22nd September 2017
The Met Office has already named 21 storms for the 2017-2018 season. As ever, names will run from A-Z, alternating between male and female, with the exception of names beginning with Q, U, X, Y and Z. While the previous season only saw five names used, the 2017-2018 season consists of 21. The rationale behind humanising storms is that it makes them more relatable to those affected by them. Wired
Investment bank warns that Britain is reaching a point of coffee shop saturation. There’s no shortage of places for consumers to get their caffeine fix of a morning. But after years of buoyant growth, Citigroup has suggested that the expansion of coffee stores is set to stall over the coming years due to an overcrowded marketplace. They predict that the UK coffee market only has four or five years left of structural growth before it is completely oversaturated. BBC News
BBC launch Pidgin English service for West African audiences. The new service is intended to cater to a wide audience across West and Central Africa, using a language that enables people who do not share a common tongue to communicate with one another. Even though Pidgin English is not officially recognised, it is one of the most widely spoken languages across the region. ABC
Woman accidentally dyes her face pink with poster paint. The internet reacts. When a Twitter user, known only as ‘Leah’ announced that she had dyed her face pink after using glitter poster paint as facepaint, Twitter duly responded. Though the label purported to wash off skin easily, she hadn’t anticipated the luminous glow that might remain. After being compared to the Pink Panther and even Pepto Bismol, ‘Leah’ conceded that the original post had been ‘a joke’. TIME
The GIF turns 30. While it’s almost impossible to imagine the internet without the humble GIF today, it seems incredible to think that the looping image format has been with us now for three whole decades. Long before they became the common language for expression in the digital age, they were created by programmer Steve Wilhite in 1987, conceived as an image format that could be used across different computer platforms. Guardian
"Trust me, the internet's full of hate but it's nothing compared to the self-critic in your head for brutality. I've said it all before they have.”
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch on being his own worst critic.