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03 Feb 2014

Strikes, anniversaries and more strikes: the week ahead

Posted on February 3, 2014 by

It’s Monday morning. Time to plan your week. Got any PR announcements to make, or bad news you’d like to bury? If so, you’ll want to know what else is happening over the next few days. As always, we’re here to help.

Monday 3rd – Facebook launches its new app, Paper, that will display your newsfeed. It’s a direct competitor to Flipboard. Sadly, it’s being launched initially in the US exclusively via iTunes, and there’s no word yet on when it will be available here.

Also today, Prince arrives to start a rumoured UK tour. We say ‘rumoured’ because the Purple One’s not confirmed any dates, but reports suggest he’ll play “iconic London landmarks”. How about the Elephant & Castle roundabout?

Tuesday 4th – The Scottish Parliament is due to vote on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill. If passed, it will legalise same sex marriages, and the religious registration of civil partnerships, north of the border.

It’s also Facebook’s 10th birthday. From a geeky college network to a global phenomenon with 1.2 billion members and an estimated value of around $130 billion.

Wednesday 5th – Fancy a lie-in and arriving late for work? You could always blame the planned strike by Tube staff, which is due to start late on Tuesday. Trouble is, you’ll only get away with it if you’re in London. If you’re in Chorley, you’ll need another excuse.

Thursday 6th – If you’re a student, you might not even need to blame the Tube for missing your lecture, because your lecture might be cancelled anyway. Today’s the day union members in universities and colleges around the UK plan to stage a one-day strike in a row over a proposed 1% pay rise.

One person who never goes on strike is The Queen, who marks 62 years since she became…err…The Queen, following the death of her father, King George VI.

Friday 7th – It’s the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. All the pre-Games publicity has been around safety concerns and the threat of terrorist attacks, so over the next two weeks you can guarantee ‘security’ will appear in more news bulletins than ‘British gold medal’.

And we can also confidently predict lots of black and white archive footage on TV, to mark 50 years since The Beatles arrived in New York to start their first American tour. Ringo thought there were “four billion” people waiting to greet them at the airport. Two days later, an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show marked the official start of Beatlemania in the States.

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