20 THINGS TO KNOW AND TELL
QUICK NEWS TO READ YOURSELF AND SHARE WITH FRIENDS
1. BOAT RACE
The Oxford vs Cambridge boat race takes place on Sunday 7 April. The two universities will go head-to-head on the River Thames for the annual rowing challenge. The course is four miles long, from Putney to Mortlake, and the team that completes it the quickest is the winner!
2. BABY BOGGLER
A lady in Bangladesh gave birth to a baby in February… and then had twins only a month later! Doctors say the unusual birth happened because the woman has two wombs.
3. SCOUT BADGE
British astronaut Tim Peake has helped to launch a new Scout badge, dedicated to science. It’s hoped the badge will inspire young people to become scientists and engineers.
4. FREE TO WEE
Network Rail has scrapped toilet charges at the UK’s busiest train stations. The toilets at London Liverpool Street, London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley are all now free to use. People used to have to pay up to 50p.
5. STOWAWAY SCORPION
A woman from Kent brought back a rather unwanted souvenir from her travels – a live scorpion! Student Megan Royle was unpacking her suitcase after a trip to South Africa and was terrified when the scorpion leapt out and scuttled across her room. She called the RSPCA to help, who took it to their specialist exotics centre in Brighton. Experts there believe the stowaway is an olive fat-tail, native to South Africa.
6. CELEBRATING PARKS
Did you know it’s National Parks Fortnight from 6 to 21 April? The event encourages everyone to get outside and discover the UK’s 15 beautiful National Parks.
7. SPACE STUDY
NASA is offering £14,177 for people to spend two months in bed! The space agency wants to see how participants react to doing everything lying down – including going to the toilet! It’s hoped the study will help NASA to find ways to reduce the effects of space travel on astronauts. The study will take place at the German Aerospace Centre and anyone taking part must be over 18 years old.
8. PLAYER SUPPORT
Chelsea player Callum HudsonOdoi has been offered counselling by his club, after suffering racist abuse. The 18year-old has been targeted during a number of matches. England boss Gareth Southgate has also contacted the player to offer his support.
9. POLL RESULTS
A top university official says that pupils’ mental health would improve if every school had a dog. We asked you: Should schools have therapy dogs? 77% of you said YES, while 23% of you said NO.
10. STRANGE CALLS
The London Fire Brigade has revealed some of the strangest 999 calls it’s received in the last three years. They include a pet snake trapped in a ring in Hounslow and a child with its head stuck in a potty in Westminster. The service has urged people to think before making unnecessary calls.
11. SPACE BURGER
A burger landed at Colchester United Football Club – from space! The burger wasn’t sent by aliens, though. A YouTube star sent the Big Mac into space strapped to a balloon. It travelled around 24 miles up before popping and landing back on Earth, giving the footie club’s groundskeeper rather a surprise!
12. LUCKY LOTTERY
A man in Australia got super-lucky when he won the lottery twice in one night by accident! The man bought two tickets with the same numbers by mistake and became £25m richer!
13. SUPER DOGS
A new IMAX film called Superpower
Dogs is celebrating heroic dogs and their incredible skills. One of its canine stars is Ricochet, who works with young people with special needs, as well as veterans suffering from mental health conditions.
14. KIND DONATION
James Arthur has donated £1,000 to a terminally ill fan, after he had to pull out of a Teenage Cancer Trust gig where he was due to meet her. The star explained that he’d been suffering from crippling anxiety.
15. YOUTH VIOLENCE
A summit on youth violence took place at Downing Street this week. Prime Minister Theresa May said that tackling knife crime in England and Wales is a particular priority. The Government has outlined plans to hold teachers, NHS workers and police officers to account for failing to spot violent crime among young people, but teachers’ unions are worried. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has also granted police new powers to use stop and search more.
16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Britain’s oldest men celebrated turning 111 last week! Alf Smith and Robert Weighton were both born on 29 March 1908. They’ve never met, but do send each other birthday cards to mark their big day.
17. THANK YOU, VET
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is launching a #ThankYouThursdays campaign, asking pet owners to share thank yous for their vets and vet nurses. You can get involved by asking your parents to post on social media using #LoveMyVet/#LoveMyVetNurse or by emailing/posting your thank you to the BVA.
18. DAY FOR CHILDREN
The International Day for Street Children is celebrated on 12 April. The day aims to recognise the strength of the millions of street children around the world. It also encourages governments to do more to help.
19. SHINE A LIGHT
Sixteen-year-old anti-bullying campaigner Siena Castellon from London has won the Child/Young Person of the Year award at the Shine a Light 2019 Awards. Siena was commended for launching her own neurodiversity celebration school campaign.
20. FATBERG REMOVED
The giant fatberg in Sidmouth, Devon, has been removed. The 64-metre fatberg was made up of fat, oil and wet wipes. It’s taken more than eight weeks to get rid of it.