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The Week V. 1242

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 Parliament suspended The Government asked the Queen to suspend Parliament just a few days after MPs return to work next Tuesday, until a fortnight before the Brexit deadline of 31 October. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a new parliamentary session would begin on 14 October with the Queen’s Speech, outlining his “very exciting” legislative agenda. The Queen approved the request, which means MPs now have a greatly reduced period in which to pass laws to stop a no-deal Brexit. The House of Commons Speaker John Bercow described the move as a “constitutional outrage”. Last week, Johnson travelled to Berlin and Paris to discuss the possibility of renegotiating the Irish backstop. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that it might take years to find a solution to the border problem, before adding:…

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the week

Can a face be said to be left-wing? It’s a question that caused a minor furore last week, after The Telegraph’s redoubtable Charles Moore suggested that Olivia Colman was not cut out to play the Queen in the Netflix drama The Crown. “She has a distinctly left-wing face. This is hard to describe, but easy to recognise,” he declared. His concern, it seems, is that her left-wing features – “slightly resentful and ironic” – are not suited to playing a devoted, and poker-faced, public servant like Elizabeth II. Predictably, offence was taken and ridicule meted out – on Twitter, at any rate. Undeterred, Moore returned to his theme this week, arguing that there was such a thing as a “right-wing face” – “severe and vain” (think of Oswald Mosley) – and…

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the week

Editor-in-chief: Caroline Law Editor: Theo Tait 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, William Skidelsky Editorial staff: Anoushka Petit, Tigger Ridgwell, Rosabel Crean Picture editor: Xandie Nutting Art director: Nathalie Fowler Sub-editor: Laurie Tuffrey Production editor: Alanna O’Connell Editorial chairman and co-founder: Jeremy O’Grady 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…

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Controversy of the week Will HS2 hit the buffers? Is Britain’s biggest infrastructure project coming off the rails, asked the Daily Mail. HS2, the controversial high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, is projected to cost a whopping £56bn. But last week the PM’s senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, referred to it as a “disaster zone”, and days after that remark Boris Johnson ordered an “independent and rigorous” review to determine whether HS2 is an economically viable solution to the UK’s transport needs or, as some say, just a preposterously expensive vanity project. Announcing the review, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that a panel of experts, led by former HS2 chairman Douglas Oakervee, would judge whether the £56bn budget was realistic or more likely, in Johnson’s own words earlier this…

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spirit of the age

A London couple are trying to recruit a social media-savvy nanny, for £39,000 per year, to help their eight-year-old daughter become a YouTube star. In an online advert, the pair say they are particularly interested in applicants who already have a “successful social media account” or a “good digital portfolio”. The unnamed parents, an IT director and a lawyer, admit they have “no idea” how to help their child realise her dream of becoming a vlogger, but say they want her to become an online star within two years. Around 82% of two-bed homes now have two or more bathrooms, and more than a third of four-beds have over four, according to Hamptons International estate agents. In 1950, just 46% of British homes had an indoor bathroom.…

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good week for

Friends, the 1990s US sitcom, which – as it prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary – seems to be as popular as ever. Netflix reportedly paid $100m to stream Friends this year (its stars each earn an estimated $20m a year in royalties); and a FriendsFest exhibition, touring the UK until late September, has sold out. Detectorists, with the discovery of one of the biggest treasure hoards in Britain – 2,528 silver coins, dating back to the reigns of King Harold and William the Conqueror, valued at around £5m. They were found in a field in Somerset in January, and handed to the British Museum for evaluation. Experts believe they were probably buried by a rich individual for safekeeping. Rosa Parks, the US civil rights activist, who was memorialised as a Barbie…