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A Bake Off style icon and a feline emblem of women's emancipation

The world of British politics has been dominated by the wave of sexual allegations pouring out of Westminster this week. So much so, there has been hardly any talk of Brexit. Perhaps we have left. Has anyone noticed a lack of hummus on the shelves of Tesco? But I, rather unfeelingly, digress.

MPs across all political parties have received accusations of a sexual nature against them, ranging from inappropriate comments and misplaced hands to sexual assault and rape. Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to unite with all other party leaders next week to discuss what must be done to clamp down on this behaviour and deal with the current allegations appropriately.

Of course there have been numerous critics - those who believe we are in some way being unfair to male MPs by bringing these sexual transgressions to the fore. That a man will never be able to chat a woman up in a bar again if we persist in allowing yet another male-dominated area of society to be exposed as misogynistic and predatory to women.

But again we have had brave stories from the likes of Labour activist Bex Bailey who are giving other similarly abused women the confidence to speak out and get the justice they deserve, and that is all that really matters.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is the first MP to fall on his sword and resign after it came out he repeatedly put his hand on the knee of a journalist several years ago. His resignation letter reads that he believes his conduct has fallen well below the standards of the armed forces he represents, suggesting there are perhaps more revelations about him to follow. Rumours are he made 'lewd' comments to Andrea Leadsom.

In lighter news, The Great British Bake Off has just completed its first run over on Channel 4 with what appears to be relative success. There were adamant cries of boycott after it was revealed last year the baking programme would not return to the BBC and neither would it feature the much loved Mary Berry or Mel and Sue.

But despite the odds the show has prospered over on the other channel with the new line up making its own unique mark, even if it did see new judge Prue Leith make a huge blunder and leak out the name of the winner ahead of the programme's airing on Tuesday night.

Also snatching headlines is comedian Noel Fielding, one half of the new presenting duo on the show, alongside Sandi Toksvig. Noel has been dubbed an unlikely fashion icon due to the range of eye-catching shirts he sported on the show.

But what appears an eye-catching shirt to some viewers is actually a dress down day to any fans of fantastical TV show The Mighty Boosh - who know that Noel is actually far more comfortable in a metallic jumpsuit and sequinned ankle boots, preferably accessorised with a cape.

I guess it was decided quite early on that these kinds of 'more experimental' outfits would not be either practical or meet health and safety guidelines around simmering caramel and Noel just had to settle for a shirt emblazoned with tomatoes instead.

And in what I like to see as a metaphor for female emancipation - given the ongoing revelations of women's ill-treatment – a young female lynx escaped from a zoo in Wales this week and at last report was still at large and roaming free.

Lillith escaped from Borth Wild Animal Kingdom over the weekend after climbing up a spindly sapling growing in her pen and then diving over a four metre fence and two electrified wires.
Park staff believe she got over excited whilst chasing a bird but I like to think it was a more calculated escape than that on the part of Lillith.


Helicopters have been deployed to try and find her and members of the public have been warned not to approach. She is one of three lynx siblings from her litter and has been described as the 'smallest and the sweetest' but also, to my mind, the greatest supporter of female liberation.

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