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The Week V. 1283

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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1 min.
it wasn’t all bad

As of Wednesday, Britain had gone a record-breaking two months during which no electricity from coal-powered plants was fed into the grid. The last time this occurred was in 1882 – just before a coal-fired station opened in London to power street lights. The coal-free run was partly enabled by a steep fall in energy demand during the lockdown; and May’s sunny weather. The 61-day streak since 9 April is more than triple the previous record of 18 days set in June 2019. The first American woman to walk in space has now become the first female explorer to reach the deepest known point on Earth – and the first person to do both. Former Nasa astronaut turned oceanographer Kathy Sullivan, 68, made the 6.8-mile journey down to Challenger Deep, at…

8 min.
the main stories… …and how they were covered

What happened The BLM protests Thousands of people across Britain took part this week in Black Lives Matter protests, sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in America (see page 6). Most were peaceful, but there were violent clashes over the weekend in London, where some demonstrators hurled fireworks and bottles at the police in Whitehall and daubed graffiti on a statue of Winston Churchill while chanting, “No justice, no peace”. At least 49 officers were injured, some seriously. In Bristol, protesters pulled down a statue of the 17th century slave trader Edward Colston and tipped it into the harbour. In Oxford, thousands gathered outside Oriel College to demand the removal of a statue of the imperialist Cecil Rhodes. A statue of the slave-owner Robert Milligan in London’s Docklands was taken…

2 min.

Controversy of the week Policing America The Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on George Floyd’s neck, in front of a crowd, for nearly nine minutes. Why on earth did he think he could get away with it? One explanation, said Nick Allen in The Daily Telegraph, is the “culture of impunity” that exists in many US police forces. There had been 17 complaints against Chauvin over 19 years. He had shot one unarmed suspect; he’d been involved in a fatal shooting. But 16 complaints were dismissed; in the other case, he was merely reprimanded. Since 2012, there have been 4,600 complaints against the city’s 800 police officers. In only 12 cases were the subjects disciplined, thanks largely to powerful police unions. This is normal for America, where police departments…

1 min.
spirit of the age

Makers of the life-simulation game Sims have bowed to popular demand, and introduced an Eco Expansion pack, to allow players to make sustainable choices as they design their homes and neighbourhoods. Players who have invested in the pack can choose how they want to generate their power, and install machines to make rugs out of recycled textiles. They can also opt for septum piercings and partially shaved heads, and to drink kombucha. In a new series of the Looney Tunes cartoons, Elmer Fudd will no longer go hunting for “wabbits” with a shotgun. However, he will be able to chase Bugs Bunny with a scythe, Warner Bros said – and sticks of dynamite, anvils on the head and booby traps will also feature.…

1 min.
good week for:

French employees, after a court ruled that they can’t be allowed to get excessively bored. The case was brought by a man who’d been given so little to do in his job, he’d suffered a breakdown (see page 39). It was, he said, a “daily humiliation”. The court awarded him s50,000 in damages for his “bore-out”. Charlotte Tilbury, who was rumoured to be close to striking a deal to sell her eponymous make-up brand for $1bn, seven years after founding it. The British entrepreneur, who has 3.5 million followers on Instagram, could walk away with £500m. The Beatles, who finally have a beetle named after them. Dutch researchers found the new species, Ptomaphagus thebeatles, in a park in Amsterdam – close to the Hilton Hotel where John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged…

1 min.
bad week for:

Little Britain, which was removed from BBC iPlayer and Netflix, because of Matt Lucas and David Walliams’s use of blackface. The BBC said “times had changed” since the sketch show was first made, in 2003. The duo’s 2010 series Come Fly With Me was also pulled. In the US, Gone with the Wind was temporarily taken off HBO Max. Critics have long complained that the 1939 film contains racist depictions of black people and glorifies slavery. McDonald’s, after a study found that its packaging accounts for half the junk-food litter in England. The Keep Britain Tidy survey of ten cities over two days also found that Coca-Cola accounts for one in five discarded non-alcoholic drinks containers. More than 75,000 items were counted, two-thirds of them cigarette butts.…