Posted on: 15.03.2019

Storm Gareth, the Global School Strike and the Triangle Dance

This week our distinguished parliamentarians came together in the national interest to agree a solution that satisfied all parties, finally avoiding a disastrous plunge off the Brexit cliff edge into damaging No Deal.

Oh, right. Here are five things that actually happened to sum up the week that was….


Not Just a Pretty Face

Or a grime artist for that matter.

It seems that headlining 2019’s Glastonbury just isn’t enough for UK rapper, Stormzy.

He’s now joined the publishing game. Alongside launching his very own publishing imprint called Merky Books, the singer is now on the hunt for Britain’s next big writing talent with the #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize.



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Super proud to announce our new venture #Merky Books, a publishing imprint in collaboration with Penguin Random House @penguinukbooks We will be using this as a platform for young writers to become published authors, I know too many talented writers that don’t always have an outlet or a means to get their work seen and hopefully #Merky Books can now be a reference point for them to say “I can be an author” and for that to be a realistic and achievable goal. Reading and writing as a kid was integral to where I am today and I from the bottom of my heart can not wait to hear your stories, your poems, your novels, your sci-fis and then getting them out into the big wide world. Proper proud of this! We’ll be doing school competitions, taking entries and submissions and looking for writers as well but I’ll keep you posted! #Merky Books will also be offering a paid internship in 2019! The first book to be released under the imprint will be “Rise Up: The #Merky Journey So Far” out November 1st and available for pre order now (The link is in my bio!) ??❤️

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The initiative aims to find the best writer of a new generation, and is open to anyone in the UK and ireland between the ages of 16 and 30.

Stormzy himself will be on the judging panel, alongside an expert selection of UK authors and literary agents.

The winner will receive a publishing contract with Stormzy’s publishing house, and all shortlisted authors will be able to attend a writing workshop hosted by Penguin, where they will receive expert editorial feedback and advice on getting their work published.


No Plan(et) B

Hundreds and thousands of young people from across the globe came together this week to protest against climate change inaction in the much anticipated global school strike – the largest school walk-out in history.

They ditched studying A-levels to save sea levels and we’re here for it.

Creative agency ILoveYou teamed up with Play Nice and the UK Student Climate Network earlier this week to commission five new artworks for the cause.


Five designers have been paired with five young activists, who exchanged ideas, concepts and opinions on climate change to create collaborative placards that call for action.


Each poster can be downloaded, printed and used for the protests anywhere in the world.

It’s fantastic to see the creative industry backing young activists in the fight to be heard by world leaders.


On the Fury Road

Moving on to the more bizarre events of the week, photographs have been unveiled from Wasteland Weekend – the world’s biggest post-apocalyptic festival that you never knew existed.

Every year since 2011, thousands of Mad Max enthusiasts have gathered together in the Mojave desert, Southern California for a week of dystopian fantasy fun.

The permanent festival site sits between Hollywood and, rather fittingly, the defunct Nevada nuclear test site. Costumes of course, are mandatory. And boy do they go to town.

Each to their own.


Gareth’s Goats

It’s not just humans that have suffered the toil of Storm Gareth, in the UK this week.

Over in Wales, a herd of some 122 Kashmiri goats flocked to the town centre of Llandudno and caused absolute carnage.

The herd has reportedly been running riot in a local school playground and invaded multiple homeowners front gardens.



Ian Jones, headteacher of Ysgol San Sior told The Telegraph: “They’re charming to see but they eat everything.”

We’re sure that the kids (both goat and human) found it amusing.


And finally…


It Takes Three to Tango?

People all around the world have been taking part in the latest silly dance craze.

Introducing… the triangle dance.


It may look easy on first glance, but don’t be fooled, it’s harder than it looks.


and we definitely don’t know that from testing it out in the office…


Happy Friday folks!