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The Know Daily - Friday 22 March 2024

💌 The headlines, culture recs + lots more

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Happy Friday!

Spring has *finally* arrived in the UK this week! For me, the season is that perfect sweet spot where it’s warm enough to ditch my heavy puffer jacket, but not so hot that I'm immediately sweating as soon as I step outside. It also means I can't use the excuse of it being too dark or too cold to go for a run - and with my marathon just three weeks away, that can only be a good thing…

To welcome in the new season, we’ve dusted off Esther’s piece from last year that’s all about taking a gentler approach to spring cleaning. We’re talking plenty of actionable tips to help you declutter your mind - and not just the spaces around you. We’re sure you’ll love it as much as we did 💛 

Effie x

The new ‘tourist tax’ that most visitors to the Galapagos Islands will now be required to pay - double the previous rate.

The number of Easter eggs mistakenly ordered by an Orkney shop owner - for an island with a population of around 500.

2.5m acres
The size of Oregon’s new dark sky sanctuary, officially the largest in the world.

The weight of a record-breaking blueberry that’s almost the size of a golf ball.


💰 A long-awaited report has said that thousands of UK women should be compensated because changes in the state pension age weren’t communicated properly by the government.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Vaughan Gething was confirmed as Wales’ new First Minister, taking over from former Welsh Labour leader Mark Drakeford.

🗳 A leading women’s healthcare charity has called on MPs to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales - check out our explainer here.


🇭🇰 Hong Kong’s legislature passed a controversial new security law that grants the government “more power to quash dissent”.

🇺🇸 US President Joe Biden signed a historic executive order that will channel “major funds” into improving research on women’s health.

🌡️ A heatwave in west Africa in February was made 10 times more likely by human-caused global heating, a study found.


🎛 Berlin’s techno scene was added to Unesco’s cultural heritage list, along with five other German traditions including fruit wine and mountaineering.

🏉 The Women's Six Nations rugby championship returns this Saturday, with England seeking to win their sixth consecutive title.

👨‍🎨 Banksy painted a bright green tree mural on the side of a building in North London - only for the work to be “vandalised” two days later.


🇪🇺 The EU announced a crackdown on unpaid internships that “exploit young people”.

📵 Apple was accused of monopolising the smartphone market in a landmark lawsuit filed by the US government.

👩‍🚀 NASA is sending out a “message in a bottle” when it launches its mission to Jupiter’s Europa moon later this year - here’s what it will contain.


⛰️ California’s Yurok Tribe signed a first-of-its-kind agreement to manage Tribal land alongside the National Park Service.

Manchester City FC submitted plans to install nearly 11,000 solar panels on the roof of its training ground.

🦌 Nilgais, the largest antelope species in Asia, are making a comeback in northwest Bangladesh after being declared “locally extinct” in the 1930s.

🌸 A gentler approach to spring cleaning

Winter jumpers packed away? ✅ 
Every surface dusted? ✅
Cupboards cleaned out? ✅
Feeling relaxed and refreshed? 🤔 … maybe not so much.

Find out how to declutter your mind as well as the space around you with our helpful guide - and head into the new season feeling rejuvenated!

📰 Read: Serena Smith on why people don’t date their friends anymore - and why they really should.

🎧 Listen to: Sabine, a new five-part murder mystery radio drama. It’s brilliantly acted and bingeable - so the perfect listen if you’re looking to dial down your screen time one evening.

📺 Watch: Drive-Away Dolls (out in cinemas now), 3 Body Problem (Netflix), Palm Royale (Apple TV+), Wilderness (Amazon Prime).

✨ For the wishlist: We’re always on the hunt for a versatile bag - and this gorgeous desert green backpack is great for the daily commute and last-minute getaways. Talking of which…👇

We’re giving away a three-night stay for two in a vintage American Airstream, courtesy of Dittisham Hideaway.

You’ve already been entered into our giveaway, but there’s a super easy way to boost your odds. Just successfully refer a friend to us for five extra entries - but be quick! Today is your last chance 🫶

We help you put your career goals first by highlighting purpose-driven jobs, flexible working options, female-founded environments and employers that truly champion mental health.

This week, we wanted to spotlight a charity that’s working hard to make things better for children across the world, at a time of real global instability. Save the Children keeps children safe, healthy and learning - and they have a couple of cool job openings 👇

Which series picked up the most nominations at the 2024 Bafta TV awards?
A) The Crown
B) Succession

Click here to play our weekly quiz!


The 12 ultimate hero foods, according to Anna Jones.

Come for: Finding out how store cupboard staples such as peanut butter and tinned tomatoes can improve your meal in seconds.

Stay for: Feeling tempted to go out and buy a jar of capers (apparently caper brine margaritas are now a thing).


To celebrate the beginning of a new season (spring, for anyone who skipped the intro), we asked you all yesterday which season was your favourite… 

🟨🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️ Spring (30%)
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Summer (40%)
🟨🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️ Autumn (28%)
⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Winter (2%)

As one of you told us: “Everyone is happier in the summer time - mostly me!” Relatable.

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