A tiny fish, just an inch long and weighing less than a gram, has made a full recovery after radical surgery to remove a growth from its stomach.
So small is the poecilia sphenops, known as Molly, that any point of the 40 minute procedure, from being anaesthetised to the operation itself, could have proved fatal.
Sonya Miles, an advanced practitioner in zoological medicine, and nurse Laura Warren at Highcroft Vets in Bristol carried out the surgery, which cost Molly’s owners £100.
Ms Miles explained that fish must be anaesthetised in a different way to mammals, letting a solution flow over their gills before performing surgery.
She told the PA news agency: “We use a water-soluble anaesthetic, so we allow them to swim around in it until they fall asleep. We know they’re asleep when they lose their righting reflex, so they’re floating essentially.
“We catheterise their mouth and gently make different concentrations of an anaesthetic solution flow over their gills.
“With one that was less than a gram, it was pretty tricky.”
She added that Molly was the smallest animal she had ever operated on.
The the incision could not be closed by stitches as for a mammal – instead an adrenaline swab was used to constrict blood vessels, then a waterproof paste painted on to heal the flesh beneath the scales.
In a Facebook post detailing Molly’s operation, the clinic said: “We are pleased to say the fish made a full recovery and returned home the same day. The little one is now back to normal and eating well.”
The stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK are on a mission: to bring “camp” and LGBT+ visibility to Britain.
Speaking to Sky News at the pink carpet event in London, the 10 contestants taking part in the competition to find the UK’s best drag queen said audiences could expect “a showcase of queer stories” and a “campy and funny” programme.
The show pits drag performers from across the UK against each other to test their dancing lip-syncing, sewing and acting skills to find the most talented queen in the country.
Although the stars of the show out of drag are either men or non-binary people, in character they all use female pronouns.
As well as becoming an Emmy-winning hit over its 10 years on air in America, RuPaul’s Drag Race has sparked conversations around LGBT+ matters. The show has discussed issues such as living with HIV, the Orlando gay nightclub mass shooting, and gay marriage.
Its political themes are something which the show’s cast said will continue in the UK version.
Blu Hydrangea, 23, is a queen from Northern Ireland. She told Sky News: “Northern Ireland is the only place in the UK that doesn’t have equal marriage and I feel like that should be shouted from the rooftops… so even being able to open up that conversation would be amazing.
“Me being able to express myself in a country where we are oppressed will really help young kids from Belfast that look at me and say: ‘That guy is being his authentic self in drag on nationwide TV’.”
Sum Ting Wong, 30, who is an Asian queen, said she chose her drag name partly from a joke she saw online, but also to reclaim it from racially derogatory connotations.
“I feel like it’s really a kind of reclamation…I want other Vietnamese, Oriental, Chinese kids to be, like, ‘I can be just like her – overweight and on telly’,” she joked, adding more seriously: “It’s the best way to tackle racism.”
“It’s about starting the conversation and having a dialogue,” she said, adding that she hopes the show will spark viewers to have those discussions.
Some of her fellow contestants had stronger feelings about the issue, including 34-year-old east London circus performer Crystal.
“The idea that someone could be debating whether or not I exist is offensive to me,” she said.
“The show is really important because it’s showcasing queer stories… even though we’re dressing up like silly, silly things, if you’re paying attention there’s a lot of parts to it.”
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Labour MP Wes Streeting, who is gay and a self-professed Drag Race superfan, was also on the pink carpet, preparing to watch the first episode’s premiere.
He told Sky News: “Drag Race has promoted a powerful message about acceptance, inclusion, being proud about who we are and what we stand for.
“And I think given some of the debates we’ve had in the UK recently, with protesters outside of schools, let’s promote a message of inclusion and LGBT-inclusive education.”
Other big names on the carpet included Jamie-Lee O’Donnell and Nicola Coughlan from comedy show Derry Girls, which is due to return for a third series next year, and TV presenter Scarlett Moffatt, who will be hosting a podcast about the show.
Speaking to Sky News, Coughlan said: “This show, it’s always got that political edge to it.
“It’s really like an eff-you to all the bigots. It’s showing that you should be celebrating, you should be fabulous. It’s sending out the most positive message. If you can’t get on board with that then get in the bin.”
Moffatt told Sky News: “I feel like I am a bit different… I just wish it was around when I was a kid because it just embraces everybody and makes everybody feel like it’s okay to be different.”
One contestant who speaks openly about not fitting in is Scaredy Kat.
Aged only 19 during filming, growing up in rural Wiltshire, and being one of the show’s only openly bisexual queens, she told Sky News: “It’s been scary but really good… there’s no drag scene in Wiltshire. It’s like a joke to even say that there is one.”
