20 THINGS TO KNOW AND TELL
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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 Paper £10 notes have been in use since the year 2000, but have now been replaced by a polymer version featuring author Jane Austen (below).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.
17 RUN HIDE TELL
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.