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1 ROYAL WEDDING
The Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie is getting married to Jack Brooksbank today (Friday 12 October), in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The couple will celebrate with a special service and a short carriage procession. The royal family and many famous friends will be there.
2 NEW WORDS
The Oxford English Dictionary has added almost 350 new words. Among those are ‘fam’, which is regularly used as a slang word for family or friends, and ‘nothingburger’ which is used in politics to mean something that appears important at first but isn’t of any substance at all.
Tickets for the famous Glastonbury festival next year sold out in just 36 minutes! About 200,000 people are set to go to the festival in Somerset.
4 TOP POETS
Sylvia Plath, Maya Angelou and William Shakespeare have been named the top poets of all time, in a new survey by The Poetry Society. Young writers aged 11-17 voted. It comes at the same time as The Poetry Society announced the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 winners! The competition attracted nearly 11,000 entries from across the world. The top 15 poems will be published in a printed winners’ anthology from March 2019, so keep your eyes peeled!
5 CRISPY SCHEME
Walkers has announced the UK’s first recycling scheme for crisp packets. The scheme will encourage customers to drop off their packets at collection points, or post them for free in an envelope to recycling firm TerraCycle. The scheme will be up and running in December.
6 COMIC RELIEF
A Watford primary school has been finding out how their Comic Relief fundraising is helping kids in Malawi. Pupils from Knutsford Primary and Nursery School learned how two kids are going to school thousands of miles away, thanks to their donations. Check out the videos over at first.news/comicreliefmalawi.
7 HALF-TERM FUN
This October half term, Kew Gardens in London is inviting people to explore the Temperate House – the world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse – and its thousands of plants. The story of the house will be brought to life through theatre, live music and puppetry.
8 POLL RESULTS
Clapping has been banned at University of Manchester Students’ Union events, to avoid causing anxiety for some students. People are encouraged to use jazz hands instead. We asked you: Should clapping be banned? 17% of you said YES, while 83% of you said NO.
“Ban it because it can trigger anxiety and stress, and might make special times unbearable for some people,” said First News Live! user, book_girl.
“Clapping shows your appreciation and celebrates what people do. Clapping should not be banned!”, said First News
Live! user, uniquepika.
9 SELFIE STUDY
More than 250 people have died taking selfies in dangerous places, a new study shows. India has had the most selfie-related deaths, followed by Russia and the USA.
10 GOT YA!
A French gangster who managed to make a movie-style escape from prison via a helicopter three months ago has now been found! Rédoine Faïd is one of the country’s most notorious gangsters. He was arrested in the town of Creil, north of Paris, after police woke the sleeping crook.
11 MOST VALUABLE
The world’s 100 most valuable brands have been revealed. Top of the list is Apple, then Google and Amazon. Also making the top ten are Facebook and McDonald’s. The list is produced by business experts Interbrand.
12 AD BANNED
A Costa Coffee advert has been banned for criticising avocado. The chain was urging people to have bacon rolls instead of avocado for breakfast.
13 TOP PRIZE
The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a woman for the first time in 55 years! Donna Strickland, from Canada, was given the award alongside two male counterparts for their work in the field of lasers.
14 SNAKE BITE
A British man has died after being bitten by a sea snake in Australia. The fisherman was working on a trawler at sea, when he pulled in a net with the snake attached. He died hours later.
15 NEW LABELS
Pret A Manger will now list all of the ingredients, including allergens, in its freshly-made products. The announcement comes after a teenager died from an allergic reaction to one of the chain’s baguettes, which didn’t have sesame seeds listed on the packaging or labelling in store.
16 SCREEN TIME
A new YouGov survey has revealed that more than half of parents today are worried that their children spend too much time in front of screens. It also found that nearly half believe their children are spending less time reading books than they did as children. The survey was commissioned by Carlton Books, which is publishing the first ever augmented reality novel, The Ghostkeeper’s Journal & Field Guide by Japhet Asher.
17 ODD FLAVOUR
Iceland supermarket has brought out a unique new product for Christmas – Christmas-tree-flavoured crisps!
18 ANIMAL TESTING
The largest ever petition calling for an end to cosmetic animal testing globally has been presented to the UN. The petition, which gained a record-breaking 8.3 million signatures, was presented with a little help from some canine pals! It was all part of a campaign by The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International.
19 NEW EMOJIS
Apple has launched more than 70 new emojis, including grey-haired, curlyhaired and bald avatars. There are also new animals and sporting icons.
20 BEACH CLOSES
Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh island in Thailand has been closed to protect it from tourists. The island’s popularity has affected the environment and coral reefs. It had already been closed for four months, but officials say it needs more time.