Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The Daily: July 31

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

Written by Fiona Leedham

Hats off to London
In celebration of the best of British millinery talent, famous landmark statues across central London have been adorned with special headwear adorned in honour of the new project Hatwalk, created by Philip Treacy and Stephen Jones. The hats have been designed by some of Britain’s top hat-makers, including Philip Treacy, Stephen Jones and London’s oldest milliners, Lock & Co. The aim of this project is to draw attention to both British milliners and London’s most famous and iconic statues. 20 statues have been included in the project; Admiral Lord Nelson in Trafalgar Square sports a patriotic bicorn hat in the British colours with the addition of an Olympic torch.

Team GB still victorious
Team GB have once again done their country proud, with the male gymnasts taking bronze yesterday in their event. Team GB were first awarded the silver medal, missing out on gold to China. However, they were later informed that a mistake had been made after Japan, who had initially come fourth, appealed against their own scores. Japan then leaped into second place, bumping GB into third. This news, however, did not dampen the team’s spirits and they continued to celebrate. Team GB have not won a medal in gymnastics since the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. Both Prince William and Prince Harry supported the team and could not hide their anticipation and excitement at the prospect of a medal. Team member Kristian Thomas stated, “A silver would have been nice but I couldn’t complain at all right now.” Following this great performance, Louis Smith has high hopes to take gold for his individual event on the pommel horse.

National Treasure, Maeve Binchy, dies aged 72
Irish writer, Maeve Binchy, has passed away following a short illness at the age of 72. The popular best-selling author sold more than 40 million copies of her books worldwide, owing her great success to her sincere stories about life in Ireland. Binchy started her life out as a teacher but soon became a journalist, columnist and later became women’s editor at the Irish Times. Her career as a novelist did not start successfully with her first book being rejected by her publishers five times. However, this rejection did not sway Binchy and drove her to get her first book, Light a Penny Candle, published in 1982, which went on to be a best seller. This was the first in a long line of successful novels. In the year she published her last book, 2010, Binchy received a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Book Awards.

Apollo flags spotted to still be on the moon
Remarkably, a NASA spacecraft has captured images showing that the American flags planted by Apollo astronauts are still standing on the moon. Photos taken from the Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter (LRO) show evidence of shadows cast by the flags that are thought to have been placed all those years ago. Researchers have confirmed that the shadows are, in fact, the flags from the missions. Experts are surprised that the flags had managed to survive the climate and harsh conditions of the moon and are wondering what condition they are in. Only one flag appears to have not cast a shadow; one planted during the Apollo 11 mission, which, according to Buzz Aldrin, was knocked down by the engine exhaust on take-off.

Musician misplaces violin worth millions
A Stradivari violin has been handed in to lost property at a Swiss train station, after a musician left in on a train. The instrument made by the Italian craftsman, Antonio Stradivari, can be worth up to several million pounds. This was the case in 2011 when one of the few violins still in existence was sold for £8.6 million in a charity auction. It is believed that the musical instrument was leant to the musician, who ended up forgetting about it and leaving it on the train at the end of his journey. Staff were informed immediately and after searching for it, surveillance cameras recorded someone picking it up and leaving the train with it. It was later found in lost property at Bern Station.

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