January 4, 2010

Top Story –
Avatar becomes the fastest movie ever to achieve $1bn (£625.6m) in ticket sales around the world according to 20th Century Fox and it’s done it in just 17 days. Apparently it is the most expensive film ever made. The film Lord of the Rings – The Return of The King was the highest grossing film in the last decade only making $1.12bn in total.
Avatar-Teaser-PosterAvatar Poster (copyright 20th Century Fox)

Top Video –

Monogrenade: Ce soir from Monogrenade on Vimeo.


January 10, 2010

Top Stories –
Rod the Mod becomes a pensioner –
Rocker Rod Stewart celebrates his 65th birthday after being in the music industry for over 40 years and selling over 100 million records worldwide.

Get your skates on –
Parts of Amsterdam’s historic canal system freeze over for the first time in over a decade, with skaters taking to the ice.

Top Video –

“Fixed” 2010 from Jeffrey M. Thompson on Vimeo.


January 15, 2010

Top Stories –
Anybody bring a torch? –
A solar eclipse plunges parts of Africa and Asia into semi-darkness. According to NASA this was the longest annular eclipse of the third Millennium.

Swooner –
Author Jackie Collins has revealed that screen legend Marlon Brando had sex with her at a party when she was only 15, days after she had been expelled from a school in England.
Jackie-CollinsJackie Collins

January 27, 2015

Top News Stories –

Hit and miss snow fun –
New York “dodged a bullet” according to Mayor Bill de Blasio after the huge expected snowfall skirted the city. All vehicle movement apart from emergency vehicles had been banned and the subway was shut down. However in Massachusetts the Emergency Management Agency (Mema) shut down the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth “due to loss of offsite power”.
Bill de Blasio 11-2-2013

Auschwitz remembered –
70 years since the day that the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland was liberated in 1945 sees ceremonies performed at the camp and around the world.
Birkenau gateBirkenau Gate, Auschwitz

Twitter gets video and group DM –
Twitter launch a video function so 30 second mobile video uploads can be played directly in timelines. The platform is also adding a group direct messages function. The video function uses the devices build in camera to produce Vine style clips but longer.

And Snapchat become a “news” outlet –
Snapchat is making content from the news sevices of Vice Media and CNN available to its users and DailyMail.com will offer Snapchat users 10 to 15 of its “highly addictive stories” news, showbiz and lifestyle stories selected by a special editorial team. Each edition will be available for 24 hours.

Video of the Day –

Citizens – “Lighten Up”

Citizens “Lighten Up” Cesare’s remix from Ernest Desumbila on Vimeo.


May 26, 2015

Top News Stories –

Best photobomb ever? Seagull steals the show from Red Arrows display team –
An image that shows the latest addition to the world famous Red Arrows is a seagull has become an Internet hit. The amazing moment was captured by first year photography student Jade Coxon,18, as she took pictures at the Llandudno Air Show on 23 May. And, since posting the stunning snap online on Sunday, Jade is over the moon to have got more than 1 million views. The crisp pic clearly shows eight of the Red Arrows in tight formation trailing their famous vapour. But then where the ninth plane should be there is an intrepid seagull holding the formation in place and, amazingly, with his own vapour trail. [Daily Telegraph]
Red-Arrows-and-seagull Photo: SWNS GroupRed-Arrows-and-seagull (Photo – SWNS Group)

Taylor Swift enters Forbes 100 most powerful women list –
The 25 year old singer and songwriter has become the youngest woman ever to be included on the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
She’s included at number 64 in the list released on Tuesday because, Forbes says, she ‘has not only broken record sales and captivated the world with her fantastically honest lyrics, but she has proven herself as an impressive businesswoman.’ [Daily Mail] See List of the Day
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The Charlie Charlie Challenge – what is the spooky craze? –
A strange new game is taking over Twitter, fuelled by speculation that its players can connect with a dead Mexican spirit known as Charlie. The Charlie Charlie Challenge has been played by thousands of young people after a number of videos purported to show supernatural goings-on. The game entails placing two pencils on a piece of paper in the shape of the cross with the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’. Participants then repeat the phrase “Charlie, Charlie can we play?” in order to connect with the demon. If Charlie is there the pencils will move to indicate his answer. [Daily Telegraph] See Top Twitter Trends 25 May 2015

Video of the Day –

Are You Consuming Your Coffee Correctly?

