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  • Stuff that got us thinking this 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



Going Up

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.

Going Down
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 


  1. How Silicon Valley has made the world look the same, via The Verge.
  2. Vanity Fair interviews Benedict Cumberbatch
  3. Everything you need to know about Pixel, Google’s first smartphone, via Gizmodo
  4. Ryan Gilbey at the New Statesman dismisses the big screen version of The Girl on the Train as ‘tabloid cinema’.