The Week Ahead: Farage to stage HOC '˜invasion' while men could steal the show at Royal Ascot
Every Monday we deliver our weekly news forecast. Neil Hudson looks at what media storms are brewing and forwhom the headlines may yet still shine
It doesn’t seem that long ago that Sony and Microsoft launched their latest gaming consoles but brace yourselves because they’re about to do it again. Both companies are expected to unveil the latest incarnations of their respective gaming machines at the E3 event in Los Angeles tomorrow. While this will generate lots of media froth, if you’ve just bought a PS4 or Xbox, you might not feel like playing on it tonight.
FASHION NEWS (AND ASCOT)
Yes, it’s that time of year again when lots of posh women (or women who want to appear to be posh at least) don ridiculously large, garishly designed hats as part of Royal Ascot, which is actually centred around a horse race. Meanwhile, the men wear boring old suits. However, those wishing to avoid hackneyed male dress codes could take a few tips from The British Fashion Council’s London Collections: Men’s Show, which take place today and will showcase such fashion accessories as male chokers, a back-to-front boiler suit and something in black which resembles a beekeepers uniform, all modelled by slightly chubby, moody looking models who are genetically bred not to move their facial muscles.
Tomorrow marks the 34th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War, which lasted two months, one week and five days and proved a defining moment for then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who took little time in deciding to throw Britiain’s military might behind the campaign to wrestle back control of the islands from Argentina. Despite receiving the cold shoulder from America, Maggie went her own way and British troops pulled off one of the quickest and most unexpected victories in modern warfare. The logistical challenges alone were immense, the islands being some 8,000 miles away.
A tennis-ball sized rough diamond, the second largest ever discovered, which is expected to fetch an eye watering $70m at an auction in London later this month, will be unveiled to the world this week. It was found by the Lucara Diamond Corporation in Botswana late last year and was named Lesedi la Rona, which mean “our light” in Tswana. The 1109 carat stone will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on June 29 but the photoshoot will take palce tomorrow.
GREEN TO GET A GRILLING
The BHS saga will continues as on Wednesday the former owner of the firm Sir Philip Green will be grilled (not literally but near as damn it) by MPs over his role in the former high street giant’s downfall. This follows lurid allegations made last week by the most recent owners of the failed company, headed by Dominic Chappell, who had his own ‘grilling’ last week.
FARAGE TO ‘INVADE’ HOUSE OF COMMONS
As the Brexit debate prepares to round the corer into the final furlong, both sides are set to pull out all the stops as the battle for votes becomes truly palpable. To this end, UKIP leader Nigel Farage, not being one to shy from publicity, will be leading a pro-Brexit ‘flotilla’ of fishing boats down the River Thames, before docking at the Houses of Parliament in what looks set to be a grand and overwrought fanfare of publicity to co-incide with PMQs.
STAR MAN COMES BACK TO EARTH
Astronaut Tim Peake, who was meant to return to earth on June 5 but had his stay in space extended slightly, will finally reach terra firma on Saturday June 18, after six months on the International Space Station.