COOL SH*T

Volume 260

THIS IS NOT COOL SH*T.

I couldn’t write this newsletter without mentioning the small issue of the general election. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how to best approach the topic, but eventually decided that I’m going to have to take a break from COOL SH*T to bring you just SH*T in the form of Boris Johnson’s ‘Brexit, Actually.’ Boris and his campaign team recreated a famous scene from Love, Actually in an attempt to secure votes. Looks like it worked, but I still think it’s ridiculous.

PIGS IN BLANKETS ARE SO LAST YEAR.

We’ve all heard of pigs in blankets, well now we also have cows in jumpers. A farmer in Jersey has dressed her cows in matching festive knits and given them Christmas-themed names – Carol, Holly, Mary, Noelle and Mariah Dairy. Cute. What will come next – sheep in socks?

2019: THE YEAR OF GRETA.

It’s no surprise that climate activist Greta Thunberg has been named TIME’s Person of the Year. This year has seen her meeting with the Pope, addressing heads of state at the U.N., sparring the President of the United States and inspiring 4 million people to join the global climate strike, making it the largest climate demonstration in human history. Go Greta!

BANKSY STRIKES AGAIN.

Banksy has drawn attention to homelessness in Birmingham through his latest piece of work. Reindeers are painted on a wall beside a bench, making it look as though they are pulling a sleigh. Banksy posted a video on Instagram of a homeless man, Ryan, sleeping on the bench, while passers-by offer him food and drink, without being asked. The poignant film was seen 1.4 million times in just three hours on Instagram. Check it out.

YOUR FAVOURITE SMELL WRAPPED UP.

Calling all pizza lovers! Illustrator Mike Hughes has created pizza-scented wrapping papers as part of Papa John’s Christmas campaign. Because nothing says Christmas like the smell of pizza, right? As if this wasn’t enough, it’s all for a good cause. The money made from the papers is being donated to national homelessness charity Crisis.

#DOGSATPOLLINGSTATIONS.

To commemorate the election this week, I’m going to leave you with this – pooches at the polls. #Dogsatpollingstations has become an election tradition, as people post photographs of their dogs accompanying them to cast their vote. My fave is Alfie the pug from Cheshire – just look at his face!

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