This week's UK news: 22 May 2015
22 May 2015

Footballer leaves Liverpool FC

Steve Gerrard, the captain of Liverpool FC, played his final game at the club this week after 17 years. He is going to play for the American team LA Galaxy next season.

Gerrard began playing for Liverpool at the age of 18, and since then has played for the team 353 times at the club's ground and in 709 games in all - 472 as captain. Fans came from Kuwait and other countries to watch hi last game, and Gerrard's picture was on 34 pages of the match programme, with his name spelt out over the ground. 

Sadly, though, his final game saw Liverpool lose to Crystal Palace. 


World's oldest stained glass windows on display

Canterbury Cathedral has some of the world's oldest coloured glass windows. Now one of the most beautiful is easier to see as it has been taken out of the walls and is being shown in an exhibition in the cathedral. 

The 800 year old window was in danger of collapsing as the cathedral has moved over the years. So the glass has been removed and the stonework of the window - which is more than 18metres high and seven metres wide - is being replaced. 

The window will be on show until August 23. 


New words allowed in word game

Scrabble is a popular word game which is played for fun - and in serious national competitions. Players are given letters and have to make words with them on the board. The words have to be real - which means players often use a special dictionary.

Now a new version of the Collins Official Scrabble Words has been published, adding 6,500 words to the 250,000 already allowed. There are lots of slang words in the new list. These include twerking (the dance where you wiggle your bottom), bezzy (your best friend), onesie (an all-in-one outfit) and lolz (laughter).


Museums worrying about plastic 

London's Victoria and Albert Museum is working with two universities to find ways of protecting 20th century art and designs which were made of plastics. Sculptures, furniture, fashion and toys are shrinking, losing colour and cracking. Sandra Smith, who works at the V and A, said museums all over the world had this problem, and some plastics were now so delicate that they could not be exposed to too much light, or be cleaned.

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