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!
It’s #WorldBookDay! We're celebrating 25 years of changing lives through a love of shared reading.🎉
— World Book Day UK 📚 (@WorldBookDayUK) March 3, 2022
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.
— Naomi (@MrsNJA) March 3, 2022
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”.
— Becca Richardson (@beccalouisecook) March 3, 2022
A Twitter user called World Book Day – the Met Gala for children.
World book day is like the met gala for kids 😂
— natasha (@tashaisx) March 3, 2022
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’.
It’s me, the World Book Day grinch, once again complaining that World Book Day costumes are a) homework for parents (which should be banned), and b) another way to highlight who in the class is poor (which should be banned).
— Stephen Bush (@stephenkb) March 3, 2022
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.
A Big Thank You From The Big GK!
Can’t Wait To See You All At A Sold Out @wembleystadium!
One For The History Books 👑🥊
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) March 2, 2022
Ticketmaster called the WBA champion a rockstar and claimed he could have sold-out three Wembley.
“TYSON IS A ROCKSTAR, HE COULD HAVE SOLD OUT THREE WEMBLEYS”
THE MASSIVE HEAVYWEIGHT clash between WBC champion Tyson Fury and the challenger Dillian Whyte on April 23 sold in huge numbers today – 85,000 tickets were purchased within 3 hours!
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) March 2, 2022
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.
— Tom (@T90G27) March 2, 2022
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.
Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte sold 85,000 tickets within the first three hours at Wembley Stadium today, Frank Warren has announced. Warren has started applying to local authorities to increase capacity to 100,000 in total, which would break British boxing attendance record.
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) March 2, 2022
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.
Well.. trying to get Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte tickets was complete waste of time! absolute farce no ticket prices & tickets already being sold for 3x the amount on other sites Ticketmasker isn’t fit for purpose! #FuryWhyte
— Ricky ✪ (@RICKY93JB) March 2, 2022
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.
Official statement by Roman Abramovich 🔵⤵️ #CFC
“I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.
I believe that currently they are in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, players, staff, and fans”. pic.twitter.com/hrMsGrxaBz
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 26, 2022
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.
"Why on earth" isn't Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich facing UK sanctions? asks Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) March 2, 2022
ESPN reported that Abramovich will be donating all net proceeds from the sales to the victims of the war.
Roman Abramovich has written off £1.5bn in loans owed by the club and will donate all net proceeds of the sale of Chelsea to a foundation to help the victims of the war in Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/Y9vhaQEN2C
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) March 2, 2022
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>— 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.
Ship carrying 4,000 luxury cars sinks off the Azores https://t.co/5tQOZAf0ig
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) March 1, 2022
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.
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) February 19, 2022
The New York Times reported that many environmental groups were concerned that the ship would sink and cause extreme pollution in the ocean.
A huge ship that had caught fire and was transporting about 4,000 luxury cars — including 1,000 Porsches and 200 Bentleys — sank on Tuesday, the company that managed the vessel said. Environmental groups had been deeply concerned that the ship would sink. https://t.co/eL0pc4Oagi
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 1, 2022
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.
Yikes. "Environmental groups had been deeply concerned… about the pollution [sinking] would cause in the unique ecosystem of the Azores… where the seabed is covered with coral reefs, coral forests and sponges."
Enviro impact unclear so farhttps://t.co/2rSzAiZxfA
— Doug Main (@Douglas_Main) March 1, 2022
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.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 5, 2022
Meanwhile, in a continued round of sanctions and measures against Russia by companies across the globe, Mastercard and Visa have suspended operations in Russia.
VISA AND MASTERCARD
– Account for three-quarters of payments in Russia
– Visa CEO says company was 'compelled to act' due to 'unprovoked' invasion
– Mastercard says it has watched the 'shocking and devastating' effects of invasion
– Transactions will halt in coming days
— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) March 5, 2022
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.
I don’t understand why we haven’t seized a single Putin oligarch yacht, palace or serious asset yet. Unlike our European neighbours.
— Chris Bryant (@RhonddaBryant) March 3, 2022
In the fight for democracy and humanity as they #StandwithUkraine, several brave British men have left for Ukraine to fight for them voluntarily.
British man from Newcastle signs up to fight in Ukraine pic.twitter.com/sENgVFLEJL
— OK! Magazine (@OK_Magazine) March 4, 2022
One of them is a sniper who served in the British Army.
A man who served as a sniper in the British Army, and wishes to remain anonymous, has flown to Ukraine to fight against Russia and says his wife is going to “freak out” when she finds out where he truly is.
— Pubity Latest (@pubitylatest) March 4, 2022
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.
Vladimir Putin discussed the special military operation to protect Donbass with Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett https://t.co/YFzKQ7QfqF
— President of Russia (@KremlinRussia_E) March 2, 2022
Prime Minister of Israel @naftalibennett called me after his meeting with Vladimir Putin. We continue dialogue.
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) March 5, 2022
- Ukrainian parliamentary officials reported on a Facebook Page, that their third round of talks with Russia will take place on Monday.
Ukraine and Russia will hold their third round of talks Monday, an official from Ukraine's delegation said. Russia agreed to a temporary cease-fire early Saturday — only to breach the pledge in less than 3 hours.
— NPR (@NPR) March 5, 2022
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