List of the day –

Forbes Magazine 100 Most Powerful Women in the World 2015 [Forbes]

Rank Name Age Country Category
#1 Angela Merkel 60 Germany Politics
#2 Hillary Clinton 67 United States Politics
#3 Melinda Gates 50 United States Philanthropy/NGO
#4 Janet Yellen 68 United States Finance
#5 Mary Barra 53 United States Automotive
#6 Christine Lagarde 59 France Philanthropy/NGO
#7 Dilma Rousseff 67 Brazil Politics
#8 Sheryl Sandberg 45 United States Technology
#9 Susan Wojcicki 46 United States Technology
#10 Michelle Obama 51 United States Politics
#11 Park Geun-hye 63 South Korea Politics
#12 Oprah Winfrey 61 United States Media
#13 Ginni Rometty 57 United States Technology
#14 Meg Whitman 58 United States Technology
#15 Indra Nooyi 59 United States Business
#16 Cristina Fernández de Kirchner 62 Argentina Politics
#17 Irene Rosenfeld 62 United States Business
#18 Ana Patricia Botín 54 Spain Finance
#19 Abigail Johnson 53 United States Investments
#20 Marillyn Hewson 61 United States Manufacturing
#21 Beyoncé Knowles 33 United States Celebrity
#22 Marissa Mayer 39 United States Technology
#23 Helen Clark 65 New Zealand Philanthropy/NGO
#24 Safra Catz 53 United States Technology
#25 Angela Ahrendts 54 United States Technology
#26 Ellen Kullman 59 United States Business
#27 Michelle Bachelet 63 Chile Politics
#28 Anna Wintour 65 United States Media
#29 Ursula Burns 56 United States Technology
#30 Arundhati Bhattacharya 59 India Finance
#31 Sri Mulyani Indrawati 52 Indonesia Philanthropy/NGO
#32 Ruth Porat 57 United States Technology
#33 Lucy Peng 42 China Technology
#34 Loretta Lynch 56 United States Politics
#35 Chanda Kochhar 53 India Business
#36 Federica Mogherini 41 Italy Politics
#37 Gina Rinehart 61 Australia Metals & Mining
#38 Nancy Pelosi 75 United States Politics
#39 Adena Friedman 45 United States Finance
#40 Ewa Kopacz 58 Poland Politics
#41 Queen Elizabeth II 89 United Kingdom Politics
#42 Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi 53 United Arab Emirates Politics
#43 Ho Ching 62 Singapore Business
#44 Laurene Powell Jobs 51 United States Technology
#45 Renée James 50 United States Technology
#46 Drew Gilpin Faust 67 United States Philanthropy/NGO
#47 Ertharin Cousin 58 United States Philanthropy/NGO
#48 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala 60 Nigeria Politics
#49 Samantha Power 44 United States Politics
#50 Ellen DeGeneres 57 United States Celebrity
#51 Amy Hood 43 United States Technology
#52 Bonnie Hammer 64 United States Media
#53 Mary Callahan Erdoes 47 United States Finance
#54 Angelina Jolie 39 United States Celebrity
#55 Beth Comstock 54 United States Business
#56 Phebe Novakovic 56 United States Business
#57 Sofía Vergara 42 Colombia Celebrity
#58 Donna Langley 47 United Kingdom Media
#59 Sheikh Hasina Wajed 67 Bangladesh Politics
#60 Katie Jacobs Stanton 45 United States Media
#61 Arianna Huffington 64 United States Media
#62 Margaret Chan 67 China Philanthropy/NGO
#63 Mary Jo White 67 United States Politics
#64 Taylor Swift 25 United States Celebrity
#65 Rosalind Brewer 52 United States Business
#66 Nemat (Minouche) Shafik 53 United Kingdom Politics
#67 Lubna S. Olayan 59 Saudi Arabia Business
#68 Peng Liyuan 52 China Politics
#69 Zhang Xin 49 China Business
#70 Güler Sabanci 60 Turkey Business
#71 Elvira Nabiullina 51 Russia Politics
#72 Elizabeth Holmes 31 United States Healthcare
#73 Tory Burch 48 United States Fashion and Retail
#74 Dana Walden United States Media
#75 Diane von Furstenberg 68 United States Fashion and Retail
#76 Carol Meyrowitz 61 United States Business
#77 Mary Meeker 55 United States Technology
#78 Solina Chau 53 Hong Kong Technology
#79 Miuccia Prada 66 Italy Fashion and Retail
#80 Katharine Viner 44 United Kingdom Media
#81 Shakira Mebarak 38 Colombia Celebrity
#82 Yao Chen 35 China Celebrity
#83 Fabiola Gianotti 54 Italy Philanthropy/NGO
#84 Padmasree Warrior 54 United States Technology
#85 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw 62 India Medicine
#86 Kaci Kullmann Five 64 Norway Philanthropy/NGO
#87 Folorunsho Alakija 64 Nigeria Oil
#88 Judy Faulkner 71 United States Healthcare
#89 Patricia Harris 58 United States Philanthropy/NGO
#90 Gwynne Shotwell 51 United States Construction & Engineering
#91 Sara Blakely 44 United States Fashion and Retail
#92 Risa Lavizzo-Mourey 60 United States Philanthropy/NGO
#93 Shobhana Bhartia 58 India Media
#94 Beth Brooke-Marciniak 55 United States Business
#95 Weili Dai 53 United States Technology
#96 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf 76 Liberia Politics
#97 Raja Easa Al Gurg United Arab Emirates Business
#98 Jenny Lee 43 Singapore Technology
#99 Greta Van Susteren 60 United States Media
#100 Lee Boo-Jin 44 South Korea Service

