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The Week V. 1249

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 Brexit in the balance Officials engaged in frantic last-minute talks this week in an effort to seal a Brexit deal ahead of the crucial EU summit that began on Thursday. Hopes of such an agreement had run high since a successful meeting between Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar at the end of last week, but negotiations were hanging in the balance asThe Week went to press. British and EU officials were working on a compromise under which Northern Ireland would remain legally part of the UK customs area – and thus eligible to benefit from trade deals negotiated by the UK – while being de facto inside the EU customs territory. But it seemed unlikely they’d be able to nail down the details and address the concerns…

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the week

I recently gave my son a cosy blanket. He loves it – it’s the sofest thing he has ever felt – but whenever I see it, I feel a pang of guilt. It’s made from plastic, as is all fake fur. It sheds tiny fibres, some of which we’re probably breathing in; the rest will be sluiced into the sea via our washing machine. So I feel guilty I ever bought it. But according to many environmental campaigners, my shame is misplaced. It’s not, they say, up to individuals to change their behaviour; it’s the system that needs to change. There’s truth in that, but aren’t we all part of the system? To take one example, there’s a lot of finger-pointing in the media about waste, carbon emissions, and the…

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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, Sorcha Bradley, Aaron Drapkin Picture editor: Xandie Nutting Art director: Nathalie Fowler Sub-editor: Alasdair Morton Production editor: Alanna O’Connell Editorial chairman and co-founder: Jeremy O’Grady Production Manager: Maaya Mistry Production Executive: Sophie Griffin 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 Founder: Jolyon Connell Chief Executive, The…

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Controversy of the week A speech or a manifesto? “Peeved. That’s the word I’d use to describe the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament,” said Henry Deedes in the Daily Mail. As the 93-year-old monarch took up her traditional position on her “gold-glistered throne” in the House of Lords on Monday to deliver her 65th Queen’s Speech, there was a “weariness” to the regal glare that suggested she was “not entirely happy” to be there. Reopening Parliament after its longest session since the English Civil War, she “rattled through” her Government’s legislative agenda for the year ahead in “a mere ten minutes” – announcing 26 proposed bills spanning health, education, defence, technology, transport and crime, as well as a law to enact any deal Britain makes with the EU. Among the…

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spirit of the age

Among the 203 entries added to the Oxford English Dictionary this week are four new versions of “something”: summink, sumfin, sumthin, and sumptin. They are not classed as slang, but rather as regional or non-standard variants. Other additions include “promposal” (an invitation to be someone’s date at a school prom), “whatevs” (whatever), and “omnishambles” – the term popularised by the BBC political satire The Thick of It, defined as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged”. One in four people in the UK make five or fewer phone calls a month, and 6% say they made none at all between January and March, according to a new report by the telecoms industry regulator Ofcom.…

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good week for:

Electric cars, with new research showing that the most efficient battery-powered models can now drive up to 33 miles for £1, three times further than an efficient combustion-engine car can travel on £1’s worth of petrol or diesel. The high street, following the opening of a 25,000sq ft HMV Megastore, stocking 105,000 LPs and CDs, in Birmingham. Located close to the city centre, HMV Vault has a performance space and a vast stock of films on DVD and Blu-ray. Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo, who became the first joint winners of the Booker Prize in almost 30 years, for their respective books The Testaments and Girl, Woman, Other. The jury had agreed unanimously both should win, and when told it was against the rules they staged a sit-in to persuade the organisers. J.M.W.…