The Daily: July 10
Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Daily: July 10

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Leonora Hobbs
Prince William takes the plunge
The Duke of Cambridge took the plunge at an event held by the British Sub-Aqua Club in London yesterday. The event marked the hand over from Prince Charles to the Duke of the position of the presidency of BSAC. Prince Charles had been president for 40 years, and the Duke of Edinburgh also held the post highlighting the family's love of scuba diving. Eugene Farrell who is chairman of BSAC told guests that the Prince of Wales was 'quite buff' during his diving days. The word 'buff' prompted some slight confusion for the Prince, and the Duke leant over to his father, exclaiming that it meant he was athletic and muscular looking back in the day.

Jane Austen waxwork unveiled in Bath
As of yesterday, a waxwork of Jane Austen was unveiled in Bath at the Jane Austen Centre. After three years of detailed research, forensic artist Melissa Dring has helped to create 'the real Jane'. Dring, who is FBI trained, started the project by studying a portrait painted of Jane by her sister Cassandra in 1810. It is the only portrait to have ever been painted of Austen; so many other sources were drawn upon such as eye witness accounts of the author. Austen's nephew described Jane as 'very attractive' and that 'her whole appearance expressive of health and animation.' Artist Dring told the BBC '[Cassandra's portrait] does make it look like she's been sucking lemons'; however from accounts we know she was a 'mischievous and witty person'.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park takes museum of the year
At the National Gallery yesterday evening, director Sam Mendes presented founder and executive director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park Peter Murray OBE with the award of museum of the year, picking up the £100,000 prize given by the Art Fund. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which was founded in 1977 in the grounds of Bretton Hall College near Wakefield by Murray himself, was hailed as 'one of the finest outdoor museums that one might ever imagine'. Currently the Park is home to sculptures by artists such as Barbara Hepworth and Ai Weiwei, whose work is being shown in and around an 18th century chapel. The park receives 350,000 visitors annually, employing 160 staff and

Virginia Woolf exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery
Today an exhibition celebrating the life of Virginia Woolf is opening at the National Portrait Gallery. Curator of the exhibition, Frances Spalding exclaimed 'Now we've got her', since the 19th century author had refused to sit for a drawing for the gallery during her lifetime. The NPG has collated paintings, Woolf's suicide letters and possessions including the walking stick that was found by her husband Leonard the day she went missing in 1941. The letters are being loaned by the British Library, and the walking stick by the Berg Collection of the New York public library. Above all, the exhibition celebrates how remarkable a writer Woolf was, and as one critic commented 'you leave with a thirst for her writing and, in that sense, its invigorating'.

More than half of women pack their partner's this you?
In a survey conducted by TravelSupermarket, it was found that more than half of women pack their partner's suitcase when going on holiday. TravelSupermarket, the price comparison website for comparing holiday prices online undertook a survey of more than 2,000 adults in order to learn about packing habits. Other results showed that the average amount of time to pack a suitcase was 81 minutes, while men on average were 9 minutes quicker than women. Additionally, one in fourteen women choose their partner's clothes 'for fear that they will be embarrassed by their wardrobe choices if they don't'.

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