Wednesday, 06 June 2012

The Daily: June 6

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Jen Neal

Jubilee round-up
It was a weekend doused in red, white and blue. More than a million pairs of eyes looked onto Buckingham Palace to see her majesty emerge onto the balcony after the crowd had sung renditions of Singin’ in the Rain and calls of ‘We want the Queen’at the Jubilee concert. The Jubilee celebrations came to a close with the flyover of a wartime Spitfire and the Red Arrows expelling red, white and blue in their smoke. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh missed the concert as he was admitted to hospital on Sunday with a bladder infection. He is said to be doing well and expected home soon according to his youngest son, Prince Edward.

Shakespeare’s theatre found in Shoreditch
The site of the first performances of Romeo and Juliet and Henry V has been uncovered in a yard in Shoreditch, London. Its precise location was lost after it was dismantled in the 17th century. Experts from the Museum of London Archaeology have uncovered two exterior walls which are vital for approximating the dimensions of the theatre. Named the Curtain after it’s location on the old road, a plaque marking the guessed location of the theatre on Hewett Street was scarily accurate. Curtain was one of the first purpose-built theatres in London. When James Burbage had a disagreement with the landlord, he had the timbers shipped across the Thames to build the world famous Globe Theatre.

Venus crosses the Sun
In an astronomical event that will not occur again for another 105 years, Venus crossed the Sun, best viewed in North America and Eastern Asia at 2200GMT on Tuesday 5th June. It appeared to be a black dot traveresing across the diameter of the sun. The phenomenon occurs when Venus passes between the direct line of Earth and the Sun and has only coincided eight times since the beginning of the telescopic age in 1631. It was visible to unaided eyes from all seven continents with the best viewing time in the UK in the early hours of the morning.

Rankin brings Rebus out of retirement
Five years after retiring the detective, Ian Rankin has started writing a new novel involving the character applying to return to work after the age restrictions surrounding Scottish police officers has been lifted. Rankin was forced to retire the character when he reached 60 to maintain factual accuracy. Follwoing the pleas of thousands of fans of the series, which comprises 17 novels written over 25 years, November will see the published return of Rebus. Rankin has recently hit out at the over-doing of Nordic Crime dramas rather than concentrating on the British heroes exemplified by his own.

Olympic hopeful concentrates on education
Adam Gemili turned down the opportunity to play for Chelsea in order to complete his GCSEs. He went on to earn As and A*s across the board. He then moved on to do a college diploma in Sport and Exercise Science, during which time he was vice captain at Dagenham and Redbridge. Now he is a hopeful for the Olympics, capable of running 100 metres in 10.08 seconds. He has to decide between studying at Brunel University (from which he has an unconditional offer) or pursuing sports professionally.

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