1st September 2017

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Emmanuel Macron racks up a hefty make-up bill in just three months. Since assuming office earlier this year, the French president has turned heads with his youthful looks, but it seems they come at a price - €26,000 to be precise. The figure allegedly covers the costs of services that see a make-up artist travelling with the president on official duties. Guardian

Snape’s appearance on University Challenge sends Twitter in to a frenzy. No, not that Snape. Contestant Jack Snape, a masters student studying the conservation of war paintings at The Courtauld Institute Of Art, made his debut as a contestant on the show last week. His surname soon prompted a flurry of discussion among fans who expressed disappointment that he was no relation to the fictional character from the Harry Potter series. Metro

Metropolitan police called out over Notting Hill carnival tweets. Following several drug raids in Kensington and Chelsea, the Metropolitan police posted a tweet that appeared to tenuously link the raids to Notting Hill Carnival. These were called out by music artist Stormzy who was confused by the met’s intent. Asking what the raids had to do with the carnival, he also inferred that events widely dominated by white audiences wouldn’t likely have been demonised in a similar way. Guardian

Driverless lorries will soon be appearing on UK roads. The government has announced that small convoys of up to three lorries travelling in formation will be trialed by the end of 2018. The lead vehicle, which will be controlled by a human driver, will control breaking and acceleration wirelessly. It has been suggested that the driverless fleets may lead to fuel efficiency savings, which could be passed on to customers. BBC News

Lego Land shows solidarity with Big Ben, silencing its own mini replica. As Big Ben chimed for the last time in four years last week, so too did its Lego Land counterpart. In contrast to Big Ben’s lengthy silent spell, Miniland’s three-metre tall Elizabeth Tower closed for just four days, enabling staff to carry out essential maintenance. Evening Standard

Amidst Hurricane Harvey chaos, pranksters fake shark imagery on the Houston freeway. As the flooding disaster in Texas continues, an image that purports to show a shark swimming up the Houston freeway has been widely shared online. The image was promptly ridiculed on social media, having previously been circulated during floods on the Florida and Georgia coasts last year. Huffington Post

Anne Robinson is a Tinder dating app user. The TV presenter was seen using the app on the BBC’s Britain’s Relationship Secrets programme and it seems that her standards for a potential date are rather high. Potential income seems to be a top priority for the former Weakest Link host. She was shown rejecting a freelance actor on the basis that she didn’t feel he could deliver the goods. MSN


“Little by little, Trump is isolating himself. Soon he'll be Oz the Great and Terrible: little man, big voice, hiding behind a curtain.”

Author and staunch Trump critic, Stephen King, who was recently blocked by the US president on Twitter.

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