UK Battered by Two Storms – Thousands lose power to Storm Dudley, Eunice Hits with record winds
Weather alerts warn millions of people across the UK to stay at home as damage and disruption continue by Storm Eunice in the wake of Storm Dudley.
Storm Dudley hit Capel Curig in North Wales on Wednesday with gusts of winds as high as 81mph. Emily Moore in West Yorkshire recorded 74mph.
Tens of thousands of homes suffered power outages, trees uprooted, cars crushed, flights cancelled, and blanket travel warnings issued as the storm ensued destruction across the UK, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
Thousands left without power as Storm Dudley wreaks havoc across UK https://t.co/UKIrWBhHQ2
— The Guardian (@guardian) February 17, 2022
Twitter account for Galway tourism shared a glimpse of the force of Storm Dudley.
— 𝗚𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗺 (@galwaytourism) February 16, 2022
Storm Dudley was followed by Storm Eunice, as Britain’s meteorological service issued its first-ever ‘danger to life’ red weather warning with the army on standby.
Similar red and yellow warnings of high winds were issued by the Met Office in different parts of the country:
— Met Office – SE England (@metofficeSEEng) February 18, 2022
Storm Eunice hit with record-breaking winds in the Southwest of Ireland before barrelling across Britain. The Isle of Wight recorded gusts of 122mph.
London’s iconic O2 arena was even hit by the storm, with parts of the roof coming off.
NOW – Roof of London's O2 arena partially shredded by storm Eunice.pic.twitter.com/Ev25V4AFxC
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) February 18, 2022
Talk Radio shared a video of people struggling to move due to winds, getting blown and battered on the ground in South London as Storm Eunice hit the UK.
— TalkTV (@TalkTV) February 18, 2022
London Live shared a video of pilots struggling to land at Heathrow Airport amidst the catastrophic winds.
Pilots have been struggling to land at Heathrow Airport due to strong winds from Storm Eunice.
— London Live (@LondonLive) February 18, 2022
A Twitter user also shared a clip of a flying dustbin that has now gone viral!
Can’t wait to see the new Harry Potter film.
— Cal (@calsirjames) February 18, 2022
Prince Andrew settles US civil sex assault case with Virginia Giuffre
Prince Andrew has reached an out-of-court settlement in a civil sexual assault case against him by Virginia Giuffre, an American woman, and victim of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.
The settlement is of an undisclosed amount along with Prince Andrew voicing regret for his association with Jeffrey Epstein in the court filing. According to many news reports, it is believed to be £12million.
English Broadcaster and Journalist Piers Morgan tweeted that the British public is entitled to know if the settlement money came indirectly from taxpayers and that Prince Andrew should not have put the Queen in such a position.
The British public is entitled to know who paid for Prince Andrew’s settlement given some of it may have come indirectly from taxpayer money.
Outrageous if it’s true the Queen’s had to contribute towards silencing his accuser – how dare he put his mother in that position?
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 16, 2022
Many UK citizens echoed the sentiment with some demanding to know the source of the money on social media. Mike Galsworthy, Presenter at Byline TV and co-founder of Scientists for EU, tweeted about the same.
Can I ask where Prince Andrew got this money from?
— Dr Mike Galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) February 15, 2022
Many also questioned the turn of events as the settlement of this lawsuit came as a contradiction to Prince Andrew’s demand in January for a jury trial.
Prince Andrew demands jury trial in US over sexual assault allegations https://t.co/LymiJgSKiZ
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) January 26, 2022
British Solicitor Nazir Afzal exclaimed how this was in line with no wrongdoing.
Prince Andrew (well the Queen actually) will pay £12m to Virginia Guiffre for her victims charities as part of the settlement of sexual assault allegations
That’s one hell of a “I did nothing wrong”
— nazir afzal (@nazirafzal) February 15, 2022
Meanwhile, The Telegraph has reported that the Duke of York will pay the reported £12million settlement using money from the Queen. He has also agreed to make a ‘substantial donation’ to Ms. Giuffre’s charity for victims of abuse.
🔴EXCLUSIVE: The Duke of York will pay his accuser more than £12 million using money from the Queen
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) February 15, 2022
Sources close to Prince Andrew say he ‘wholly maintains his innocence’ and ‘believes he can still find a way back into public life’. The Firm wanted a settlement agreed to avoid overshadowing the Queens Platinum Jubilee.
Boohoo Advert Banned for Sexualizing & Objectifying Women
Fast fashion retailer ‘Boohoo’ used photos of a model wearing thong-style bikini bottoms while posing to sell the brand’s oversized T-shirt. Following a complaint to UK’s watchdog – the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the promotion was banned for being ‘offensive, harmful and irresponsible.
— ASA (@ASA_UK) February 16, 2022
Among the many photos, the shots in question were the ones taken from the rear with her kneeling and another of her sitting with legs apart, as the ASA noted that, ‘neither the partial nudity nor the bikini bottoms were relevant to the product’.
— The Drum (@TheDrum) February 16, 2022
Boohoo has been criticized in the past for racy marketing. This time the retail giant said, ‘the model was wearing the T-shirt with a bikini as part of the swimwear range’. A spokesperson for the Group expressed their ‘disappointment’ for the findings of the ruling.
