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1 PLANE WRONG
A major airline spelt its name wrong on one of its own planes! Cathay Pacific had to send the plane back, after the name read Cathay Paciic instead. Oops!
2 THEATRE REOPENS
Bristol Old Vic has reopened after undergoing a £25m refurbishment. The theatre was built in 1766 and is one of the oldest in Europe! As part of the renovations, it now has a glass foyer, which means the original theatre can be seen from the street for the very first time.
3 SMOKING HABITS
Experts predict that smoking will be “eradicated” in England by 2030. More than a million smokers have quit the habit since 2014, says Public Health England. The news comes as the Government launches its Stoptober campaign to encourage more people to give up.
4 DISNEY CHANGE
Disney has decided to reanimate Princess Tiana in the new Wreck-It Ralph
2 movie. The decision comes after an anti-racism charity, Color Of Change, set up a petition following the release of the film’s trailer. They said that Princess Tiana had lighter skin and straighter hair than she has in The Princess And The Frog, and that she had lost her identity as a black character.
5 BIG YEAR FOR BUTTERFLIES
It’s been a booming year for butterflies! Around 100,000 people spotted nearly a million butterflies in 2018’s Big Butterfly Count. It’s thought the hot, dry summer could be the reason why 59 of Britain’s native butterfly species have had a boost. Sadly, the small tortoiseshell population continues to decline.
6 LEGO MASTER
A Tesco worker from Manchester has just scored his dream job as a LEGO master builder. James Windle beat off lots of competition to get the job and he is now one of only 24 master model builders in the world! James’ new role will see him constructing models for the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester.
7 NEW AMBASSADOR
Rihanna has been appointed as an ambassador for Barbados, where she grew up. The pop star was named Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary by the government there. Her role will involve promoting education, tourism and investment.
8 POLL RESULTS
Two thirds of American teens would prefer to hang out with their friends online, shows new research. Last week, we asked: Do you prefer to chat with your friends online or in person? Lots of you voted, with 82% saying they prefer to chat in person, and 18% saying they prefer to chat online.
9 DISNEY FIREWORKS
Disney World Florida is getting rid of its famous fireworks display at Epcot theme park. The IllumiNations: Reflections Of The Earth display has been running for nearly 20 years. It’s not all bad news, though, as a new fireworks show is coming!
10 MIGHTY AWARDS
Have you entered The Mighty Nose Awards poetry competition yet? You can win £50 of book tokens for you and your school! Find out more at www.martythemightynose.org.
11 DYSLEXIA AWARENESS
Did you know it’s Dyslexia Awareness Week from 1-7 October? Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling. It’s estimated that up to one in every ten people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia.
12 ROYAL BAKING
The Duchess of Sussex has helped to launch a cookbook in support of the Grenfell families. It’s Meghan’s first solo project as a royal. The world’s oldest brewery is thought to have been discovered in Israel. Archaeologists say they found the residue of 13,000-year-old beer at a cave burial site near Haifa.
14 HAPPY HOLIDAYS
A cleaner at the University of Bristol has been on holiday to Jamaica, all thanks to a group of students! About 230 students from the uni helped to raise £1,500 so that Herman Gordon and his wife Denise could go and visit their family.
15 SCHOOL STRUGGLE
Refugee children are missing out on an education because they’re struggling to find school places, says the children’s charity UNICEF. Research found that lots of schools in the UK are still not sure about offering places to refugees or those seeking asylum, fearing they might get bad GCSE results and affect school league tables. Some young people can wait up to a year for a place in secondary school or further education.
16 MILITARY DAY
Longleat is hosting a Military Spectacular from 29-30 September, to celebrate all of our Armed Forces. The two-day event features a range of military vehicles alongside live demonstrations, marching bands and parachute displays.
17 TIME TRAVEL
Calling all young writers! The Young Walter Scott Prize is now open for entries. This is the UK’s only creative writing prize specifically for budding historical fiction writers. Anyone aged between 11-19 is invited to write a piece of short fiction set in a time before they were born. Find out more at www.ywsp.co.uk.
18 TALENTED TEEN
British teenager Courtney Hadwin finished sixth in this year’s America’s Got Talent. The 14-year-old became a hit in the US after her first audition on the show. The video has been viewed more than 50 million times! Los Angeles is to become the largest city in the world to ban the sale of animal fur. The ban is expected to be put in place in two years’ time.
20 FLYING FEAT
On 4 October, it will be 60 years since the first transatlantic passenger jet service! In 1958, BOAC made history by flying a de Havilland Comet between London and New York.