Well, that happened...

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Well, that happened...

The first week of March is over, and what a funny week it has been. Since Prince Harry and Meghan have dominated all the news, you may have missed some of the other things that occurred this week. With news from Hollywood to Mars (literally), there is no such thing as a slow news week in 2021. So here are the five stories that may have slipped through the net that in one way or another made me say, “WTH!” 

Forget ‘Shake It Off’, Taylor is clapping back  

Netflix’s new show ‘Ginny & Georgia’ picked the wrong superstar to take a dig at. In one scene, where the mother and daughter duo are arguing about relationships, Ginny tells her mother that she goes through more men than Taylor Swift. As any good super-fan would, Taylor’s army fled to Twitter to trash the show using #respecttaylorswift. With Taylor realising some people have not moved on from the subject of her dating life, Taylor took to Twitter to say: “Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back. How about we stop degrading hard working women by defining this horse shit as FuNnY. Also, @netflix after Miss Americana this outfit doesn’t look cute on you  Happy Women’s History Month I guess.” Neither Netflix nor Ginny and Georgia have responded... yet. 

I thought heroes were supposed to be rewarded?

Clap for the NHS was thought of by many as a unifying placeholder until a better way to show our gratitude to the NHS arose. How wrong we were. The government has only gone and offered NHS workers a humiliating and degrading 1% pay rise. As you can imagine, outrage has sparked through the country, petitions are being passed around, and the prospect of a countrywide NHS strike is looming. With more and more unions backing the NHS to secure a more satisfactory reward for their efforts, this unfolding story is one we have not heard the last of. 

Gotcha! 

The frantic, nationwide search for the person infected with the Brazilian Variant has now been found. The man in question turned himself in after Test and Trace workers had been hunting him for a week. Hancock has deemed this a victory, and, luckily, the man had remained in quarantine since coming back from Brazil, leading people to believe no one else has been infected. Just to be sure, Hancock has increased the amount of testing in Croydon, where the man resides. 

Not so fast…

Brits looking to escape for the Easter holidays may want to think again, as they are at risk of being fined or even criminally convicted.

Countries such as Greece and Spain have reopened their borders to vaccinated Brits, but unless those brits have a permit to say their travel is essential, they aren’t going anywhere. We have all been warned about the dangers of trying to return to a pre-covid normal too soon, and travelling is one of those things you may want to save for 2022. 

Mars Rover on the move

The new Mars Rover made a successful first drive this week on the red planet. The Rover sent fresh images back to earth, showing the very first tracks of what is to be a long journey. Robert Hogg, deputy mission manager, has praised the Rover saying, “Its main robot arm seems to be operating flawlessly”, which has everyone excited for the mission and what the Rover will reveal. I don’t know about you, but my money is on life on Mars. 

 New 'WTH' will be published every Sunday. 

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Saskia Calliste

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25-year-old writer/blogger living in London. I have an MA in publishing, a BA in creative writing & journalism and am a featured author in The Women Writers’ Handbook. I write about all kinds of things but nothing beats a good opinion piece!

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