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Only the hottest stories for the HOTTEST week of any year ever presumably. First up, Ed brings the *flame emoji* (just go with it) on the latest Break Out Culture, featuring Jake Fiennes (Ralph’s brother) on his new book exploring how farming can save the British countryside.  

 Government Stuff 

The Online Safety Bill has officially been put on ice until the next PM is in place in the autumn.  

On that note… Former DCMS Committee chair Damian Collins has been appointed as online safety minister at DCMS.   

The Telegraph on what Boris Johnson’s resignation means for the privatisation of Channel 4. Chief exec Alex Mahon addressed the DCMS Committee on the matter this week.  

DCMS has ‘reassured’ performers and musicians that the Online Safety Bill won’t allow AI to adversely impact their work.  

DCMS wants your views on data storage and processing infrastructure security, btw.  

Taso Advisory has set up a handy lil’ tracker to keep tabs on what each of the Tory leadership hopefuls
(now down to 5 from an original 89) are saying about tech policy.  

 Culture Stuff 

Arts & Culture 
We could be set to see a £65m boost for good causes, including the arts, from the National Lottery under new contractual arrangements.  

Would you believe it! They've only van Gone and found a previously unknown van Gogh self-portrait has been discovered on the back of another of his paintings.  

Almost 30,000 images of the black diaspora in the UK and US, from the 1800s to present day, have been released to the public by Getty Images. 

Fresh after being granted university status, Arts University Plymouth has been ranked as the best arts institution in the UK for student satisfaction.  

Disability Arts Online has launched a debut publication from The Onyx Collection exploring intersectionality and cultural activism.  

A contested da Vinci painting has been sold as an NFT. But who owns it? And is it real? And are we even real? The Art Newspaper investigates.  

And just like that, the Italian government has halted the sale of digital copies of artwork from the country’s major museums. Per il meglio.  

The longlist for the RIBA House of the Year 2022 has been unveiled. My fave is the house extension that incorporates 17th century ruins. But I am, regretfully, no expert. 

David Adjaye and Ralph Appelbaum have been selected to lead the £57m redesign of Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum and Maritime Museum.  

The AHRC and Design Museum are teaming up on a new £25m fund to boost green design solutions.  

A dialysis machine inspired by a juice dispenser has won the 2022 MacRobert Award, the UK's most prestigious award for engineering innovation.  

Got a lot of time for this one. A massive wooden clock from designer Fabien Roy has sprung up in the Swiss countryside to mark the Tour de France.  

Theatre & Dance 
Playwright James Graham and the outgoing English National Ballet artistic director Tamara Rojo were among those honoured at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. 

Shakespeare North, a new £38m replica theatre near Liverpool, is opening its doors on Friday.  

Classical Music & Opera 
A new National Open Youth Orchestra is to open in Cardiff, providing space for disabled and non-disabled musicians to perform together.  

Chineke! founder Chi-chi Nwanoku chats to the Financial Times about finally getting a seat at the orchestral top table.  

Tourism & Heritage  
11 historic pubs in the UK have now been listed by Historic England. Cheers. 

The Horniman Museum and Gardens in South London has won the Art Fund Museum of the Year. Bravo.  

The V&A has announced that its children’s museum in East London will reopen next summer following a £13.5m redevelopment.  

Museums Association reports on how the hourly pay for museum roles is down by a quarter in relative terms since 2011. Jeez.   

Press, Books & Libraries 
The Royal Society of Literature has announced 44 new fellows for 2022, including Nick Cave and Michaela Coel. Newsletters surely count as ‘literature’ by now. 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time author Mark Haddon is to donate all future royalties in the US to abortion rights groups.  

Press Gazette examines how Vox became the world’s top news publisher on YouTube.  

The Booker Prize has unveiled a new book club challenge. What happened to my plan for a book club you ask? It got shelved.  

Exhibitions and Events  
The Museum of London has announced a 5 month ‘leaving do’ ahead of its move to a new site. Might go for a similar timespan for my next birthday.  

The V&A is to explore the cultural significance of musicals in a major new exhibition. A source tells me that James Corden’s turn in Cats will feature significantly.  

The V&A is also getting an exhibition on South Korean art, fashion and pop culture. Oppa Gangnam Style. 

Crafts Council has announced plans for a summer of playful making across the UK until 3rd September.  

Sometimes you just need to listen to the best interviews with leaders in tech, media, and everything in between, you know? Well fear not! KindredCast is here! Tune in on YouTube or perhaps Spotify for chats with the likes of Malcolm Gladwell, Serena Williams, and more.  

