Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have both been fined for throwing and attending parties during lockdown. Johnson and his wife, Carrie has confirmed that he has paid his fine for attending the hour-long gathering in the Cabinet Room on 19th June 2020. He has apologised but insisted he would not resign over the breach in rules set out by his party. During an interview he said: “I accept in all sincerity that people had the right to expect better, but now I feel an even greater sense of obligation to deliver on the priorities of the British people”. He has become the UK’s first serving Prime Minister to be punished for breaking the law.
In what can be seen as breaking one of the biggest flat sharing rules, one unlucky person was unlucky to arrive back home and realise that her flatmates had eaten 20 crème eggs between them. Buying five boxes of five crème eggs that she was hoping would last to Easter Sunday, this wasn’t the case as they weren’t even asked if the friends could eat any. Asking if the culprit could buy more on her way home to make up for them, she had a reply saying no as it was “out of her way”. Also mentioned on the Reddit forum was that the victim “asked if she could do it some other time in the next day or so or give me the money to buy them myself, and she said she wouldn’t do it because she hadn’t eaten them. She’s refusing to reimburse me for the 20 eggs her friends ate. I’m annoyed at this. I bought them for myself, she knows they’re mine, they had my name on them and were in my cabinet. She’s saying since she didn’t eat them, she shouldn’t need to pay for them”. This is a massive break of trust and one of the reasons why I would never do a flat or house share personally.
Two stolen Charles Darwin notebooks have been returned in a pink bag 22 years after they first went missing. Included in the notebook are Darwin’s jottings that formed his theory of evolution. Returned to Cambridge University Library uncaught on CCTV, a note was also attached saying “Librarian, Happy Easter, X”. The notebooks were taken from the library’s strong room for photographs and during routine inspections they were missing. Authorities sifted through some 10-million-unit archive but couldn’t find them so they concluded they were stolen. Librarian Dr Jessica Gardner found them outside her offices and says: “My sense of relief at the notebooks’ safe return is profound and almost impossible to adequately express. Along with so many others all across the world, I was heartbroken to learn of their loss and my joy at their return is immense”.