20 THINGS TO KNOW AND TELL
Quick news to read yourself and share WITH FRIENDS...
1 Top judge
Baroness Hale has been appointed as the UK’s first female top judge. The 72-year-old will become the president of the Supreme Court. She’ll start her new job on 2 October.
2 Drone registration
The UK Government is to introduce new rules for drone owners. Drones weighing more than 250g will have to be registered and the owners will have to pass a safety test. The Government also wants to expand the use of geofencing, which would mean more drones are pre-programmed with places where they cannot fly. This would include airports and prisons.
3 The voice kids
Jess Folley has only just been crowned the winner of this year’s The Voice Kids, but applications are already being accepted for the next series! If you’re keen to show off your singing skills, find out more at www.itv.com/ thevoicekidsuk/apply. The closing date is Friday 1 September 2017.
4 Bored of shopping?
The Global Harbor mall in Shanghai has installed four glass pods, designed for bored partners or friends who don’t want to walk round the shops. In the pod, you can play retro computer games to pass the time.
5 Shrinking products
More than 2,500 products have shrunk in size over the past five years, but people are still being charged the same amount for them. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said chocolate bars, toilet rolls, coffee and fruit juice have all been shrunk.
6 Oldest manatee
Snooty, the world’s oldest manatee, has died in Florida. The South Florida Museum, where he lived, said that Snooty had been involved in a heartbreaking accident. They are now investigating what happened.
7 Farewell, Pudsey
Pudsey the dog has sadly passed away, after a short battle with leukaemia. The cute pooch found fame with his owner Ashleigh on Britain’s Got Talent. Lots of people shared their sadness at the news, with David Walliams tweeting: “Farewell to a very special dog that the nation fell in love with.”
8 Poll results
Last week’s poll was about British actress Jodie Whittaker being named the 13th Doctor. She’s the first woman to play the role, and the news split opinion. We asked you: Do you agree with the decision to make the Doctor a woman? The votes are in and 77% of you said YES.
9 Cute drone
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) sent this adorable drone up to the International Space Station to take photographs for astronauts. Check out the video on FN Live!
10 writing comp
The Young Walter Scott Prize is the UK’s only creative writing prize dedicated to historical fiction. If you are aged between 11-19 and have a story to tell that is set in the past, this prize is for you! Find out more at www.ywsp.co.uk.
11 Bill is back!
Assistant Bill Potts will be returning for the Doctor Who Christmas special. The episode will be called Twice Upon A Time. We can’t wait!
12 Space maps
The International Space Station has been added to Google Maps’ Street View! You can now check out the station and its views down to Earth.
13 New agency
The UK’s first agency for disabled models has opened. Zebedee Management was set up after the owners noticed an absence of disabled models in advertising.
14 Great race
American swimmer Michael Phelps was challenged to ‘race’ a great white shark, although it turned out to be a computer simulation! The shark won the 100m in 36.1 seconds, compared to Phelps’ 38.1.
15 Mischievous mum
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have said that their mum, Princess Diana, was very mischievous. In a documentary marking the 20th anniversary of the Princess’ death, Prince Harry revealed: “One of her mottos to me was: ‘Harry, you can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught!’”
16 Bieber banned
Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China for “bad behaviours”. A statement on the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture site said that he “is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer.” Earlier this week, Bieber cancelled the rest of his world tour.
17 Cold wedding
A couple have made history by becoming the first to get married in the British Antarctic Territory. Julie Baum and Tom Sylvester, who are both scientists, wed at the Rothera Research Station. Congrats!
18 Netflix figures
More than 100 million people worldwide now subscribe to Netflix! Half of those customers are from outside the US. The news shows that more and more people are now watching TV via streaming services.
19 ‘Doofy’ teen
A teenager from New York had rather a nightmare when he lost his car for three days! Nineteen-year-old Gavin Strickland drove to Toronto to see a band play, but forgot where he parked his car! After searching for hours, his parents decided to post an appeal online. Thankfully, someone eventually spotted the car and got in touch, so Gavin could drive it home.
20 Castle reopened
Chester Castle has reopened to the public for the first time in years. It was built by William the Conqueror.