And if you truly can’t get enough of these ‘newsletters’, then Kindred Media’s Take a Break will give you the biggest stories in media and tech in 5 minutes, 5 days a week. Ideal.  

 Creative Industries & Tech Stuff 

Film & TV 
The Beeb has released its latest annual report. 90% of the UK population use BBC services each week and £1bn has been saved in 5 years, but the gender pay gap has increased.  

While we’re there… The Times looks at the brain drain facing the Beeb, with more than 2,500 years of experience leaving in the past two years.  

Emmy nominations have arrived and Succession leads the pack with 25 nods. Variety unpicks the surprises and snubs

Game, set, and, might I add, MATCH. The Beeb’s coverage of Wimbledon was streamed a record 53.8m times.  

YouTube TV now has 5 million subscribers. The Verge reckons it could be the future of cable television.  

Netflix is partnering with Microsoft on its new ad-supported tier. Could be the future of cable television.  

The name’s Abbey. Westminster Abbey. Mission Impossible 8 is set to be the first movie ever to film in Westminster Abbey.  

A lovely chat in New York Mag with The Sopranos creator David Chase remembering the legacy of Tony Sirico aka. Paulie Walnuts.  

UK fashion businesses have reduced their delivery lead time delays by half over the last two years, reports Drapers. 

BOO HOOOOO! WAH WAAAAAH! Boohoo is axing free returns.  

Music & Radio 
He’s back! The Boss is back! Bruce Springsteen is making his big return to the UK after 6 years with a string of gigs next summer. Waitin’ on a similarly sunny day I bet. 

Booooo. London club Printworks is to close and be made into offices. 

Spotify has acquired music trivia game Heardle which is inspired by the word game Worldle. Still waiting for a bid for my cheese lump trivia game, Curdle.  

The Guardian ponders whether its game over for the gaming’s pandemic boom. I think they’ll probably be fine.  

Tech & Telecoms 
Taxi for Uber. The Guardian reports on leaked documents showing how the ride-hailing app broke laws and duped officials over the years. Gulp.  

AUDIBLE GASP! Elon Musk has pulled out of his $44bn deal to buy Twitter - and now they’ve sued him to try to force him to complete the acquisition.  

Much like Matthew Kelly, I also have stars in my eyes after seeing NASA’s Webb Telescope give the deepest view of our universe yet. Amazing. 

Investment in European fintech has retreated back to pre-2021 levels, according to Dealroom data, and global VC funding has slowed significantly, says Crunchbase. 

Amazon is to create more than 4,000 new jobs in UK, taking the permanent workforce here up to 75k.  

A new Ipsos study has found that 7 in 10 adults in the UK want social media firms to do more to tackle harmful content. 

Buy now, pay later firm Klarna’s value has been slashed by 85% after its latest fundraising round.  

Apple’s UK stores paid just £800k tax last year despite £971.5m of sales. Nothing to see here. Move along.  

A new $1bn VC fund has been launched by Cathay Innovation, with a focus on sustainable tech.  

Collapsed fintech Wirecard forged client details to secure €900m of investment from SoftBank. Quite chilled.  

Twitter experienced its longest outage in years this week. No wonder Elon wants out. 

Bill Gates has set out plans to drop off the world’s rich list. Same.  

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt chats to the Financial Times about how bioscience will change the world and AI will accelerate a post-Internet revolution. 

Airbus has broken the record for the longest unmanned flight: a mere 26 continuous days for its solar-powered Zephyr S. Had Ryanair flights which felt longer. 

 Appointments & Movers 

Brett Rogers is stepping down as director of The Photographers’ Gallery after 16 years; Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong is leaving after nearly 15 years at the helm; Victoria Derbyshire will be the next lead presenter of Newsnight; YolanDa Brown has been elected chair of the BPI; Lynda Rooke has been elected president of performers’ union Equity; ex-ASOS boss Nick Beighton has been appointed CEO of Matchesfashion; Jigsaw founder and Google veteran Jared Cohen is to head up innovation at Goldman Sachs; Twitter has hired Rebecca Hahn as VP of global comms; Caroline Truss has been named chief exec of Sinfonia Cymru; Anup Mysoor has been named as chair of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; Medium founder and CEO Ev Williams is stepping down; Kalpna Patel-Knight will take on the new role of head of entertainment at the Beeb 

Ed Stuff

Wore shorts on Good Morning Britain 

...And Finally

What a great idea. Gymwear brand Gymshark has opened a barber shop manned by mental health-trained staff to encourage men to open up.  

At last. Peace has been restored to the city of Boston. After 3 weeks on the run in the city’s airport, a cat called Rowdy has been captured. But please. Don’t ask meow they caught him.  

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