Extreme Sporting Pressures | Housing Affordability | CBB Conspiracy?

Whilst The Weekly’s sporting attention this weekend has been on the third Test between England and India at Trent Bridge and the second round of matches in the new Premier League season, yesterday saw the start of the biggest multi-sport event in the world after the Olympics. 45 countries are competing in 47 different events during the Asian Games 2018 which take place in Jakarta, Indonesia over the next few weeks. Aside from the 426 medals up for grabs, for some athletes these Games will make or break their careers. Just ask Asia's all-time Premier League top-scorer, Son Heung-min. Anything less than gold and the South Korean (and Tottenham) forward faces a compulsory stint of nearly two years' military service. Nearly every able-bodied South Korean male, regardless of wealth or fame, is required to enrol in the military by the age of 28, for a minimum of 21 months. Son is 26. If South Korea fail to win gold, Son will be swapping Tottenham's state-of-the-art new stadium (if it is ever finished!) for life either in the military barracks on a meagre pay of $275 per month (compared to his current salary of £85,000 per week) or standing patrol at the heavily fortified border with North Korea (with whom the South remains technically at war). Now that’s pressure, my old son!
Another week, another heated debate about how the UK housing crisis. Only this time it was between senior members of the same political party. On one side of the ring was Boris Johnson calling for ‘absurdly’ high stamp duty to be cut, action to stop major construction firms sitting on land they could build on (to keep prices high), and fewer constraints on new developments. In the other corner, Theresa May, who again insisted that dealing with the housing shortage was a matter of personal urgency for her and the Conservative Party. The fact that since 2010 ministerial responsibility for UK housing has changed hands at a rate of roughly one new minister per year might imply otherwise. The UK is not, however, the only country facing a housing affordability crisis. A report by the Economist in 2017 found New Zealand had the most unaffordable house prices in the world. Average prices have risen more than 60% in the past ten years, while in Auckland they have almost doubled. However earlier this week, New Zealand's parliament passed a bill banning many foreigners from buying existing homes in the country. A significant milestone? Certainly. But given that foreign buying makes up just 3% of the New Zealand market, perhaps the noise accompanying this week‘s announcement will be greater than the impact it hopes to have.
There are somethings in this world that just don’t make any sense and the fact that ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ is still being produced after twenty series is definitely one of them. We can sort of understand why a host of ‘stars’ voluntarily commit themselves to being locked away for weeks for a chance to boost their star power (and bank some easy money), but we remain completely puzzled by why anyone would want to watch it. This year’s line-up has done absolutely nothing to address our confusion either. The line-up includes soap ‘stars’, sports ‘stars’, reality ‘stars’ and rogue traders. ‘Household names’ like Dan Osbourne, Rodrigo Alves (aka the 'Human Ken Doll') and Chloe Ayling! And to make matters worse (if that’s even possible), Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who alleges to have had an affair with President Trump, pulled out at the very last-minute. Her no show was first blamed on a custody development involving her child. It was then apparently due to a row with the producers. Would it be inappropriate for The Weekly to ask whether the reason why the military parade scheduled for November in Washington, which was postponed on the same day as Stormy was set to enter the house, was due to the US Government having to allocate that budget elsewhere?