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Our pick of the week: The story, the stat, the quote, the tweet

Oliver Laughland on the people and stories in the media spotlight in the last seven days

The story

Presumed eaten

It was a carnival of the absurd. First, that the misfortunes of a lone penguin captured news interest around the globe, then that ,000 (£19,000) was lavished on his return to health, and then, that despite all of this love, the penguin, dubbed Happy Feet, is probably dead. Following a release back to the wild, the tagging signal from the world’s favourite flightless bird has disappeared, leading to speculation about his death at the jaws of a superior aquatic mammal. At least one wildlife expert had some perspective: “It is time to harden up to the reality that the penguin has returned to the anonymity from which he emerged,” he said. It still has not stopped plans for a documentary and book on young Happy Feet’s life.

The stat

2.51 million people

… are unemployed in the UK. Despite the biggest drop in employment within the public sector since records began, the strongest words of consolation the prime minister could offer were that the figures were “disappointing”.

The quote

Henry Winkler

“I am flattered to have had my work recognised in this manner, and hope to continue showing kids that their learning difficulty isn’t a disability.” As if the statue made of bronze standing in Wisconsin wasn’t enough to immortalise the memory of Winkler’s alias, Fonzie, now he’s got an OBE, too. No comment on whether doling out state honours to headline grabbing celebrities was “jumping the shark”.

The tweet


” … racial issues in the uk are disgusting. Its racially decades behind progression because everything is swept under the rug. People don’t talk about it. People don’t fight about it.” Following an alleged racist verbal assault at a London airport, US singer Kelis gives her thoughts on race relations in the UK. © 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds