The Daily: August 7
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Mount Tongariro in New Zealand has finally erupted after lying dormant for 115 years. Although no serious damage or causalities are reported, flights have been disrupted and surrounding roads have been closed off due to poor visibility. Scientists are unsure whether this is to be a one off, or whether it could signal the start of more eruptions to come. One of three volcanoes in the centre of the North Island, it stands at 1,978m and is popular with hikers who visit the national park. Some nearby residents have evacuated their homes in case of possible further volcanic activity.
Wet weather leads to British honey shortage
It is predicted that we shall see a British honey shortage due to heavy rainfall since April. Beekeepers are having to feed their bees emergency supplies of sugar and syrup to prevent the bees from starving to death. Whilst the cold is not a problem for bees who are able to huddle for warmth, the wet weather has meant that bees are unable to go out and gather nectar during the height of the flowering season. Warm weather in February and April caused colonies to build up their numbers in preparation for the summer months, but sadly they are now unable to feed themselves and rely on the beekeepers' assistance.
Final Jubilee event hosted by Queen at Balmoral
The Queen shall bring an end to her Diamond Jubilee celebrations by hosting a garden party at the Royal Deeside castle. Purchased by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1852, Balmoral has long been a favourite residence of the Queen and her family. It has remained a private residence of the Royal family and this shall be the first time a garden party has been held at the castle since the Golden Jubilee in 2002. The Queen last visited Scotland during Royal Week in July, which enables Scottish achievements to be celebrated, and also gives the Queen a chance to spend time visiting areas furthest away from her London base.
The UK's first virtual supermarket is launched
Gatwick airport is home to Britain's first virtual supermarket, launched by Tesco. The aim is that holiday goers, before jetting off, will be able to stock up on vital items they would like waiting for them when they return home. Images of Tesco's most popular products will be screened in departure lounges allowing owners of smart phones to scan the barcodes of items they want. Tesco launches this initiative in an attempt to cash in on the rise of smart phone users. However, many are sceptical of the idea saying when in holiday mode, returning home is not at the forefront of ones mind.
Team GB on way to surpassing own record
Due to the phenomenal success that Team GB have been having in the Olympic games, attempts today are being made to exceed our Beijing record of 17 gold medals, with just one more needed to equal the record and two more needed to break it. All eyes shall be on brothers Alistair and Johnny Brownlee in the men's triathlon, cyclists Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, and Britain's dressage team. Yesterday Beth Tweddle, who only 12 weeks ago was having key hole surgery on her left knee, secured another bronze medal for Britain.
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