The news, longreads + memes you might have missed
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- The headlines
- Hashtag of the week
- The IndeXYZ
- Stuff that got us thinking this week
- Ukip leadership hopeful Steven Woolfe is recovering in hospital after being allegedly involved in an altercation with another member of the party at a meeting in Strasbourg. Woolfe collapsed after the reported incident and was taken to hospital for a brain scan. He later said he was ‘feeling brighter, happier, and smiling as ever.’ The race to be Ukip leader was sparked when Diane James resigned after only 18 days in the job.
- Theresa May gave her first speech to a Conservative Party conference as Prime Minister. In it, she said her government would ‘restore fairness’ to Britain and that the UK must change after the ‘quiet revolution’ of the Brexit vote. In a reference to one of her previous speeches, she called Labour the ‘nasty party’. The Telegraph boiled the speech down to 10 key quotes, while at the Independent John Rentoul played a game of ‘What she said… what she meant.’
- May backed her Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who used her conference speech to reveal plans to force companies that employ large numbers of foreign workers to publish these figures. Rudd has been criticised by business leaders, Nicola Sturgeon and her own brother. Bizarrely, she also revealed this week she was ‘aristocracy co-ordinator’ on Four Weddings and a Funeral.
- More than 1.5 million people were urged to leave their homes in Florida as Hurricane Matthew approached. A state of emergency was declared in Florida and two other states; South Carolina and Georgia. The storm left at least 261 people dead in Haiti, according to local officials.
- Diane Abbott was appointed Shadow Home Secretary in Jeremy Corbyn’s latest reshuffle.
- The pound dropped to a three-decade low against the dollar, as post Brexit vote concerns persist.
- As another British scientist won a Nobel Prize, the Telegraph asked why so many of our top boffins work in America.
- The government has been accused of ignoring its own climate change experts after Communities Secretary Sajid Javid allowed fracking at a site in Lancashire.
- A new study suggests a common IVF technique used by thousands of British couples could lead to sons inheriting their father's infertility.
- Women taking the pill may be at increased risk of depression. Lara Prendergast at the Spectator argued that this latter report should be causing more of a scandal.
- Eastern Aleppo, in Syria, could be totally destroyed by Christmas, a UN envoy has said.
- The BBC broadcast a documentary about Down’s syndrome by Miranda and Smack the Pony actress Sally Phillips. At the Guardian, Hadley Freedman said the film was ‘anti-choice’, but Amalia Illgner, writing for the Independent, argued she wouldn’t want to know if her unborn child had Down’s.
- Horror author Stephen King has urged Americans to ‘cool the clown hysteria’ after an outbreak of panic over a series of alleged clown-sightings across the country.
- Kim Kardashian emerged from her New York apartment with her husband Kanye West and their children for the first time since she was robbed of $8.5m-worth of jewellery by armed robbers in Paris.
HASHTAG OF THE WEEK
The debate over #Childfreeflights was stirred when Indian budget airline, IndiGo, announced it was starting a ‘quiet zone’ policy for its premium seats, meaning children under the age of 12 aren’t allowed to sit in them. The Twittersphere was divided by the news, but we’re assuming Eamonn Holmes is in full support.
- The huge news this week is that Matt and Luke Goss are reuniting Bros for a concert at the 02 Arena, scheduled for August 19, 2017. It will be 26 years since the band’s last gig – tickets went on sale on Friday morning and the duo have added a second date.
- The Rolling Stones tweeted they are ‘returning to the blues’ with their new album Blues and Lonesome, the band’s first record in more than a decade. It took just three days to record and will be released on December 2.
- Japanese author Haruki Murukami is bookies’ favourite to win the Nobel Prize for Literature next week.
- Daniel Radcliffe, who has recently suggested his $100m Harry Potter fortune has largely gone unspent, is to star in a revival of Sir Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Old Vic, in London, next year.
- A match at 2016’s Wimbledon is being investigated over possible match-fixing after bookmakers reported suspicious betting patterns.
- World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury could be stripped of his titles after the boxer reportedly tested positive for cocaine for a second time. Meanwhile, a crowdfunding campaign has raised nearly £40,000 for the family of Mike Towell, the Scottish boxer who died after a fight last week.
- F1 driver Lewis Hamilton has been accused of a lack of respect after Snapchatting his way through a press conference.
- Wales drew 2-2 away to Austria in their latest World Cup qualifier. England take on Malta, under interim manager Gareth Southgate, on Saturday afternoon.
Poetry – Thursday was National Poetry Day – Prince Charles recorded a reading of Seamus Heaney’s The Shipping Forecast to celebrate.
Running – Ben Smith completed 401 marathons in as many days to raise money for anti-bullying charities
Screen geeks – Variety has revealed the three stars of The Big Bang Theory are the highest paid comedy actors on US TV.
Dutch art buyers - A painting sold by Sotheby’s supposedly by Dutch master Frans Hals for £8.4m has now been declared a fake by the auction house.
Jamie Oliver – His paella recipe that included chorizo didn’t go down well with the good people of Spain.
Pokemon Go – There has been an increase in ‘distraction deaths’ caused by people playing Pokemon while driving
- How Silicon Valley has made the world look the same, via The Verge.
- Vanity Fair interviews Benedict Cumberbatch
- Everything you need to know about Pixel, Google’s first smartphone, via Gizmodo
- Ryan Gilbey at the New Statesman dismisses the big screen version of The Girl on the Train as ‘tabloid cinema’.