News broke yesterday evening in the UK of the Boston Marathon explosion at the finish line and reports have continued this morning providing regular updates into the investigation.
This is utterly devastating and shocking news and I hope the American government can conclude their investigations as soon as possible.
So far, it has been confirmed that there have been three fatalities, including an eight-year-old boy and over 140 people injured. I cannot imagine the level of fear, grief and heartache the loved ones of the runners have been facing these last few hours and my thoughts are with them at this painful time.
Image | BBC News
The shocking images from yesterday’s Boston Marathon.
Last night, well early this morning if you’re in the UK, was the 85th Academy Awards and while I didn’t stay up late to watch, this morning I have been catching up on the news, videos and pictures of the event.
Image | The Guardian
The actors, actresses, directors, producers and production teams all looked incredibly smart and some of the gowns were beautiful and it was a night for history making. Daniel Day-Lewis had won his third Oscar for Best Actor, this time for Spielberg directed biopic Lincoln making him the first person to win Best Actor three times.
Image | The Guardian
Another history maker was Emmanuelle Riva, not only was she celebrating her 86th birthday last night but she is also the oldest nominated actor of all time. She starred in Austrian film Amour which won Best Foreign Language film. Emmanuelle missed out on Best Actress to 22-year-old Jennifer Lawrence but only a couple of weeks earlier, she won Best Actress at the BAFTAs and Amour also won Best Foreign Language film there too.
Dame Shirley Bassey also took to the stage to pay homage to the Bond films by performing Gold Finger almost 50 years after it was first recorded and Adele performed Skyfall which won Best Original Score this year.
Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Fantine in Les Miserables, I have adored Anne since she played Andrea in The Devil Wears Prada and she deserved her award as Les Mis is one of my favourite films so far this year!
Other winners included Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained, Ang Lee for Life of Pi, films Argo, Brave and Anna Karenina.
Congratulations to all the winners, and the runners up, I’m sure the after parties and goody-bags made up for a lot!
Today BBC Breakfast is celebrating 30 years on air making it the longest running national breakfast show in British television history.
I’ve watched Breakfast, or Breakfast Time as it was known in the early days, for many, many years and tuning in to the show has become part of my everyday routine so it’s quite special to see the programme reach its 30th anniversary.
Image | Original BBC Breakfast Time Line Up
Today’s special anniversary show looked back on some of Breakfast’s most memorable moments and featured guest appearances from former presenters. I managed to catch an interview with Diana Moran or ‘The Green Goddess’ as she become known in the 80’s when she worked alongside news readers Selina Scott and Nick Ross, before I left for the office this morning.
The fitness guru’s job was to encourage the nation to get up and get active. This relaxed approach to broadcasting was the shows initial structure with presenters sat on the famous red sofa chatting about soft new issues along with reporting hard hitting headline news.
Image | BBC Breakfast Team
Since first airing on 17th January 1983 the show has had several re-launches. The red sofa was once replaced with a news desk in the late 80’s when Nicholas Witchell and the late Jill Dando were at the helm of reporting. But it returned in the year 2000 with a more relaxed style of reporting which we see on Breakfast today with Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid.
However, the best thing about BBC Breakfast is the enormous amount of inspiration I get for the Bath-Knight Blog. Breakfast features a wide variety of news story with everything from serious news reports that are gripping the world to more low key, national events that my readers might find interesting or useful.
Happy Birthday BBC Breakfast, here’s to many more years of breakfast broadcasting!