That Was The Week That Was
A Birmingham girl sought help to overcome a chicken nugget addiction. A Lego minifigure conquered the final frontier. An asteroid hurtled past Earth, just 60,000 km away from us. This week’s news has been filled with smaller-scale stories and, of course, the continued details about the Costa Concordia disaster. After news of another body being found on the sixth deck emerged, it’s now known seventeen people have died in the accident with fifteen still missing. There’s now a floating oil barrier in place to prevent an oil spill, and a minimum compensation package of €11,000 (£9,200) is being offered to surviving passengers.
There’s been the usual number of shocking and surprising headlines, like the i‘s ‘Man “left to decay” in jail is awarded $22m’ (in reference to Steven Slevin’s prison ordeal). One story that’s shaken the ballet world is that of the announcement of Sergei Polunin‘s immediate resignation from the art-form.
“At the point where he seems to be craving independence, Polunin may also be most in need of steady guidance. It’s the kind of guidance you would hope he would get from inside a company. And which some are hoping, even now, the Royal might be able to reach out to Polunin and persuade their prodigal son to return.”
We’ve seen plans for the Olympic opening ceremony unveiled, as Oscar-winning film-maker Danny Boyle announced details of the £29 million extravaganza that will kick off the games. It’s understood he’s drawing inspiration from Shakespeare‘s play The Tempest, creating The Isles of Wonder to reflect the setting of the play.
One final thought: would you reject a royal honour? A list released earlier this week named the children’s author Roald Dahl as having rejected an OBE in 1986, and the painter LS Lowry as refusing five honours in total. Ungrateful or true greats? You decide.
“Those that were there own men and women saw that there was far more to lose than to gain… They would be sacrificing what was best about them – their independence.”
— Terence Blackner, writing for The Independent
That Was The Week That Was
Week Two of 2012, and perhaps the most reported news story is only just beginning. On Friday (13 January) night, the Costa Concordia ran aground, suffering a gash in her hull and causing the cruise ship to partially sink. It’s not yet known how many people have died or what caused such a new ship to end up at a 70° angle, but it seems the vast majority of people on board managed to get to safety. You can read the Wikipedia article I started on the disaster here.
One of the most horrific stories of the week took place in South Africa, where an elderly couple were burned to death for “being witches” in front of their seven-year-old grandson, in Jacobean-style. Closer to home, Edinburgh Zoo’s male giant panda has been taken off public display, Ernst & Young were named the top gay-friendly employer in the UK, and TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson apologised for shoplifting from a Tesco store in Henley. The theft itself inspired a wealth of online jokes, including “Why did the chicken cross the road? Because it was shoved up AWT’s top”, and “There’s no such thing as a free lunch, unless you’re using AWT’s latest cookbook”.