Wednesday, 04 July 2012

The Daily: July 4

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

Written by Claudia Carmichael & Rosie Keep

Vitamin D deficiency
It has been reported today that Britain’s washout of a summer could be affecting more than just our mood, with doctors warning that it has resulted in children not being exposed to enough Vitamin D. The nutrient, produced by regular natural sunlight, is responsible for growing strong healthy bones and has been lacking thanks to cloudy skies and wet days. Doctors are concerned there could be an outbreak in youngsters of rickets, fractured bones and multiple sclerosis. Dr Nicola Balch, an associate specialist in child health at the British Medical Association said: ‘People need just 20 to 30 minutes of sun three or four times a week to ensure they get enough vitamin D, but with our weather it can be impossible to get this’.

Anger management overhaul
Despite what the more hot headed of us have often been told, a recent study has revealed that counting to 10 does not help anger subside, and may even provoke it! Professor Brad Bushman, from Ohio State University, who carried out the research said: ‘If you focus too much on how you are feeling, it usually backfires’. The study instead suggests ‘self distancing’: a technique whereby the person looks at the situation causing them distress as if they were an ‘observer rather than a participant’ encouraging them to calm down.

Japan's witty tourist guide
A new guidebook for Japanese visitors to Scotland has been making headlines for its witty cultural advice. Going beyond the descriptions of walks and golf courses, the guide - published by Edinburgh based Luath Press - advises tourists stay away from football fans, refrain from calling anybody English, and urges visitors to get ‘merrily drunk’ on whisky and, when in a pub, make sure they buy a round. However, for those travellers expecting standards of service of Scotland akin to those in Japan, the book reads: ‘Please do not expect to have the same quick, polite and accurate service … Be patient anywhere in Scotland- it is not Japan.’ Akiko Elliott, one of the book’s authors, told the BBC the book was designed to be affectionate but honest.

Last look at Constable’s masterpiece The Lock
The Lock has became one of the most controversial art sales in recent years as it was sold for £22.4 million to a private buyer last night. The astonishing price put on the piece is a massive increase on the 150 guineas it was sold for in 1824, the equivalent of £20,000 today, or the £10.8 million it was sold for in 1990. The remarkable painting depicts a figure struggling to open a canal gate at Dedham Lock to allow a barge to pass through. It was apparently one of Constable’s favourites. Experts warned that money-weary British galleries were unlikely to save the painting for the nation.

Hollywood Cop’s daughters sell his unique collection of marks from the stars
Roy Garrett, a Los Angeles police department traffic patrolman, had an eye for spotting the stars before the age of blacked-out windows. Garrett had his own unique way of getting autographs and photographs as a policeman. It involved discreetly following the star in their cars and pulling them over for inevitable traffic violations. The star of his collection is a photograph of Marilyn Monroe on which is written ‘To Roy, love and kisses and thanks for keeping me out of the clink!’ Dean Martin’s reads ‘To Roy, my new friend and pal.’ Now, the two daughters of Garrett's two daughters have decided to sell the unique collection.

Mills and Boon release new series of erotica
Mills and Boon jump on the bandwagon of 50 Shades of Grey with a new series of racy novels. The new release was deemed ‘a daring selection of stories’ and has been given a whole new life by reader’s abilities to purchase it via Kindle or iPad. Coy readers no longer need to worry about being seeing in public purchasing the risqué material.  Despite that, its sexy content has not deterred millions from unflinchingly brandishing their own copies in public. Mills and Boon’s Twelve Shades of Surrender has been an unexpected hit, its first book becoming the fastest-selling novel of all time.

Eric Sykes passes away
Eric Sykes, one of Britain's best-loved comedy actors and writers, has died at the age of 89, his manager has announced. Born in Oldham, Sykes found fame in a series of TV sitcoms from the 1950s, including Sykes And A... alongside co-star Hattie Jacques. He also starred in films including Monte Carlo or Bust, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Others. Manager Norma Farnes said: ‘Eric Sykes, 89, star of TV, stage and films, died peacefully this morning after a short illness. His family were with him.’ Former BBC head of comedy Jon Plowman paid tribute to Sykes as ‘a warm man, a kind man, a warm family man’.




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