The Week That Was #32


At the end of an eventful week that saw soaring temperatures, plummeting faith in our politicians and rising concerns over a potential asteroid encounter with earth, here are a few stories that had a seismic impact on our newsfeeds over the last few days…


It’s Too Darn Hot

Echoing the sentiment of many Brits – there’s warm and there’s warm. The weather this week has undoubtedly fallen into the latter category. On Wednesday, the 34.5°C recorded at Heathrow Airport was just shy of the all-time UK record. No wonder there’s seen so many red-raw shoulders in the office!

Update: Thankfully for the fairer-skinned ilksters, as of Friday morning, the reliable Yorkshire summer weather appears to have resumed service.


Skirting it to the Man

Hats off – or should we say trousers off – to these boys from the ISCA Academy in Exeter, who decided to don skirts for the day in protest after their headmistress refused to allow them to wear shorts through the heatwave. After joking ‘well, you can wear a skirt if you like’, her sarcy comment looks to have backfired.

It’s a great look for the lads, but probably time for a rethink from the UK school boards – trousers in this weather!?


Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

13,000 people made the pilgrimage to the English heritage site on Wednesday morning, the longest day of the year, to see the sunrise at 4:52am. Despite a stepped-up security presence, the Pagan festivities went off without a hitch – aside from a £15 parking fee, which many attendees labelled as a “pay to pray” charge. How controversial.


Genoa Airport makes liquid ban exception for pesto

Airport security is an issue that’s newsworthy for all the wrong reasons at the minute, but here’s a story that’ll bring a smile to your face. Genoa Airport is now allowing travellers take up to 500g of their iconic green pesto as carry-on luggage, exempting them from the 100ml limit for liquids. Grazie!

The only pesto proviso is that travellers must donate 50 cents or more to a charity that airlifts sick children to hospitals. Seems reasonable.


Johnny Depp casually plans to assassinate President Trump

A stupid statement or hope of salvation? It probably depends on your feelings toward Marmite US President Donald Trump, but Johnny Depp has caused his very own tropical storm in the press this week by appearing to threaten the leader of the free world during a speech at Glastonbury Festival.


“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” he asked. “I want to clarify, I’m not an actor. I lie for a living [but] it’s been a while. Maybe it’s about time.”


We completely understand your frustrations, Johnny, but this feels like classic coverage baiting.


Just one more thing…


If you’re looking for a few Friday lols, then look no further than this hilarious BuzzFeed article – The Funniest Scottish Tweets Of 2017. Number 48 had us in stitches, but they’re all great fer a wee end-a-tha-week laugh.