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The Know Daily - Friday 2 February 2024

🤗 Welcoming in February with some Friday treats

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Happy Friday (and February!) - Esther here. 

In my opinion, January’s always a bit of a weird month - and the one that’s just gone was no different. Celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday and spending some quality time with my sister were definite highlights, but I also did a lot of hibernating and re-charging at home.

I’m now heading into February feeling refreshed and ready to go - which has reminded me that while we might want to achieve lots with the arrival of a new year, often the best thing we can do is to take it easy. 

This sense of balance is something we always try to lean into here at The Know. It’s why our Friday newsletters always contain a roundup of big headlines from the week, alongside plenty of culture recs and life hacks, too. It’s also why we run regular giveaways for our readers (which we explain in a bit more detail below 👇). 

Have a lovely weekend,

Esther x
Staff Writer

The impressive age of a lemon that found itself at the centre of a bidding war this month.

Türkiye’s eye-wateringly high interest rate, as the country’s central bank looks to tackle inflation.

The value of an “unfathomable” pay deal awarded by Tesla to Elon Musk in 2018, which was this week cancelled by a US court.

The proportion of Brits who’ve never holidayed abroad with their grandparents - a stat that prompted an airline’s “Grans Go Free” deal.


🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Nicola Sturgeon gave evidence to the UK Covid-19 Inquiry this week, where she said that a “large part” of her wishes she had not been Scotland’s first minister when the pandemic struck.

🤝 Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party looks set to end its nearly two-year boycott of Stormont’s power-sharing government, after agreeing on a deal with the UK government to reduce the checks on goods moving from Great Britain to NI.

🇺🇦 EU leaders agreed to a $50bn aid package for Ukraine on Thursday, despite fears that Hungary’s PM Viktor Orbán would block the support package once again.


🌑 Japan’s moon lander “woke up” and “started snapping images of the lunar surface”, after it was stuck without power for more than a week. 

📊 A fertility data dashboard - the first of its kind globally - was launched by the UK regulator. “IVF patients will be able to access more data than ever before,” said The Independent.

🧠 Neuralink - the Elon Musk-founded startup - said it had successfully implanted a wireless brain chip into a human for the first time.


🚆 London-Amsterdam Eurostar services will now run this summer. The service was initially due to be suspended for six months due to renovation works at Amsterdam Centraal station.

🎥 An upcoming Céline Dion documentary, announced this week, will aim to “raise awareness” of stiff person syndrome - the neurological condition the singer has been diagnosed with.

🎢 Universal revealed more details about its newest Florida-based theme park, slated to open in 2025. It will feature “five immersive lands”, including one focused on Harry Potter.


👏 Women and girls led the Up Helly Aa Shetland Viking festival for the first time in its history, following a decades-long campaign. 

🇧🇪 Belgium banned the import of hunting trophies in a “momentous triumph” for wildlife conservation and welfare. 

🦈 A baby great white shark was spotted in the wild for the first time ever, experts said.  

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🌟 Get to know our giveaways 

It’s been a while since we talked here about the giveaways we run at The Know, so we reckoned we’d put together a guide - in our signature style, of course 😎

Why do you run giveaways?
We’re all about news-life balance. We know that our readers come to us to feel informed and hopeful about what’s going on in the world, but we also know you need a break every once in a while. Typically, this means that we give away a free two-night stay each month to help you relax and recharge. It’s our way of saying thank you for supporting us ❤️

How do I enter?
You’re automatically entered into these giveaways just by opening a newsletter. No need to do anything! 

Do you have a giveaway running at the mo?
You bet. We’ve teamed up with TreeDwellers to give one lucky reader a luxurious two-night treehouse stay in the Cotswolds, UK - and the winner can take up to four friends along with them! 

Can I increase my chances of winning?
You certainly can. There are two ways:
❣️ Friends of The Know* get five extra entries into every single giveaway we run. 

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📰 Read: Why rich people don’t cover their windows, by The Atlantic’s Michael Waters. “Although allowing a view into your home can seem vulnerable, it is actually a statement of security,” Waters writes.

📺 Watch: All of Us Strangers and American Fiction (out in cinemas now), Mr & Mrs Smith (Prime Video), Black Cake (Disney+), A Bloody Lucky Day (Paramount+). 

🎧 Listen to: Your Mama’s Kitchen. In this new(ish) podcast, host Michele Norris asks guests including Michelle Obama and Samin Nosrat about their earliest culinary memories and how this has shaped their lives. It’s a lovely listen that gives serious Sunday vibes.

🍞 Check out: 20 ways to elevate your toast game. Ditch your marmite and marmalade in favour of creamy mushrooms or truffled leeks, and consider your next midweek meal sorted. Want to take things to the next next level? Try baking your own bread, too.

Which curry has been at the centre of a Delhi High Court case this week, amid a dispute over the dish’s exact origins?

A) Butter chicken
B) Rogan josh
C) Chicken tikka masala

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Win a bundle of Wild Nutrition supplements! 

Throughout the month, we’ve been sharing Wild Nutrition’s top tips for starting the year strong - and we’re now giving away four of their bestselling, naturally sourced Food-Grown® supplements to one lucky reader! 

The bundle contains Wild Nutrition’s Women's Daily Multi Nutrient, Energy Support, KSM-66 Ashwagandha Plus and Magnesium supplements, as well as a 45-minute consultation with one of their nutritional therapists.

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In yesterday’s edition, we reported on how a UK university had begun beaming in lifelike avatars of lecturers using holographic technology. 

We were curious to know whether you were fans of the idea - and it’s fair to say the responses were pretty evenly split! A number of you described the concept as “dystopian”, with one pointing out that the novelty “would likely wear off pretty soon”. 

🟨🟨🟨🟨🟨⬜️ Yep, a holographic lecture sounds more fun! (48.28%)

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Nah, not for me (51.72%)

On the other side of the debate, one reader told us that having just been to Abba Voyage, they see this “as the future” and a way to “reduce travel and carbon impact”. 

You’ve definitely all given us lots to think about 💭

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