Bitesized Blighty: September 30, 2016

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  • In political news this week, after Theresa May’s controversial plans to make a third runway at Heathrow airport, she has been told she can win the Heathrow expansion vote in parliament. Patrick McCloughlin, the Conservative party chairman, is understood to have sounded out which colleague’s support either a new runway at Gatwick or Heathrow. The controversy has stemmed over the environmental, social and financial costs, however it would deliver major economic benefits. The west London airport has even claimed that it would benefit every family in Britain by as much as £24,500! So good news for you New York; potentially more flight availability to the UK!
  • Another controversial topic of discussion is that supermarkets deliberately bake too much bread in-store as a marketing tool to attract shoppers, food waste charities claim. If this is true, it means tonnes of unsold items are being collected daily in UK cities by charity The Real Junk food Project. Corin Bell, director of the Real Junk Food Project (RJFP) in Manchester, told BBC Radio 4's You and Yours that fresh products are used as marketing tools because they are seen as a "mark of quality and freshness." Very controversial, but also very clever- everyone loves the smell of fresh bread.
  • Finally, in true British style, Londoners have launched an anti-Tube Chat campaign. London commuters have attempted to prove they are insular and unfriendly by wearing badges discouraging fellow passengers from talking to them. A campaign group has launched a Twitter account: Shut Up Tube Chat. This stems after travelers were handed leaflets with badges encouraging them to talk to one another on the Tube. This provoked a strong reaction from grumpy Londoners with many people making their own badges designed to discourage anyone from approaching them. U.S team- you’ve been warned! 

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