Wednesday, 30 May 2012

The Daily: May 30

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

Written by Rebecca Lucking

Empty gaps filled at the Tate Modern
Lucian Freud’s Girl in a Striped Nightdress is one piece that is being showcased at the Tate Modern gallery. In an act of philanthropy, Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker gave the Tate Modern nine other works of art. The pieces, which are worth a small fortune were given as a gift to fill gaps within the Tate Britain’s collection. Acts like this are rare, and the couple wanted to make this act public in order to encourage others to do the same. In other art news, a mystery portrait of three young women has now been identified as the Brontë sisters.

Books stolen in the middle of the night
Yesterday police raided Kensal Rise Library in the middle of the night in order to avoid campaigners who are fighting to save the library. At around 2am, police and security guards took books, photographs, furniture and murals, even though the council had assured the campaigners that this action would not be taken. This caused anger amongst the campaigners, which included mothers and residents of the area, as the act was seen as deceitful. This is one of six libraries that were given the axe as part of council cutbacks. The Brent council have also been accused of being cowards for condoning the raid in the middle of the night, and before holding talks.

Money makes 41 the new age for adventure
A recent survey has suggested that the average Briton felt that 29 was the age at which they felt most adventurous, but could not fulfil their wishes due to money. On average, it would take around 12 years to save enough money to be able to pursue their dreams by which time they are aged 41. It is not always the lack of money that is a factor: it is also the lack of time and various family commitments that hinder the ability to pursue an adventure. The survey also concluded that 68% of people saw an adventure in terms of a safari holiday.

Will wishes his mother could have met Kate
On his big day last year The Duke of Cambridge wished more than anything that his mother, the late Princess of Wales, could have been there to watch him get married. Prince William appeared in a programme on a US television network, commenting upon how he had to prepare himself before the wedding, so he was mentally prepared but he was also very nervous as well. He spoke about how he still sees the Queen as his grandmother, and that it has taken him up to 10 years ‘to understand and accept the huge deal that she is around the world, especially in the UK.’

Overweight hedgehog goes on a diet
A hedgehog weighing more than 4lbs has had to be put on a diet for his own health after being fed on bowls of cat food by a couple who rescued him from their garage. The hedgehog, named Roly Poly, was ironically underweight when the couple found him, and was unable to hibernate. Roly Poly is now too overweight to protect himself, as he is not able to curl up into a ball. Roly Poly has now been taken to the Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in Somerset, where he has been put on a calorie-controlled diet.




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