BIGGINS WAS KICKED OFF 'BIG BROTHER' FOR HIS HOLOCAUST "JOKE"
But, as he insists, he has Jewish friends so it's cool
Actor and former I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here winner Christopher Biggins was told to leave the Celebrity Big Brother house on Friday evening. Initially, a fabricated transcript circulated online that alleged he'd made racist remarks about black and Jewish people, which people assumed may have been behind his sudden exit.
On Friday, the Channel 5 show had broadcast Biggins telling other housemates that bisexual people were responsible for starting the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 80s and 90s. According to Biggins' own statement in the Sun, it turns out he was chucked out for making a "joke" about gas chambers to a Jewish housemate – an exchange Channel 5 decided not to air.
"I am mortified by what's happened, really mortified," Biggins said, after he left the TV show. "Most of my friends, in fact, are Jewish. I apologised to Big Brother and Katie."
MPS WANTED TO NATIONALISE A PUB TO GET AROUND A DRINKING BAN
Then to also ban the general public from drinking there
According to news that broke on Saturday, MPs had thought about nationalising a Whitehall pub near Westminster, to get around a ban on drinking in their new temporary offices.
While the Palace of Westminster undergoes refurbishment, MPs have been moved to the Department of Health's Richmond House. That building was effectively bought by Middle Eastern investors, who want it run as an alcohol-free zone.
As a solution, some MPs considered nationalising a pub then banning the general public from entering it, before the plan was declined by the pub's owners. A parliamentary subcommittee then ruled out the proposal, according to the Guardian. They'll be needing a plan B now.
A GYMNAST SNAPPED HIS LEG ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE OLYMPICS
Samir Aït Saïd had to be stretchered off the mats after his vault land
French gymnast Samir Aït Saïd snapped his tibia during the qualifying rounds of the men's vault at the Rio summer Olympics on Saturday.
Saïd, 26, landed awkwardly after his vault, snapping his leg enough to make the lower half of his shin hang at an unnatural angle and allegedly producing a crack heard around the stadium.
"We will do more exams to see if it is just the bone," French team leader Corrine Moustard-Callon said. Paramedics then lost their grip on the stretcher Saïd was strapped into after his fall, dropping the lower half of his body to the ground.
BLACK LIVES MATTER OFFICIALLY HIT THE UK ON FRIDAY
Rallies in several cities followed a morning blockade on the M4 to Heathrow
Anti-racism activism group Black Lives Matter UK staged a series of rallies in major cities around England on Friday evening, as part of a coordinated "shutdown" effort.
Participants held rallies in Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester and London, concentrating on opening up a dialogue among supporters before a splinter group from the London rally – not connected to the early evening meeting – blockaded an east London junction later on Friday night.
On Saturday, on the five-year anniversary of the sparking of the 2011 summer riots, Black Lives Matter joined a Tottenham community event remembering those killed by police between 1985 and 2015.