21st December 2018
No, Love Actually isn’t the nation’s favourite Christmas film. It’s a Wonderful Life, actually, took the hotspot in a survey conducted by the Radio Times. Elf, staring Will Ferrell, came in second, followed by The Muppet Christmas Carol. Love Actually came in at number four and Home Alone was number five. Controversially, Die Hard took sixth place. Daily Mail
And on that note… Die Hard IS a Christmas film. The debate over whether Bruce Willis is a part of modern-day Christmas celebrations has finally come to an end (for now). Twentieth Century Fox has released a new version of the trailer that hams up the festive aspects of the film and even positions John McClane as a man who ‘just wants to spend Christmas with his family’ but will have to endure the ‘holiday he’ll never forget’. Digital Spy
Air bubbles could make shipping more eco-friendly. Ships are one of the world’s biggest polluters, emitting a billion tonnes of CO2 every year. The industry wants to halve this damaging output by 2050, and one engineer’s idea could by a huge step in the right direction. It has designed a system that pumps tiny air bubbles out of the vents under the hull of a ship, helping reduce friction and make ships glide through the water using less fuel. BBC News
New community fridges in Cardiff are tackling food waste. The Community Fridge project is a scheme that lets students and those struggling to make ends meet take the food they need from a communal fridge. It is helping reduce food waste at the same time, with donations from local supermarket and cookery shows. It’s just one of a number of charities trying to tackle the 400,000 tonnes of food wasted in Wales each year. BBC News
Britain’s oldest lido is going to be restored. Thanks to a national lottery grant, swimmers will soon be able to take to the waters in Cleveland Pools, near Bath, for the first time in more than 30 years. It was built over 200 years ago and has since fallen into disrepair. The multi-million-pound grant will be used to create a naturally-heated 25m pool, children’s splash area, pavilion and café, but the original Georgian building and crescent shape will be maintained. Sky News
Mariah Carey is sending Christmas cheer to London commuters. Mariah Carey, the best-selling female artist of all time, has teamed up with TFL to give announcements on the tube between 18th and 24th December. You’ll hear her voice at London Bridge, Waterloo and Stratford stations. Carey’s famous ‘All I Want for Christmas’ has re-entered the charts 12 times since its first appearance. Sony Music
The most mispronounced words of 2018 are… Mostly names, it seems. The U.S. Captioning Company was asked to find the most mispronounced words of the year based on what its employees had heard while creating the subtitles for live TV events. The top 10 words were mostly made up of celebrities, politicians and sports players, including Saoirse Ronan, Daniel Kaluuya and Halapoulivaati Vaitai. The trend of eating bugs, Entomology, and the Middle Eastern grain freekeh were non-named entries in the top 10. Insider
Who’s up for trying pigs in blankets ice cream? Head over to Hitchin and you can. To get into the Christmas spirit, an ice cream parlour has created a pigs in blankets variety, made from blending maple syrup, bacon and sausages into the sweet cream. “Different. I can taste the bacon in it. Yeah, I do actually like it”, was one response during a taste test. BBC News
Stat of the week
A third of UK families will spend less on Christmas this year to be more ethical.
In a bid to cut waste, families across the UK will buy each other fewer presents this year and choose plastic-free gifts. From making their own wrapping paper to buying plastic-free razors and choosing chocolate wrapped in paper and foil rather than plastic, there are a number of ways Brits reducing their waste.
This trend is set to continue with the ethical market in Britain now worth £83bn a year.