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- France has declared three days of national mourning for the 81 people killed during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice. A lorry, reportedly containing guns and grenades, crashed into crowds before the driver was shot dead by police. President Francois Hollande said the attack was of an ‘undeniable terrorist nature’.
- Theresa May is Britain’s new Prime Minister. May has promised to lead a ‘one nation’ Government that works for all not just the ‘privileged few’.
- May has already made her mark with a cabinet reshuffle that has seen George Osborne, Michael Gove and Nicky Morgan booted out. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt clung on to his job and, most notably, Boris Johnson was named foreign secretary. In the wake of BoJo’s appointment, his previously idiosyncratic approach to diplomacy has been noted by many.
- David Cameron ended his reign as Prime Minister with a quip-filled session of PMQs. It was suggested he take over as the England football manager or as a presenter of Top Gear and he likened Jeremy Corbyn to the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
- After a lengthy and reportedly fractious meeting, Labour’s National Executive ruled that Jeremy Corbyn automatically will be on the ballot in the party’s forthcoming leadership contest. Angela Eagle and Owen Smith have both launched separate bids to oust Corbyn.
- If you see people walking into lampposts while staring at their mobiles, there’s a good chance that they’re playing Pokemon Go, which was released this week.
- Advisers to the government have rejected calls for all children to be given the Meningitis B vaccine.
- A collision between two trains in the south of Italy left 23 people dead and at least 50 more injured.
- President Barack Obama spoke at a memorial service for the five police officers killed by a sniper in Dallas, but it was his predecessor, George W Bush, who grabbed the attention by dancing a little jig during one of the hymns.
- Francois Hollande has faced criticism after it was revealed a hairdresser is paid €10,000 a month to keep his hair looking magnifique.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
‘People will be flabbergasted to discover the famous royal Danny is descended from.’
The Danny in question is no other than everyone’s favourite nawty Cockney, Danny Dyer, who discovered his royal lineage during an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? It remains to be seen which member of the royal family the EastEnder is descended, but we’re guessing it’s Queen Victoria.
- The Ghostbusters reboot is finally out, and the moaning about its all-female gang of ghoul-hunters shows no sign of abating. Reviewers have given a mixed reaction to the film: The Daily Telegraph gives it four stars, saying it has ‘a hot air balloon-sized sense of fun’ and Empire praises its ‘feel good vibes’. However, Variety suggests the film ‘succumbs to the familiar curse of the digital-effects era’ and Hollywood Reporter dismisses it as an ‘unfunny mess’.
- According to a recently discovered doctor’s diagram, Vincent van Gogh may have sliced off more of his ear than has commonly been thought.
- A theatre producer has described an audience at a performance of Doctor Faustus, starring Kit Harrington from Game of Thrones as the ‘worst audience ever’. Richard Jordan said a number of those in attendance at the Duke of York’s Theatre ruined the performance by talking, using their phones to film the action and, in one case, eating chicken nuggets and chips. Harrington has come out fighting on behalf of his fans. ‘I am afraid that if the theatre is going to die of anything it will be from exactly this type of stereotyping and prejudice,’ he said.
- Andy Murray won Wimbledon for the second time, with a straight sets victory over Milos Raonic. There was also glory for fellow Brit, Heather Watson, who won the mixed doubles with her Finnish partner, Henri Kontinen.
- The Open has got underway at Royal Troon, but it was golf in the Olympics that garnered most of the column inches. World number two Rory McIlroy opened up on his decision to pull out of the Rio games due to fears over the Zika virus. 'I haven’t been dreaming about the Olympics my whole life,’ he said, before adding, ‘The risk of going to Rio wasn’t worth the reward’.
- Portugal pulled off a shock by winning Euro 2016, beating hosts France 1-0 in extra time. The world went mad for the video of a young Portugese kid consoling a distraught French man, but we particularly enjoyed Ronaldo, who was taken off with an injury during the final, giving one his teammates a dead leg.
- James Norton – Sorry Poldark fans, James Norton has overtaken Aidan Turner as favourite to be the next 007.
- Baths – It turns out a long soak in the tub can help improve your fitness.
- Sheer(an) wedded bliss – Ed Sheeran’s Think Out Loud is the most popular song on Spotify for ‘first dances’.
- Baby Mori and Knit Planet are the two new brands have been added to the TantrumXYZ shop.
- Len Goodman – The Strictly judge has quit the show and foxtrotted off into the sunset.
- Pink – Angela Eagle’s Labour leadership campaign got underway and the colour scheme was truly shocking.
- Pregnancy rumour-mongers – Jennifer Aniston hit back at media speculation over whether she’s pregnant (she’s not, in case you’re wondering, she just ate a burger for lunch).
- At Lena Dunham’s Lenny site, Pearl Gabel outs herself as an adult thumbsucker.
- ‘I am a Trojan Horse’: pan-sexual Gallic popstar Christine and the Queens interviewed.
- Broadly explore the eye-watering experience of giving birth to a giant baby.