Good week for Barbie, bad week for Primark...
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- An £18bn nuclear power station is to be built in Hinkley after the government reached an agreement with French state energy firm EDF.
- Hillary Clinton collapsed while leaving a 9/11 memorial event, prompting her campaign team to release medical records about both her pneumonia diagnosis and general health.
- An Italian woman has killed herself after a leaked sex tape was turned into a viral internet meme.
- The government has revealed its plans for reforming the education system, with the most eye-catching policy being ending the ban on the opening of new grammar schools.
- The European Commission is considering introducing a £50 visa that British tourists wanting to visit mainland Europe in the future may have to pay.
- Mobile phone use while driving has reached 'epidemic proportions', according to the RAC.
- Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign for the Labour leadership has been criticised after his team released a list of 13 Labour MPs, denouncing them for their ‘abuse’ of him.
- Russia and the US reportedly agreed to extending the truce in Syria by 48 hours in order to allow aid to reach the besieged city of Aleppo.
- The BBC could be forced by the government to reveal the earnings of all of its stars who earn more than £150,000 a year.
- Amazon is to release its acclaimed voice-controlled speaker system and digital hub in the UK.
- Rita Ora has denied that she’s ‘Becky with the good hair’ – ie. the woman cited by Beyonce in her Lemonade album for having an affair with her hubby Jay-Z.
HASHTAG OF THE WEEK
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.
- Grime artist Skepta beat bookies’ favourite David Bowie to the Mercury Music prize.
- Lady Gaga is reportedly in talks to star in the next Super Bowl Halftime Show.
- Older characters are ‘under-represented and ridiculed’ in Hollywood films, a new survey has found.
- Millions of fans of The Archers tuned into hear the verdict in the trial of Helen Archer, who was accused of attempting to murder her abusive husband.
- A big week in the book world as the Booker Prize shortlist was announced, celebrations took place to mark the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth, and Zayn Malik, formerly of 1D, is writing a memoir, at the age of 23.
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.
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.
STUFF WE FOUND INTERESTING THIS WEEK
- 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.
- The remarkable story of the Paralympian who befriended the man who caused the road accident that left her disabled.
- In the week of the September 11 anniversary, Esquire explores the story of the ‘falling man’.