What Britain Talks About This Week – Jamal Edwards Death | Mark Hughes New Bradford City Manager | Elden Ring: Most Anticipated Game Released & Review | Russia-Ukraine War


Emotional tributes flow as Jamal Edwards, 31, dies of a heart attack

British Music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards died in the morning of February 20, 2022, at his mother’s house after playing his last DJ set at a bar the night before, as claimed by his close pals.

A heartbroken friend told the Mail, ‘The details are still not clear, but we’ve been told it was a heart attack’.

The death of the 31-year-old star came as a shocker when his mother Brenda Edwards released a statement on February 21, 2022, saying she was ‘completely devastated’ and that Jamal was ‘the center of her world’.

Dionne Grant, Senior Manager Publishing – Buzzfeed, tweeted a video of Brenda Edwards singing ‘The greatest love of all’ at her son’s vigil in West London.

Crediting Jamal Edwards for his own professional success, Ed Sheeran shared an emotional tribute on Instagram saying, ‘he would not be here without him’ and addressed Edwards as ‘his brother’.

BBC Radio shared his words in a tweet.

Millions mourned the loss of the YouTube star as they shared their love and thoughts for Edwards and his family on social media.

In a beautiful honour, football fans at Chelsea’s home ground Stamford Bridge started clapping for Jamal Edwards in the 31st minute of Chelsea’s game against Lille.

Among the many prominent personalities flooding Twitter with tributes for him were Prince Charles, Idris Alba, Dave, AJ Tracey, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and Former Prime Minister David Cameron.

Former Man City manager Mark Bradford named as the new Bradford Manager until Summer 2024

After more than three years out of football, Mark Hughes who last served as manager of Southampton has been unveiled as the new manager for Bradford City.

Former boss at Manchester City, Blackburn, and Stoke, Hughes replaced Derek Adams who was sacked earlier this month. Bradford City is currently 15th in England’s fourth tier.

Looking ahead to his first game for the club against Mansfield Town, Hughes spoke at a press conference saying, ‘match days are what I miss the most, the adrenaline of it all. I am really looking forward to Saturday’.

Official partner of Manchester City Football Club, Marathonbet, shared a clip of a stunning goal by their former manager from his time at the club.

Journalist Aaron Bower noted that Hughes, 58, has never managed a club outside the Premier League and has now taken the role of Manager at Bradford till summer 2024, which itself is a mind-blowing feat.

The most anticipated game, Elden Ring Released and the Reviews are here

Hailed by many gamers and game reviewers as the best game of all time, Elden Ring was released in the UK on February 25, 2022, building on the strength of its predecessor, Soulborne titles.

Offering many new systems, mechanics, and exciting gameplay moments, it is an action role-playing video game by FromSoftware. The Japanese video game company shared the online manual links for Elden Ring on Twitter.

The game has been written by Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin and Dark Souls game director Hidetaka Miyakazi and was voted by the fan community as the most anticipated game in 2020.

Open Critic, a video game review platform on Twitter, shared the game’s ratings so far as the highest of all time.

However, amidst the heaps of praise from critics and users alike, the game’s Steam reviews shed light on serious performance issues that many players are reporting. Despite the initial fix in patch 1.02, users continue to leave negative reviews as the game struggles to hit 60 FPS on both PS5 and Xbox Series X.

VG247, UK based top gaming blog, posted about FromSoftware being aware of the issues and that they would be addressed in future patches.

Fight for Kyiv, as Russia invades Ukraine; PM Boris Johnson says the UK ‘cannot and will not look away’

Russian forces have launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine, crossing borders, striking missiles, and bombing military targets resulting in hundreds of casualties (including civilians) as Russia fights to take control of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.

The war has now reached the streets of the capital where fighting continues according to reports. President Volodomyr Zelensky claims the advance of Russian forces has been derailed and has pledged he will not surrender. Meanwhile Russian military claims to have taken control of the south-eastern city of Melitopol.

German Actor and Filmmaker, Patrick Moelleken, shared President Zelensky’s TV address calling it ‘the most moving speech’ he has ever seen in his entire life.

President Zelensky has announced that the enemy has marked him as ‘the target no.1’ and his family as ‘target no.2’, but he remains in the country despite the US offering him an evacuation flight, saying, ‘I need ammunition, not a ride’.

The UN says, nearly 1,00,000 Ukrainians have fled the country since the beginning of Moscow’s assault, seeking refuge in Poland, Hungary, and Romania.

Meanwhile, many Russian citizens have been protesting the war. Ragip Soylu from London-based online news Middle East Eye shared a video of the size of protests in St Petersburg, Russia.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson recorded an address at Downing Street condemning ‘the appalling, unprovoked attack on Ukraine’ after chairing an emergency Cobra meeting to discuss the UK’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

As part of an aggressive response in support of Ukraine, the UK has imposed sweeping sanctions on President Putin, Sergey Lavrov, five Russian banks, more than 100 companies and oligarchs at the heart of Vladimir Putin’s regime, and Belarus.

  • The UK has sent military support to the Polish border of Ukraine, defensive military aid to Ukraine, and has trained 22,000 Ukrainian troops through Op Orbital.
  • The UK has banned Aeroflot and is calling for an end to Russian involvement in SWIFT.

While Defence Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed that the UK will not be sending its troops to Ukraine, he said Ukraine would instead be supported to ‘fight every street with every piece of equipment we can get to them’.

Board member of the CFA Armed Forces, Lewis Feilder tweeted that the UK is leading the logistics operation to transport lethal weapons to Ukraine from 28 countries.

UK troops have also reached Estonia with military trucks and tanks as part of the UK’s contribution to strengthening NATO’s uplift to Eastern Europe.

The UK has also voted in favour of the United Nations Security Council’s resolution for condemning Russia, which vetoed the same. Following a tweet by the Spectator Index lists the countries for, against and those who abstained are:

Meanwhile, Formula 1 has cancelled its upcoming September Grand Prix race in Russia and the UEFA Champions League has moved its 2022 finals from St. Petersburg, Russia to Paris, France.

As the crisis continues, everyone hopes for an end of the war and restoration of peace and humanity above all else and we will continue to monitor the latest developments.

Post curated by Nidaa Koreishi & Manuela Willbold