In this week’s selection of top news brand content from the last seven days, grandads descend on Glastonbury, a TV icon is recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours List and a comedian helps readers build confidence whatever the beach body…
1. Rewarding achievements
Davina McCall has been made an MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours, The Sun revealed on YouTube. McCall has said that being made an MBE for services to broadcasting “means a great deal” following a television career spanning more than two decades. “I can’t believe it”, she said. “It’s a great honour and it really means a great deal”.
2. Glastonbury grandads
Glastonbury might feature ageing rock stars but does its famous acres of mud, sweat and loud crowds appeal to the older generation? The Telegraph spoke to David Jenkins, a sprightly 74-year
“At bottom the festival is of course a young person’s thing, however old some of the performers may be.
“Many acts, naturally, will be hot young bands, playing to their hot young fans.
“But it was baby boomers who first made their way to Michael Eavis’s Worthy Farm in Pilton in 1970 for the inaugural festival, and plenty of them are, shall we say, still young at heart and ready to roll.”
3. Pebble Picasso
The Daily Star shared a video of artist Justin Bateman who creates mosaic portraits made entirely out of pebbles. Using natural landscapes as his canvas, Bateman began creating murals as a teenager and his passion for art grew from there. “I had an immediate affinity with mark making and expressionism”.
4. Beach body confidence
Forget fads, diets and fitness regimes — the Guardian gave readers tips to feel good about their bodies just the way they are. Advising nervous fashionistas to park their insecurities and embrace the ‘loud’, the article is the latest in a series of stories by writer and comedian Viv Groskop to help people gain more self-confidence.
5. Pride is a protest
In the latest episode of Metro’s ‘My Platform’ podcast, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK alum Crystal used Pride Month to raise awareness around the growing debate into drag performances for children. Pointing out the established tradition of drag at pantomimes, Crystal accused critics of conflating the difference between appropriate content and the ‘appropriateness’ of drag as an art form.