Monday, 10 September 2012

The Daily: 10 September

Written by Rosie Le Page and Eloise Andrews
Paralympic Closing Ceremony and "Our Greatest Team" Parade

The Paralympic Closing Ceremony last night saw Coldplay, Rihanna & Jay-Z perform in a haze of LED's and fireworks in celebration our fantastic Paralympic Team GB. But the fun doesn't stop there! The "Our Greatest Team" parade today celebrates the entire GB squad as they process down The Mall and congregate around the Queen Victoria Memorial for at final congratulations to the people who have made our summer so exciting. The Mall has ticketed areas but the public are invited to line the streets and cheer on "Our Greatest team" one last time.

Andy Murray to face Djokovic in US Open final

After a successful summer winning both Silver and Gold medals in the Olympics, as well as reaching the final of Wimbledon, Andy Murray has a chance at Glory once again. Murray will face rival Djokovic in todays US Open final and could be the first Grand slam victory for British Tennis player since Fred Perry in 1936. Murray beat Djokovic in the final of the Olympic's this summer, however Djokovic's impressive success rate agains the Scot once again leaves him as the underdog. Coverage of the match starts at 8pm this evening on Sky Sports 1.

Downton Abbey Returns

Finally the time has come, Downton Abbey is to return to our screens this Sunday for what is expected to be an exciting start to an even more exciting series. Joining the cast this series is none other than Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Shirley McClaine who will be playing Lady Grantham's mother. Polite snipes and epic one liners are set to fly between her and the Dowager Countess played expertly by Maggie Smith. The story returns to show the aftermath of the war and is promised to answer so many of our questions and cliffhangers from the last series.

Bereft of Butterflies due to Wet Weather

During the summer of 2012 it was not only Olympic records which were broken, but also weather records, being the wettest summer in the last century. 362mm of rain fell in the months of June, July and August; more than any year since 1912. The high levels of precipitation have led to a sharp decline in the numbers of butterflies in the UK, with some species such as the Red Admiral falling in number by 72%. Eleven common species were found by the Big Butterfly Count 2012 Survey to have fallen by a third. The effect of the weather on the butterfly population is caused by the inability of caterpillars to survive cold and wet conditions. Similarly, adult butterflies find it harder to find mates and lay eggs. However it is suggested that the warm spell we have been blessed with as of late will help to boost numbers, potentially providing us with more spectacles of the quintessential insect next summer.

Jake Eberts, Chariots of Fire Producer, Dies

Jake Eberts, a producer of many award-winning films has died at the age of 71. He suffered from a rare cancer of the eye and died on Thursday in Montreal when complications arose. A man of many talents, Eberts' career was very diverse. Although he spent time as a Wall Street investor when he was young, it is his production of films which he will be dearly remembered for. Chariots of Fire and Gandhi won back-to-back Oscars in 1981 and 1982, and his National Geographic Feature Films attained enormous success through the documentary March of the Penguins. Canadian Director Denys Arcand said that Eberts was "an extraordinary producer and an extraordinary man".

British Wildlife Photography Award-Winner Chosen

A winner of the photography competition which features all manner of British wildlife has been chosen. Dr Matt Doggett submitted his photograph "Gannet Jacuzzi" to the 2012 competition, winning him £5,000 and his photograph a prime position in a series of nationwide exhibitions. The competition was established as a "celebration of British Wildlife"; the diversity of which is recognised through the twelve separate categories which it is possible to enter a photograph to. A showcase for both professional and amateur photographers, the competition also helps to raise awareness for endangered species and the need for the protection of our local environment. As entry is open to anyone, it provides a great stimulus to go outside and attempt to capture wildlife at its very best. However, if you are not a budding photographer, or the cold winds of winter threaten to put you off, then a trip to one of the exhibitions is a must.

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