A royal gardener is needed
Friday, 27 April 2012

The Daily: April 27

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Written by Katy Pearson

BT to sell off iconic red phone boxes

You could have the chance to become the proud owner of a classic K6 model red phone box as BT plan ro sell them off for £1,950. The last chance the public had to purchase one of the phone boxes was in the 80s. Head of BT’s payphones business, Katherine Ainely said: “Now you can buy a 20th century design icon for your home or garden.” The number of phone calls from payphones has dropped by 80% in the past five years. Famous owners of the iconic K6 include Brian May and Tom Jones.

Christie’s in painting row

Russian tycoon Viktor Vekselberg is suing Christie’s because of the dating of a signature on a painting. Vekselberg paid £1.7 million for the painting which was supposedly by the prominent Russian artist Kustodiev. The Kustodiev signature was actually added to the painting in the 40s, two decades after his death. The item appeared as the star lot at Christie’s in 2005. However it was returned to Christie’s when doubts arose. The legal costs are expected to exceed the amount paid for the painting.

A royal gardener

The Balmoral estate seeks a new gardener to tend the estates vegetables, flowers and kitchen garden. But this job comes with an added pressure, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales are regular visitors so work will need to be of an extra high standard. All applications should be sent with a CV by May 25. The ideal candidate will be “enthusiastic” and “experienced” and the applicant may also be given a cottage on the grounds. The gardens are open to the public from April till July.

Near miss for pooch

A Pomeranian was nearly swept of its feet by a bird of prey. A Red Kite tried to swoop off with it in Maidenhead, Berks. Owner and model Kate Hillman said: "The bird came from my left and the claws went out… it tried to pick up my dog.” Vinnie the Pomeranian was minding his own business sniffing about in the grass when the Red Kite swooped from the skies. Luckily the owner fought off the bird and ran to her car. But when Mrs Hillman took Vinnie to the same park two days later the bird struck again! Red Kites have been on the rise after being hunted nearly to extinction. Experts believe that there are now between 700 to 1000 mating pairs in the Thames Valley area.

History lessons leave room for improvement

Academics yesterday warned that school children are missing out on key parts of British history as lessons become “incoherent, fragmented and repetitive.” Research showed that secondary school children in Britain learnt little about British history except the Tudors, Industrial Revolution and the world wars. The curriculum for under 14s is currently set by the Government and is now under review. GCSE and A-level studies in history have a broader spectrum of topics, but many GCSE history courses cover Britain’s history before 1870.




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