Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 5th February 2023

Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 5th February 2023

Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.

Serious News

This week was extremely busy with strikes as teachers, civil servants, rail and bus staff were all striking.

Teachers were striking all week from Monday until Friday, while university staff and civil servants only striked on Wednesday. Rail staff striked on Wednesday and Friday, while bus drivers were on strike from Wednesday until Friday.

Next week we see nurses, ambulances, physios and midwives strike on Monday and Tuesday, while university staff, physios and ambulances also strike on Thursday and Friday.

Crazy News

An original Mr Blobby costume went for auction on eBay and sold for £62,000, but the buyer has backed out of the sale.

The piece of TV memorabilia is more than 25 years-old and rose to fame on Noel’s House Party, but is being sold to make space as neither the broadcaster, costume designer or production team wanted it.

The anonymous seller says: “I thought it would get to a level of £100 perhaps – and so I was shocked really that it reached the level it did. I think it was one of those things that was driven by social media”.

Happy News

A toddler has made an unlikely friend in a frog.

Juliana Allon was begging her mum for a pet white tree frog from the pet store in Florida, and caved in after spending $40.

Named George, the frog does everything with Juliana and is often sitting on her shoulder while she eats or watches television.

Speaking of the bond, mother Brandie says: “She wakes up and the first thing she says is ‘baby frog’—and she wants to hold him right away”.