The Daily: October 21
Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Daily: October 21

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Antonia Munday
Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies aged 82
Oscar de la Renta died in his home in Kent, Conneticut surrounded by family members last night; currently the cause of his death is unknown. De la Renta was a favourite amongst many of the first ladies, designing dresses for Nancy Raegan, Laura Bush and most recently Michelle Obama. His death comes just weeks after he designed the wedding dress of Amal Clooney when she married George Clooney.He has influenced the wardrobes of many celebrities and socialites for over four decades, with actresses such as Audrey Hepburn favouring his designs for much of their careers. Just last night Jennifer Lawrence wore one of his gowns to Elle's 21st Annual Women in Hollywood celebration. He leaves behind his wife and adopted child Moises, as well as his fashion label. The company plans to continue in a way that 'will make Oscar very proud', and having recently employed former Nina Ricci designer Peter Copping, the legacy that the beloved fashion desinger has left behind is set to be an outstanding one.

Joanna Lumley vs. Shakspeare
The actress' most recently accomplished challenge has involved her getting to grips with Shakespeare's works, as well as other poets from the 16-18th centuries. With Hermione Norris, Jim Broadbent and Stephen Tompkinson, Lumley has recorded Christmas Words To You, setting works of Shakespeare, Blake and Wordsworth to classical music. 'This album demonstrates that the words of over 500 years ago are as relevant today as they were then' is how Lumely described the recent project, she calls the excitement for Christmas something that 'transcends centuries' -why should these poets not have their works read to the music of Ding Dong Merrily On High 500 years later? So now as well as being a patron of a number of charities, an OBE recipient and an internationally known actress, the star can now add an understanding of Shakspeare to her evergrowing list of acheivements!

Marauding Monkeys
A bid for freedom was made by two monkeys from the South Lakes Safari Zoo over the weekend. The two monkeys have been seen in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, and as if escaping from the zoo wasn't a great enough feat, they're now attempting to get back inside by trying to break into people's homes. The two monkeys made their escapes on subsequent days (perhaps to avoid arousing suspicion!) however they have been seen together recently. Police say that although the two capuchin monkeys are not harmful, they may bite and scrath if approached. There is now a full police search operation underway in an attempt to find the missing primates; the main place that the monkeys have been sighted is outside various pubs, where they have been sitting nonchalantly, watching the world go by. The zoos hopes of finding the monkeys will be lifted by the fact that a similar incident happened four years ago and the escapee was found within 5 days.

Letters revealed to commemorate First World War
During the outbreak of war all British and Commonwealth soldiers were required to write a will. To commemorate 100 years since WWI, letters and wills written by those fighting during the First World War were revealed; many of the letters are written to mothers or partners. Some of those written to mothers are signed 'your ever loving son' and speak about the horrific conditions they had to endure during the war, with one soldier saying that they had to 'fight like tigers to get food. Others are letters written to girlfriends, to whom the soldiers pledge all they possess, and ask that their partners to remember them always, in some cases asking that they take good care of their child. The letters not only offer insight into what life was like during the Great War, but also offer an oppurtunity for todays society to be able to empathise more with the soldiers who fought for their country.

Walky Time
Tara the beagle cross was fitted with two prosthetic legs after a British charity rasied £3000 for her to have the new legs made by a US company. Tara was found in Romania by a surgeon a week after many of the dogs living in the same area were poisoned, leaving many of them dead. Upon being found the dog was rushed to the vets where they were forced to amputate two of her paws to prevent the poison from spreading. Kelly Hare who runs Safe Rescue For Dogs read about Tara's story online, and decided to help. She arranged a passport and a taxi for the dog to be bought over to Britain, where she begun raising money in aid of Tara, which was done by a charity skydive and through the generosity of other sponsors. Tara took her first steps at the beginning of September and now lives with Miss Hare, when she first started walking it was like 'watching Bambi' said her new owner. Tara is one of the 500 dogs that Safe Rescue For Dogs have helped.

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