The news you might have missed this week
THE BIG STORY
It was the week in which David Cameron, George Osborne and Jeremy Corbyn all published their tax returns in the name of political transparency following the Panama Papers. #CameronMustGo has been trending on Twitter again, which actually might be welcomed by the Prime Minister as a good omen (it was also trending shortly before he won a thumping majority at the general election). Dennis Skinner, the old beast of the Commons, had a snappier insult for the PM…
- John Whittingdale, the Culture Secretary, is at the centre of a row over a relationship he had with a woman who happened to be prostitute in her spare time. As a key figure in the post-Leveson media landscape, there are plenty crying ‘conspiracy’ over how long it took for the papers to report it. But many on the other side of the argument say that, as a single man, Whittingdale is entitled to privacy.
- Two years on from the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, video footage has emerged that appears to show some of the kidnapped Nigerian girls alive.
- David Gest was found dead in a London hotel. He is reported to have ratcheted up huge gambling debts, and was due to hit the road with the ‘David Gest Is Not Dead But Alive With Soul Tour’, based on a surreal moment during his recent Celebrity Big Brother stint when one housemate thought he had died.
- According to a Unicef report, Britain is lagging behind other well-off countries when it comes to closing the gap between rich and poor kids. Britain came last out of 37 countries for the disparity in healthy eating between children from differing socio-economic backgrounds.
- Bristol Council voted to charge the organisers of Little Stoke Park Parkrun to use the park for its weekly 5k fun run. Dame Kelly Holmes and Paula Radcliffe were among the 35,000 signatories against the decision.
- One of the largest cinema chains in the US is considering letting customers use their mobile phones during films.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
‘Not all of us can sing like Kelly Clarkson, but all of our voices matter.’
President Obama popped up on the final of American Idol with this little pearl of wisdom. David Cameron is presumably prepping his, ‘Not all of us can sing like Wagner…’ line for later in the year.
A painting, purportedly by Italian master Caravaggio, has been discovered in an attic in Toulouse. According to a French art expert, the painting, which depicts Judith Beheading Holofernes, is legit and could be worth up to £94m. The BBC decided we are delicate flowers and decided to warn us that this painting, depicting a scene from the Old Testament, is a bit gruesome….
You can see the painting here. Don't say you haven't been warned...
A curry house chef ‘prepared food after wiping his bottom with his bare hands’ – you wouldn’t have to be mad-ras to eat there, but it’d help etc.
Manchester City made it through to the Champions League semi-final, but Barcelona crashed out after losing to rivals Atletico Madrid. In cricket, England batsman James Taylor has been forced to retire after being diagnosed with a serious heart condition. Over at the Masters in Augusta, chest bumps were all the rage…
Line of Duty is now over the half way mark and is essential catch-up TV if you’ve missed it so far, while on Monday the surprisingly excellent US series, The People v OJ Simpson, comes to a conclusion. The Princess Bride, gets an airing on Sunday afternoon (5, 1.15pm); a chance to see a pre-House of Cards Robin Wright. Meanwhile, fans of dragons, eye-watering violence and even-more eye-watering incest are getting increasingly impatient as Games of Thrones series 6 draws tantalisingly close. It starts on Sky Atlantic on April 25, and HBO have released a new trailer to keep us going…
MOST ANNOYING THING OF THE WEEK
We might have wanted to harness the power of Jamie Oliver to the cause as far as breastfeeding is concerned, but there just no excuse for this…