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  • Sam Allardyce was sacked as manager of the England football team after the Daily Telegraph secretly filmed him discussing how clubs could get around rules regarding third party ownership of players, mocking former England boss Roy Hodgson and negotiating a £400,000 business deal. ‘Big Sam’ left his dream job after one match and only 67 days. Before jetting off on holiday, he told reporters that he apologised to all concerned, but added ‘entrapment had won’. 

  • A train crash at a station in Hoboken, New Jersey has left one person dead and more than 100 injured.
  • After his underwhelming performance in the first US presidential debate, Donald Trump said he had been ‘holding back’ during the exchanges with Hillary Clinton because he ‘didn’t want to do anything to embarrass’ her.  Here’s Hillary in a shimmy showdown with Shaquille O’Neal:




The launch of the #tube_chat campaign to get commuters conversing did not go down well on Twitter. The campaign, with its pointless underscore, is pushing ‘baby on board’-style badges for tube travellers to wear. Twitter users suggested alternatives to the ‘Tube chat?’ message, including ‘Don’t You F***ing Dare’, ‘Life is meaningless, everything dies’ and our favourite…



  • Sir Bradley Wiggins went on the Andrew Marr show to defend his approved use of steroids to treat asthma before a number of his major races. However, his old adversary, and fellow Tour de France champion, Chris Froome released a statement that appeared to take a dig at Wiggins. Athletes must ‘take responsibility’ and not ‘push the boundaries of the rules’, Froome said.
  • Europe and America’s best golfers go head-to-head today (Friday) as The Ryder Cup gets underway in Minnesota. Earlier this week, the brother of Team Europe’s Danny Willett caused controversy when he wrote a column in which he spectacularly slagged off US golf fans, calling them, among other things, ‘pudgy, basement-dwelling, irritants, stuffed on cookie dough and pissybeer.
  • Manchester City won the Women’s Premier League title for the first time.



  • The nominees for this year’s Turner Prize were unveiled at Tate Britain. Anthea Hamilton’s 16ft high sculpture of a bottom has garnered the most attention. Her fellow nominees include Michael Dean, whose works includes a piece made up of £20,435.99 in pennies, and Helen Marten, who uses found objects to create ‘poetic visual puzzles’.
  • A crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for a statue of Victoria Wood has hit its initial £20,000 funding target. Fans will be allowed to vote for which character she appears as in the statue.
  • It was a week for comebacks: Britney Spears performed in London for the first time in five years, upsetting some fans by appearing to mime, and Robbie Williams announced he’ll release a new album in November – The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers and Ed Sheeran have helped with songwriting duties. 
  • Disney has announced plans for a live-action version of The Lion King



Going up

Giving 110 per cent – The contestants in the forthcoming series of The Apprentice have been revealed. 
Flexible working – Companies have been urged to make flexible working arrangements possible. Follow the #FlexAppeal and #WorkThatWorks campaign to get involved.

Young women - Literally going up: Kate McWilliams has become the youngest commercial airline captain in the world at the age of 26.

Going down

Justin Trudeau – The Canadian President was left hanging by Prince George. 

Sainsburys - Its share price has tumbled after sales fell for a second quarter in a row.

Savings – 16 million people of working age have less than £100 in savings.



  1. Richard Herring on ‘the king of quizzes’, Pointless. Are you as obsessed as he is?
  2. The secret life of an Amazon reviewer revealed here
  3. A helpful guide to the best ways of getting drunk without putting on weight, via Esquire.