The Daily: July 21
Monday, 21 July 2014

The Daily: July 21

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Anna Price
Prince Charles explores Britain's burgeoning cheese market
While Prince Charles tours the River Cottage, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's food empire, he remarks that '20 years ago you could never find a really interesting cheese in this country except cheddar...but the extraordinary explosion of artisan-made cheeses has been one of the most remarkable things in this country'. Prince Charles is absolutely right, as Britons now eat an average 10 kilograms a year of cheese, with some 600,000 tonnes produced. Britain's cheese-makers are exploring a variety of different cheeses and the ways in which these varieties are produced. For example, the taste will differ according to the type of animal milk, what that animal ate and the time of year the cheese was made. From the Yarg in Cornwall to the Lanark Blue in Lanarkshire, Scotland, it is clear that Britain has indulged into the production and consummation of artisan-cheeses which will grow to rival our European counterparts.

The Shard favourite to win the Stirling Prize
Renzo Piano's, The Shard, is leading the race for the architecturally esteemed Stirling Prize. Europe's tallest building has the odds 2-1 to win, but it is in tight competition with Zaha Hadid's London Aquatics Centre. Both have received divided opinions from the critics and public, many thinking The Shard is obtrusive whilst others believe it is unique and the face of the future. Similarly, The Aquatics Centre was believed to be the glory of the games, but in being squashed between two large seating stands, some conceived it to have an unfinished-scaffolding look. These two staple architectural pieces are also competing against the Library of Birmingham, the Everyman Theatre of Liverpool, the Manchester School of Art and the London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. All these buildings are modern, sleek and compatible with the surrounding architecture but The Shard is thought to be the most impressive in captivating the architectural capacity of the modern era.

Rory McIlroy wins his third major at Hoylake
Rory McIlroy is just the third golf player to win three majors by the age of 25, placing him amongst the elite golfers: Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. McIlroy is also the first European to win three different major titles. At 22, McIlroy won his first major at the 2011 US Open becoming the youngest winner since 1923, additionally breaking the record of the lowest total under par. While many golfers have won three majors, only five have become champion at all four modern majors: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. McIlroy now joins Phil Mickelson as the two current top players with three legs of the career Grand Slam. Despite McIlroy's bright prospects, some fear he may have peaked too soon, while others have great faith that he will fulfil his aim of replacing Woods on the circuit and dominating the game in the next ten years.

J.K. Rowling set to write more books in crime series than Harry Potter
J.K. Rowling was asked on stage at the Harrowgate Crime Writing Festival whether she was going to write seven books under her alias, Robert Galbraith, to which she replied: 'It's not seven. It's more. It's pretty open ended'. Rowling further explained how in a crime series, you can keep giving a detective cases for as long as he lives, unlike Harry Potter which has 'an overarching story, a beginning and an end'. The Silkworm, the second novel in Rowling's crime series was published in June following the release of The Cuckoo's Calling in 2013. Only three months after the release, Rowling's true identity was discovered, Rowling then stating that she decided to use a pseudonym in order to prove to herself that she could publish a book based on its quality rather than her name. Although the first novel had mixed reviews, this has not hindered Rowling as she 'really love[s] writing these books' and vows to continue writing without a set end point in mind.

Actress plays her own grandmother in a Holocaust survival play
Isobel Pravda will play her own grandmother in a play depicting the stories of Milos Dobry and Hana Pravda who both survived Auschwitz. The play, The Good and the True, will run for seven weeks off of Broadway, with British actor Saul Reichlin playing Milos Dobry and Isobel Pravda playing her grandmother, Hana Pravda. Although neither characters met in real life, or will meet in the play, Isobel states that 'it's a universal story of the human capacity for horrendous atrocities' as well as 'the human capacity for survival and for love and kindness'. Hana Pravda's story is taken from a diary she kept in 1945, which was smuggled in a secret compartment of a music box from Czechoslovakia to Australia which was then forgotten until discovered 50 years later at the Britain's Imperial War Museum, and consequently published. Isobel Pravda is known for playing Camille Monet in the BBC's The Impressionists and Kenneth Branagh's movie, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

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