This week’s selection of unmissable news brand stories from the past seven days includes history makers, doggy sign language and royal tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth…
1. Mountain achievements
Frankie McMillan has just become the youngest ever Brit to climb Greece’s highest mountain, Metro shared on Instagram.
McMillian started scaling peaks when he was three years old. At four, he reached the top of the Lake District’s Scaffell Pike, the highest mountain in England.
Now, aged seven, he has successfully taken on Greece’s Mount Olympus.
McMillan said: “My favourite thing about climbing is spending time with my family, getting outdoors, looking at the views and finding treasure, but most of all I like the rock-climbing parts. I would like to go to the top of Mount Everest, but I am too small.
2. Good signs
A family has taught their deaf dog, named Peewee, sign language to help him communicate with them, according to a TikTok video from The Independent.
Owner Nikki Engleman adopted the bull terrier and has spent the last decade teaching him sign language using books, social media and YouTube, Peewee can now understand a range of commands, allowing Engleman and her family to communicate more with him.
3. A royal tribute
The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine looked back the events of September 2022, with a YouTube video marking the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s death at Balmoral aged 96. The feature celebrated her dedication to her life of service and to the throne.
4. Strictly making history
Journalist and TV presenter Angela Rippon is making history by becoming the oldest ever contestant, to compete on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, at the age of 79.
The Evening Standard revealed that Rippon has been approached by older viewers thanking her for taking part and giving the younger Strictly cast a run for their money.
She told the Standard: “I’m going to wear [being the oldest contestant] as a badge of honour.
“I’ve had so many people with my hair colour say to me: ‘We’re so glad you’re doing it.’
5. Fast fashion
Fashion week season has arrived and it’s the first topic on Chante Joseph’s new series of the Guardian Pop Culture podcast. The episode discusses the controversial collaboration between Naomi Campbell’s and fast fashion label Pretty Little Thing’ and animal rights protests on the Coach runway during New York fashion week. Joseph is also joined by the Guardian’s deputy fashion and lifestyle editor, Chloe McDonald, to review if sustainability has a future in fashion.