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NEWS IN BRIEF

 

HASHTAG OF THE WEEK

#FatAxl 

Guns 'n' Roses singer Axl Rose (whose name, incidentally, is an anagram of ‘oral sex’) has issued a takedown request to Google in an attempt to scrub out a less-than-flattering photo of him that inspired the ‘Fat Axl’ meme. The paper which published the original image made this superb statement on the matter: ‘The Winnipeg Free Press holds editorial copyright on the image and has not approved any third-party usage. We were only recently made aware of these memes, and while we ethically don’t approve, viral media is impossible for us to regulate. Welcome to the jungle.’

And this is how Twitter responded.

 

HARRY POTTER + THE POLITICS OF PREVIEWS

The first performances of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have taken place at the Palace Theatre in London and reaction from fans has so far been very positive, although JK Rowling has pleaded with people to not post spoilers online.

The official opening night isn’t until July 30, however this hasn’t stopped the Telegraph and the Mirror publishing reviews of the first of the two-part Potter installment. In a blog, Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington has assessed the issue of previews and the ethics of reviewing them, saying play openings have become absurd.

 

YOUR NEXT TV OBSESSION

This week a one-off documentary on Channel 4, Interview with a Murderer, is in a similar vein to HBO’s unmissable true crime series, The Jinx. Criminologist Professor David Wilson conducts a series of interviews with convicted murderer Bert Spencer, the man never charged with, yet widely suspected of killing paperboy Carl Bridgewater in 1978 – a crime he has always denied.

 

MARIA SHARAPOVA SUSPENDED / EUROS BEGIN / RULE BRITANNIA

 

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