The Week That Was – 20th-26th February 2017

I try to sum up the week’s events in bite-size form

News

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The Labour Party win the Stoke by-election but lose to the Conservatives in Copeland, yielding a seat they have held since the 1930s and prompting renewed questions over Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Corbyn has vowed to stay on as leader.

US President Donald Trump announces he will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, as his fraught relationship with the media continues.

The House of Lords has passed the Government’s Brexit Bill at the second reading.

NASA announce that they have found a series of seven new planets within a new solar system, some of which could support life.

Sport

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Claudio Ranieri is sacked as manager of Leicester City Football Club after a run of poor form, with the decision widely criticised by pundits, fellow managers and fans alike.

Sutton reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw is forced to resign from the club after eating a pie during their fifth-round FA Cup tie with Arsenal (which they lost). A bet had earlier been placed that he would do the very same thing.

England’s Rugby team continue their winning streak in the Six Nations with a 36-15 win over Italy. Meanwhile, Scotland defeat Wales for the first time in a decade, and Ireland beat France 19-9.

British athlete Sir Mo Farah defends his reputation as a clean athlete, as his coach Alberto Salazar is once again accused of doping violations.

Welsh Women’s Rugby International Elli Norkett, 20, dies in a car crash on the A4109. Norkett was the youngest player at 2014’s Rugby World Cup.

Entertainment

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La La Land wins six prizes at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Actress. However, the biggest surprise of the night came when Moonlight was awarded Best Picture (but only after La La Land was mistakenly given it first).

Meanwhile, Moonlight swept the Film Independent Spirit Awards, winning six prizes including Best Feature, Director and Screenplay.

The 1975, Drake and Emeli Sande were among the artists honoured at the BRIT Awards last Wednesday, while David Bowie was awarded two posthumous gongs for Best British Male Solo Artist and Best British Album for ‘Blackstar’.

American actor Bill Paxton dies at the age of 61 following complications from surgery.

Alex Nicholson

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