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The Know Daily - Friday 26 January 2024

💌 Your Friday headlines, quiz + recs are here!

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It’s Friday (yay!), which means we’re back in your inboxes with a roundup of the week’s biggest headlines, the best culture recs and - for this edition - a collection of our fave winter recipes.

During these cold, dark days, there’s nothing I like more than cooking a tasty dish - either to serve up to friends and family, or to devour alone in front of the TV (The Traitors S2 finale is tonight,  fyi 👀). Let us know if you try out any of our suggestions - and we’d love to hear yours, too!

Have a great weekend,

Esther x
Staff Writer

The number of Brit Award nominations received by singer-songwriter RAYE, setting a new record

The proportion of the UK’s foreign students who want teachers to explain English slang like “beef” and “pop-off” to them. 

The distance that a team of activists and scientists plan to walk around the Baltic Sea, to raise awareness of sea pollution.

13.1 million
How many new subscribers Netflix added at the end of last year as a result of its password-sharing crackdown.

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⚖️ The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is set to deliver its ruling later today on South Africa’s request that Israel “immediately suspend its military operations in and against Gaza”.

 🇺🇸 Donald Trump won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday night, meaning that the race for the Republican presidential nomination is “all but over”, said the BBC.

🪧 In Germany, an estimated 1.4m people took part in weekend nationwide protests against the far-right AfD party; in Argentina, thousands joined a 12-hour general strike on Wednesday to protest new President Javier Milei’s cost-cutting measures. 


🗞️ The Los Angeles Times announced plans to lay off around 20% of its newsroom due to financial struggles. TIME magazine also made layoffs

🇯🇵 Japan introduced a daily visitor cap at Mount Fuji and a fee for hikers beginning this summer, in a bid to combat overtourism.

📽️ The 2024 Oscar nominations were unveiled on Tuesday. While there was the usual mixture of “snubs and surprises”, said the BBC, it was Barbie’s absence in some of the major categories that “prompted the most discussion”.


🦏 Northern white rhinos could be saved from extinction thanks to the world’s first IVF rhino pregnancy, scientists said this week. 

💰 The UK Treasury has been urged to reverse an upcoming hike to the threshold needed to qualify as a “high net worth individual”, on the grounds that it would reduce the number of women able to invest in startups and hit female and underrepresented founders hardest. Sign the petition here.

🩸 A blood test that can detect Alzheimer’s up to 15 years before symptoms emerge could “revolutionise” early diagnosis of the disease.


🌊 Chile and the Pacific Ocean archipelago of Palau became the first two countries to ratify the landmark UN High Seas Treaty, which aims to protect marine life outside national borders.

💉 “A transformative chapter in Africa’s public health history” began on Monday with the rollout of the world’s first malaria vaccine in Cameroon.

👏 No cervical cancer cases have been detected among young Scottish women who were fully vaccinated against HPV as part of a nationwide immunisation programmme in secondary schools, a new study found.


🥘 What we’re cooking this winter 

If there’s one thing getting us through the depths of winter, it’s food. From nourishing soups to winter salads to dreamy desserts, we’ve pulled together our favourite recipes for the short days and cosy evenings.

Check it out here.

📰 Read: How to rediscover your child-like wonder by LA Times writer Julia Carmel. In this reflective and helpful piece, Carmel offers plenty of practical advice on ways to find awe in the mundane.

📺 Watch: The Holdovers (out in cinemas now), Expats (Prime Video), Sexy Beast (Paramount+), Griselda (Netflix), The Traitors S2 finale (BBC iPlayer). 

🎧 Listen to: Closet Confessions, the outrageously entertaining podcast from Candice Brathwaite and Coco Sarel. The duo’s chemistry is what makes this show, which is all about readers “dropping their truths”. Expect tales of bad behaviour and plenty of controversial opinions…

🌟 Reach out to a friend: Our social batteries tend to run pretty low at this time of the year - and while it’s totally valid to close ourselves off from the world from time to time, this is your reminder to text the friend you’ve been meaning to contact or to get round to making that long-overdue coffee date.

This week, the frontman of which English rock band said he would stop Donald Trump from playing the group’s songs at presidential rallies?
A) The Smiths
B) The Who
C) The Rolling Stones

Click here to play our weekly quiz!

We list jobs with qualities we know our readers are looking for: purpose-driven opportunities, flexible and female-founded environments, and employers who champion mental health.

Our top jobs this week include roles at wedding and events venue Elmore Court, the Woodland Trust and Lottie, a platform that helps people find and compare care homes.

And if you’re looking for more purposeful jobs, you’ll find a load over on Escape the City.
Want to reach 200,000+ women with your latest roles? Email [email protected] if you’d like to list a job with us.

Making your own ice cream from scratch. 

Come for: Giving winter the cold shoulder by leaning into this warm-weather pastime. 

Stay for: Learning from the experts with this masterclass - or checking out this simple guide to making ice cream at home (no fancy equipment required).

Recommended by Lily, who wants to perfect her skills now so she’s a pro by summer.

In our Tuesday edition, we covered a story on how reclining plane seats may soon be a thing of the past. Inevitably, we ended up touching on one of air travel’s biggest debates: is it ever acceptable to recline your plane seat?

Naturally, we wanted to know which side of the debate our readers stand on - and it’s fair to say that you’re pretty divided!

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Yes, in any circumstances (121)

🟨🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️ Yes, but only if you ask permission first (91)

🟨🟨🟨🟨🟨⬜️ No, it’s inconsiderate (109)

⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ No, but for other reasons (1)

322 Votes

Lots of you wrote in to say that while reclining is generally fine, it’s not acceptable when meals are being served - which sounded pretty practical to us. And one reader told us that while they think reclining is okay as long as you ask permission, they’d personally never done it  - even when flying from the UK to Australia!

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