April 8, 2013
News in brief…very brief

Well it's been quite a weekend and as we move into the start of a new week, it's still all happening in the news. Here, very briefly, are a few brief items in the news...in brief. And they're off! grand-national_2527848bBritain's premier horse race made its annual appearance on Saturday at Aintree when thousands visited for the Grand National Horse Race. One of the top fixtures in the sporting calendar and further the betting calendar, bookmakers across the country prepared themselves for what is one of their busiest days. This year's national also came with it a sense of responsibility and welfare with the role the horses play in this esteemed sporting event, being heavily focused on. With a trainers' horse suddenly passing away days before the National, the spotlight on the race came back to an issue that has stayed with the event for years. With the National coming under constant accusations of animal cruelty, there was a large focus on safety, particularly for the horses, with the race being moderated in an effort to make the race safer.  Thankfully this year's National ended with no equine fatalities, a sign that moderation was perhaps needed for this race. The eventual winner was 66-1 outsider Auroras Encore, causing an upset for many punters who put their faith in race favourite Seabass. How do you solve a problem like Korea? kim-jong-un-meme-e1365295475770North Korea and its thirst for nuclear offence seems to be worrying everyone recently with apocalyptic thoughts unable to go away. Rather than dwell on it, we thought we'd show you the funny side to this ongoing news story and what comical gems it can produce through social media.             RIP Lady T So unless you've been in a cave with your ears plugged in, you'll know that former British Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher has passed away at the age of 87 years old. Within minutes of the news of her passing, a number of trends associated with her death became active on Twitter, some being positive and mournful with others predictably being scornful and celebratory, and some seeing the funnier side of things that perhaps even the Iron Lady herself would see the funny side of. She clearly divided opinion, but with the Twitter-sphere being inundated with messages about her and her passing today, you cannot deny the impact and the legacy she left behind, be it good or bad for some people. Below are just some of the images going round from Twitter today. BHVkKgqCMAAXJaG.jpg-large [caption id="attachment_247" align="alignleft" width="300"]Screen Shot 2013-04-08 at 14.19.20 Some Cher fans mistake one of the hashtag trends inspired by Lady T's death[/caption] [caption id="attachment_248" align="alignright" width="300"]BHVM-cACYAAAIQF.jpg-large One Direction fans react to Harry Styles RIP tweet about Maggie[/caption]