Celebrity Hair of the Year – newly crowned Strictly champ Harry Judd has won the title of best celebrity hair of the year.
He was closely followed in the poll by Prince Harry in 2nd place and Peter Andre in 3rd place with last year’s winner of the title, Harry Styles of One Direction, coming in a distant 8th.
As well as the title of best celebrity hair there was also a category for worst celebrity hair and this was won (if that is the right word!) by disgraced X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza. Also appearing on the worst hair list were Wayne Rooney and another hair transplant recipient Louis Walsh. Joining them are Simon Cowell, Robbie Savage, Prime Minister David Cameron and the Duke of Cambridge. The second worst celebrity hair went to pop duo Jedward.
The results come from a survey of 3000 people commissioned by hair-care company Brylcreem to tie in with Brylcreem National Men’s Hair Week. A Brylcreem spokesman said: “It’s another eclectic and mixed bunch of celebrities in this year’s poll, showing the importance of hair in the popularity and style stakes.”
Today’s news comes just after Cheryl Cole was voted top in a survey to find Britain’s top hair icon of 2011. The survey by hair loss treatment company MediGro had 5000 women vote for their favourite celebrity hair icon.
Coming just after Cheryl were Rihanna, Beyonce, Kate Winslet and the Duchess of Cambridge. As well as voting for a celebrity hair icon the women were surveyed about their own hair styling and it was found that a quarter of the nation have dyed their hair lighter this year, while 21 per cent have opted for a darker style. One third of the UK’s women regularly use straighteners and 26 per cent now use dry shampoo to maintain their look.The survey also found that women spend as much as 45 minutes styling their hair daily, equating to 273 hours a year.
Centenary of Captain Scott’s Expedition – one hundred years ago Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his team were on their fateful last expedition to the South Pole.
Their journey is to be celebrated in an exhibition at the National History Museum which is due to open on 20th January next year which is 3 days after the centenary of the team reaching their target. For the first time in 100 years items such as clothes, sledges and pickaxes used by the expedition team will be reunited with the scientific specimens they and their colleagues collected on the Terra Nova Expedition.
The NHM exhibition is to concentrate on the scientific side of Captain Scott’s team. They went to the South Pole to study the weather conditions, zoology and also the new scientific discipline of glaciology. The exhibition will also show how the team ate during their time in the freezing conditions. “They had china and metal forks and it was basically what you would expect on a ship,” says Elin Simonsson of the NHM. “They were eating quite well. Every day the team’s cook Clissold would cook them a three-course meal and often they had penguin or seal meat and they would make different stews.” The base camp’s stores were filled with tons of jams, cheeses and tinned vegetables. “They also had alcohol with them so they could have a glass of wine or champagne every now and then,” says Simonsson.
The trip did of course have a tragic end as Scott and his team failed in their quest to become the first expedition to reach the South Pole.
Captain Scott wrote his last diary entry on 29 March 1912, on his way back from the South Pole after the terrible realisation that the rival team led by Roald Amundsen had reached the pole first. At that stage, his team was only 20km from a depot that contained the food and fuel they so desperately needed to survive. When Scott’s party did not return to base camp by the time the Antarctic winter had set in, the remainder of the Terra Nova expedition knew that they must have perished.
“When spring returned, they went out to look for them and in November 1912 found them alongside their letters and diaries, and they felt the best thing to do would be to leave them there in the Antarctic wilderness,” said Simonsson. “And they’re still there today, in the ice, slowly floating towards the sea.”
There are currently 2 teams of British Army officers recreating the famous race to the South Pole. Warrant Officer Mark Landridge is leading a team that is following the route Captain Scott took while another team, led by Lieutenant Colonel Henry Worsley, is taking the same path as the Norwegian explorer in the race, which is raising money for the Royal British Legion.
The photo above shows Herbert Ponting, Scott’s official photographer from the expedition, posing with his photographic equipment on a dog-cart being pulled by his 2 dogs Miss Johnson and Lassie. The photo was taken 100 years ago on Christmas Eve.