Members of the Jove de Tarragona group perform during the 26th Human Towers Competition in the old bullring of Tarragona, Spain. (Image: Xinhua / Barcroft)

Sports fans have had it pretty good over the last few months. Whether it was the Olympics, Paralympics, Wimbledon, Test Cricket, the Premier League or the Ryder Cup, it has been a serious challenge to watch it all. This weekend's sporting calendar paints a far less glamorous picture (England vs Malta yesterday for example), offering up the chance to re-acquaint yourself with your family or garden. For those still reluctant to leave their sofa, you could always watch Saracens play Wasps in the final round of Aviva Premiership matches before the start of the ‘European Champions Cup’ next weekend, a competition that pits together the best teams in Europe (plus a few teams from Italy!). History suggests that the French clubs will do well again given their enormous financial resources, whilst the chances of the six English teams, already hindered by salary caps, have been further hampered this week following an England team training camp in Brighton. An intense session in preparation for the forthcoming autumn series saw two key players return to their clubs with broken legs and jaws. So if you are going to tune into the rugby this afternoon, it would only be right for us to warn you that the programme may contain scenes that some viewers find disturbing.
Another party conference season, another set of policies announced aimed at tackling the current UK housing shortage. First-up Labour pledged to build a million homes in a parliamentary term, with councils to be allowed to borrow against their existing housing stock. Then, Theresa May pledged £5 billion of public money to increase housebuilding and put an end to the UK’s “homes deficit”. £2 billion of this will be new public borrowing and will be set aside to fund an ‘Accelerated Construction Scheme’ to make public land with planning permission available to builders. The other £3 billion will provide loans to stimulate new building projects where finances are tight. There are also going to be further planning reforms, another new scheme to convert unused offices into homes and local authorities will be given the power to grant “permission in principle” on sites suitable for housing development. And the Government even announced that they will also buy any unsold homes built by developers. All these ideas are very commendable. The problem is that they are unlikely to touch the sides. Britain needs to build 300,000 homes per year to meet demand and the country has not built more than 200,000 homes in a single year for over a decade.
The Weekly prides itself on keeping in touch with all the big news stories, so we were disappointed with ourselves to have missed (and not reported on) the UK National Giant Growing Vegetables Championships that took place in Malvern recently. It’s autumn after all, harvest festivals have been taking place and our shops are full of pumpkins ahead of Halloween. All the clues were there for us, so apologies. The 2016 show saw over 65,000 visitors flood through the gates for the seasonal spectacle, with entries up 20% on last year. And the big, albeit not breaking news, was that four world records were broken. Star turn and triple world record holder, David Thomas, beat the previous world record by almost 4.5kg with his red cabbage, weighing in at 23.2kg. That is the same weight as the average seven-year-old child. Other record breakers included the World’s Longest Carrot at 6.25m, the World’s Longest Beetroot at 7.96m and the World’s Longest Radish at 5.02m. See, we knew you’d be disappointed if we hadn’t reported on the Championships!