Weekly Rewind: July 20
Our selection of this week's weirdest and most wonderful news includes a gigantic, shirtless Jeff Goldblum; a novel way to jet to work; and a sneek peek at the new female Dr Who.
5. Jurassic Jeff is a London landmark
The only man who could ever bring a certain gruesome sex appeal to the process of turning into a fly, Hollywood actor Jeff Goldblum has been honoured in London by the unveiling of a temporary 25ft statue marking 25 years since the release of the film Jurassic Park.
As this story on the BBC News website reports, Goldblum can be seen reclining in the open-shirted pose that became one of the 1993 dinosaur blockbuster’s most famous images. The effigy of the full-lipped, slinky-voiced star has appeared on the South Bank and is drawing legions of fans - one of whom dubbed it London’s ‘best attraction’.
4. Selfridges' non-iron, Iron Man suit
So, would you like to go to work in a suit? No, really, we’re talking like in a suit? Giving Southeastern trains a run for their money, this world-first, 3D-printed, kerosene-powered jet suit was created by Richard Browning, a one-time desk-bound City worker. You may have spotted him flying at 32mph above a lake in Reading when he set a Guinness World Record last November, but the suit can potentially fly at a top speed of 180mph, the most the human body can stand.
As reported by The Evening Standard, nine are on sale at Selfridges for a £340,000 while those of us without the readies can test-fly a VR version. Mr ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ Browning now runs a squillion-pound start-up from a former US military site in Salisbury and says he’s on a “mission to re-imagine the future of manned flight”.
3. Amazing iPhone images unveiled
Thanks to the power of smartphone cameras, it feels like everyone's a photographer these days. But as the winners of the annual iPhone Photography Awards - unveiled this week - demonstrate, it takes more than a judicious application of filters or a willingness to put yourself in life-threatening situations to capture a truly outstanding image.
From the Grand Prize-winning shot of Rohinga refugee children gathered round a projector to watch a film, to extreme sport scooting (yes, that is a thing), airborne dogs and machine-scarred landscapes, check out the winning entries in this Metro article.
2. The Doctor will see you now
The 2018 San Diego ComiCon is currently taking place, where those of us who bow down at the alter of pop culture have their gaze rigidly fixed. And among the various superhero shananigans we have been teased with a longer trailer for the upcoming series of Doctor Who. For those of you who don't know (firstly, where the hell have you been!?) the 13th series of this iconic BBC show sees the first ever female Doctor take charge of the Tardis and, as The Verge has reported, the new trailer gives us a glimpse of not only Jodie Whittaker as the eponymous hero, but of her assistants. Altogether now... der-dun-der-dun der-dun-der-dun der-dun-der-dun wooo-oooo-oooo oooo-oo-oo-ooooo...
1. Burberry's bonfire of the vanities
Fashionistas and eco-conscious folk alike are up in arms at the revelations this week that British designer label Burberry has burned a staggering £28.6 million worth of unsold stock over the past year to 'protect its brand'. It turns out the company has literally fed coats, bags and other luxury items to the flames in a bid to stop them falling into counterfeiters' hands - and shockingly, they're not the only fashion brand to do so.
In an interview with Sky News, an expert from Greenpeace's Detox My Fashion campaign called the practice of incinerating excess stock "the fashion industry's dirty secret" and claimed Burberry was "just the tip of the iceberg". While we enjoy the guilty thrill of a knock-off handbag as much as the next cheapskate, we understand the need for brand preservation - but surely the answer is simply to produce less in the first place, rather than wasting resources on such an epic scale?