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This chilly hashtag enjoyed a revival thanks to the news that some of the money raised by the 2014 viral campaign, involving people filming themselves having buckets of ice cold water poured over their heads, has funded a breakthrough in the treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.



  • The International Olympic Committee chose not to hand a total ban to the Russian team for the upcoming Olympics, due to allegations of state-sponsored doping. Instead, federations for each sport must decide whether to allow Russian competitors to take part. The governing body for athletics has already barred the Russian team from competing in the Rio Games, which starts on August 5, but sports including judo, fencing, tennis and badminton will not enforce a ban. 
  • England’s cricketers beat Pakistan by a whopping 330 runs at Old Trafford to bring the four-match Test series level at 1-1. Joe Root was man of the match, scoring 254 in the first innings.  
  • Manchester City’s new manager Pep Guardiola has banned his players from eating pizza and other junk food in a bid to get his squad in shape for the new Premier League season.




 Going up

  1. Video stars – Instagram is taking on YouTube by launching its own curated video channel.
  2. Bogey breakthrough – New antibiotics have been discovered by analysing the bacteria in snot, scientists report. 
  3. Major - A seven-foot Great Dane from south Wales could soon be crowned world’s tallest dog

 Going down

  1. Prince George - It’s been a tough week for the little cutie – despite the fact it was his third birthday, the prince faced criticism for feeding ice cream to a dog (animal cruelty, apparently) and was the subject of a sweary rant on Facebook by a British Council employee
  2. Apple – Sales of iPhone have declined for a second quarter in a row. 
  3. Train passengers – We are paying up to £85 more than necessary on journeys because rail companies are failing to advertise their cheapest fares properly.




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