Monday, 28 May 2012

The Daily: May 28

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

Written by Melonie Clarke

Bamboo pot not junk
At first glance, a bag left at a charity shop appeared to just be old clothes and bric a brac. However when one of the shop workers looked more closely at the items, she discovered an old and battered brush pot was hiding a secret story. The Chinese bamboo pot is thought to have been made between 1662 and 1722 by Gu Jue, one of the most famous artists of the day. It was taken to auction when the staff recognised its value, and was eventually sold for £360,000 to a buyer in Hong Kong. 

Tupperware parties make a come back
Tupperware parties used to be extremely popular. Ladies could get together and buy everything from lingerie to Tupperware itself over a gossip and some cake. And now it would appear that like the contents they hold, Tupperware parties are as fresh as ever! From Jamie Oliver products to clothes, product parties are back, with the Direct Selling Association (DSA) commenting that “party” sales have increased by 120% in the past two years. The tough economic climate is seeing more and more people trying to make some extra cash from at home shopping parties.

Bees back with a buzz
12 years ago the bee was declared extinct in the UK. This could now be reversed as Nicky Gammans is soon to release a group of Swedish shirt-haired queen bees in the Kent countryside. “We hope, we believe, this is the perfect spot for them” says Gammans. With the abundance of Red Clovers, White Dead Nettle and many other flowers in the area Gammons believes that “there is no reason why they shouldn’t thrive.” More Bumblebees will be released at various other locations in the future years.

And the award goes to..
The choice to turn one of the most shocking crimes in Britain into an ITV drama paid off last night as Appropriate Adult nabbed three of the best awards at the BAFTAs. Dominic West won the award for Leading Actor, beating Benedict Cumberbatch for his role in Sherlock. West was surprised to win the award commenting that “even my sister was rooting for Benedict.” Other names to walk away with an award included Rolf Harris, who won a BAFTA Fellowship, Jenifer Saunders won the Female Comedy award, and Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die won the award for a Single Documentary.

At least we didn’t come last!
Sweden walked away as the Eurovision song contest victors as their act scored an impressive 12 points in most rounds of scoring. Engelbert Humperdinck’s entry saw Britain come in second from last place in the contest. Graham Norton, who provided the running commentary for the night, said he was going to “go and Give Engelbert a big hug.” Many believe the results of the contest may encourage the BBC to consider withdrawing from the competition.

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