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Instagram updates, TV dream dates and the BBC bids farewell to cakes: betty’s weekly round-up

It’s been a big week for our screens, both big and small; Bake Off is over, PLL has called a wrap, Instagram has introduced an awesome new mental health feature and the Gilmore Girls returned for a blissful 2:28 minutes.

Here’s our weekly round-up of everything we’ve been reading, watching and loving this week.

GBBO desserted us 

On Wednesday night, 14 million people tuned in to watch the Last Ever Bake Off As We Know It (yes, that deserves capitalisation). Somehow the Great British Bake Off managed to out-British itself, with an entire episode devoted to the royal family (who we can only assume were huddled around their TVs, rooting for Candice along with the rest of us).

Fare thee well, Bake Off – it’s been a tremendous reign. Long live her memory, and long live Mel and Sue’s soggy bottoms.

Instagram gets serious about mental health

This week Instagram started rolling out a new tool that lets its users anonymously flag friends’ posts about self-harm. Instagram will then send a message saying: “Someone saw one of your posts and thinks you might be going through a difficult time. If you need support, we’d like to help.” Your friend can then ignore the post or click through to see a list of support options, including a suggestion to call or message a friend, access more general tips or contact a help line. Insta, nice to know you’ve got our backs.



Women of Iceland melt our hearts

The Northern Lights. Björk. Thermal baths. Iceland seems to have a pretty good gig. But according to a New York Times report, women in Iceland are still paid 14-18% less than men. In a genius move, on Monday at 2:38 p.m., with 14% of the workday left (during which they essentially work for free), women all over the capital city of Reykjavik walked out of work and took to the street in protest.

In the UK the gender pay gap hovers at around 20%, so we should be walking out a little after lunch…?

That’s a wrap: PLL had its last ever day of filming 

This week, our Instagram feed has been overflowing with the cast of Pretty Little Liars paying tribute to the show and each other. But none of them are quite as emotional as Patrick Adams’ tribute to his fiancée Troian Bellisario. We dare you to not tear up reading it.


Image: @halfadams

Our world collided with Rainbow Rowell and Leigh Bardugo

Who wouldn’t love to work with their BFF? You get to hang out all the time AND get paid for it. Rainbow Rowell (author of Fangirl, Eleanor & Park) and her BFF, Leigh Bardugo (who wrote the Grisha Trilogy) have done exactly that with their ‘Worlds Collide’ tour. For the Mancunians out there, the final stop of their tour is heading your way tonight! You can grab your tickets here.


Gilmore Girls dropped a new trailer

Look, we know you’ve probably seen it but if, by chance, you’ve been somewhere on half term that doesn’t have the internet or if you’ve been living under what we would only assume was a very cosy rock, the Gilmore Girls trailer is here. And. It. Is. Magnificent.

All our old favourites make an appearance and we have so many questions! Why is there a teacup pig? Is it a replacement Paul Anka? Lorlei and Luke aren’t wearing wedding rings? Will Rory really end up with Dean (aka ideal first boyfriend, but maybe not the ideal forever guy), Jess (aka a douchebag made slightly less douchebagy by the fact he reads a lot) or Logan (aka rich douchebag)? We’ll find out on November 25th! Christmas comes early.

Happy weekend you lot!

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