From the First Lady to an historic rollrcoaster and Scotland’s finest, Sarah Freeman takes a look at those likely to be in the news next week.
Some elements of the news are drearily predictable. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Prime Minister’s Questions will always descend into the worst kind of farce, the England football team will consistently snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and if there’s a line which shouldn’t be crossed it’s a guarantee that Katie Hopkins will be 3ft the other side.
But for every yawn-inducing story, there are a dozen revelations which take you unawares and which prove that old adage that truth is stranger than fiction. Who’d have thought until last week that taking naked selfies on holiday was now a bone-fide pastime or that Kate Moss flew EasyJet.
The next week is likely to be full of similar surprises, but we do know at least some of the people and events who will be making the news in the next seven days.
She might be jetting over to London from the White House to discuss access to education for girls around the world, but sadly we all know most of the headlines will be about what the First Lady is wearing. The six day trip, which will also taken in Milan and Venice, will certainly be an all-girls affair with the Obamas’ daughters Malia and Sasha, as well as Mrs Obama’s mother Marian Robinson also tagging along.
The Magna Carta
There is no shortage of anniversaries in the next seven days what with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and 31 years since the disastrous Battle of Orgreave. However, the commemorations likely to trump them all are those marking 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta. It might not be much to look at, but the now faded document basically established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law.
Twelve years ago, Nick Laister had a dream. He wanted to restore a slice of the Great British Seaside by reopening Dreamland in Margate. Most said it couldn’t be done, but this week following an impressive £30m restoration, the oldest surviving amusement park in the UK will open its doors again. The jewel in the crown will be the Scenic Railway, a 1920s wooden rollercoaster all but destroyed by arson in 2008. They are also promising high divers, drag queens and puppet shows. Grab your kiss me quick hat, what’s not to love.
Given that one of his most memorable roles was as the deranged Begbie in Trainspotting, it should probably come as no surprise that Robert Carlyle makes his directorial debut by also starring as an awkward Glaswegian hairdresser with homicidal tendencies. The Legend of Barney Thomas, which premieres at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Wednesday, also stars Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone.
Great Train Robbery
Anyone wanting to get their hands on a slightly macabre piece of British crime history should head to JP Humbert’s Auctioneers on Tuesday when more than 400 items related to the Great Train Robbery go under the hammer. The collection is the largest ever offered for sale and includes a piece of the railway line the train stopped on, original notes stolen in the robbery and later used in evidence and an ironic Monopoly ‘get out of jail’ card signed by Bruce Reynolds.