going to take flight. #tweettwoo". @GuidoFawkes said: "For more information about the Labour owl policy, contact their press office on 28 28 20." John Prescott, former deputy Prime Minister, also joined in the fun, tweeting: "I've always been Owl Labour".

Display round-up
Rare Rossetti works are going on display in Liverpool of the "ultimate femme-fatale". Dante Gabriel Rossetti pictured Jane Morris, his "muse and lover", in many of his Pre-Raphaelite works. Now, thirty paintings, photos and sketches of her are going on display in the Rossetti's Obsession exhibition, to mark 100 years since Mrs Morris' death. Sandra Penketh, the galleries director, said: "Jane Morris as a model, muse, wife, lover and artist in her own right was at the heart of this explosive group which challenged the art establishment of the time." The works are on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery until 21 September.

Meanwhile, in Sydney the world's smallest book has gone on display. The book measure 3.5mm by 3.5mm, making it smaller than a 5 cent coin. It can only be read with a magnifying glass and tweezers are required to turn the pages. The book contains the Lord's Prayer in seven different languages.

Waitrose named best shop
Waitrose has been crowned 'best supermarket' in the Which? annual awards. The supermarket was awarded the consumer group's title for 'performing consistently highly for its in-store and online offerings'. John Lewis, from the same partnership as Waitrose, also triumphed as best retailer for the second consecutive year. The annual awards held by consumer group Which? celebrates and recognizes excellence in products and service. Peter Vicary-Smith, Which? group chief executive, said: "The Which? awards celebrate the very best of business in the UK, each year recognising those companies and individuals that consistently delivery for consumers."

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