The Weekly Wrap-Up

| April 24, 2016

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Words by Ryan Grice

SIRI watches game of thrones, Put another stereotype on the barbie, Sister Perry makes her parents proud, Tribeca will not be vaccinated, and Would you like shares with that?

With the long-awaited sixth season of Game of Thrones only days away, some lonely soul has discovered that Apple has once again clandestinely jumped on the pop-culture bandwagon by programming their digital assistant Siri to have a series of clever responses to GOT spoiler questions. If you find yourself with absolutely nothing better to do, give it a go.

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In an interview with ‘Pit Master’ Paul Durston ABC News has shed light on the new sport apparently taking over the country: competitive barbecuing. “Durston’, head of Bundaberg’s Bulldogs BBQ Australia team, is a purveyor of the ‘low and slow’ method and was in competition against 83 other teams at the 2016 Australian BBQ Wars, earning fifth place in the chicken category. “If you cook it hot and fast it usually tends to shrink, and you lose a lot of the flavour out of the meat,” Paul Durston advised.

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Pop star Katy Perry’s attorneys released a statement saying they are happy with a court-ruling invalidating a property sale of a Roman villa style former convent thus allowing former protestant daughter Perry to swoop in. The $20m+ estate is in the Los Angeles suburb of Los Feliz and is so highly desired by Perry as a private residence that she went as far as to give the nuns a private show singing Oh Happy Day to persuade them. But the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary aren’t ready to kneel, with their attorney stating that he will likely appeal and that “…it’s still game on.” The archdiocese weighed in on the matter (verbally and legally) stating that the church should have final say on who becomes the property’s owner.

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Actor Robert De Niro surprised fans and critics alike recently by defending the pulled controversial anti-vaccination film Vaxxed from the Tribeca Film Festival and seemingly distancing himself from the practice itself on the Today Show. In an interview with Variety in March the Taxi Driver star, who has a son with autism, stated: “In the 15 years since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded, I have never asked for a film to be screened or gotten involved in the programming. However, this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening Vaxxed. I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.” Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe by de-licensensed former doctor Andrew Wakefield was scheduled to screen on April 24, but is no longer a part of the festival.”

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As the iron fist of capitalism grips ever tighter, small businesses like McDonald’s have to take action to stay afloat; selling 2800 restaurants in Northern Asia to franchisees is the latest plan of attack. Word on the street is they plan to push the sales to private equity companies looking to make a fast buck in a fast-moving industry. According to Reuters:

“The franchise partners would likely end up owning a majority stake in the restaurants in each market, or even as much as 100 percent, and be responsible for future capital spending. The precise structure of the deal is still to be decided, the sources said. In return, McDonald’s will get a one-time franchise payment and ongoing royalty fees, which usually range between 3-5 percent of annual turnover.”

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