Cheap Flights Could Increase Due To New ‘Drip Pricing’ UK Law

Cheap Flights Could Increase Due To New 'Drip Pricing' UK Law
Nov 8 2023 Share

Air fares could increase as ‘drip pricing’ is set to be banned as part of a set of new measures introduced to ‘protect consumers’. 

This was announced by King Charles, who introduced a new consumer bill in a Tuesday speech, aiming to prohibit practices which add charges to basic advertised prices. 

Drip-pricing, a practice wherein firms only advertise part of a product’s price upfront only to reveal other charges later, is a common practice among airline operators.

By limiting it, median air fares could potentially increase by £80 when one adds the hidden costs of things such as as luggage and seat bookings. 

Experts have warned that this new legislation is unfair on airlines, with the ‘cheap fares advertised available to passengers without needing to pay any extra costs.’

This could impact some of the cheapest basic flights by, say, RyanAir and easyJet. What do you make of this?


Legend Of Zelda Getting Live-Action Movie

Legend Of Zelda Getting Live-Action Movie
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Nintendo and Sony Pictures are teaming up to create a live-action film based on the beloved video game series, The Legend of Zelda. 

Renowned video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and Avi Arad, known for the Spider-Man trilogy, will co-produce, with Wes Ball of The Maze Runner set to direct. 

While details about the cast and plot remain undisclosed, Miyamoto revealed on Nintendo’s Japanese account that the project is in development, with Nintendo actively involved in production.

The Legend of Zelda franchise, second only to Super Mario in Nintendo’s success, has sold approximately 150 million copies since its debut in 1986. 

The latest release, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, sold 10 million copies in three days upon its May 2023 launch, becoming the fastest-selling Zelda game to date. Its predecessor, Breath of the Wild, holds the title of best-selling game in the series, with an estimated 30 million copies sold worldwide.

This venture into filmmaking coincides with a resurgence of success for video game adaptations. The Super Mario Bros Movie, released earlier in the year, became one of the highest-grossing animated films ever, earning over $1 billion at the box office. 

Other adaptations, like Sonic the Hedgehog and Detective Pikachu, have also seen significant box office success, prompting Nintendo’s return to the film industry. Avi Arad, an experienced producer known for his work on Spider-Man films and the Uncharted adaptation, will spearhead the project. This marks the first live-action attempt at a Zelda film, following a 1989 animated TV series and a rumoured Netflix series that never materialised.


Animal Welfare Gozo Manager Drops Out: ‘No Idea What Will Happen Now’

Animal Welfare Gozo Manager Drops Out: 'No Idea What Will Happen Now'
Nov 8 2023 Share

Roderick Cordina, head of the government’s animal welfare branch in Gozo, has taken a leave of absence due to staffing issues, prompting concerns from animal activists. 

The Gozo SPCA highlighted that the majority of animals brought to their shelter came from Animal Welfare Gozo (AWG), which offered 24/7 emergency services for injured strays. 

‘We have no idea what will happen now’, Gozo SPCA wrote on social media in an official statement. 

However, due to understaffing, the service has been intermittently unavailable over the past month, leaving uncertainty about the future.

Animal Welfare Commissioner Alison Bezzina confirmed Cordina’s leave of absence and expressed dismay over the situation, emphasising the challenge of finding dedicated individuals in the animal welfare sector. 

Bezzina called for greater investment in human capital to attract and retain qualified personnel.

Supporters expressed frustration with the government’s perceived lack of prioritization for animal welfare. They praised Cordina for his dedicated efforts, but noted that he faced challenges due to insufficient resources and support.


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2023’s Sexiest Man Alive: Patrick Dempsey

2023's Sexiest Man Alive: Patrick Dempsey
Nov 8 2023 Share

Patrick Dempsey, known for his iconic role as Dr. Derek Shepherd on “Grey’s Anatomy,” has been named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive at the age of 57. 

Dempsey, who gained heartthrob status for his role, reflects on the recognition, expressing gratitude for the platform it provides to support positive causes, particularly the Dempsey Center, a foundation he established in honour of his late mother to assist cancer patients and their families.

Beyond his acting career, Dempsey is devoted to his family, including his wife Jillian, who is a makeup artist and founder of a clean beauty line, as well as their children Talula, Sullivan, and Darby. He also nurtures his passion for race-car driving.

Dempsey shares his surprise at receiving the title, emphasising that he never anticipated being in this position. He embraces the light-hearted teasing he anticipates from his children in response.

In December, Dempsey will showcase his racing skills in the biopic “Ferrari,” directed by Michael Mann. The experience taught him the importance of taking risks, both on and off the track. 

Despite his newfound title, Dempsey maintains a humble outlook, acknowledging that he has already experienced many highlights in his life, but he continues to move forward.