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The Week Unwrapped: Memorabilia, hunting and ‘Cinderella’ abuse

Are the handwritten lyrics to Hey Jude worth $910,000? Has Prince Harry shot his last pheasant? And why is sororal violence on the rise?

Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days.

In this week’s episode, we discuss:

Memorabilia

Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics to The Beatles’ song Hey Jude sold at auction this week for $910,000, nine times their original estimate. The sale comes as auction houses around the world have reported huge increases in online activity and as pop memorabilia sales continue to rise. Are McCartney’s reassuring lyrics a sound investment in uncertain times? 

Read our full briefing here.

‘Cinderella’ abuse

Figures from the Metropolitan Police show that domestic abuse offences committed by sisters doubled between 2010 and 2018, and female perpetrators now account for 28% of cases, up from 19% a decade ago. Why doesn’t female, and particularly sibling violence get the attention it deserves? And will lockdown change that?  

Hunting vs. conservation

Prince Harry may have shot his last pheasant, according to the primatologist and friend of the royal family Dr Jane Goodall. Asked if William and Harry were champions of the natural world, she replied: “Yes, except they hunt and shoot - but I think Harry will stop because Meghan doesn’t like hunting, so I suspect that is over for him.” To the extent this got any attention it was mainly around the idea that Meghan was stopping Harry doing something he wanted to do, but it also raises the question of whether hunting and conservation are incompatible, as Goodall implies, or whether one activity can support the other. 

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If you need to speak to someone about domestic violence in the UK, call the national domestic abuse helpline on 0808 2000 247, or visit Women’s Aid. Other international helplines may be found via www.befrienders.org  

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