The Daily: August 20
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Duke of Edinburgh out of hospital at last
The Duke of Edinburgh, 91, has been discharged from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary this morning after spending six days undergoing treatment for a bladder infection. Observers noted that he looked cheery as he left the premises this morning and has been ordered by doctors to keep rested. Prince Philip was admitted on Wednesday whilst enjoying his annual trip to the royal residence of Balmoral with the Queen. His latest ailment comes only a few months after he was diagnosed with a bladder infection after the Queens Diamond Jubilee in June.
GB Medallists will not automatically qualify for Honours List
For the athletes of Team GB, hard-won Olympic Gold medals are now not enough to guarantee a place on the Queen’s New Years Honours List. Due to the new rules that came into play earlier this year, other factors must now be considered including the longevity of their career and whether or not they have ‘put something back’ into society. After the achievements of British athletes at Beijing, formal recognition of this kind was common practice yet the record-breaking successes seen at London 2012 will not, unfortunately, merit the same recognition for all our medallists.
Kennel Club ban on dance moves
On the basis of its dangerous and arguably degrading nature, the Kennel Club has implemented rule changes set to come into action next year which will limit the number of legal moves that dogs can perform in freestyle competitions. Due in part to the successes of Britain’s Got Talent winner, Ashleigh Butler and her dog, Pudsey, the Kennel Club has seen a 20% rise in dog-dancing, prompting concern. Many of the ‘crowd-pleasing’ moves demonstrated by Pudsey have been deemed straining and liable to cause injury. One of the moves in question, ‘the wheelbarrow’, has been said to carry the potential for pelvic damage. Furthermore, fancy dress costumes worn by the dogs are also being frowned upon and will not be tolerated, says the Kennel Club.
RAF veteran takes to the skies after 70 years
Eric Carter, 91, has taken to the skies after more than 70 years, flying a vintage Spitfire with the assistance of Matt Jones from Boultbee Flight Academy. Earlier this year, the war veteran had been denied the chance to sit in the cockpit of a Spitfire at The Potteries Museum in Stoke on Trent as officials were concerned for his safety. This however, did little to deter Mr Carter, whos RAF career is an illustrious one; he is the last surviving member of a mission sent to the Soviet Union in 1941 to protect vital supply routes. The nanogenarian delighted in his experience, commenting that ‘it was just like he has remembered it’.
British should commit adultery like the French to “strengthen their marriage”
In her new book, The New Rules of Marriage social scientist Catherine Hakim suggests that as a nation, Britain should be more liberal with lovers. Hakim claims that long-term fidelity creates ‘traps’, suggesting we look to the French who she brands ‘masters of seduction’. Essentially, British disdain for affairs make us a nation more inclined to divorce, citing British divorce rates among the highest in the world. Hakim advocates that affairs where neither partner is hurt by the betrayal are possible, and looks to the Japanese Geisha Culture and Nordic “parallel marriages” to illustrate her point. Propounding the Internet as a gateway to the excitement and ease of affairs, Hakim suggests that British marriage is ‘finally taking a walk on the wild side’.
Daily tip from the lady archive
"DEEPLY-ROOTED is the idea that men are indifferent to dress, while the ladies, God bless them, think of nothing else"The Lady, With Prejudice, 8th January, 1942