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At 12:30pm this afternoon the editorial team at The Weekly (and a large proportion of its readership) will most likely have their feet up and their eyes glued to Sky Sports, as the final round of the Masters gets underway at Augusta. Golf fans describe the Masters as an event unlike any other. The victor doesn’t just get to don a famous green jacket on Sunday evening, but also, and rather differently, has the opportunity to completely incapacitate his opponents the following year. The Champions' dinner is held annually at the Augusta clubhouse on the Tuesday evening prior to the tournament, with the menu for said dinner chosen by the previous year's winner. It’s a chance for the past winners to discuss their triumphs and socialise in one of sport's most exclusive circles.  This year golfing greats were treated to an artery clogging feast from 2018 champion, Patrick Reed. The man who has been dubbed the Masters’ most unlikeable winner does not do things by halves and served up a meal including Caesar salad, T-bone steak, mountain trout, macaroni cheese, corn crème brulee and, unsurprisingly, not a lot of vegetables!  The spread must still be sitting heavy with some players, as Tiger Woods and Adam Scott are the only past champions who are still in contention at the beginning of the Day 4.

Whilst any mention of retail parks and retail warehousing over the last quarter has probably induced a gloomy response, IKEA appear to be one company that is continuing to go from strength to strength, despite the market downturn. IKEA’s new 350,000 sq. ft. Greenwich store opened in February, the first new IKEA to open in London in 13 years! The store claims to be the first retail unit in the country (and only the second in the world) to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM sustainability rating of over 90%. To reach this feat the building has incorporated a range of features including solar panels, energy efficient LED lighting, rainwater harvesting, and a heating and cooling geothermal system. The store also includes a ‘Learning Lab’ for customers, employees and the local community alike to learn about up-cycling, how to reduce waste and even how to grow your own food (perfect for every Londoner’s non-existent garden). Perhaps IKEA could also use this zone to teach customers how to assemble its notoriously complicated flat pack furniture!  

It’s not just the golf that will likely keep people glued to their TV screens into the early hours  of tomorrow morning.  It is also the beginning of the end for one of the most watched TV programmes of all time. The final season of Game of Thrones, the remake of George R Martins fantasy novels, airs at 2 am. The show, which began in 2011, has gripped viewers from the very first episode for its acting, complex characters, story and scope. Over that time GoT has racked up 132 Emmy nominations, with over 32.8 million viewers tuning in for each episode.  But perhaps the most impressive statistic, albeit a rather morbid one, is the number of deaths that have been recorded on the show.  Since episode one first aired, there have been over 174,000 fatalities! The writers have never been afraid to kill off a main character either, with researchers, Springer Link, calculating that the probability of dying within the first hour of appearing on screen was 14%!  The only sureties for tonight’s episode are that there will be twists, there will be turns, several characters will die (!), and The Weekly will NOT be waiting up until 2 am to tune into the carnage!