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Editor: Alex Pleasants
In case you missed it… Ed was joined on the most recent Vaizey View by Herman Narula, the UK’s foremost metaverse innovator and founder of one of Europe’s largest tech companies, Improbable. VR headset ON for this deep dive into the future of the metaverse. 

 Government Stuff 

Rishi Sunak has set out his plans to make the UK a ‘science and tech superpower’ if he becomes PM.  

COADEC and The Entrepreneurs Network have published a Tech Startup Manifesto with recommendations for whoever moves into No.10 next month. 

Matt Hancock: First MP with an app. First MP in the metaverse.  

 Culture Stuff 

Arts & Culture 
Recovery funds were critical to the arts sectors in Wales and Scotland surviving COVID, according to two studies.  

The largest art auction in history is set to take place in November, with $1bn worth of art belonging to late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen up for sale.  

The British Council has just released its Review of the Year 21-22
(what a year, btw), showcasing how they’ve worked with 2,700 arts organisations in the past 12 months. 

Equity has urged the next Prime Minister to reform Arts Council England and adopt regional funding structures.  

72% of people surveyed by YouGov support artists and creatives being paid when their work is shared digitally.  

Bleep. The Art Newspaper on the galleries and artists finding themselves at the mercy of Instagram’s heavy-handed censoring.  

Deep. An arts venue is to open in caves underneath Nottingham.  

Wallpaper with the world’s finest examples of brutalist architecture.  

Olaniyi Studio has created ‘living’ footwear which is designed to decay. Left in the gym bag too long. Know the feeling.  

Theatre & Dance 
Shakespeare’s Globe and King’s College London have set up a new Shakespeare research centre or sonnet like that. 

London’s Almeida Theatre is to host the world premiere of a new musical from playwright James Graham, Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and Elton John.  

Jodie Comer and Emilia Clarke are among the nominees for this year’s The Stage Debut Awards. 

Hahahaha. Here’s the winner of the best joke at Edinburgh Fringe. Hahahaha. 

Tourism & Heritage  
Archaeologists have dug up a pub outside Leeds which has been buried since the 7th century. Quite the lock-in.  

What exactly is a museum? VERY good question. The International Council of Museums has voted to change the definition for the first time in 50 years. 

Press, Books & Libraries 
Tess Gunty has won the inaugral Waterstones debut fiction prize for her book The Rabbit Hutch exploring lives in the fictional town of Vacca Vale, Indiana.  

Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin sits down with the New York Times to talk about getting the show he wanted. How about finishing the books we wanted? 

Exhibitions and Events  
Wallpaper with its pick of exhibitions happening in London right now. 

Get yourself down to the Barbican this Monday for an eco-inspired journey exploring how creativity can inspire climate action. 

It has been over a year since college athletes have been allowed by the NCAA to financially benefit from their name, image, and likeness (NIL) in the US. Kindred Media analyzes the impact this decision has had on college athletes.  

 Creative Industries & Tech Stuff 

Film & TV 
A barnstorming Mactaggart Lecture from former Newsnight host Emily Maitlis examining how populism has impacted the media (and calling out the BBC, too). 

While we’re at Edinburgh TV FestivalChannel 4 has been named channel of the year. And they’re marking their big 4-0 with a musical about Prince Andrew.  

Leading UK broadcasters and streamers, including BBC, Sky and Disney+, have teamed up for an initiative to help improve access for disabled talent in TV. 

Pinewood Studios is to name its new sound studio after Sean Connery.  

Love this. Dame Judi Dench has appeared on the Beeb’s The Repair Shop and they restored her late husband’s pocket watch.  

Designers ranging from Frank Gehry to LEGO have reimagined Louis Vuitton’s iconic luggage to mark the fashion house founder’s 200th birthday.  

Copenhagen Fashion Week, the youngest in the fashion week calendar, has strutted into town and The Guardian picks 15 designers making waves. 

Music & Radio 
Pink Floyd have flogged their back catalogue for £400m. Ch-ching. MONEEEY. 

85% per cent of Brits think that music is vital for their mental health. 

Britney Spears has teamed up with Elton John for her first new music since 2016. The Guardian are fans and talk to Elton about how it all came together.  

Harry Styles has given Rolling Stone all this late night talkin’ in a new cover interview. 

There’s now artificial intelligence that can help you finish that rap verse you’ve been working on. Lil Way-I.  

99 per cent of Netflix users are yet to try their exclusive games.  

Sony has upped the price of the PlayStation 5 - and they’re being sued for £5bn over ‘rip-off’ games.  

Here’s The Guardian with the autumn video game releases they’re most excited about.  

Tech & Telecoms 
Heating up in the Twitter v Musk court battle. He (Musk) has subpoenaed former CEO Jack Dorsey and the judge has ordered Twitter to hand over user data.  

Peleton has recorded losses of more than $1.2bn in the past three months, with the CEO calling it a sign of "substantial progress". I mean… 

Marky Mark Zuckerberg has announced that a new VR headset is coming from Meta in October.  

More than $100m worth of NFTs have been stolen since July last year.  

Wired on how Babylon disrupted the UK healthcare system… and then left to break America.  

T-Mobile and Elon Musk’s Starlink are teaming up to connect 5G phones to satellites from next year. 

California is to ban petrol-only vehicle sales by 2035.  

Twitter is adding podcasts. Hope this emboldens even more people to start their own.  

Sifted speaks to the startup that thinks it has found a way to cut electric vehicle battery charge times in half.  

Hot on the heels of definitely-not-copying TikTok, Instagram is now how-can-you-even-accuse-us-of-copying BeReal

Were you considering sleeping tonight? Think again! NASA has released a creepy recording proving that there is sound in space after all. 

 Appointments & Movers 

Aaron S. Watkin is the new artistic director of the English National Ballet; Anna Bateson has been named chief exec of Guardian Media Group; Scott Mills has left Radio 1 after 24 years presenting; Catherine Salmond has been appointed editor of The Herald - the first female editor in 239 years of the Scottish paper; Sandeep Pandey, VP of engineering at Twitter, is leaving for Meta; Vanessa Feltz is to present the drivetime show on TalkRadio; Dafydd Rhys has been appointed chief exec of Arts Council of Wales; Shanaz Gulzar and Dan Bates are to deliver Bradford’s UK City of Culture 2025 programme; Wez Saunders has been named CEO of record label Defected; Love Island host Laura Whitmore has quit the show (job for you, Ed?)  

...And Finally

Is that an 18 foot python in your bedroom or are you ju… IT’S A PYTHON. And it’s coming in through the window! Sssssssomebody fetch me a broom! 

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