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2 #AlwaysInMyHeartLarry #houstonflood #MakeAMovieLazy
3 Brad Pitt #MakeAMovieLazy #BrandAFilm
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June 17, 2015

Top News Stories –

Angolan capital remains ‘most expensive city’ for expats –
The Angolan capital, Luanda, remains the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, according to an annual survey by consultancy Mercer. The city has held the number one spot for the past three years because of the high cost of rent, imported goods and security in the oil-rich nation. However, the rest of the cost of living rankings saw significant shifts due to exchange rate fluctuations. Asian cities now account for half of the top 10 costliest destinations. Hong Kong rose to second place and Singapore remained in fourth because of their expensive property and rental markets. Shanghai, Beijing and Seoul also made the top 10. [BBC] See List of the Day

Madonna premieres star-studded ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’ video on Tidal –
Madonna has unveiled her new video – complete with cameo appearances by Beyonce, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry – on the new streaming service [launched in March] she runs with stars including Jay Z and Kanye West. The video for Bitch I’m Madonna, from her well-received Rebel Heart album, will be shown exclusively on the Tidal service for 24 hours before being released to the wider public. The line-up on the video, which was filmed in New York, also includes Nicki Minaj, new X Factor judge Rita Ora, Chris Rock and Madonna’s sons Rocco and David. [Daily Telegraph] See Video of the Day

South Carolina church shooting: Nine die in Charleston ‘hate crime’ –
Nine people have died in a shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston in the US state of South Carolina, officials say. City police chief Gregory Mullen said eight of the victims were killed inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday evening, while another person died shortly afterwards. Police are now searching for a white male suspect in his 20s. [BBC]

Video of the Day –

TIDAL | Madonna ft. Nicki Minaj | Bitch I’m Madonna Behind the scenes

List of the Day –

The 25 costliest cities for living abroad

2015 2014 Change City Country
1 1 Luanda Angola
2 3 +1 Hong Kong Hong Kong
3 5 +2 Zurich Switzerland
4 4 Singapore Singapore
5 6 +1 Geneva Switzerland
6 10 +4 Shanghai China
7 11 +4 Beijing China
8 14 +6 Seoul South Korea
9 8 -1 Bern Switzerland
10 2 -8 N’Djamena Chad
11 7 -4 Tokyo Japan
12 12 London United Kingdom
13 20 +7 Kinshasa Congo
14 17 +3 Shenzhen China
15 24 +9 Guangzhou China
16 16 New York City United States
17 13 -4 Victoria Seychelles
18 18 Tel Aviv Israel
19 86 +67 Buenos Aires Argentina
20 25 +5 Lagos Nigeria
21 54 +33 Shenyang China
22 34 +12 Conakry Guinea
23 67 +44 Dubai United Arab Emirates
24 15 -9 Copenhagen Denmark
25 48 +24 Qingdao China

Top Twitter Trends –

Worldwide USA UK
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2 #3PalabrasAntesDelSexo #putchocolateinasong #FixtureReleaseDay
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4 Ramadan Mubarak Madonna #RuinAFineBook
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8 #Vidal #BuyNotTheOnlyOne Florence
9 Aritana #SlowJamAMovie Stoke
10 Salam Ramadhan #JunkFoodAMovie #labourdebate

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