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The Rebrief: Here's What Happened In June 2014

The Debrief: Hey! It was the World Cup! Remember that?

Illustration by Sophia Den Breems

What was meant to be a month of being able to stay in bars until late, drinking pseudo-Brazilian drinks was lost thanks to the England men’s football team not even making it past the group stage at the Brazilian World Cup. Thanks lads. 


Just as nonexistent as the England football team’s work ethic was the dress Rihanna wore to the Council of Fashion Design Awards. The Swarovski-studded Josephine Baker-inspired outfit, made by Adam Selman, showed a hell of a lot of Rihanna and raised a bunch of eyebrows, but she didn’t really care at all: 'I think fashion has been an outlet for me to express myself, to speak up, to say who I am and to be very loud about it at times and I just like to have fun with it.'

King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicated, his son Felipe VI taking his place, and a fair few people suggesting that our own Queen Elizabeth should shuffle off the throne to give Prince Charles (or even Prince William) a go. She didn't.

A British-Iranian woman, Ghoncheh Ghavami aged 25, was taken prisoner in Iran after attending a volleyball game. It was only three months later in September when she was officially charged; with ‘propaganda against the regime’. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Arabic world, members of Isis, or Isil, or IS - basically a group of people looking to turn Iraq, Syria and much more into a Sharia-law Islamic State – took over Mosul in northern Iraq.

On a lighter note, festival season kicked off in the UK with Glastonbury; Arya Stark from Game of Thrones was spotted bopping to Ed Sheeran, but, most importantly, Dolly Parton performed, charming the pants off of everyone with her multi-instrumental performance. And so what if she lip-synced? She’s Dolly Parton! 

Banger(s) of the month: June was all about the return of Lana Del Rey with Ultraviolence off her new album of the same name. Despite a few slightly odd interviews, Ultraviolence was just the dreamy sort of song we needed to kick off the summer.

We were watching: the second series of Orange is The New Black dropped and we were almost quite grateful for nothing else going on during June to distract us from the adventures of Piper Chapman and all her mates (notably, very little Alex Vause) behind bars.

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