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15 August

In the headlines

Donald Trump has been charged with racketeering, forgery and other election-related crimes in the state of Georgia, where he demanded that officials “find” extra votes for him after his 2020 defeat. As these are state rather than federal offences, the former president would not be able to pardon himself if re-elected. The personal information of Northern Irish police officers is in the hands of dissident republicans, the region’s police chief has confirmed, after a huge accidental data release. A redacted version of the document was posted near a Sinn Féin office in west Belfast yesterday. Rupert Murdoch may have found love again, says the Daily Mail. Four months after ending his engagement to an American radio host, the 92-year-old media mogul is in the “early stages” of a romance with Elena Zhukova, 66, a retired scientist and Roman Abramovich’s former mother-in-law.

Gone viral

Web designers Logan Engstrom and Garrett Finucane have created Hextris, a highly addictive online puzzle inspired by the arcade game Tetris. You control the rotatable black hexagon in the middle; the aim is to clear the stack by matching three colour blocks, which makes them disappear. Try it for yourself here.

Nice work if you can get it

Under a new deal that was signed to head off potential strike action, full-time UPS drivers in the US will make around $170,000 a year in pay and benefits by 2028. The announcement has sparked a 50% rise in searches for “UPS” on Indeed, the online jobs board, says Bloomberg. But “the path to a coveted driving position is far from a smooth ride” – employees first have to do shift work sorting packages back in the warehouse, a rite of passage that “often takes several years”.


To The Sunday Times:

Rod Liddle notes the odd notion that “authenticity” requires that only Jewish actors should play Jewish people. In Robert Oppenheimer’s case, complete authenticity would also require the actor to be a gifted atomic physicist, whose closest friends are card-carrying communists, and whom the USSR codenamed “Chester”. Casting directors may find this a difficult task.

Wade Smith, Sheringham, Norfolk


Chloe Kelly’s match-winning penalty for England against Nigeria last week was not only the fastest shot in the Women’s World Cup so far, says The Guardian – it was struck more powerfully than any male player managed in the Premier League last season. The ball travelled at 69mph, easily trumping the 66.6mph strike by West Ham’s Saïd Benrahma that topped the men’s rankings.

Inside politics

Ivo Dawnay’s recent book review in The Oldie offers a rather unflattering assessment of his brother-in-law Boris Johnson. The husband of Rachel, Boris’s sister, writes that the former prime minister has “charmed, entertained and horrified” him for more than 30 years. “During this time,” he adds, “I can barely remember him ever asking me a single thing about myself.”


It’s a “wife-pleaser” – at least, that’s what Gen Z TikTokers are now calling it, says Maddy Mussen in the Evening Standard. For years, the humble white vest was known as the “wife-beater”, associated with “Stella Artois-sloshing, red-faced male abusers”. But that somewhat unsettling nickname has been “largely retired”, and with the garment now coming back into fashion, a new name was needed. Hence: wife-pleaser.



“Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.”

Former Israeli PM Golda Meir