However, Boohoo removed the images from its website before ASA’s ruling was published.
Amidst the criticism and a series of reactions from social media users, some particularly stood out.
Author and award-winning freelance journalist, Rebecca Reid tweeted that the company’s landfill fashion track record should be the reason for being offended rather than a portion of a woman’s body.
I’ll be on @LBC with David Lammy later tonight talking about the “offensive” Boohoo advert. Suffice to say, if you’re offended by a portion woman’s butt cheek rather than a company’s landfill fashion track record then you’re offended by the wrong thing.
— Rebecca Reid (Taylor’s Version) (@RebeccaCNReid) February 16, 2022
British entrepreneur and multi-unicorn founder, Brent Hoberman, pointed out that ‘whenever the ASA blocks ads, that seems to generate so much free PR’, indicating that the coverage is almost certainly good for Boohoo!
Boohoo forced to drop advert images by watchdog
Whatever the virtues or flaws
The coverage is almost certainly good for boohoo?
Ie whenever ASA blocks ads:that seems to generate so much free PR
Which gets more coverage than the ad?
Is there a better way? https://t.co/WXecH8BKcP
— Brent Hoberman (@brenthoberman) February 16, 2022
Novak Djokovic may miss out on Wimbledon and French Open amidst Vaccination chaos
In an interview broadcast with the BBC on Tuesday, Novak Djokovic said he is ‘prepared to skip the French Open and Wimbledon’ if vaccination against Covid19 is required for him to play. The 20-time Grand Slam Champion said, ‘it is the price I am willing to pay’.
Novak Djokovic is prepared to miss the French Open, Wimbledon and other tennis tournaments if a Covid vaccine is required to compete, he said in a BBC interview. Being free to choose what goes in his body is “more important than any title,” he said. https://t.co/QjkmSbO0yx
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 15, 2022
Djokovic also thanked his fans for their patience and supporting him, especially in the past few weeks as he fought deportation in Australia where he was not allowed to play for the Australian Open title in January.
In the interview, the Serbian tennis star also clarified that he is not opposed to vaccinations but believes in ‘the freedom to choose what you put into your body.
I am grateful for the opportunity to answer questions from @amolrajan and set the record straight. Watch the full interview today at 8.30pm GMT on @BBC1 in the UK and BBC World.https://t.co/QkFH1p8GWJ
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) February 15, 2022
Retired professional tennis player, Tim Henman who is also on the Wimbledon Committee believes that Djokovic will be able to compete at Wimbledon this year.
On BBC Radio 4, he expressed his support for the six-time Wimbledon Champion saying that ‘by missing a chance to play in a Grand Slam, he jeopardizes his chances of becoming the greatest male player of all time, which speaks to his courage and belief that this is best for him.
UK-based communications consultant James Melville shared the news in a tweet.
Tim Henman offers words of support to Novak Djokovic:
“By missing a chance to play in a Grand Slam, he jeopardises his chances of becoming the greatest male player of all time, which speaks to his courage, belief, and belief that this is best for him.“https://t.co/mxgfru9NZC
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) February 15, 2022
However, in a debate conducted by talkRADIO TV, journalist Benjamin Butterworth said what Novak Djokovic is doing is ‘dangerous’ and ‘has given a platform to anti vaxxers’. He went on to say that if he were in the stadium, he would ‘boo Novak Djokovic’.
Benjamin Butterworth slams "dangerous" Novak Djokovic after he said he would not defend his Wimbledon or French Open titles if mandatory jabs are required.
— TalkTV (@TalkTV) February 15, 2022
The Meaning of Caulk and the Confusion around the Word in Wordle Game
For many, the world of Wordle changed overnight from basic to intellectual ever since New York Times has acquired the game from its original creator. The five-letter word ‘Caulk’ has been at the center of news since it became the ‘word of the day’ in Wordle.
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, it is a substance used for filling in the gaps around the edge of something, for e.g., a shower or bath.
While some exclaimed that ‘the word does not even exist’, many fans feel the game has become more difficult since the takeover.
New York Times Wordle changes upset fans
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) February 17, 2022
A Twitter user expressed their unhappiness by wishing ‘good morning to everyone except all the staff at New York Times, their families, friends, pets, and acquaintances.
Good morning to everyone except all of the staff at the New York Times, their families, friends, pets and acquaintances.
Wordle 240 X/6
— Adam (Legacy Fan) (@Hunteresque1) February 14, 2022
On the contrary, a Twitter user said she could not believe the controversy around the word ‘caulk’, as though people have never decorated anything in their lives.
Caulk is trending. I cannot believe how much controversy this word has caused. It’s as though people have never decorated anything in their lives. #Caulk
— alikidman (@alikidman) February 17, 2022
In fact, many users felt it exposed a class divide among the game’s players. One such tweet went viral where the user called it a ‘win for the working class.
Today's Wordle was a win for the working class, not surprising to see the London liberal metropolitan elite failing to get it
— Major Charles Sugar (@JoeStephenson96) February 16, 2022
Needless to say, the word ‘Caulk’ caused quite a stir on social media and over 200K+ searches for its meaning on Google in the UK.
And that’s it for another week of hot topics in the UK.
Post curated by Nidaa Koreishi & Manuela Willbold