All news is old news. As soon as one story is published, there is another one waiting to be written; however sometimes it is nice to reflect on past or even current events and take a step back to catch up on it all. In this post, I will discuss 3 British articles in the news today so we may as well get started…
It is the television equivalent to leaving the EU: the audience are stunned, no one knows what’s happening and the leaders are no where to be found. In a statement on Tuesday, both Mel and Sue spoke out to say that they are “not going with the dough” Channel 4 have spent to broadcast the show. Unfortunately it was the £25 million per year that the BBC could not agree to pay which saw the show being taken over by Channel 4. The producers of the show, Love Productions wish to expand the commercial aspect and the £15 million that the BBC offered- which was double the previous terms- was not enough to satisfy them.
For those who do not know of this quintessential program, the premise behind it, is a feel good, light hearted, full of imaginative baking innuendos, baking show featuring the judges: Paul and Mary, as well as the presenters: Mel and Sue. It starts off with 12 amateur bakers in a white garden tent and usually a bucket load of rain despite it being a summer program. Each week there is a star baker and one person that goes home and a swarm of GIFS and memes that spread the internet
However, it is still yet to be commented upon whether Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will be returning to the program for the eighth series, moving over to Channel 4. They have both previously stated that BBC is their home, and if they do not continue, the future of the Great British Bake Off is vicarious.
In contrast to the previous story, nothing negative could be said about Britain’s performance in the Rio Paralympics. Currently on 67 medals, 31 of those being gold, the likes of athletes such as Jonnie Peacock, Ellie Simmonds and Georgie Hermitage have all contributed to our marvellous standings.
Just today, we have won three gold medals and set two world records: in the 100m, javelin and table tennis. One of the stars for Britain has been Georgie Hermitage, a 27-year-old from Guilford who despite only participating in this games, could win her third gold in Thursday’s 4 x 100m relay. She had quit athletics whilst she was a teenager but the inspiring home Olympics made her return to the sport.
Another success has been Hollie Arnold in javelin, and this is her third games despite being only 22. She has valiantly defended her title of world champion and has demonstrated why she was the world number one in both 2013 and 2015. Despite the overwhelming response to 2012, these successes should mean no less. Paralympics has come a long way in even the past 10 years, especially thanks to our home games four years ago and hopefully the support and enthusiasm will continue to progress.
Isn’t that the best headline you’ve ever read? I sincerely look forward to writing Oompa Loompa in an English essay or using the word ‘Dahlesque’ in Scrabble. Growing up reading my Roald Dahl treasury or singing songs from Matilda the musical at my theatre group or watching Esio Trot at Christmas, Roald Dahl was a large influence in my life. However, this delightful headline was not the only one I came across when researching: the rumour about Dahl used to be “he didn’t actually like children” but the rumours or truths should I say, have become much more sinister.
Dahl did express his contempt for Jews openly and the lack of public knowledge regarding this is due to his dubious views being taken out of his obituaries, The Independent reports. In an interview with the New Statesman, he said “There is a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity, maybe it’s a kind of lack of generosity towards non-Jews”.
This controversial topic must be handled carefully: do we ignore the past and remember him for his achievements or start criticising a deceased man for his offensive views? We are not living in a society like 1984 where we can alter the past to ease our peace of mind and construct history the way we desire but is it right to dig things that have been long since buried. I am not one for sitting on the fence for my views but in this instance, I am truly stumped. It is hard to accept and believe that a man who has inspired and captivated audiences of all ages, could agree and vocalise views that aren’t morally right.
What do you think?
Emily Simms: 20:57