Monday, 18 June 2012

The Daily: June 18

We scour the news so you don't have to.

Written by Edward Oliver

Camping Kate
The Duchess of Cambridge joined a group of 28 children for a day of camping on Saturday. The weekend, organised by the educational charity ARK schools, took place at the Widehorizons Margaret McMillan House in Kent and was designed to build the children’s confidence through team-building exercises.  Whilst there, she and the Duke of Cambridge roughed it in the children's tarpaulin rain shelters, built campfires and enjoyed toasting breadsticks and joining in with the campsite camaraderie.
When asked by fellow camper Tiger-Lilly Smith “what is it like to be a princess,” Kate replied, “Its very nice” and that “William was very sweet and kind and spoiled her.”

Holograms are hot tickets
Ever wondered what Elvis was like in concert? Did you miss Hendrix performing live? Don’t fret because with a mix of Victorian and modern technologies, holograms of vintage artists have been created for younger generations.  British firm, Musion Systems, shocked 90,000 fans when Tupac Shakur, who was shot in 1996, appeared with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre and performed two of his hits. Jeff Jampol, the manager of the Doors, Otis Reading and Janis Joplin, has been in contact with Musion  ystems and said “We’re getting to the point where Jim Morrison will walk right up to you, look you in the eye, sing right at you then walk away.” The new technology does have its critics. Bob Lefsetz saying “Consumers may pay above the odds for tickets… but probably only once” and that the music business is literally feeding on its own corpse.  

Happy Birthday Macca
Congratulations to Sir Paul McCartney who turns 70 today. He has written and performed over 80 hits including Hey Jude and Yellow Submarine, is said to be worth around £500 million, and has performed time and time again in the world’s major cities. Having performed his 32nd concert of the year over the Diamond Jubilee, he is considered  by many to be a national treasure. He has recently topped the Olympic playlist with three songs by the Beatles being played alongside the The Sex Pistols, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elgar and Adele.

High wire
Squelch by squelch, the soaking 33-year-old acrobat Nick Wallenda made his way across the Niagara Falls on a 1,800ft, two-inch thick steel cable 200ft above the thundering falls, crossing from the United States to Canada. A seventh-generation member of the Wallenda’s Flying Circus said, Mr Wallenda remarked that wire walking "was in his blood”. Wearing suede moccasins with elk skin soles made by his mother - also a wire walker – he dedicated the feat to his great-grandfather Karl who died in a fall in 1978.  Passing through the swirling mist, gusty wind and roaring falls he made the journey in 30 minutes where 100,000 spectators gathered to congratulate him.

Authorities at Ascot
Royal Ascot is beginning tomorrow with all the experts and punters in tow but this year, there has been a shake up in the dress code. Feathered fascinators and bare shoulders will not make the cut for the Royal enclosure. 30 “dress code assistants” will be manning the entrances to all the enclosures equipped with baskets filled with pashminas for uncovered shoulders and ties for empty collars all free of charge. However, for the hatless a refundable £50 deposit will have to be made for appropriate headgear.  Nick Smith, a Royal Ascot spokesman, said that the clothing “is not going to win any fashion awards… they are reasonably cheap” but that “they will serve the purpose.” It may prove to be a hidden benefit, as weather forecasters expect a wet week.

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