20 THINGS TO KNOW AND TELL
Quick news to read yourself and share WITH FRIENDS...
1 Wedding cake
A slice of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding cake is up for sale! The tasty fruitcake from their big day is to be auctioned off at Chiswick Auctions, where experts hope it will make thousands of pounds. Mmm!
2 cycling rules
Did you know it is illegal to ride a bike with no front brakes on the road? The rule has been highlighted in the news, after a pedestrian was killed by a cyclist who had no front brakes on his racing bike. Twenty-year-old cyclist Charlie Alliston claimed he did not know about this rule. He was found guilty of causing bodily harm.
3 cool place
Tooting in London has been named as one of the top ten coolest neighbourhoods in the world, by the travel company Lonely Planet. Other places on the list include Business Bay in Dubai and Sunset Park in New York.
4 Pampered president
French President Emmanuel Macron spent €26,000 (£23,900) on makeup and beauty costs in his first three months in power! The president requires hair and make-up for television appearances.
5 BAFTA young presenter
BAFTA is on the hunt for a young presenter – and it could be you! There’s still time to enter this year’s competition. The winner gets to present at the BAFTA Children’s Awards! Find out more at www.baftakids.org/ competitions.
6 Pregnant panda
The UK’s only female panda, Tian Tian, is thought to be pregnant! Tian Tian, who lives at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, is being closely monitored by vets.
7 music Awards
A host of stars were honoured at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Ed Sheeran scooped Artist Of The Year, Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift won Best Collaboration for I Don’t Wanna Live Forever and Best Visual Effects video went to Katy Perry feat. Skip Marley for Chained To The Rhythm.
8 Poll results
Some of the world’s biggest robot companies have joined together to ask the United Nations to “protect us all” from the dangers of robotic machines being used to fight wars. We asked you: Are you worried about robots in the future? 82% of you voted YES.
9 mongoose pups
Five tiny dwarf mongoose pups born at Chester Zoo have emerged from their den for the first time. Nick Davis, deputy curator of mammals at the zoo, said: “Dwarf mongooses are curious characters and are incredibly adventurous and playful.”
10 Real alice
Who did inspire the real Alice in Wonderland? A new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery is set to show visitors exactly who! Photos of little Alice Liddell taken by author Lewis Carroll will go on display next year.
11 Macarena dance
A 14-year-old boy was arrested in Saudi Arabia after a video emerged of him performing the Macarena dance in a busy street. The boy was questioned about his “improper public behaviour” but later released without charge.
12 Drinking fountains
Borough Market in London is to set up free drinking water fountains for visitors. It’s part of a new scheme to reduce the sale of single-use plastic bottles over the next six months.
13 Bond is back
Actor Daniel Craig has confirmed he will be back to play James Bond in the next movie. He’s said this will be his last outing as the famous spy, although he said that last time, too!
14 Bee invasion
A huge beehive had to be removed from a house in Leicestershire, after the owners spotted honey dripping from their loft!
15 Voices from the Second World War
The Second World War is one of the most famous wars in history. First News teamed up with Walker Books to hear the amazing stories of some of those who experienced it first-hand. Voices From The Second World War sees RAF pilots, evacuees, land-girls, US navy sailors and survivors of the Holocaust recount their stories to young people. The book will be released in paperback on 7 September. Order a copy from Amazon.
16 sport success
Physical activity in schools helps with exam success, says the Youth Sport Trust. Alison Oliver, chief executive of the children’s charity, said: “We know that young people who are aerobically fit achieve higher academic scores, particularly in maths and reading.”
17 Strictly tribute
Strictly Come Dancing will air a special tribute to the show’s former host, Sir Bruce Forsyth, when it returns soon.
18 Daring divers
Olympic gold medallist Chris Mears teamed up with Bridgestone UK’s Chase Your Dream, No Matter What campaign to encourage people to overcome their obstacles. The diver set a group of people the challenge of jumping off a 10m diving tower! Check out the video at first.news/chrismears.
19 Top actor
Mark Wahlberg has been named the world’s highest-paid actor. He knocked The Rock off the top spot, earning a whopping $68m (£53m) over the past 12 months.
20 New cub
An endangered Sumatran tiger cub has been born at Flamingo Land zoo.