The Australian Prime Minister stands next to a worker during a factory visit in Sydney. (Photo: Lukas Coch/EPA)

The decision to re-admit golf to the Olympics was taken back in 2009 when Tiger Woods was the biggest sporting star on the planet. The sport wanted to capitalise on his ‘clean-cut’ status and the Olympics was seen as the perfect platform to expand the game. On the face of things the re-admittance of golf at Rio makes a lot of sense. Golf has a reputation for power, precision, skill, integrity and fair play, qualities that all fit with the Olympic ideals. Furthermore, the sport has not suffered (yet) a damaging drugs or betting scandal whilst it has been actively seeking to make itself less elitist and more accessible. Or so we thought until this week when the dinosaurs, sorry, members of Muirfield Golf Course decided to vote not to allow women members. The ‘no’ voters cited expected slow play and the risk of not having enough time for both a big lunch and thirty-six holes of golf in a day as their reasons. You couldn’t make it up, could you? Royal Troon is the only other Open venue that still excludes women. This club, which is hosting the Championship in July, is currently consulting its members about altering that arrangement. Surely they won’t be so silly…

The Weekly was in Bristol this week for Hartnell Taylor Cook’s 21st Annual Commercial Property Review for an in-depth and very entertaining tour of the city’s commercial market. The tour took in development sites such as Filton and the former East Works sites (which it is hoped will address existing industrial supply issues in north Bristol) and provided ‘the tourists’ with a comprehensive review of the city centre where residential conversions under permitted development rights legislation have changed the office landscape. 2015 was a record year for investment volume in Bristol with £66.3 billion of assets changing hands and it is easy to see the draw for both investors and occupiers alike. Whilst a trip along the floating harbour followed by terrace drinks at the River Station undoubtedly help “emphasise” the current feel-good factor, the statistics and accolades support it too. Bristol is consistently voted Britain’s “Best city to live in”. It lays claim to be Britain’s “Best connected city” and it is also home to the largest number of start-ups and the largest tech hub outside London. And Bristol is also (unsurprisingly) one of St Bride’s Key Cities!
 
Last weekend it was Europe’s turn to ‘shine’ in Stockholm. This week it's Britain's go. You would be forgiven for thinking that this is just the next installment in what seems the never-ending Brexit debate, but it is in fact reference to the start of the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent which kick off tonight. Don’t worry if you can’t watch it - there are another five(!) semi-finals still to go, all culminating with the final next Saturday evening. Last night saw 100 or so acts whittled down to just 45, who will now battle it out to perform at the Royal Variety Show and win £250,000. So the question is, does Britain actually have any talent? The Weekly will leave that to you (and the four judges) to decide but if dancing storm troopers, performing dogs, a sword-swallowing Moldovan (???) and a gold bearded drag queen are your definition of UK talent, then the answer is an unequivocal yes.

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