Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The Daily: May 29

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

Written by Rebecca Lucking

Times really do change
The Diamond Jubilee is fast approaching, and whilst many reminisce about the past and become nostalgic over the good times, a recent survey shows it was not all plain sailing. Data from the Office of National Statistics reveals that long hours, a lower life expectancy and a heavy workload were typical hardships faced in 1952. In 2012 a girl is now expected to live to 94, which is a dramatic increase from the age of 82 in 1952. 60 years ago, woman struggled both at home and at work, living on rations and undertaking household tasks with rarely any time or money for holidays.

American English on the increase
Americanisms are slowly dominating the English language, it has been reported. Oxford University Press analysed 74,00 stories that were entered into a competition run by BBC Radio 2 and noticed that children are replacing English words with American terms: trainers become sneakers, for example, and irritable becomes cranky. Children are no longer learning the language of classic literary texts but are conforming to the American language and spelling, which they hear and see in Hollywood films. It is not only the language that was affected. Celebrity names were also littered throughout the stories, and the children consistently used exclamation marks instead of semi-colons and speech marks.

World heritage title for Forth Bridge
The Forth Bridge, which costs millions of pounds to sustain, is a strong contender to be ranked as a world heritage site. 120 years after the Forth Bridge was completed to span accross the River Firth of Forth, its iconic red streel means it continues to be a national landmark for Scotland. If it obtains the world heritage title, then it will be associated with other world famous landmarks, such as The Taj Mahal and The Great Wall of China. A decision is expected to be made by 2015.   

Money is what sells Hirst’s art
Sir Peter Blake, the famous pop art artist and designer of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club album, has criticised Damien Hirst’s art by claiming that his works are highly mercenary. A vast amount of money goes into his artwork, which in return sells for an exceptional amount. Hirst, a multi-millionaire, sold a diamond-encrusted skull in 2007 for £50 million. Blake says that Hirst plays a game of finance within the art industry: he is able to create expensive art because he has the money with which to do it. With the price of art constantly increasing, Blake has said that it is becoming ludicrous.

Blind encouraged and helped my music
Inner Vision, an orchestra set up by Baluji Shrivastav, takes blind singers from countries such as Iran, India and Nigeria and provides comfort and a safe haven for them. This group aims to give blind people with the opportunity to express themselves through music, and a secure place for them to perform. They perform at Dans Le Noir? where blind waiters serve guests in the dark. Many gain confidence in themselves and build up courage to perform in front of paying audiences. The orchestra performs a variety of music, from Indian ragas to classic music.

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