Lazy Tennis | Upwards Not Outwards | Sheepish Shearing

With local tennis courts bursting at the seams, it can only mean one thing, Wimbledon Fortnight is well underway. The oldest and undoubtedly most prestigious tournament in the world has had a particular edge to it with the arrival of a new teenage sensation and finger-pointing at two Australian players as the contributing factors. The usual polite clapping and ‘bravos’ were replaced by boos on Centre Court on Thursday evening as Nick Kyrios (of whom The Weekly seems to be making a habit of mentioning!) put on an uncultured display against Rafael Nadal, with his performance including aggressive body shots, under armed serves and his usual outbursts in the direction of the chair umpire. However he was overshadowed by his countryman, Bernard Tomic, who not for the first time was fined his full prize money of £45,000 on Tuesday (more than double the average annual UK salary!) for an embarrassing lack of effort against Jo Wilfried Tsonga. Tomic’s 58-minute loss made each of the 47 measly points he won worth an incredible £1,379. He probably won’t be too upset though, as this represents a mere drop in the ocean of his £4.7 million career earnings. The Weekly can’t comprehend how big that figure could be if he actually pulled his finger out!
LSH teamed up with Hamptons International earlier this week to launch their new Airspace Exchange platform, aiming to help landlords and developers extend their buildings not outwards, but upwards. The platform, which covers the entire cycle from appraisal to completion, allows owners of property to assess the value of their roof space and how best to utilise this area to address housing supply issues as well as to re-position struggling inner-city assets and add to low-rise retail properties. Its introduction comes a year after the Government relaxed its National Planning Policy Framework towards development above existing commercial and residential properties. Planning permission is now easier than it has ever been for this category of construction. LSH estimated that there is 14.3 million sq. ft of developable air space in London alone which could help create at least 180,000 new homes, a substantial benefit towards the national housing problem. In monetary terms this currently empty airspace could unlock upwards of £54 billion worth of potential value! The Weekly has already been frantically looking for the key to the roof of 5 St Bride Street!
More than 320 competitors from 34 countries battled it out this week. Not at tennis, but at sheep shearing. Experts flocked to the French countryside on Thursday for the opening of the annual Shearing World Championships. It is the first time the international competition has been hosted on French soil, although the town, Le Dorat, which is home to 1,800 people has previously hosted the French sheep shearing championships as well as a Six Nations match in 2013. Competitors in this afternoon’s machine shearing final will be tasked with clipping an impressive 20 lambs in under 16 minutes! Last year, the town welcomed a 24-hour sheep shearing marathon with six shearers clipping around 2,500 sheep! The competition is also displaying around 100 exhibits made from wool in order to promote the fruits of the French countryside. These include, rather strangely, wool jeans as well as wool wedding dresses! One man who The Weekly is certain won’t be entering the competition next year is Tory leadership candidate Boris Johnson who was pictured rather awkwardly posing for a photo opportunity on a farm in Yorkshire this week!