24th November 2017
Black Friday may not be such a good deal. A survey of major retailers conducted by Which? found that prices are often cheaper or no different at other times during the year. Tracking the Black Friday prices of 35 popular technology, home and personal care products sold by major retailers, the publication found that nearly two-thirds of the so-called ‘deals’ could have been found elsewhere at other times of the year. Metro
Japanese rail company apologises for early departure. It’s almost a dream scenario for UK commuters, but management of the Tsukaba Express were forced to apologise last week after one of its trains departed 20 seconds earlier than scheduled. The mistake is said to have happened due to staff not checking the timetable. The company also explained that they had received no complaints for the early departure. The Guardian
British doctor fends off shark with fisticuffs. Charlie Fry was surfing off the shore of a beach north of Sydney when a shark suddenly jumped out of the water and attempted to attack him. He duly responded by punching his assailant in the face before climbing back on to his board and surfing back to the shore. Miraculously, Fry was left with only minor scratches and a small puncture wound to his arm. BBC News
Doncaster Council asks the public to help name its new gritters. They deliver. If Boaty McBoatface taught us anything, it’s that the public’s penchant for wordplay cannot be underestimated. So when Doncaster Council offered the public the chance to vote on the name of its two new road gritters, it should have come as little surprise that Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney and David Plowie both won the vote. The council were apparently “delighted” with the result. And rightly so. BBC News
Millennials need to stop buying sandwiches to afford a house. That’s according to estate agent Strutt and Parker, who suggested that young people could save £2,576 a year making their lunches at home. Predictably, the internet reacted with anger, but one estate agent sought to capitalise on the furore. Rival estate agent Emoov have since offered a giftcard for a free Starbucks sandwich to all first-time buyers who complete on a property. City A.M.
Greggs apologises for replacing Jesus with sausage roll in nativity ad. The baking chain have received a wave of criticism after a Christmas advert saw them replace the baby Jesus with a sausage roll in a traditional nativity scene. The image was deemed tasteless by pressure group the Freedom Association who described the campaign as "sick". Social media, however, saw a funny side to it, with one user joking that, to some people, sausage rolls are a saviour, of sorts. Sky News
Elderly couple say farewell to their 50-year-old household appliances. Sydney and Rachel Saunders, 83 and 81, bought their tumble dryer, boiler, cooker and washing machine in 1956, but have finally decided it’s time to part with them. ‘Things were made better in those days,’ Sydney recalls. ‘They were more durable and stronger.’ All remain in full working order, but the couple from Exeter, who have used them as spares, would now like to see them preserved in a museum. Independent
“When you leave a job, it’s a bit like abandoning your child to someone else. It’s almost impossible to think that anybody, if you’re completely honest – well, everybody’s going to be flawed as the new mother, or the father in this case. So, I’m just being completely honest. It’s hard to feel completely, ‘I’ll love everything he does,’ because I won’t.”
Former Vogue editor Alexandra Schulman responds to accusations that she has taken swipes at her successor, Edward Enninful.