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Good week for Barbie, bad week for Primark...

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There were lots of gags about tents and ‘Breadxit’ following the announcement that Great British Bake Off would be leaving the BBC for Channel 4. 


Presenters Mel and Sue have already announced they won’t be moving ‘for the dough’ and now everyone’s waiting to see if Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood also quit. According to reports, the BBC could be planning to launch ‘a rival Bake Off’, while Prince William has sympathised with ‘distraught fans’.


  • Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are the latest athletes to have details of substances they allegedly took leaked by a group of Russian hackers. The leaks suggest that during their careers Wiggins, Froome and others were given legitimate medical exemptions to take the otherwise banned substances.
  • Paralympics GB have gone past the 50 gold medal mark in Rio with Sophie Christiansen, Natasha Baker, Hannah Cockroft and Aaron Moores among the winners. 
  • England’s one-day cricket captain Eoin Morgan and batsman Alex Hales have pulled out of the forthcoming tour of Bangladesh due to concerns about security.
  • Leicester City got off to a winning start in their first-ever Champions League campaign, beating Club Brugge 3-0 away




Going Up

Barbie – Pop band Aqua are reuniting to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Barbie Girl.

Surgical spirit – A man has survived after performing an operation on himself. Don’t try this at home, please. 

Cat photos – A London tube station was completely decked out in cats this week thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. 

Going Down

David Cameron – In the week he was admonished for his policy in Libya, Dave also announced his resignation as an MP
UK wildlife -  The numbers of the UK’s most endangered creatures have fallen by two-thirds since 1970, a new State of Nature report says. 

Primark – The retailer’s pension fund and sales figures have taken a hit thanks to Brexit and bad weather. John Lewis has also reported a 15% decrease in profits.


  1. We Need To Talk About Kevin author Lionel Schriver reignited a debate about cultural appropriation with this speech at the literature festival, which prompted a walk-out by Yassmin Abdel-Magied.
  2. The remarkable story of the Paralympian who befriended the man who caused the road accident that left her disabled. 
  3. In the week of the September 11 anniversary, Esquire explores the story of the ‘falling man’.