The Daily: September 15
Monday, 15 September 2014

The Daily: September 15

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Pippa Rice
The World's First Selfie
A self portrait take by photographer Oscar Rjenlander, dated back to the1850's, has been sold at auction for £70,000 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The photograph was discovered within a leather-bound book which consisted of a further 70 prints by the Swedish artist. The owner of the artifact brought it to a Harrogate auctioneer with the modest reserve price of £100. It is safe to say that it outdid its expectations. The auctioneer advised that the book was probably worth around £10,000 and yet when it went under the hammer, it sold for a whopping £70,000! A nice suprise for the original owner I'm sure!

Phones 4U under administration
The 550 Phones4U stores across the UK will be closed today as the company announces it has gone into administration. This unfortunate collapse was triggered by the phone network EE following in the footsteps of Vodafone and O2 in ending their contracts with the mobile phone dealership. It is still unknown as to whether the administrators will allow the company to reopen for business, however, if one were to expect the worst, a total of 5,600 jobs would be lost. Chief executive David Kassler has said "this is a very sad day. A good company making profits of over £100m, employing thousands of decent people has been forced into administration."

Amy Winehouse in North London
A life-size bronze statue of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse was erected in Camden, North London yesterday. The statue unveiled on what would have been the performers 31st birthday, marks the three years anniversary of her death. Mitch Winehouse, her father, explained that she was "in love with Camden" and it is the place that her fans associate her with. Mr Eaton, the artist who created the sculpture, has said its purpose is to capture her "attitude and strength but also give subtle hints of insecurity."

Westwood for Independence
The British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood is encouraging the Yes vote in the upcoming Scottish referendum. "I hate England" quoted the tartan-loving designer who added that an independent Scotland could 'lead by example' and labeled non-voters as 'stupid.' To demonstrate her support for the Scottish independent party, Westwood paraded her models down the London Fashion Week catwalk with 'Yes' as part of their fashion ensemble. The controversy is sure to arouse fashion conscious voters to lean towards independence. We will see if her campaign has had any impact of the referendum outcome when the results are announced on Thursday.

The Brits in Toronto
The Alan Turning British drama The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightly has won the People's Choice award at the Toronto Film Festival. The World War II based plot follows the British code breaker who helped decrypt the Enigma machine in the 1940's. Director Morten Tyldem expressed that the award was an "amazing honor. For film fanes to support the Imitation Game means so much to me, the entire cast and the film-making team."

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