This week's UK news: 27 September 2013
27 September 2013

Bus station is a special building

In the UK, we like to keep old buildings if they are special in some way.

One way of preserving old buildings is to "list" them. This means they go on a list of precious buildings, rated at 1 for the most important and 2 for others.

This week there was lots of surprise when a bus station and multistorey car park in the North of England was listed by a Government minister. The local council had wanted to demolish the enormous concrete building which was built in the 1960s. Many think the concrete building is huge and ugly but architects and buildings experts say it is important.

Now the council has to work out how it will refurbish the building, which will cost up to GBP23m.

Party conference turns into chaos

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) is a small political party which attracts a lot of publicity. Last week, it held its annual conference, and made the headlines - but not in the way it hoped.

The publicity all came from its Member of the European Parliament, Godfrey Bloom. He is known for saying things that most politicians don't. During the conference, he jokingly used a very rude word to describe women in a meeting, because they didn't clean behind their fridges. Then he hit a journalist over the head with a conference brochure, whilst being filmed.

The UKIP leader said Bloom had "destroyed" the conference and suspended him from the party.

New statue for Trafalgar Square

London's Trafalgar Square is one of the most famous places in the UK. Nelson's Column and the fountains are surrounded by four large stone plinths, three with grand statues on. The fourth plinth was empty for many years, but now hosts temporary statues which are chosen by a committee.

At the moment there is a giant blue cockerel on the plinth, but the shortlist for the next statue has now been publicised. It includes a dancing metal sculpture, a horse's skeleton with a live stock-market ticker tape and a giant hand with a thumb up. There is also a proposal for a statue which combines all the other statues in the square.

Who's Brad Pitt?

A 90-year-old man who fought in a tank during the Second World War has been advising on a Hollywood film. Peter Comfort got a phone call from Brad Pitt asking for his help in playing the role of a tank commander. Mr Comfort went to the film set in the UK and answered lots of questions about how the crew would have slept and eaten. He said:"Mr Pitt was very friendly and charming but I didn't know who he was. I said to him, until last night I didn't have a clue who you were and then I Googled you and you've been in quite a lot of films.

"They all rolled about laughing when I said that."


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