What Britain Talks About This Week – World Book Day | Tyson Fury Fight sold out in hours | Chelsea up for sale | Ship carrying luxury cars sinks | Stand with Ukraine

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Tweets & children’s pictures go viral as the UK celebrates World Book Day 2022

The popular annual charity event, World Book Day, which is held in the UK and Ireland on the first of March every year was created by UNESCO to celebrate books and the pleasure of reading.

Encouraging children to have a book of their own, £1 tokens are given to each to be exchanged with a book from the year’s selected titles. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the celebrations and everyone always makes their best effort with their costume!

Among the many digital events, fundraisers happening under the World Book Day umbrella, many schools held their own celebrations with children dressing up as their favourite characters from books they love to read.

Many such tweets from moms sharing their children’s photos in book-related costumes went viral. Here’s one dressed as a popular actor and author of children’s book ‘Flanimals’, Ricky Gervais.

Another dressed as a popular songwriter and musician David Bowie as Major Tom, featuring the successful biography children’s book series “Little People, Big Dreams”.

A Twitter user called World Book Day – the Met Gala for children.

Associate editor at the Financial Times, Stephen Bush raised concerns that World Book Day is like a ‘homework for parents’ and ‘highlights who is poor’.

Sold Out in Hours – 90,000 fans buy Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte tickets

The massive heavyweight clash between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte sold 85,000 tickets in the first 3 hours itself. Over 150,000 waited in the queue to buy tickets for an arena with a capacity of 90,000. Fans paid up to £5,000 to watch Fury box Whyte on April 23.

Tyson Fury thanked his fans in a video on social media.

Ticketmaster called the WBA champion a rockstar and claimed he could have sold-out three Wembley.

While some shared their happiness on getting the tickets successfully, many fans complained that the ticket buying process was frustrating and they were pushed back to the queue even after selecting their seats.

Online boxing editor, Michael Benson tweeted that English boxing manager Frank Warren has started applying to local authorities to increase capacity to 100,000, which would break British boxing attendance record.

Warren released additional 5000 coach tickets for sale on March 3.

A Twitter user shared that tickets are available on third-party websites for 3x, 4x, and 5x the price.

Chelsea up for sale confirmed as Club owner Roman Abramovich reveals intention

After a lot of speculation in the football community, Roman Abramovich confirmed his plans to sell Chelsea Football Club in a statement released on the Blues’ website on Wednesday.

Fabrizio Romano tweeted an image of the statement.

Being under pressure to sell since the UK Government could sanction him in lieu of their measures against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Chelsea FC could be seized as an asset and any sale thereon could be extremely complicated.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer had publicly called for sanctions on the Chelsea owner for his links to the Russian state.

ESPN reported that Abramovich will be donating all net proceeds from the sales to the victims of the war.

The Club has drawn interest from at least 10 credible buyers, some of whom are:

  • PSL franchise Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi
  • Manhattan-based RedBird Capital Partners
  • Fanatics owner Michael Rubin
  • LA Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly

In a surprising tweet, UFC star Conor McGregor also said that he is ‘willing to explore’ buying Chelsea. He further tweeted an offer of £1.5 billion.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>I hereby put forward my offer of £1.5bn. <a href=”https://t.co/cVL3UcnsDp”>https://t.co/cVL3UcnsDp</a></p>&mdash; Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) <a href=”https://twitter.com/TheNotoriousMMA/status/1499799902611816454?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>March 4, 2022</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

The ship carrying luxury cars sinks in the Atlantic Ocean raising concerns for the environment

A cargo ship, Felicity Ace, carrying 4000 cars and SUVs from multiple luxury brands including – Porsche, Bentley, Audi, and Lamborghini sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after burning for nearly two weeks.

All the 22 crew members were evacuated by the Portuguese Air Force when the fire broke out on February 16 and Portugal Navy said no one was hurt.

Several vehicles aboard were fully electric, meaning they carried lithium-ion batteries which could have made the fire difficult to extinguish despite several efforts.

Bloomberg posted a video of the burning Felicity Ace.

The New York Times reported that many environmental groups were concerned that the ship would sink and cause extreme pollution in the ocean.

The 650 feet long vessel billowed smoke for almost two weeks and then sank 253 miles off the Azores, which has a unique ecosystem of a seabed covered with coral reefs, coral forests, and sponges. The area is also home to sperm whales, blue whales, humpback whales, dolphins, and sharks.

Writer and editor for National Geographic, Douglas Main, also brought attention to these points in the news through a tweet, adding that the environmental impact is unclear so far.

Environmental group, Oceana, said that a heavy vessel like Felicity Ace can hold more than three million liters of heavy fuel, as well as oil, apart from other pollutants like electrical wires, paints, and plastics.

Zelensky speaks to US Senators and Israel’s Bennet, as many Stand with Ukraine

After NATO rejected Ukraine President Zelensky’s call for a No-fly zone over Ukraine, the latter addressed more than 280 senators, House members and staff on a widely reported Zoom call as US debates over a $10B aid.

US Senator, Lindsey Graham, tweeted the key takeaways from the call with the hashtag #StandwithUkraine.

Meanwhile, in a continued round of sanctions and measures against Russia by companies across the globe, Mastercard and Visa have suspended operations in Russia.

The German, Italian and French authorities have each seized multimillion-dollar super yachts belonging to Russian oligarchs. However, seeing no such action from the UK Government, Labour MP Chris Bryant tweeted about it.

In the fight for democracy and humanity as they #StandwithUkraine, several brave British men have left for Ukraine to fight for them voluntarily.

One of them is a sniper who served in the British Army.

As Russia continues the offensive, the war has reached a critical time in its second week. However, there are two highlights on the diplomatic front that renew the hope for peace:

  • Israel Prime Minister Bennet, who is in a unique position due to cooperative and cultural ties with both Russia and Ukraine, visited Moscow for talks with Putin, followed by a call with Zelensky.

  • Ukrainian parliamentary officials reported on a Facebook Page, that their third round of talks with Russia will take place on Monday.

It’s been a turbulent start into March and we will continue to keep you in the loop about the latest developments as usual.

Post curated by Nidaa Koreishi & Manuela Willbold