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The Week V. 1222

The Week covers the Best of the British and Foreign Media. With its non partisan reporting, The Week gives the reader an insight into all the the news, people, arts, drama, property, books and how the international media has reported it. This concise guide allows the reader to be up to date and have a wealth of knowledge to allow them to discuss all these key topics with their friends and peers.

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the main stories… …and how they were covered

What happened More time, please Theresa May infuriated Tory Eurosceptics this week by resuming Brexit negotiations with Labour, and by asking EU leaders for a further extension to the Article 50 withdrawal process, until 30 June. The 27 European leaders, gathered for a summit on Wednesday, were expected to agree to delay Brexit beyond the end of this week. However, it was thought they’d insist on a longer “flextension” that would delay the UK’s departure for up to a year, but with the proviso that Britain could leave earlier if it ratified the withdrawal agreement. Under pressure from France’s President Macron, the EU was also expected to seek firm assurances from the UK that it wouldn’t use its continuing presence in the EU to disrupt the bloc’s business. In the days leading up…

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the week

At an independent cinema I visited recently, we were greeted by an usher, who stood in front of the screen before the film began and suggested that if we enjoyed our visit, we might like to write about it on TripAdvisor. It helps keep the business going, he said, which is the way of things and we all get that now. Then he added, a bit sheepishly, that it would be helpful if we could also mention his name. What if no one does? Does his manager send him for training in the soft skills required to work in a dynamic customer-facing environment? And what if they do, but only to complain that his delivery of the brand experience fell short of expectations? Does he lose his job? Savvy observers…

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the week

Editor-in-chief: Jeremy O’Grady Editor: Caroline Law Deputy editor: Harry Nicolle Executive editor: Laurence Earle City editor: Jane Lewis Editorial assistant: Asya Likhtman Contributing editors: Daniel Cohen, Charity Crewe, Thomas Hodgkinson, Simon Wilson, Rob McLuhan, Anthony Gardner, William Underhill, Digby Warde-Aldam, Tom Yarwood Editorial staff: Anoushka Petit, Tigger Ridgwell, William Skidelsky, Rosabel Crean Picture editor: Xandie Nutting Art director: Nathalie Fowler Sub-editor: Laurie Tuffrey Production editor: Alanna O’Connell Founder and editorial director: Jolyon Connell Production Manager: Ebony Besagni Senior Production Executive: Maaya Mistry Newstrade Director: David Barker Direct Marketing Director: Abi Spooner Inserts: Jack Reader Classified: Henry Haselock, Rebecca Seetanah, Nicholas Fisher Account Directors: Lauren Shrigley, Jonathan Claxton, Jocelyn Sital-Singh Senior Account Managers: Joe Teal, Hattie White Account Executive: Clement Aro Advertising Manager: Carly Activille Group Advertising Director: Caroline Fenner Executive Director – Head of Advertising:…

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can the tories survive?

For most of its history, the Conservative Party has been “a constant in national life”, a “bulwark against extremes” and a “ruthless” political machine, said Iain Martin in The Times. True, it has always harboured MPs on the extremes – mostly excitable right-wingers, Europhile loonies and other assorted eccentrics. But despite this, it has been a party that sticks together, no matter what. Not any more. In recent days, that resilience has been “tested to destruction”: Theresa May’s government has made such a pig’s ear of Brexit, releasing such powerful forces and opening such fundamental divisions, that Conservatism seems now to be heading inexorably for a “split”. And while I firmly believe its breakdown would be a “national tragedy”, I have to admit, “if this were a family, the divorce…

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spirit of the age

Civil servants tasked with preparing for a no-deal Brexit were recently offered a special counselling service, it has emerged. The environment department awarded a £40,000, three-month contract to a firm called Care First – its remit being to support staff working on “emergency preparedness in case of a no-deal scenario”. More than 1,300 of the department’s employees have been seconded to work on contingency preparations. The menu at Manhattan’s latest hotspot includes dishes such as venison and squash, and turkey and mac ‘n’ cheese. At Just Food For Dogs – the first kitchen in New York dedicated to canines – the chefs whip up 900kg of fresh food daily. Their venison and squash dish sells for $11.95.…

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good week for

Ryanair passengers on a flight from Liverpool to Dublin, who were all treated to two free drinks by the airline’s boss, Michael O’Leary. His horse Tiger Roll had just won the Grand National. But there was one condition: “If anyone orders a ham and cheese sandwich, I’m offloading you personally,” said O’Leary. “You can buy your food in Dublin: on this flight we’re drinking.” MacKenzie Bezos, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. In the costliest divorce settlement in history, she gets 25% of their jointly owned Amazon stock (though she was entitled to 50%). Worth some $36bn, it makes her the world’s third-richest woman. The black hairstreak and large blue, two of Britain’s rarest butterflies. The number of endangered black hairstreaks has risen ninefold since last summer. And the large blue,…