The Daily: 7 September
34-year-old Sarah Storey raced to victory yesterday in the C4-5 road race, taking her 4th gold of the 2012 Paralympic Games, and her 11th gold medal to date. Her impressive accumulation of swimming and cycling victories leaves her equal with the current female gold medal record holder, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. Hannah Cockroft also claimed gold yesterday, in the T34 200m final, reaffirming her position as the world champion and world record holder, as well as winning her second gold of the games. David Weir continued the gold rush as he powered to victory in the 800m final, collecting his third gold of the games, ahead of the marathon on Sunday. Last night also saw victory from 19-year-old Jonnie Peacock, who won the 100m sprint in a record time of 10.90 seconds. Great Britain have resumed second position in the overall medal standing, with 31 gold, 39 bronze and 39 bronze medals.
The first male 'Mary Poppins'
Michael Kenny has attracted attention by being the only male to take a degree course at the prestigious Norland College in Bath. The establishment has been dubbed a 'Mary Poppins' college, as it is famed for providing its students with an education in the art of becoming a nanny. Kenny will make history by becoming the first male nanny to graduate from Norland, where he wears the classic outfit and shares a class with 48 women. He has been subjected to jokes and ridicule from friends, but defends his pursuit by saying that he understands young people and gets on with them very well. He says that he has been warmly welcomed by his female classmates, who were eager to ensure that he felt comfortable at the school. His passion for working with young people was sparked after he spent time in Uganda, teaching English and maths to disabled children in an orphanage.
Provincial bank notes to be sold for millions
The largest ever assortment of provincial British bank notes is going up for sale, by vendor and multi-millionaire David Kirch. His impressive collection spans 4,000 bank notes, and is expected to net £1.5 million, which is destined to be donated to a charitable organisation for the elderly. Provincial banks began producing their own notes in the late 18th century but ceased production in 1921, with almost every town in the country hosting their own local banks. Kirch's collection houses hand-signed bank notes from all over the country, and is so large that it is going to be sold in a series of auctions. He has been collecting the notes for around 30 years, and they will be sold alongside his range of 350 Bank of England notes, which are expected to sell for approximately £2 million.
Joe South dies aged 72
Singer-songwriter Joe South, real name Joseph Souter, has died aged 72 from a heart attack. The singer, who found fame in the late 1960's with songs such as 'Games People Play' and 'Walk A Mile in My Shoes', passed away at his home in Budford, Georgia. During his career he received two Grammys and multiple Grammy nominations, and even developed his own radio station as a child. He also worked as a session guitar player alongside other great artists, including Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel. Butch Lowery, president of the publishing house that produced South's music, paid tribute to him by noting how genuinely he touched the lives of so many people, and described him as "one of the greatest songwriters of all time."
British explorers conquer a deadly French cave
A team of British climbers have ventured 4,000 feet into The Gauffre Berger, a notoriously treacherous limestone cave in south east France. The cave was first discovered in 1953, and is one of the deadliest in the world, having previously claimed the lives of six explorers. However it has recently been successfully conquered by a group of 200 cavers, who ventured alongside British photographer Robbie Stone. The cave was the first of its kind to be explored at a depth of over 1,000 metres, and reveals a magical underground world of lakes, waterfalls, rock formations and caves. Along their journey the team discovered the initials of previous cavers carved into the rocks, and thanks to their diving equipment, were able to delve further along into unchartered flooded tunnels and passages.
Daily tip from the lady archive
“HEAVEN forbid that we should go back to the days when beauty was under suspicion and plain girls were assumed to have angelic natures.”The Lady. With Prejudice. 28th April 1938