Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.
On Monday it was announced that the consortium lead by Todd Boehly have completed the takeover of Chelsea FC, just one day before the UK government’s deadline. This sale was instigated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as the football club had assets frozen and sanctions put on as the previous owner, Roman Abramovich has close ties to Russian president Putin.
Speaking of the acquisition, Boehly told the Chelsea website: “We are honoured to become the new custodians of Chelsea Football Club. We’re all in – 100% — every minute of every match. Our vision as owners is clear: we want to make the fans proud. Along with our commitment to developing the youth squad and acquiring the best talent, our plan of action is to invest in the Club for the long-term and build on Chelsea’s remarkable history of success.”
Two dogs who were left abandoned and have been staying in a rescue centre have tied the knot after getting extremely close. Chihuahuas Peanut and Cashew got married at the San Antonio Humane Society earlier this month after falling in love “at first sight” when they met in April. A miniature wedding chapel was built for the event which was painted red, while the pooches were wearing a suit and dress. A spokesperson for the shelter says that they are both available individually for adoption but are hoping they get to continue their honeymoon together forever.
An artist in Gloucester has been painting rundown and neglected buildings into bright colours, such as purple, blue, orange, and green. Tash Frootko has painted 25 houses so far, as her mission to inject colour into a city which has gained a negative opinion over the years.
The 42-year-old says: “I see Gloucester as a huge blank canvas… and see potential in everything. Rows of Victorian terraced houses look sublime when painted in bold and vivid colours. It brings them back to life after being allowed to become drab and soulless. People will now refer to this area of the city as the Rainbow Square—and it’s the most colourful square in the country.