The UK has set a new target to slash emissions by 78% by 2035.
Parliament is to vote on plans for taller and wider phone masts to be allowed in rural areas to speed up 5G rollout.
The Met Office and Microsoft will make the world’s most advanced supercomputer dedicated to climate and weather forecasting. Cool! Or maybe hot! Ask the computer!
DCMS is launching a £7m UK Global Screen Fund to help bring UK independent screen content to a global stage.
The Department for International Trade has announced export support measures for the UK’s world-leading fintech sector.
The government is introducing new cyber security laws to protect smart devices, including a ban on easy-to-guess default passwords. 12345678 reasons why that’s a good idea.
DCMS has launched an independent review into the collapse of online gambling firm, Football Index.
According to new government figures, almost half of UK residents have bought at least one smart device since the start of the pandemic.
Sir Nicholas Serota and Darren Henley of Arts Council England have defended the distribution of the Culture Recovery Fund to the DCMS Committee.
Arts & Culture
Nine education unions and associations are joining forces to launch a new festival celebrating the arts in schools.
15 of the UK’s leading arts organisations are uniting for a new XR tech-driven, virtual arts ecosystem called theVOV.
WeTransfer has launched The Supporting Act Foundation to support emerging creative talent through arts education, grants, and an annual prize.
Christie's is to offer a Xu Beihong painting for £41m - the highest ever estimate put on an Asian work by a western auction house.
Now this is SCIENCE. Researchers on why some Picassos deteriorate quicker – and some other researchers (probably) on the trippy hallucinations behind cave art.
Scientists have unveiled the ‘whitest white paint EVER’ and, I’ll give it to them, it is definitely white.
The Beeb on the lidless paper coffee cup that could cut down on 2.5bn disposable cups being binned annually - and how the bug will influence future building design.
Theatre & Dance
The total raised by the Theatre Artists Fund for struggling freelancers has hit £7m after a £250,000 donation from WarnerMedia.
The story of Dame Floella Benjamin’s childhood and arrival in 1960s Britain is to be made into a stage musical.
Birmingham Rep has unveiled its 50th anniversary season.
The Theatres Trust has launched a new £100,000 small grants programme to help not-for-profit theatres carry out essential works.
Classical Music & Opera
The Royal College of Music has teamed up with institutions from across the world to launch the Global Conservatoire, a new digital learning environment.
London’s Design Museum has got round lockdown restrictions by opening an artist-designed supermarket. Francis Bacon = obvious. Damien Bratw-Hirst? A real thinker.
Press, Books & Libraries
The US and UK’s largest news companies are worth $38bn more now than before the pandemic, according to Press Gazette research. Blimey.
The Daily Mail is suing Google in the US over its ‘rigged advertising system’.
Newcomers dominate the final shortlist for the International Booker Prize.
I May Destroy You’s Michaela Coel is making her debut as an author this autumn.
Exhibitions and Events
The Hepworth Wakefield is running an virtual Spring Flower Festival for the next two weeks with talks, tips and pics.
Season for Ex-Change returns on 29th April with an 8-week programme of climate action and creative events.
The third Coventry Biennial HYPER-POSSIBLE (loud!!!) is to open in October as part of the UK City of Culture programme.
Rebellion Publishing’s latest instalment in the Sexton Blake library is out next week and this time Blake’s in the swinging 60’s, baby!
A glimpse behind the scenes at Rebellion as the game dev team are asked ‘what is your favourite Rebellion game?’
Tim Judge of the National Literacy Trust on whether video games could be the answer to the post-COVID educational recovery.
The Government is ‘looking closely’ at TIGA’s proposals for a Video Games Investment Fund.
The Social Mobility Commission is looking to hear from businesses in gaming with socio-economic diversity at the heart of its strategy.
Creative Industries & Tech Stuff
Film & TV
New Creative PEC research shows that 61% of people in creative roles in the screen sector are from privileged backgrounds, compared to 38% nationally.
Amazon spent $11bn on Prime video and music content in 2020, up 41% on the year before.
Netflix has reported a slowdown in subscriber growth. 12345678 people probably have my password again.
Godzilla vs. Kong has crushed Tenet to become the highest-grossing movie of the pandemic era.
58% of comedy shows on BBC3 this year will be ‘female-led’.
Dame Judi Dench and Tom Hardy have topped a Showcase poll of the public’s favourite British film stars. David Beckham was third for his unforgettable role in King Arthur.
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na BATMAAAAAN is to be played by Michael Keaton again in upcoming DC movie The Flash.
The owners of Primark are to return £121m of furlough money due to record sales.
Love this. H&M has launched a free 24-hour suit hire scheme for people going to job interviews.
Music & Radio
The BRITS is to take part next month with a live audience of 4,000 people, mostly key workers, as part of government-led COVID research. Woo!
1 in 5 disabled people face discrimination at work in the music industry, according to a UK Music survey.
Over 150 artists including Kate Bush and Paul McCartney from a band called The Beatles have written to the Prime Minister calling for a change to music streaming laws.
Talking of The Beatles, Taylor Swift has broken their long-standing record after bagging her third no.1 album in nine months.
Boomtown has joined the list of summer festivals cancelling due to an ongoing lack of government-backed insurance for live events.
Apple Music is telling artists it now pays double what Spotify does per stream. Shots. Fired.
In Ireland, a person found to be reselling tickets to events at more than face value could now face up to two years in the slammer.
Friday night and the lights are loooow… which is useful as ABBA are returning for an avatar tour next year.
The Playstation 5 has become the fastest-selling console in US history.
The new Crash Bandicoot game has been downloaded over 23m times in its first week.
Tech & Telecoms
Apple and partners are launching a $200m Restore Fund, aiming to remove at least 1m metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually.
A rocket seemed more appropriate, but THEY’VE DONE IT! NASA has successfully flown a helicopter to or possibly on Mars!
Whilst we’re up there (space), Elon Musk’s SpaceX has won a $2.9bn NASA contract to build a spacecraft to put humans on the moon.
Tesco Mobile, Giffgaff and Sky Mobile came out ahead of the big four mobile operators in an annual Which? consumer survey.
Apple has also unveiled a $29 AirTag tracker to stick on whatever you like. Keys. Pets. TV remote. Big bin. Recycling bin. I’m buying 15 of them.
Facebook is rolling out its own version of Clubhouse – and aims to launch its own digital currency pilot later this year.
BUT Natwest is to refuse to serve business customers who accept cryptocurrencies.
Electric vehicles now make up 25% of the German car market. Elektrisierend!
The Guardian on how Dubai came the influencer capital of the world.
Amazon is opening a hair salon in London with an AR colour bar. Hi, been busy? How are the kids? I’ll have the Bezos again, please. Thanks.
MI5 is now on Instagram. Looking forward to the #sponcon #ad #martini #shaken #notstirred
Appointments & Movers
Annie Mac is leaving Radio 1 after 17 years, with Clara Amfo taking over her show; Mia Bays has been appointed as director of the BFI Film Fund; Adrian Jackson, founder and artistic director of Cardboard Citizens, is stepping down after 30 years; Morag Deyes is stepping down as artistic director of Edinburgh’s Dance Base after 27 years; Marianne Locatori has been named as the new chief exec of Newcastle Theatre Royal
A mystery, fear-inducing animal up a tree in Krakow turned out to be… a croissant. My sources tell me police weren’t too angry about being called out, but it was a bit of a pain (au chocolat).