After recent political turmoil, we thought it was time to celebrate some good news stories over the past seven days!
Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon 2016
Murray wins first set 6-4, second set on breaker 7-3
Takes the third set on breaker 7-2 to win 3-0
It was an emotional victory for Scotsman Andy Murray last weekend, striking a chord with spectators across the country. Even Murray’s famously stony-faced coach Ivan Lendl could not hide his delight as Andy Murray became Wimbledon champion for the second time. The final saw Murray defeat Canadian Milos Raonic in spectacular straight sets, becoming the first British man since Fred Perry in 1935 to win more than one Wimbledon title.
After sealing his victory, a light-hearted Murray spoke of his “lucky omen” with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Murray jokingly attributes his victory to the boost he got after his baby daughter Sophia, born February of this year, managed to sleep for three nights’ running - no doubt a relief for Andy and wife Kim Sears. William and Kate both congratulated Murray on his fantastic win before he went on to celebrate his victory at the Champions’ Dinner in the Guildhall and then a West End club.
As delirious scenes erupted on Centre Court as Murray secured victory, the player remarked on playing in front of Mr Cameron, sparking some light-hearted boos amongst the Wimbledon crowd.
"Playing in a Wimbledon's tough but I certainly wouldn't want to be Prime Minister, that's an impossible job," Murray joked.
The twice crowned champion was certainly awarded for his heroic efforts throughout the final. This year, the winner’s prize money saw a 5% increase, totally a very healthy £2million. To put the figure in to context, Murray could now be the proud owner of 9.6 averagely priced UK homes.
Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen won the mixed doubles as Watson became the fourth British player to secure a title on Wimbledon's final day.
Great Britain's Gordon Reid won his second Wimbledon title in as many days by adding the men's wheelchair singles to the doubles title he won alongside Alfie Hewett on Saturday.
Viewer totals were predicted to be both Wimbledon's biggest-ever and Britain's biggest TV audience for two years. A peak audience of 17.29m watched Murray's 2013 Wimbledon final win. Wimbledon's all-time record stands at 17.3m for 1980's Bjorn Borg v John McEnroe final. "The greatest British sportsperson in history." "Amazing, amazing, amazing."
Lewis Hamilton Wins British Grand Prix
Teams and drivers are scheduled to take part in twenty-one Grands Prix this season—making for the longest in the sport's history. The competition kicked off in Australia on 20 March and is scheduled to finish in Abu Dhabi on 27 November, with the aim of winning the World Drivers' and World Constructors' championships. Not only has the season expanded, the grid has followed suit, with a total of 22 cars after welcoming the Haas F1 team.
British racer Lewis Hamilton started the season as the defending Drivers' Champion for the second year running, after winning his third World Championship title at the 2015 United States Grand Prix. Hamilton’s team, Mercedes, also began the season defending their title as the Constructor’s Champion, having won their second championship at the 2015 Grand Prix in Russia.
Lewis Hamilton is now 'firing on all cylinders' reports suggest, after securing a third-straight British Grand Prix victory in Silverstone, on 10th July. His victory made him the first driver to win three consecutive Grands Prix at the circuit. It was his fourth British GP Success, putting him equal with Nigel Mansell and only one win behind Jim Clark and Alain Prost’s record.
Lewis Hamilton has now won his fourth race of the season, one race behind teammate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton has vowed to catch up with Rosberg, spurring himself on for the remaining 11 races of the season, after his 10 second lead in Silverstone.
Hamilton now moves closer to four world titles, something no-one from this country has ever managed.
‘It's never plain, smooth sailing - that's why the British Grand Prix is the best we have.’
Theresa May becomes the 2nd Female Prime minister
On Wednesday 13th July, Theresa May replaced David Cameron as Prime Minister, which means a changeover of inhabitants at 11 Downing Street. Although No 10 is the prime minister's official residence the May’s are expected to move into No 11, being the larger house of the two. The kitchen of No 11 will suit May, a keen cook, as the Cameron’s had it fitted with a stunning £25,000 Roundhouse kitchen and bespoke accessories when they moved in.
In acknowledgement of this new appointment, we have rounded up five of the best facts about the famous 10 Downing Street.
1. The two house are linked via a corridor and connecting doors. No 10 actually consists of four houses: the one we see the PM and various MP’s entering and exiting, a very large house behind it which was joined up with No 10 in the early 18th century, No 11 to its left and parts of No 12 to the left of No 11. The entire property contains more than 100 rooms.
2. No 10 has three front doors, one is kept in the Imperial War Museum while the other two are rotated every six months allowing time for repairs and repainting to keep it looking pristine. All the doors share a wonky 0, which is in fact the letter O, set at 37 degrees to resemble a zero, an inherited ‘quirk’ from a former Ministry of Works.
3. The PM is never given any door keys for No 10 because there is always someone to let them in; in fact there isn't even a door handle on the outside!
4. 1959 drastic action was required to prevent the building from falling or burning down; it was suffering from subsidence, sloping walls and twisted door frames. Work over the next three years included replacing the rotten wooden foundation beams with vast concrete underpinning. The total cost of the work was £3 million, or £57 million in today's money. During the renovations, the building's famous black exterior was discovered to be purely as a result of years of pollution from coal-powered trains and open fires. However, after a thorough clean, it was decided that the old colour was so well-known that the yellow bricks were painted over to make the house black again.
5. One room at No 10 changes names depending on what colour the prime minister chooses to paint it. It was the Blue Room when Margaret Thatcher became PM in 1979 but she changed it to the Green Room. Today, it is the Terracotta Room and houses priceless works of art borrowed from the Government Art Collection.
Aside from the monumental job of steering the country through an imminent Brexit, May has begun addressing issues that have been stirring in the minds of many Brits.
Of particular interest to us, our new PM is already in talks discussing the future of our Property Market and Housing Policies.
A change in Housing Policy?
“Unless we deal with the housing deficit, we will see house prices keep on rising… Young people will find it even harder to afford their own home. The divide between those who inherit wealth and those who don’t will become more pronounced… And more and more of the country’s money will go into expensive housing instead of more productive investments that generate more economic growth.”
May’s comments on Monday in a speech around the economy highlight her view that housing is central to creating a fairer society.
Speaking to the BBC, housing minister Brandon Lewis, who is tipped for a cabinet post, said her housing policy would include investing in all tenures. Such policy would be welcomed by many working within the sector who believe there needs to be an in supply of property both for sale and to rent.
This could be great news for potential purchases, an increased number of property transactions will revamp the current stagnant market.
However, for now, we will just have to wait and see exactly how our new PM intends to deal with the current housing situation and any policy changes to be rolled out…