The Daily: October 15
Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Daily: October 15

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Written by Jasmine Crocker
French WWI soldier's bedroom remains untouched
For 96 years, Hubert Rochereau's bedroom has sat unchanged since he was killed in World War I. When his parents sold their home in 1936 they specified that it should not be changed for another 500 years.

Rochereau was shot in Belgium in 1918 in the battle of Loker, in Flanders. His room was preserved in his memory.

Significant artefacts in the room are the photographs, packet of cigarettes and the uniform still on its hanger, the soldiers feathered helmet, a sword and a collection of pistols.

The house's current owner Daniel Fabre has continued to preserve the bedroom in its original state and hopes any new owner will do the same.

Rochereau received a posthumous croix de guerre medal for his tremendous bravery on the battlefield.

Ed Vaizeys love of Classic FM
Ed Vaizey, Tory MP, admits 'I love Classic FM. It's a brilliant station. It plays lovely music'. The minister for culture and the digital economy has said that he doesn't listen to the broadcaster's classical music station Radio 3.

He also cautioned that radio stations are at risk of losing younger listeners, mentioning a report by Ofcom, revealing that average weekly radio listening among 15 to 24-year-olds has plummeted from 18.7 hours in 2007 to 15.5 hours in 2013.

'A multi-platform approach and a strong social media presence is essential for radio to increase reach and engagement with new audiences,' he continued.

Vaizey concluded: 'What's wrong with Radio 3? That's a real half-empty question. The question is, what's right with Classic FM? It plays music I love in an accessible and informal fashion'

The Twists and Turns of The Archers Plot
It has recently been revealed that there was a possibility of a 'far fetched' plot that would have seen Ed Grundy wrongfully jailed for life for murder of the gamekeeper, Greg Turner.

However, director of radio Helen Boaden refused to let story go ahead. As a result of her executive decision, made in 2002, the writers were forced to amend a huge amount of the script.

Defending her decision, she explained: 'Murders in country villages by people you have never met are unbelievably rare. And this felt so far fetched that I banned it.

'To the great chagrin of the then editor, who nearly cried'.

2,200-year-old Chariot Unearthed in Melton Mowbray
Leicester University have uncovered the bronze chariot fittings with horse care tools that date from as early as the 2nd Century BC. Exposed in Burrough Hill, it is believed that the Iron Age chariot was dismantled or never built but it possibly could have belonged to a high-status individual such as a noble.

The decorated fittings appear to have been buried as a sacred offering. Also discovered were possible equestrian tools, including a probable a grooming comb and two curved blades.

'Realising that I was actually uncovering a hoard that was carefully placed there hundreds of years ago made it the find of a lifetime,' said Nora Battermann, one of the students who made the breakthrough.

The findings will be on temporary exhibition at the Melton Carnegie Museum, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, from October 18 to December 13.

Traveller Finally Finishes 24-year Road Trip
Gunther Holtorf, 77, has driven 556,000 miles across 215 countries in his beloved Mercedes.

Holtorf began the journey with his late wife Christine in 1990. Their initial plans were to drive to Africa that they soon gathered momentum to keep on going. The couple then headed to South America and North America before seeing Asia, Australia and Europe.

Their Mercedes, lovingly named Otto, has travelled 556,000 miles and boarded 113 deep-sea ferries.

When Christine sadly passed away from cancer in 2010, Gunther promised to continue. He has just recently ended the expedition at the Brandenburg Gates in Berlin and is now back home in Bavaria, Germany.

Otto ended up travelling the equivalent of 22 times around the Earth or from the Earth to the Moon and back and two circles of the world.


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