The Saturday Miscellany: John Humphrys vs Jeremy Paxman; Kim Kardashian; Mexfest; George Catlin
Saturday 13 July 2013
Culture clash: Fearsome interviewers
Humphrys vs Paxman
By Archie Bland
There are two John Humphrys. There's the incisive interrogator of politicians who sets the news agenda on Today. There's also the harrumphing old geezer who loses focus on topics deemed less worthy of his attention, asking supposedly arch follow-up questions which sound like the voicemail your granddad leaves when he can't get the TV remote to work. Also presents TV's most boring quiz, Mastermind.
No such problem for Paxo, whose dripping disdain is consistent. Still authoritative despite Newsnight's dreadful recent spell, he thwarted his producers' attempts to get him to read out a weather forecast by the power of sarcasm alone. Presents TV's most exciting quiz, University Challenge, with a twinkle suggesting that he might be quite fun at parties. Winner: Paxman
The deleted emails of...Kim Kardashian (as read by Larry Ryan)
Sent: 2 July 2013
Subject: like, playdate!?!
Heyyyyyyyyyy B. Check out my new email address! Isn't it kool? Thought you'd like it!!
Thanks so much for the gifts from you and J for baby North. So beautiful. So expensive! K and I feel so much luv – we are truly blessed as a family!!
I know you said you were busy for the next couple of months but I would love you to bring Blue Ivy over for a playdate. It would be soooooo awesome!! My LO will be 2 months soon and she needs to start meeting the right people. She and BI will be BFFs, I know it. With their own show!! LOL. Neat idea!!
By the way, when you do come over, there will be cameras filming the new season of #KUWTK. Hope that's kool with you. Please come. Please!
PS. I've kk'd our PAs on this email to koordinate diaries.
Sent from my kphone
By Ellen E Jones
Q. Is it OK to take photos of sleeping commuters and send them to a friend?
A. Only under this very specific set of karmic circumstances: 1. The sleeping person is said friend's ex 2. Who cheated on them. 3. And has since had a terrible haircut.
By Liam O'Brien
Watch Mexican films and artworks this weekend at venues across the capital as part of London's Mexfest. There are themed lectures at the Royal Academy too. Mexfest.mx
Pennsylvanian artist George Catlin's fascinating portraits of American Indians from the 1830s at the Birmingham Museum. Until 13 October, bmag.org.uk, free
Pens by ST Dupont can cost thousands, but the colourful Jet 8 ballpoint is signature style at a snip. £65, from Harrods
By Kate McCarthy
In June, Ikea launched a flat-pack refugee shelter. The prototype cost more than £5,000 to make but they are aiming to bring the cost down to £640.
60 per cent of Ikea’s products, including its catalogue, are derived from forest materials. It is the third largest consumer of wood in the world.
In 2012 212 million copies of Ikea’s catalogue were printed, in 29 languages.
Despite deleting images of women from the Saudi version of its catalogue, Ikea boasts that 40 per cent of the company’s top 200 managers are women.
Sweden is ranked 4th in the world by the Global Gender Gap Report. Last year, the UK was ranked 18th.
In Sweden, parents are entitled to 480 days of parental leave per child. Women still take most of the days – in 2012, men took about 24 per cent of parental leave.
UK customers have bought more than 12.8m mattresses from Ikea since 1987. It is estimated that one in five children in Britain have been conceived in an Ikea bed.
-IKEA, 25 Facts, The Telegraph
-The Secret of Ikea’s Success, The Economist
-The Global Gender Gap Report 2012, World Economic Forum
-Gender equality: The Swedish approach to fairness, Sweden.se
-Ikea, Ten Fun Facts, The Telegraph
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Shia LaBeouf claims he was raped during #IAMSORRY art installation performance
- 2 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 3 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
- 5 Michael Buerk wishes he killed Jimmy Savile when he had the chance - by pushing him overboard a cruise ship
I'm A Celebrity 2014: Jungle security stepped up after murder and 'suspicious death' close to camp
Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
Exodus Gods and Kings casting controversy: Ridley Scott would never cast 'Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such' in lead role
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
The Fall, series 2, episode 3 – TV review: The Gillian Anderson drama is starting to push the realms of plausibility, but who cares?
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
Sarah Vine criticises lesbian mother Jack Monroe: 'If she was unsure about her sexuality, she should have taken greater precautions'