A typically sensationalist article from the Daily Mail about the transition to politically correct job titles. A similar article from the Daily Telegraph here.
Did the media distribution officer deliver your newspaper this morning before the domestic technician headed off on the school run?
These are just two of the bureaucratic – and often politically correct – new job titles now spreading like a deathly grey plague through British life.
This Daily Telegraph article has lots of information about the upcoming Year of the Monkey.
People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterised as quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous, but it is also believed to be one of the most unlucky years in the Chinese calendar.
A useful article from the Daily Mirror about the third Monday in January which has come to be known as Blue Monday.
Brace yourself – today is ‘Blue Monday’, the third Monday in January that’s become known as the most depressing day of the year.
This fun video from the BBC looks at how different cultures around the world greet each other. It could lead to a fun conversation in a multi-lingual class.
This Inc. magazine article outlines some of the ambitious projects on the drawing board of billionaire entrepreneurs who are intent on reshaping the world to fit their dreams.
In 2012 Google’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt announced that they would be teaming up with filmmaker James Cameron to mine the asteroids that pass by Earth. The plan is for robotic ships to mine the asteroids for rare minerals like gold and platinum which are commonly used in electronics and batteries.
Some nice pictures and usable text in this article from incomediary.com.
Businesses these days, particularly those who make their money on the internet, seem to be paying much more attention to their staff and work environment, so that they can really get the most out of them.
An excellent article from the Daily Telegraph giving lots of background on Guy Fawkes, bonfire night traditions, which continue until today.
The only place in the UK that does not celebrate Guy Fawkes Night is his former school St. Peter’s in York.
They refuse to burn a guy out of respect for one of their own.
This article from the Daily Telegraph highlights some of the more outlandish demands that famous musicians make in their riders.
Kanye West… also demanded that his dressing room carpet was ironed by an assistant because it was “too bumpy”.
Here’s a story from the Daily Mail about a very small flat with a big asking price.
Househunters viewing this flat could be forgiven for thinking they’d stepped into the property’s entrance hall – but in fact the cramped main room is all there is to this tiny apartment.
A nice article from the Daily Mirror outlining some of the more successful April Fool’s pranks that have been played over the years.
The best known public prank is the 1957 news show broadcast by Panorama. It was a three-minute segment about a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland. This was apparently because of an unusually mild winter and the “virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil,”