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1 Ad­vent cal­en­dar

It’s of­fi­cially De­cem­ber, which means lots of you will start open­ing ad­vent cal­en­dars. But where did the idea come from? We dis­cover more in this week’s I Don’t Get It video at

first.news/ad­vent2017. First News is get­ting into the Christ­mas spirit with our own amaz­ing on­line ad­vent cal­en­dar, too! Check back ev­ery day to see what’s hid­ing be­hind the door…

2 Per­fect world

What would your per­fect world look like? More than 1,000 school­child­ren were asked this ques­tion, with some very in­trigu­ing re­sults! Ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, kids would like to see Ari­ana Grande, Stor­mzy or Ed Sheeran as Prime Min­is­ter. They’d also like an end to bed­times and the school day to be re­duced to two hours a day. The sur­vey was car­ried out by Jet2hol­i­days.

3 new char­ac­ter

A new Lit­tle Miss char­ac­ter has been re­vealed! Lit­tle Miss In­ven­tor has been cre­ated to in­spire girls to get into science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and maths. The char­ac­ter will be launched on 8 March next year, which is In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.

4 Teen award

A 14-year-old teen won Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress at the Golden Horse Film Awards. The awards are of­ten called the Chi­nese Os­cars. Vicky Chen beat a lot of well-known ac­tors to scoop the ti­tle.

5 equal­ity sur­vey Thank you so much to ev­ery­one who’s taken part in our equal­ity sur­vey. We’ve had hun­dreds of replies and it’s been so in­ter­est­ing to hear your thoughts. If you’d still like to share your opin­ions, please do send your sur­veys in by Fri­day 8 De­cem­ber. The ad­dress is on page 29, or see first.news/equal. We’ll re­veal the re­sults in a fu­ture is­sue of the pa­per. 6 Free vend­ing ma­chine

Bri­tain’s first vend­ing ma­chine for home­less peo­ple is set to launch in Not­ting­ham. The spe­cial vend­ing ma­chine will be stocked with fresh fruit, socks and sand­wiches. Home­less peo­ple will be able to ac­cess the ma­chine us­ing a key card and they can get three free items a day. The idea was cre­ated by the char­ity, Ac­tion Hunger.

7 Bafta kids awards

The Bri­tish Academy Chil­dren’s Awards took place last week, hon­our­ing the best in chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment. Win­ners in­cluded Bear Grylls Sur­vival School, In­side My Head: A News­round Spe­cial and pre­sen­ter Mad­die Moate.

8 poll re­sults

A chain of nurs­ery schools in Dorset has banned the use of glit­ter in their class­rooms be­cause of the dam­age it does to the en­vi­ron­ment. We asked you: Should glit­ter be banned? As First News went to press, 59% of you were say­ing NO. MAYBE “If nurs­eries find a more ecofriendly idea, that would be great, but if not then try to min­i­mal­ize the amount of glit­ter used,” said First News Live! user, turquoise4. NO! “Glit­ter shouldn’t be banned be­cause chil­dren love us­ing glit­ter as it adds sparkle and lots of peo­ple love sparkle!”, said First News Live! user, G1raffe.

9 Pay to live

Of­fi­cials in Al­bi­nen in the Swiss moun­tains are so wor­ried about the town’s tiny pop­u­la­tion that they plan to pay peo­ple to live there! Fam­i­lies who are will­ing to move there could be of­fered up to SwFr70,000 (£53,500).

10 Beach lit­ter

Beach lit­ter has risen by 10% in the UK, a new re­port has re­vealed. Food and drink lit­ter makes up to 20% of all rub­bish found on beaches. The Ma­rine Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety (MCS) now wants the Gov­ern­ment to put a cost on all sin­gle-use items like straws, plas­tic cups and lolly sticks, to try to stop peo­ple from lit­ter­ing as much.

11 rare Dragon­flies

Sight­ings of rare dragon­flies are on the rise in Bri­tain! A scar­let darter dragon­fly has been spot­ted here for the first time in 13 years, ac­cord­ing to vol­un­teers from the Mi­grant Dragon­fly Pro­ject.

12 jail time

Os­car Pis­to­rius has had his jail term in­creased for killing his girl­friend, Reeva Steenkamp. The for­mer Par­a­lympic ath­lete will now spend 13 years and five months in prison.

13 car Crash

Two men and three boys were killed in Leeds af­ter a stolen car crashed into a tree. Two 15-year-old boys were ar­rested by po­lice.

14 in the money

Ama­zon founder Jeff Be­zos has be­come the first per­son in his­tory to make a whop­ping $100 bil­lion! Mr Be­zos’ im­pres­sive stash of cash was boosted by sales on Black Fri­day.

15 So­cial me­dia to blame? So­cial me­dia has been blamed for caus­ing panic on Ox­ford Street dur­ing Black Fri­day last week. Peo­ple ran and hid af­ter be­ing led to be­lieve that gun shots were heard near Ox­ford Cir­cus un­der­ground sta­tion. The sta­tion and sur­round­ing ar­eas were evac­u­ated so po­lice could in­ves­ti­gate, but noth­ing was found. It is be­lieved two men had an ar­gu­ment on a tube plat­form. Peo­ple post­ing in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion on so­cial me­dia were blamed for caus­ing con­fu­sion. 16 Elec­tric cars

Elec­tric cars are meant to be a thing of the fu­ture, but coun­cils have now been ac­cused of in­ter­fer­ing with their progress by stop­ping road­side charg­ers from be­ing in­stalled. Some peo­ple feel the charg­ers (needed to op­er­ate the cars) cre­ate “clut­ter” on the street. Lon­don mayor Sadiq Khan wants there to be tougher plan­ning laws in place, so that the charg­ers can be built with­out hav­ing to get the per­mis­sion of coun­cils first.

17 ju­nior euro

Rus­sia’s Polina Bo­gu­se­vich has won this year’s Ju­nior Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test. The com­pe­ti­tion took place in Ge­or­gia.

18 video apol­ogy

YouTube star Jack Maynard has apol­o­gised af­ter a se­ries of tweets he made in 2012 were dis­cov­ered. The tweets used lan­guage that was “com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.” Jack left I’m A Celebrity soon af­ter.

19 x fac­tor live

The acts ap­pear­ing on The X Fac­tor Live Tour 2018 have been an­nounced. Rak-Su, Grace Davies, Kevin Davy White, Lloyd Macey, The Cutkelvins and Matt Lin­nen will all ap­pear. A sev­enth wild­card act will also be de­cided via an on­line vote from all the acts that have fea­tured on the show. The tour kicks off in Fe­bru­ary.

20 xmas pizza

Pizza Ex­press has launched a roast din­ner pizza, just in time for Christ­mas!

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