The Daily: October 9
Thursday, 09 October 2014

The Daily: October 9

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Jasmine Crocker
Unveiling the New Dad's Army
The new Dad's Army film cast has been announced! It will be set in 1944, following Home Guard's attempts to out a spy. The original cast made their own film in 1971, however, due its popularity, casting for the new version was always going to be problematic.

Celebrities appearing in the film are so far named as Catherine Zeta-Jones as the lead female role which has been newly added to the dynamics, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon and Tom Courtenay.

Shooting will begin this month in Yorkshire. 'Their new mission to patrol the Dover army base is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, putting the local women on red alert.'

Paul Oscroft noted: 'Unbelievably great British cast for the new Dad's Army film – but still dubious about a remake.'

Christie's Mystery Trunk
A Poirot aficionado has found that £100 trunk belonging to Christie's mother Clara, holds jewels worth £50,000.

Jennifer Grant, from Nutley, East Sussex, bought the container in 2006.

Grant explained, 'I almost didn't want to open the strongbox because then the mystery would be over.'

Nevertheless, once inside, a box was discovered, locked and without a key. It had to be forced open, and in 2010, after a long wait, 52 gold coins, a diamond brooch and a three-stone diamond ring were found.

The jewellery is referenced in Christie's biography as prized family treasures. Jennifer sold the coins and auctioned off both the brooch and ring, ideally raising enough funds to buy a narrowboat that she dreams of calling The Good Ship Agatha.

The brooch surpassed all expectations, fetching £27,500, more than three times the estimated value, in Bonhams' Knightsbridge auction house.

Solve Snoring With a Calf Stretch

Snoring is a bug bear for many people, mostly partners of snorers, whilst the snorer themselves is none the wiser of their disturbing sleep antics.

Some myths confronted about snoring are listed below; after all, knowledge is power! Snoring can occur at any stage of sleep, however it is most common in men and it can also be hereditary. It seems to run in families and becomes more common as you get older. However, once over the age of 70, men are much less likely to snore.

Investigator Bhajan Singh, a researcher in Sleep Disorders, claims that people who are sedentary are more likely to suffer from a fluid build-up which then shifts to the neck overnight, prompting snoring. However, a simple calf stretch is likely to minimize the snoring.

Queen's English Comes Top
It is the sound of British history archives, and also the Queen, yet despite being considered posh, Received Pronunciation (RP) is high on the list of favorite accents in Britain today.

A study discovered that the Queen's English, RP, is related to the majority of positive character qualities: attractiveness, honesty, intelligence, charm, sophistication and reliability to name a few.

It has also been named, surprisingly, the language of love.

Professor Jane Setter, a phoneticist, noted: 'RP speakers have been rated highly in terms of intelligence - and the accent itself as attractive - since studies like this began.'

Bake Off Winner Surprises Bookies
Nancy Birtwhistle, 60, named as Great British Bake Off winner.

Mrs. Birtwhistle, a retired GP practice manager from Barton-upon-Humber in Lincolnshire, developed a name for her original cooking instruments crafted by her husband. This led for her nickname to be created, 'Gadget Gran'.

The grandmother-of-eight used a homemade 'drainpipe tool' to aid the molding of her brandy snap. She is so far, the oldest winner of the show.

She kept a low-profile during most of the episodes so far, although Paul Hollywood noted early in the final that 'The final stands on its own, we don't look back.'

Mrs. Birtwhistle's cake that sealed her as the winner of the show was a remarkable black and white windmill, similar to the famous Moulin Rouge in Paris.

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