Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first budget to Parliament on Wednesday. While his plans to raise National Insurance grabbed most the headlines this week, less coverage was given that day to the thousands of people who took part in protests and activism in honour of International Women’s Day. In New York, a statue of a defiant-looking young girl was placed in front of the iconic bull statue on Wall Street.
Designed to raise awareness of the gender pay gap, the ‘Fearless Girl’ statuette is a confronting symbolic challenge to the ‘charging bull’-style masculinity that dominates the corporate world. It certainly made us think. These are interesting times indeed!
Here are five other things that we thought were of particular note…
1. The new Game of Thrones Season 7 teaser trailer is out and we couldn’t be more excited! While not giving much away, it did get us all wondering about the ‘Great War’ it hinted at. Returning to our screens on the 16th July, we’ve got a 127-day wait until John Snow brings joy back in to all our lives. Not that we’re counting or anything…
2. Theresa May swallowed a fish in the House of Commons.
3. Anthony Steward (aka Rupert Giles) wrote a lovely piece in The Guardian this week about our fave late-90s TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In celebration of the show’s 20th anniversary, the article is a fitting tribute to the show’s brilliant writing and its wider cultural impact. As Steward writes, “Buffy might have been a teenage girl, but the issues in the programme transcended age or gender.” Give the article a read here.
4. In sad news this week, artist Sir Howard Hodgkin passed away at the age of 84. A master of bold, intense colour, his art was hugely influential to the contemporary British art scene. A collection of his portraits are set to go on display at the National Portrait Gallery at the end of this month so do check them out.
5. We loved this clip of a guest on BBC World who managed to continue with a Skype interview on the impeachment of South Korea’s President despite his kids running in and interrupting him. Good effort, lad!
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) March 10, 2017