Festival goers wait for the sun to rise early this morning at the Glastonbury festival in Somerset in England. (Photo: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment)
HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.
#THINGS WE LEARNED
#POLL: A new opinion poll has found support for both government political parties has risen slightly with Fine Gael up 2 points to 28 per cent and Labour up 1 to 12 per cent. The Sunday Business Post/Red C poll – which comes in the week that the Anglo tapes were released and the abortion legislation debate began in the Dáil – found support for Fianna Fáil has fallen by four percentage points to 22 per cent. Sinn Féin rose one point to 17 per cent.
#DUBLIN PRIDE: Thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin today to take part in the 30th Pride parade to mark LGBT rights. You can see some of the photographs from the day here. Meanwhile, anti-property tax protesters disrupted the parade by standing in front of a Labour bus which was taking part in the event and preventing it from moving.
#DRUGS: Two men have been arrested after Gardaí seized €500,000 worth of anti-anxiety tablets following a search of a van in Wexford. The men are due to appear before a special sitting of Gorey District Court this evening charged in connection with the seizure.
#MANDELA: US president Barack Obama has met the family of former South African leader Nelson Mandela as the 94-year-old remains critically ill in hospital. Obama decided not to visit Mandela during his trip to South Africa for fear of disturbing his “peace and comfort” and instead spoke to his wife and family members.
#ANGLO TAPES: Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has accused Fianna Fáil of being politically partisan in their comments about the controversial Anglo tapes released this week and said the country wants to hear the full story of what happened at the time of the bank guarantee in 2008.
#GLASTO: They once sang that this could be the last time, but tonight it’s going to be a first time for the Rolling Stones: they’re making their debut appearance at the legendary Glastonbury festival – their first appearance in their 51-year history. Mick Jagger wouldn’t reveal details of the set list in a BBC radio interview earlier today, saying: “It’s nice to have a bit of a surprise.”
#THINGS WE LOVED
Coupledom: Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street make the cover of The New Yorker magazine in a landmark week for gay rights in the US. (Image: New Yorker)
- Canada’s tourist board wanted to do something a bit different to promote the Yukon, a small, sparcely-populated province beside Alaska – so it got 5 Instagram users to take a roadtrip and document what they saw. Yes, it’s gimmicky as hell but some of the photographs they took are beautiful and eerie.
- Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is not an internet billionaire. He’s barely even a millionaire, in fact, which this New York Times profile of him merrily points out. The piece is long but it’s worth a read for an insight into how despite the odds, Wikipedia remains one of the most popular sites on the internet.
- Random question of the day: Why does Australia’s Labor party have no ‘u’?
#THINGS WE SHARED
- We don’t recommend you follow any of this advice, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a few moments of schadenfreude: here’s Cracked.com’s list of creative ways people got revenge on their cheating spouses.
- If you’re ever on the lookout for awesomely nerdy science tricks to impress your friends at parties – and hey, who isn’t? – take a look at this video from BuzzFeed which shows how you can pour a bottle of juice all over a teddy bear WITHOUT STAINING IT EVEN A LITTLE BIT. Ta-da: