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Review of the week - Divorce at the click of a button and the invisible jeans trend

"Breaking up is hard to do," once sang Neil Sedaka, but not so much now thanks to a ground-breakingly easy, online way to get a divorce.
Just "log in and break up" declares the Independent newspaper in its article hailing the Ministry of Justice's new divorce website. The government department's £1billion modernisation programme enables couples splitting up across England and Wales to complete their applications online without going to court.
Excellent news for spouse-haters and serial commitment-phobes alike who will be able to file a quick divorce in between uploading Instagram pics and clicking 'likes' on Facebook. Odds on the next online trend following the ice bucket challenge (and other such larks) will be how many marriages and divorces you can notch up in 2019. On your marks, get set, go...

French first lady, Brigette Macron has dropped in her own few Francs worth on why she feels sorry for Melania Trump. After accompanying her husband, French President Emannuel, on a state visit to America recently, Brigette revealed to Le Monde, that Donald Trump's wife Melania is a "virtual prisoner within the White House".
"She cannot even open a window...She can't put her nose outside. And she's much more constrained than I am. Me, every day I'm out in Paris."
Brigette goes on to say she too has certain restrictions, for example she must be careful what she says, before going on to gabble that she tries to be more than just a decorative "flower pot" in the shadow of her husband.
A turn of phrase this reporter admits may have got twisted in translation, but the implication is still very much there. The question is, is Melania Bill or Ben?

Whilst there has been another bona fide event in Brexitville this week - thanks, once again, to the House of Lords. Those peers of the realm have now voted to ensure members of parliament take a vote on whether Britain should remain in the single market after Brexit - something which leaders of both major parties - Corbyn and May - had swiped off the table eons ago and firmly filed away in the foolscap folder marked 'bin'.
The crucial question now is how many Tory and Labour MPs will defy their inevitable leader's whips, demanding they abstain from the vote? In this reporter's world, absolutely all of them.

Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has been preparing for officiating over the Royal Wedding by listening to grime artist Stormzy. He points to one song in particular, "Blinded by your grace", and the lyric, "I stay prayed up and get the job done", and says this really sums up his approach to the role.
Talking to BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, he continues he's made a couple of "cack-handed" mistakes at recent weddings and he doesn't think this would be a good time to make it a hat-trick.
Now, this reporter realises the Archbishop is the second most senior figure in the church after the Queen, but are we really sure he is the right man to conduct Meghan and Harry's wedding? She hears Adele may be available.

Hollywood actor of Gladiator fame, Russell Crowe, has just got the ultimate of revenges on US comedian John Oliver.
Oliver recently bought the jock strap Crowe wore in Cinderella Man through a "divorce auction" Crowe held to get rid of his film memorabilia after breaking up with his wife. Crowe was apparently put out when he heard Oliver had donated it to his local video rental store in Alaska in a bid to save it from closure.
This week, Crowe saw an opportunity for pay back by using the money Oliver donated to open up a chlamydia hospital for koalas at an Australian zoo and naming it "The John Oliver Koala Chlamydia Ward".
With no hard feelings, Oliver declared, "That may honestly be the greatest thing I've ever seen".

If jock straps and chlamydia aren't quite enough grounds for divorce, the invisible jeans trend may prove the clincher.
The fashion press has been gleefully aghast at certain celebrities, including Kendall Jenner, buying into the dubious trend - which essentially involves wearing the remnants of a pair of jeans after they have gone through an industrial-sized shredder.
They're here if you'd like to take a gander.

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