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The John Lewis Christmas advert is more Tiny Dancer than Dasher and Prancer

The John Lewis Christmas advert is more Tiny Dancer than Dasher and Prancer

Business, Christmas, Lifestyle
Department store chain John Lewis & Partners have released their 2018 Christmas advert, in a modern tradition widely seen as the unofficial start of the festive season. John Lewis & Partners’ master marketeers have, for the last decade, tugged on the nation’s heartstrings with their annual Christmas campaigns aimed at making John Lewis stores synonymous with Christmas shopping. Their new advert eschews the traditional softly-sung cover versions of famous songs with Elton John, singing his seminal anthem Your Song - keen John Lewis advert fans will note this was previously covered by Ellie Goulding for the 2010 John Lewis ad. The whistle-stop tour of Elton John’s piano-playing career is certainly emotive, but has had a mixed reaction from the public: Don't get me wrong,
Google’s new action plan: is it helpful, or does it miss the mark?

Google’s new action plan: is it helpful, or does it miss the mark?

Activism, Business, Lifestyle, Technology
Google CEO’s apology and proposal for action touched upon sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, but failed to soothe all ruffled feathers. Employee outrage over Google’s mishandling of sexual misconduct at work and the subsequent global staff walkout have prompted the technology company CEO to apologise and promise changes. “We recognise that we have not always gotten everything right in the past and we are sincerely sorry for that. It’s clear we need to make some changes,” apologised CEO Sundar Pichai, in an email to employees that was made public on the company’s website Thursday. Time is up @googlewalkout #GoogleWalkout pic.twitter.com/WHSj6U8NOr — Briana Wallace (@BrianaWallace) November 1, 2018 Last week, more than 20,000 Google employees and contractors in 50
Cuadrilla produces first shale gas amid controversies

Cuadrilla produces first shale gas amid controversies

Activism, Business, Environment, Investigations, Specials
Energy company Cuadrilla has announced its first natural gas flow produced by fracking in Lancashire. Cuadrilla described the news as significant and indicative of the potential of the site.  “The volumes of gas returning to surface at this stage are small”, said chief executive Francis Egan. "However, considering that we are only at the very start of fracturing operations and, given operating constrains, have not yet been able to inject as much sand into the shale as we had planned, this is a good early indication of the gas potential that we have long talked about.” https://twitter.com/CuadrillaUK/status/1058358398771695616 This comes after Labour MP Rosie Cooper addressed an open letter to Energy Secretary Greg Clark calling for fracking to be banned due to the 1.1 magnitud
Last call for pints at the airport

Last call for pints at the airport

Business, Specials, Travel
The much-loved travel tradition of the early morning pint is in danger. The Home Office is considering new legislation that extends high-street licensing rules to airport terminals around the country, meaning airport bars and restaurants would be prohibited from selling booze before 10am - putting an end to the pre-holiday breakfast pint. How else will we steady our nerves before take-off? Here’s what you need to know: Airline lounges are exempt from the crackdown as alcohol is complementary As well as no alcohol sales before 10am, Ryanair is pushing for a two drink limit per customer Jet2, the low-cost airline, has already banned alcohol sales on flights before 08:00   A possible motive behind the proposed changes is the rise in reports of drunk and disorderly p
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