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- Hashtag of the week
- The IndeXYZ
- 3 things that got us thinking
- A major earthquake in central Italy has left at least 247 people dead and hundreds more injured. The 6.2 magnitude quake struck in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Rescue workers are searching for people buried under rubble in the towns of Amatrice, Accumoli, Arquata and Pescara del Tronto.
- The family of 21-year-old British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung, who was stabbed to death at hostel in Australia, have paid an emotional tribute to her.
- This year's GCSE results are in and they are the worst grades since 2008. The drop has been blamed on more pupils being required to re-sit English and maths.
- Photos of armed polices forcing a woman on a beach in France to remove some of her clothes as part of the country’s ‘burkini ban’ caused outrage.
- MPs have warned that Google, Twitter and Facebook are not doing enough to stop their platforms being used as recruiting tools for Islamic terrorists.
- Five bodies were recovered from the sea at Camber Sands in Sussex, while a two-year-old girl and her father died after being swept into the sea in Cornwall.
- Leslie Jones, the star of the recent Ghostbusters reboot, had her website hacked, with trolls posting naked pictures of her, racist abuse and personal information before the site was taken down.
- Nigel Farage gave a speech at a rally for US presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Meanwhile, the BBC are making a one-off comedy about Farage’s life after stepping down from leading Ukip
- Mothers who return to work earn a third less than men, a new report has found.
- TV presenter Gloria Hunniford was the victim of £120,000 fraud, when an imposter withdrew the money in person from a bank in Croydon.
- Liam Gallagher has revealed that he once drunkenly threw stones at Jamie Oliver’s window and demanded the chef bring him some bacon rolls.
- KFC have released a sunblock that smells like fried chicken and, according to their spoof advert, ‘keeps you feeling delicious’. Do we detect the heady note of a PR campaign too?
HASHTAG OF THE WEEK
The row over whether or not Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ignored empty seats to sit on the floor of a Virgin train dominated this week of political silly season. Buzzfeed has a handy guide to the whole farrago, while the BBC helpfully explains when it’s OK to sit in a reserved train seat. Jezza should check it out.
- Performers and artists at the Edinburgh Festival have paid tribute to David Bowie in a series of events, the nominations for the Edinburgh Festival Comedy Awards have been announced and the funniest joke of the Fringe has been chosen (Spoiler alert: it’s not that funny).
- Indie band Sleigh Bells are suing Demi Lovato for copyright infringement – they claim the pop star ripped off their track, Infinity Guitars.
- Film critics have voted in a poll to rank the 100 best films of the 21st Century, with David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive taking the number one spot.
- The new line-up for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 has been revealed with Ed Balls, Will Young and Dorien out of Birds of Feather all set to show us their moves.
- Pep Guardiola's Manchester City will face the Spaniard's former side Barcelona in the Champions League group stage, while English champions Leicester City start the competition against Porto.
- It has been announced that the Olympic celebration parade will take place in Manchester in October, with a further Team GB parade to follow in London at a later date.
- Russian athletes will not be allowed to compete in the Paralympics in Rio after an appeal against their ban, following revelations about a state-sponsored doping programme, was rejected. The Paralympics begin on September 7.
- US swimming star Ryan Lochte has been ditched by a number of high-profile sponsors, after allegations the swimmer lied about being robbed in Rio.
- And while the Olympics might be over for another four years, we’ll always have memories like this to keep us going…
Jennifer Lawrence – for the second year in a row the Hunger Games star was Hollywood’s highest-paid female actor.
Cakes – Great British Bake Off is back for a seventh series. It airs on Wednesdays at 8pm on BBC One.
Night tube – Late nights out in London just got whole lot easier.
iPhone – a glitch in some iPhone models has been discovered. It’s called ‘touch disease’, which doesn’t sound good.
Danny Dyer – A z-list meltdown at V Festival as the EastEnders tough guy allegedly got beaten up by mates of Towie’s Mark Wright.
3 THINGS THAT GOT US THINKING
- On Woman’s Hour, Matthew Todd, the editor of Attitude magazine, discusses his new book on the pressures faced by young people who come out as gay or bisexual and advises parents how to be gay-positive around their children. (starting from 33.19)
- Amelia Tait on why Pokemon Go lost 12 million users in just a month.
- An investigation into 1960s-style poverty in Glasgow, Scotland.