The show will feature a range of performers, from queens like Scaredy Kat who focus on the artistic elements of drag, to more comedic queens, such as The Vivienne, 27, who is known for her celebrity impressions, and 35-year-old Vinegar Strokes, who starred in hit West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
One of the queens, Gothy Kendoll, described the series as a “campy and funny” show, while Baga Chipz said: “You’re going to see acceptance and people that have never seen a drag queen in everyday life are going to watch it and think ‘they are just normal down-to-earth people, showing their talents’.”
Contestant Cheryl Hole teased a potential lighthearted showdown with her namesake Cheryl, who is a guest judge in the series.
Speaking about the singer, formerly known as Cheryl Cole, the drag queen said: “Everybody wants to know if I met Cheryl. The Cheryl versus Cheryl show. But you’ll just have to watch.”
Meanwhile, asked if the UK was ready for a show like Drag Race, contestant Divina de Campo said: “The UK’s been ready for Drag Race for 25 years.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race airs weekly on BBC Three’s iPlayer channel from 3 October.
“When this morning I was informed about the robbery I thought it was a prank and it took me a while, after a few checks, to come to the conclusion that it was true and it wasn’t a surreal movie where instead of the jewels of the crown, the thieves went away with a b***** toilet,” Mr Cattelan said in a statement.
“I always liked heist movies and finally I’m in one of them.”
The artist joked: “Dear thieves, please, if you are reading this, let me know how much you like the piece and how it feels to pee on gold.”
The toilet was installed at the palace as part of Mr Cattelan’s first solo exhibition for 20 years.
Director Franc Roddam says filmmaking has changed a lot since Quadrophenia was in production.
“With films now everything is, you know – a storyboard and a green screen and blue screen.
“We would go out, we said that’s the location, these are the actors, this is the weather, we’ve got this much time – what shall we do boys?
“And we would play with it. It was much more playful, I think.”
Leslie Ash, who played Jimmy’s love interest Steph, agrees it was a unique experience.
“It was the first thing I’d ever done, really, so working with Frank, it was a completely new way.
“We had a script but we didn’t really use it… we basically improvised a lot.
“So after the film, my first job afterwards, I turned up on the set and I expected the director to be like Frank and it really wasn’t – I didn’t know my lines, I didn’t have a script, I was totally unprepared.”
Phil Davis, who played Chalky, puts the film’s longevity down to its relatability.
“There’s something magical about this story that speaks to adolescent boys and I think it’s because of the struggles of Jimmy, the main character Phil Daniels plays,” Davis says.
“Because he isn’t the coolest kid on the block, he’s not someone you aspire to be. He falls in love with a girl who can’t love him back and he’s struggling with identity issues.
“He doesn’t want to be like his mum and dad – he’s like every adolescent boy and I think because of that it speaks to every generation and not just the generation around when it was first made.”
Trevor Laird, who played Ferdy, believes if it weren’t for the band behind the rock opera the film was based on, it wouldn’t have had the success it did.
“I think what made it so special at the time was The Who themselves.
“In 1978, when we made this film, The Who were massive – they still are – but at that time they were a massive band; rock and roll English music was the music.”
And despite the varied careers of the film’s stars since, it is Quadrophenia they say are remembered for.
“We’re not allowed to forget it by the general public,” says Mark Wingett, who played Dave.
“I did 21 years in The Bill, I made 787 episodes, I was Jim Carver in The Bill and [people say], ‘ah yeah, The Bill’s alright but Quadrophenia – that’s where it’s at’.
“I’ve had that for 40 years – this year’s been extraordinary because of the amount of work we’ve done around Quadrophenia because it is the 40th anniversary and I think we’re all a bit Quadrophenia-d out at the moment.”
But for Wilcox, the magic lives on.
“I’m not, I want us to make a Netflix series about the characters now, I want us to have eight series.
“I know Phil Daniels would hate that but I just think this is a story waiting to happen – I am not quite Quadrophenia-d out.”
Whether the cast are getting Quadrophenia fatigue or not, for fans of the film its 40th anniversary is cause for celebration – and maybe an excuse to watch it once again.
Quadrophenia – Our Generation will show on Sky Arts as part of its evening of celebrations of the film on 21 September at 9pm.
After 10 years of friendship, romance, being on a break, a Vegas marriage and lots more on-again-off-again romance, Ross and Rachel finally got back together in the last ever episode to give Friends fans their happy ending.
She got off the plane, and the rest is… well, is left for us to imagine.
Fifteen years on from the final episode, where would Ross and Rachel be now? And what about baby Emma?
With a mum like Rachel Green, one thing we can be sure of is that the teenage Emma probably has a pretty stylish wardrobe.
