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The Know Daily - Friday 9 February 2024

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Happy Friday, readers!

It’s Esther here, kicking off this week’s edition with some big news - we’re saying goodbye to Kate, our seriously wonderful editor-in-chief.

Over the past year, Kate has brought buckets of experience and a bunch of new ideas, helping to transform The Know into the publication you know and love. But on a personal level, Kate has also brought kindness, wisdom, wit and lots of laughter. We will miss her so much - although this definitely isn’t goodbye forever.

Kate leaves incredibly big boots to fill - something I’m especially aware of, given that I’m stepping up into the position of editor. Having joined The Know as staff writer in October 2022, I’ll never stop being amazed at just how much our unique, jargon-free journalism is needed - and we’re so excited to continue making the media landscape that bit more accessible and hopeful.

With this in mind, I want to know: how are you all feeling about The Know right now? What are we doing well, and what could we improve on? Please tell us here.

We also have a wonderful new multimedia journalist, Effie, joining the team next week, who you’ll be hearing more from very soon. So, lots of change, but it’s all exciting.

Love,
Esther x 

P.S. Scroll down for a very exciting Galentine’s gift from us to you, thanks to our friends at Beauty Pie ❤️‍🔥

No. 1
The spot that Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car took on the iTunes chart following the singer-songwriter’s (frankly incredible) Grammys performance on Sunday.

$13.8bn
BP’s 2023 profits - the oil giant’s second-highest annual profit in a decade (despite it being half the level announced in the previous year).

1m
The milestone number of electric cars sold in the UK since 2002 - despite a big drop in recent sales.

19
How many extra years a UK woman would need to work to retire with the same pension pot as a man.

POLITICS & GLOBAL AFFAIRS

👑 King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer, a statement from Buckingham Palace revealed on Monday. The monarch “remains wholly positive about his treatment”, it added.

🌡️ The average global temperature for the past 12 months exceeded 1.5C for the first time in history, according to data released this week.

🇵🇰 Pakistan headed to the polls yesterday in the country’s “least credible election yet”, according to many analysts.

CULTURE

📺 Streaming services are changing. Hulu and Disney+ announced a Netflix-style password-sharing crackdown from next month, while Amazon Prime Video this week began showing “limited advertisements” to its UK subscribers. 

🛫 Taylor Swift’s lawyers threatened legal action against a student who tracks the routes of her private jet (and the jets of other public figures) and shares the information online.  

💃 Rio Carnival - one of Brazil’s “biggest, boldest and brightest” annual events - kicks off today, with festivities lasting for eight days.

WORK & INNOVATION

🧬 Scientists announced that they may have solved the mystery of why women are at greater risk of autoimmune disease - and it’s all to do with the X chromosome. 

🇩🇪 Germany has begun trialling a four-day work week, with advocates arguing that the move could “help alleviate the country’s skilled labour shortage”. 

🤳 Snap, the operator of Snapchat, announced plans to lay off around 10% of its staff amid falling profits. The social media giant said the move would “reduce hierarchy and promote in-person collaboration”.

UPLIFTING STUFF

🇪🇸 Spain designated seven new marine protected areas that will serve as “safeguards against climate change” and be “havens of biodiversity”. 

🔬 A “groundbreaking” gene therapy was hailed as a “medical magic wand”, after it was shown to “transform the lives” of patients with a hereditary swelling disorder in a new trial.

🐆 India’s snow leopards were surveyed for the first time, numbering 718. Regular monitoring is crucial to ensuring the big cat’s long-term survival, conservationists have said.

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Luxury skincare, makeup, fragrances and wellness products which arrive in super chic packaging and won’t break the bank? Given all this, it’s no surprise that we’re obsessed with Beauty Pie right now.

In case you haven’t already hopped on the Beauty Pie bandwagon, the brand was founded in 2016 by entrepreneur Marcia Kilgore, who was fed up with women paying well over the odds for good-quality products (aren’t we all 🙄).

And so Beauty Pie was born: a one-stop shop for all the skincare and beauty products on your wishlist, but at a price you can actually afford. 

The way this works is pretty simple. By going directly to the labs that produce the brand-name products you’ve heard of, Beauty Pie members can shop their own luxury formulations for a fraction of the price. And we mean a fraction (think: award-winning eye serums at £18 instead of £60).

Beauty Pie runs on a membership basis, meaning that members can access all these incredible items in exchange for less than a fiver a month.

That’s why we’re SERIOUSLY excited to be gifting you lovely readers with  a free 3-month Beauty Pie membership  so you can start finding your new luxurious-but-affordable faves. Think of it as an early Galentine’s present from us!

(You’ll also get £20 off when you spend £60+ on your first order.)

Oh - and if you’re looking for an early Galentine’s present for your besties, why not send them the link too? 🥰

📰 Read: The rise and fall of oat milk. The Independent’s Helen Coffey explores the reasons why the dairy milk alternative has fallen out of favour - and how it became the internet’s latest big talking point. 

📺 Watch: American Fiction (out in cinemas now), One Day (Netflix), Hot Mess Summer (Prime Video), Reindeer Mafia (Channel 4). 

🎧 Listen to: Normal Gossip - the podcast delivering “juicy, strange, funny, and utterly banal gossip about people you’ll never know and never meet”. In other words, the very best kind of entertainment. 

🍸 Make: This very fancy alcohol-free cocktail that celebrates the start of the Yorkshire forced rhubarb season. Or, if you’re seriously over Dry Jan, this gin-themed activity could be just what you’re after.

More than 1.5 billion people will celebrate the Lunar New Year on Saturday. According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, what is the Lunar New Year animal for 2024?

A) Year of the Dragon
B) Year of the Tiger
C) Year of the Monkey

Click here to play our updated 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 the anti-food waste company Too Good To Go, the Royal British Legion and the South Downs National Park.
 
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We really appreciate all the reader feedback about how much you miss our OG jobs board (we miss it too!) but as a tiny team, we just weren’t able to keep it running. If you want to support us to work on projects like the jobs board in the future, please consider becoming a friend of The Know today.

Given the news about more streaming services announcing password-sharing crackdowns and introducing ads (reported ☝️ and in our Wednesday edition), we wanted to learn a little more about how this development may impact you.

While the vast majority of you (81.82%) do pay for some sort of streaming service, many of you told us that you’ve had to limit your number of subscriptions in recent months to just one or two. 

“Realistically I can’t afford to subscribe to everything,” wrote one reader, adding that if other platforms do ban password-sharing, they’d “prob end up trying to do a few months here and there and switching between platforms”.

Many of you appear to pay for Netflix - suggesting that their password-sharing crackdown (rolled out from May last year) is working. However, not everyone thinks it’s worth it, with one reader sharing that they “plan to leave Netflix this year due to lack of interest in the titles they offer”.

💗 Readers - we want to hear from you! 💗 

Ahead of February 13th, we’re gearing up to celebrate some of the most fulfilling relationships in our lives: our female friendships. 

In honour of Galentine’s, we want to hear about how your friendships have shaped your lives. This is your opportunity to shout out the pal who is making your life - or the world - that bit better. 

Tell us about it here!

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