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The Edit – 30.06.17

Welcome to the Nelson Bostock Unlimited EDIT, our Friday afternoon newsletter packed with all the weird and wonderful things we’ve discussed, admired and frequented this week.


It’s the PR gift that just keeps giving. When the public last year overwhelmingly voted to name the Natural Environment Research Council’s new polar research vessel Boaty McBoatface the organisation faced a dilemma as to whether or not it would honour the results, and offered a not so well received compromise of christening one of its research submarines with the name instead. The submarine has now returned from its first-ever mission and has delivered “unprecedented data” about some of the coldest oceanic abysses on Earth, a nice turnaround for the NERC with global positive coverage.


This week marked the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book being released – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In the first 24 hours, more than 60,000 tweets were generated using the hashtag #HarryPotter20 which was trending worldwide. As fans continued to share their fondest memories of the characters, J.K. Rowling responded to acknowledge the milestone: “20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others. It’s been wonderful. Thank you.”


This week we’ve been busy raising funds on behalf of Mind – the leading mental health charity. Our very own Rufus and Robbie decided to make NBU hair history, with Robbie agreeing to a grade one haircut and Rufus to wearing a wig for 3 days if we raised £360. The guys didn’t expect the funds to be raised as quickly as in four hours but true to their word, the hair was cut and the wig was put on! Next up we have a Table Football League and Wimbledon Charity Cake sale to help continue making contributions to this very worthy cause.


Ocado has trialed a prototype automated delivery van in London as it looks to join the driverless revolution. The CargoPod resembles a milk float, and has been driving around a semi-pedestrianised area of Greenwich as part of a test at the blistering pace of 5mph. That said, it can reach a top speed of 25mph and travel 18 miles on a single battery charge when given the chance, and stores deliveries in numbered pods that light up when it arrives at the delivery address. Ocado is hoping that you might be able to see a CargoPod whizzing past you on the streets of London by 2021.

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