But what else?
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Friends creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman spoke about what they think Ross and Rachel would be up to in 2019.
Proving it’s the question all Friends fans want to know the answer to, Kauffman revealed her rabbi once stopped her in a parking lot to demand to know what happened to the couple.
And those who are Team Ross and Rachel have nothing to worry about, it seems.
“I think they would still be together,” Kauffman said. “And as David Crane said, Emma would be in therapy.”
In a Twitter post, Ja Rule wrote: “I will be re-releasing ALL of my albums as visual albums… I will be making a video for every song I’ve ever made… what songs do y’all wanna see videos for???”
The 43-year-old rapper – whose hits include Livin’ It Up and Always On Time – later clarified he would be shooting “over 40” videos, but they would not include tracks that already have videos.
One Twitter user asked Ja Rule why he was asking fans to choose which songs they wanted to see new videos made for, when he was supposedly recording “visual albums” for all his previous records.
He replied: “I wanna see which records are favoured.”
It comes several months after a Netflix documentary detailed what happened behind the scenes of the infamous Fyre Festival, which Ja Rule and his business partners were forced to abort after it was dubbed “a post-apocalyptic nightmare”.
A promotional film for the festival – which was advertised as a luxury party on a deserted island – featured bikini-clad supermodels including Bella Hadid, Kendal Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski, with tickets reportedly costing up to $100,000 (£75,000).
But when guests turned up, they found they were to sleep on rain-soaked mattresses in hurricane disaster tents on what had been a building site on a different island than originally advertised.
A lawsuit filed against the organisers said guests had been promised a “posh, island-based music festival featuring first class culinary experiences” but were instead lured into “what various media outlets have since labelled a complete disaster, mass chaos and a post-apocalyptic nightmare”.
The event’s co-founder Billy McFarland was jailed for six years for fraud for his role, but Ja Rule was never arrested or charged.
The rapper denied he was involved in defrauding party-goers and locals on the island and claimed he lost money through his involvement in organising and promoting the festival.
Ja Rule is due to release an album called Twelve, which will feature new music, in December.
Fans of Downton Abbey are being given the chance to stay at the stately home where the TV series is set.
Two guests will be allowed to stay at Highclere Castle for one night on 26 November if they can show they are passionate about Downton Abbey.
They will stay in one of the main bedrooms with an en-suite bathroom and views over 1,000 acres of parkland.
The home’s current occupants, the Earl and Countess of Carnavon, will be treating the guests to an evening of cocktails in the saloon followed by a traditional dinner in the state dining room waited on by a butler.
Coffee will be served in the library after dinner before the guests retire for the night.
The next morning, they will be given breakfast and a private tour of the estate.
Fans can apply to stay at the home through Airbnb, where they will have to include a message illustrating their passion for the TV series.
Bookings will open at noon on 1 October but applicants must be signed up to Airbnb in advance and have good ratings from previous bookings.
The Earl and Countess will choose the most creative applicant to stay with them.
The winners will pay £150 inclusive for their reservation.
Lady Carnarvon said: “It’s an absolute privilege and pleasure to call Highclere Castle my home and I am delighted to be able to share it on Airbnb for a truly unique stay.
“Highclere Castle has been in the Carnarvon family since 1679 and has an incredibly rich history.
“I am passionate about the stories and heritage of Highclere Castle, and I am looking forward to welcoming our future guests.”
The home was built as Highclere Place House in 1679 when it was bought by Sir Robert Sawyer, an ancestor of the current Earl.
It was converted into Highclere Castle in 1842 by Sir Charles Barry, who was also working on the Houses of Parliament at the time.
A new Saturday Night Live comedian has been axed from the show before his first appearance after a video emerged of him making “offensive, hurtful and unacceptable” slurs about Chinese people.
Shane Gillis faced a backlash soon after it was announced he was joining the long-running US sketch show.
After footage of him making offensive comments was shared online, SNLcreator and executive producer Lorne Michaels confirmed he has removed Gillis from the cast.
A spokesman for Michaels said: “After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL.
“We want SNL to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show, and we hired Shane on the strength of his talent as a comedian and his impressive audition for SNL. We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days.
“The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable.
“We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.”
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Gillis has posted a statement on Twitter saying it felt “ridiculous for comedians to be making serious public statements but here we are”.
He added: “I’m a comedian who was funny enough to get SNL. That can’t be taken away.
“Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at SNL, but I understand it would be too much of a distraction. I respect the decision they made. I’m honestly grateful for the opportunity.
Gillis apologised after the footage emerged last week, saying on Twitter: “I’m happy to apologise to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said. My intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and that sometimes that requires risks.”