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1 Black fri­day

On 24 Novem­ber, the big­gest shop­ping day of the year is here! Black Fri­day orig­i­nated in America and is al­ways held the day af­ter Thanks­giv­ing. Lots of shops will have spe­cial deals to mark the day, with big dis­counts on gadgets and tech­nol­ogy.

2 switch off

From 20 Novem­ber to 3 De­cem­ber, it’s Switch Off Fort­night. Schools are be­ing en­cour­aged to cut down on elec­tric­ity and help to re­duce the cost of en­ergy bills. The fort­night can be led by a group of stu­dents and is de­signed to help you achieve an eco-school award! You can find out lots more at: jointhe­pod.org/cam­paigns.

3 Sher­lock Gnomes

Johnny Depp has joined the cast of the Gnomeo And Juliet film se­quel, play­ing Sher­lock Gnomes!

4 Christ­mas comp

STABILO is giv­ing you the chance to cre­ate a Christ­mas card that will be made avail­able to all First News read­ers. The win­ner will also get a bumper pack of STABILO good­ies. All you have to do is de­sign your card (no big­ger than A5), along with a sea­sonal mes­sage, and send it to: STABILO UK, Christ­mas Card Competition, The Old Barn, Ben­netts Close, Slough, SL1 5AP by 24 Novem­ber 2017. Please in­clude your name and age.

5 Au­tumn bud­get

The Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer will present his au­tumn bud­get to Par­lia­ment on 22 Novem­ber 2017. Philip Ham­mond will set out the Gover­ment’s plans for the econ­omy and how money will be spent.

6 bus crash

Las Ve­gas’s new self-driv­ing shut­tle bus crashed less than two hours af­ter mak­ing its de­but on pub­lic roads! Thank­fully no in­juries were re­ported.

7 Fu­tur­is­tic car

Lam­borgh­ini has cre­ated the world’s first self-heal­ing sports car! The Terzo Mil­len­nio is able to de­tect cracks and dam­age in its body­work and re­pair any prob­lems it­self. The car has been cre­ated with the help of re­searchers from the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (MIT) in Bos­ton, USA.

8 Old notes

The Bank of Eng­land has con­firmed that from 1 March 1 2018, pa­per £10 notes will no longer be le­gal ten­der. Pa­per £10 notes have been in use since the year 2000, but have now been re­placed by a poly­mer ver­sion fea­tur­ing au­thor Jane Austen (below).

9 fewer pets

Fewer peo­ple in the UK now own a pet – just 56% of house­holds have one, down from 63% in 2012. It’s be­lieved the cost of pets and eco­nomic wor­ries are to blame. Dogs and cats are still the most pop­u­lar pets.

10 new boat

The New South Wales gov­ern­ment has an­nounced the name of a brand new Syd­ney ship – Ferry McFer­ry­face! Over 15,000 peo­ple voted in a poll to name the boat. While Boaty McBoat­face topped the poll, Aus­tralian of­fi­cials picked the se­cond top name.

11 Smart city

Mi­crosoft founder Bill Gates is to build a smart city in Ari­zona. The city is to be called Bel­mont and fea­ture driver­less cars and the lat­est tech­nol­ogy. There will be schools, of­fices and homes. A state­ment said: “Bel­mont will cre­ate a for­ward-think­ing com­mu­nity.”

12 He’s back

Michael Bublé is set to head­line Bri­tish Sum­mer Time Hyde Park 2018. It will be his only UK show next year. The star has been tak­ing some time out, af­ter his son was di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

13 Blue Planet

The first episode of Blue Planet II, the Sir David At­ten­bor­ough-nar­rated wildlife se­ries, is the UK’s most-watched show of the year so far.

14 new dame

Julie Wal­ters has been made a dame! The ac­tress, who has starred in Billy El­liot and the Padding­ton movies, was given the hon­our by the Queen at Buck­ing­ham Palace.

15 Equal­ity sur­vey

Have you taken part in our equal­ity sur­vey? Equal­ity is a big is­sue in the news at the mo­ment, so we want to know your thoughts. Do you think boys and girls are treated the same? Visit first.news/equal to share your views and sto­ries.

16 new job

Penny Mor­daunt has been ap­pointed the new Sec­re­tary of State for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment. Priti Pa­tel re­signed from the role af­ter ad­mit­ting to a se­ries of se­cret meet­ings with Is­raeli gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.


A new cam­paign – Run, Hide, Tell – has been launched to give young peo­ple ad­vice on how to re­spond to a ter­ror at­tack. The ad­vice, de­vised by counter-ter­ror po­lice, will be given in schools for the first time. It comes in the form of a comic strip an­i­ma­tion. You can watch the video at: first.news/run­hide­tell.

18 world Toi­let day

Did you know it’s World Toi­let Day on 19 Novem­ber? The day aims to pro­mote bet­ter san­i­ta­tion and ac­cess to clean and safe wa­ter for ev­ery­one.

19 crea­ture art

A grasshop­per has been stuck in a Van Gogh paint­ing for 128 years! The tiny crea­ture was dis­cov­ered by a con­ser­va­tor at the Nel­son-Atkins Mu­seum of Art, embed­ded in the thick paint of the pic­ture Olive Trees.

20 Baby mur­ray

Sir Andy Mur­ray’s wife Kim has given birth to a baby girl. The cou­ple, who mar­ried in 2015, are al­ready par­ents to one-year-old Sophia.

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