Tuesday, 14 April 2015

The Daily: April 14

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Anna Price
Exceptional' Roman artefacts dating back to 174AD
Roman artefacts that were uncovered in a field in Hertfordshire last year, have now been discovered to date back to 174AD. In 2014, a metal detectorist found three jugs and a bronze dish in a field in Kelshall, with a subsequence dig unearthing artefacts from a 'cosmopolitan' burial, including mosaic glass dishes and cremated bone. These glass dishes are thought to have been made in Alexandria, Egypt around 200AD. Although the artefacts are not classed as treasure, and are currently owned by the farmer and finder in Hertfordshire, the value of the objects is estimated to be 'more than £20,000'. The North Hertfordshire Museum Service is currently in the process of raising enough money so that they can be put on display for the public to view.

Chelsea Physic Garden opens new World Woodland Garden
It has been announced that the Chelsea Physic Garden has opened a new World Woodland Garden in order to highlight the importance of woodland plants and wildlife. The Physic Garden as a whole is relatively small, spanning only 3.8 acres, hence meaning that the World Woodland Garden is located in a plot sizing only 18m by 50m. This new woodland garden is composed of plants and topiary which is generally used by man, therefore some form of physical hands-on management is essential. Nick Bailey's design includes a serpentine path of hoggin that runs through the length of the garden. This path widens at points, allowing visitors and groups on tours to have the space to observe the woodlands and listen to the guides talk about each tree and specimen. The trees are planted on mounds lining the path, creating a sense of enclosure and maturity as well as allowing easier viewing of the trunks. This woodland garden contains 150 new plants, but due to the nature of the garden, all plants are absorbed into the scenery without looking disjointed or out of place.

The shortlist for the Baileys women's prize for fiction has been released
Yesterday, the shortlist was announced for the Baileys women's fiction prize, including a debut novel by Laline Paull, entitled 'The Bees'. This novel has been deemed 'the Animal Farm of the 21st century' by Shami Chakrabarti, the chair of judges. Set in a beehive, 'The Bees' depicts the story of Flora 717, a lowly, unattractive sanitation worker in her hive who works her way to reach the Queen's inner sanctum. This is Laline's first novel and is competing amongst 5 other female novelists for the £30,000 prize. Other shortlists include 'Outline' by Rachel Cusk, 'A God in Every Stone' by Kamila Shamsie, 'How to Be Both' by Ali Smith, 'A Spool of Blue Thread' by Anne Tyler and 'The Paying Guests' by Sarah Waters. This year's winner will be announced on the 3rd of June.

Cadbury's cuts the number of chocolate fingers in a pack
It has been reported that the pack of biscuits have been cut by 11g, which equates to around two chocolate fingers, leaving the weight at 114g and now only 22 fingers per pack. Chocolatiers who are faced with escalating cocoa and production costs have reduced the sizes of their snacks in recent years, while the price remains the same. Burton's Biscuit Company, who manufactures the Cadbury's product, has released a statement claiming that the new, smaller packs were rolled out last year along with a larger 171g 'sharing pack'. Some confectionary companies have claimed that the reductions in size are their attempt to reduce obesity; last year Mars shrunk their Mars and Snickers bar as a part of a pledge to cap the calorie count at 250 calories.

Balthazar King making steady recovery after breaking ribs
After falling at the Canal Turn in Saturday's Grand National, Balthazar King is making a steady recovery after breaking his ribs. Balthazar King's trainer Philip Hobbs claimed that the horse 'has had a good 24 hours' and that 'he is very sore but is eating and seems bright in himself'. When Balthazar King fell, the other riders were warned to go wide by jockey Ruby Walsh who was unseated in the same incident, in order to let vets tend the stricken horse. He was then treated at Aintree for at least an hour and then relocated to the Liverpool Equine Hospital. The horse was ridden by Richard Johnson and came second in last year's race.


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