The Daily: October 22
Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Daily: October 22

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Antonia Munday
Land Girls' Work Celebrated
In 2007 20,000 surviving land girls were honoured when the government announced that their efforts would be recognised with a commemorative badge. Yesterday the statue at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire featuring an 8ft Land Girl and Lumber Jill linking arms was unveiled. During the World Wars Land Girls worked on farms and the Lumber Jills worked in forestry areas, in place of the male workers who had gone to fight in the war leaving a shortage of labourers. The legal age to hold one of these positions was 17, however often girls lied and became Land Girls at the age of 16 or younger. The women played a significant part in the war effort, and without them there would have been severe food shortages which would have meant that the chances of winning the Second World War were seriously decreased. Facing blustery winds, the event was attended by many ex-Land Girls and the bronze statue was unveiled by Sophie, Countess of Wessex. The statue stands opposite one to honour the Bevin Boys - young men conscripted to work in coal mines.

Home Phones Will Soon Be No More
Landline phones will soon be virtually nonexistent, says a survey carried out yesterday. The average usage of a landline is just 8 times a month, which is a sign of modernisation as more of us are using mobile phones to make calls. Only one in five people use landlines to make personal calls. Many said that the main reason they kept their home phone was out of desire for an internet connection; a home phone has become more of a means to an end than a fully utilised piece of technology. One in ten polled said that they didn't even keep their landline plugged in, perhaps due to a desire to not be under attack from cold callers. Whereas in the past a home phone number was taught to a child as one of the most essential things, just as important as knowing your address, 28% of people nowadays don't even know their own number.

Enid Blyton Meets the Big Screen
The Magic Faraway Tree stories are to be adapted for film by Sam Mendes' company, which has been behind 'Call the Midwife' and the West End production of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. Generations of children have enjoyed the books since they were first published, and despite Blyton's reputation being clouded since the 1980's when her books were suspected of sexism and racism, more than 500 million of her books have been sold. There are four books in the series that were released between 1939 and 1951 and follow the adventures of Joe, Beth and Frannie. This news follows the recent revelation that the 'Famous Five' books will also be made into a film at some point in the future. Despite the controversy surrounding the author, there is no denying that her works have been enjoyed by millions for the past 70 years, and hopefully the production of a film will mean that all of her books can be enjoyed by a new generation.

The (St) Bees Knees
St Bees in Cumbria has been announced as the best place in Britain to raise a family, with a population of only 1800 and a crime rate far lower than the national average, there is nothing not to like. The picturesque coastal village is known for having a thriving community spirit and a strong hold on their unique traditions, such as an annual charity pram race and vintage tractor procession. School wise, St Bees is ahead of the average also, with 78% of pupils achieving A*-B GCSE grades in English and Maths, which is above the national level of 53%. The annual median salary is £27,243, again above the national average. So really the charming coastal village has no flaws, not only is it above average in the things that matter, but Rowan Atkinson went to school there, so what more could you want from a place?

Crisp Fanatic Wins £1 million for Inventiveness
Paul Rothwell won £1 million after his inventive crisp flavour was voted by the public to be the best of the new flavours. Paul's pulled pork creation was up against other weird and wacky flavours such as hotdog with ketchup and ranch raccoon. 26% of the public voted for the pulled pork, which meant that Paul received a welcome £1 million from Walkers. Those responsible for Paul's victory were the judges, David Walliams, better known for his other judging role on Britain's Got Talent, and chef Marco Pierre- White. Paul says that he plans to use the money to go travelling and who knows; maybe whilst he's away he'll have another strike of creativity and will come up with another winning flavour!

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