This week's UK news: 28 June 2014
28 June 2014

Mud makes the news

This weekend is the Glastonbury Festival. This is probably the UK's most famous live music festival, for lots of reasons.

One is that it is one of the oldest festivals. It has been going since 1970 on a farm in South West England. There is the size of it: the festival site is enormous and there is lots going on all the time. There are several music stages. The biggest bands play on the Pyramid stage, but there are also places for new music and different kinds of music. There are also areas for poetry, comedy and all sorts of other entertainment. There is even a silent disco.

Most people camp in little tents as the festival goes on for three days. But the event is so popular now that there are fields for luxury tents and trailers too.

The other thing that makes Glastonbury famous is mud. There have been 32 Glastonbury festivals,  and there has been heavy rain at 23 of them. The site is famous for getting very, very muddy, and photographers love to take pictures of filthy festival goers in their rubber boots. The weather forecast says it will rain this weekend, and a thunderstorm on the first afternoon cut power to the site for 90 minutes so no bands could play.


Teenagers want to do the same jobs as their parents

More teenagers want to do the same jobs as their parents now than in the last hundred years. They are twice as likely to want to do similar work as their mothers and fathers than people born in the last century. However, the teenagers were more ambitious than their parents and grandparents.

A survey of teenagers found that almost half said they got advice on careers from their parents. 


Bad-tempered people work harder

Bad-tempered people are probably better workers than cheerful people, says new research. This is because they concentrate harder on what they are doing.

Researchers found that bad-tempered people spent more time doing fewer activities. This meant they did their jobs better because they became good at doing particular things. Cheerful people did a larger variety of things, but produced less overall.


Standing as good as marathon running

People who work standing up for three hours a day have the same health benefits as from running ten marathons a year, says a sports doctor.

Dr Mike Loosemore, who works at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health at University College London says the benefits come from standing five days a week.

He says government recommendations that people do 30 minutes' exercise five days a week put many people off doing any exercise at all. He wants the government to encourage people to make smaller changes to their lifestyles, such as standing.



previous entry << >> next entry