Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 29th October 2023

Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 29th October 2023

Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.

Serious News

The London Living Wage is set to increase by 10%.

Originally set up by the charity Living Wage Foundation, the wage is separate to the National Living Wage which is the same across the UK.
130,000 Londoners will see their income increase to £13.15 an hour across 3,500 employers across the capital.

Research goes into creating the new wage with 60% saying they have used a foodbank within the last year, and 39% skip meals for financial reasons.

Crazy News

A Tube network quiz has been created by Benjamin Tran Dinh on Friday, which puts your memory to the test.

Receiving 100,000 plays since it launched, you must try to recall as many of the 416 stations as possible.

Previously, the software engineer created a similar game for the San Francisco streets and Paris Metro, but did not expect how popular the London version would become.

To play the game head to this website: london.metro-memory.com

Happy News

A Georgian man has added a college degree to his CV at the ripe age of 72 years-old.

Sam Kaplan completed his undergraduate degree in Cinema and Media Arts at George Gwinnett College alongside students 50 years younger, and was cheered on by his mother who is 99 years-old.

Kaplan completed high school in 1969, and did not consider college as he went straight into work.

Speaking of his achievement he says: “I’m the first of my seven siblings to earn a degree. My car seemed to have developed automatic steering and five minutes later, I was registering for the fall semester”.