Oven ready? A perturbed looking seagull is cared for at Vale Wildlife hospital in Tewkesbury after falling into a vat of chicken tikka masala. Staff successfully cleaned him up, but said he still ‘smelt amazing’ (Guardian Images)

After weeks of press hysteria in the build-up to the competition, Euro 2016 is finally underway.  England are the perennial "big-tournament" underachievers, but Russia's last gasp equaliser to claim a 1-1 draw in Marseille last night was a particularly cruel blow.  The England players will need to re-group ahead of their crunch match with Wales on Thursday, but if they are seeking inspiration they need only look across at Iceland who have reached the Finals for the first time in their nation's history.  Ranked 133 in the world four years ago, the team's ranking has risen 100 places and their path to Euro 2016 has been nothing short of a minor miracle.  Iceland is after all a lump of isolated, volcanic rock halfway to the Arctic Circle with a population roughly the size of Lewisham!  Let's hope at least one of the four "home nations" can make history of their own.
 
The politicians on either side of the "Brexit" and "Remain" camps have been trading increasingly personal blows this week as voting day looms ever closer.  Boris was even berated by the Energy Minister (and fellow Tory) on the immigration debate who quipped that "the only number that Boris is interested in is the one that says Number Ten".  Political jibes aside, there is little doubt that the EU referendum has impacted on confidence and delayed investment decisions, with a knock-on effect for the whole economy.  No such concerns, however, for a private investor who this week broke the record for the highest capital value paid per square foot for real estate in the UK.  The acquisition of 169 Bond Street, let to luxury watch and jewellery brand Piaget, apparently sold for £65 million - a price that breaks back to an eye-watering £18,500 per sq ft.

If, like us, you can't help but be captivated by the political pantomime that is being played out in the race to the White House, it is easy to focus solely on "The Donald".  Trump is of course our pantomime villain (and now Republican Presidential nominee), but this week the spotlight belongs to Hillary Clinton who became the first woman in US history to secure a Presidential nomination for a major party.  A momentous step forward, but one that - if our US colleagues are to be believed - leaves the key to the Oval Office firmly within her grasp.  Which begs the question; what will husband Bill Clinton be known as when she does finally take office?  "First Man" has a slightly odd ring to it!

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