This week's UK news: 5 August 2011
5 August 2011

Yet another Royal Wedding

There was another Royal Wedding last weekend. It was between the Queen's grand-daughter, Zara Phillips, and her fiance Mike Tindall.
The wedding was held in Scotland and was very different to Prince William's wedding a few months ago. Both Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall are top sportspeople (she rides horses, he plays rugby for England) and the wedding was full of their friends.
The party went on afterwards until very late and Tindall was seen leaving the hotel the next morning in his wedding clothes. People thought he might have been partying all night, but he had forgotten to take his suitcase to the hotel.

Beer, beer and more beer

The UK is the home of real ale. This is beer which has been brewed naturally and is still live when it is poured into your glass.
There are big and small breweries all over Britain brewing a fantastic selection of ales. These often taste very different and quite often have silly names like Fursty Ferret. Almost 50 little breweries are opening each year, and sales were up by five per cent last year.
Lots of people love real ale and there is a festival every year to celebrate it. The Great British Beer Festival takes place at London's Earl's Court exhibition centre. This year there were more than 700 real ales and ciders to try.

Smartphones take over

Smartphones are making people behave differently in social situations according to new research.
Until recently, it was rare for people to use their mobiles during films and plays. Now a quarter of teenagers and almost a fifth of adults admit using their smartphones during a performance.
The research found a big difference between the way people use smartphones and ordinary mobiles. People with ordinary mobiles were more likely to turn them off when in the cinema, and less likely to take work phone calls on holiday.
A quarter of British adults and almost half of 12-15 year olds own a smartphone. Two-thirds of the teenagers said they were "highly addicted" to their smartphones and even used them in the toilet.

English football everywhere

The Premier League is in talks with Sony and Electronic Arts to create a system which would allow subscribers around the world to watch games live in 3D.
Richard Scudamore, the League's chief executive, said fans could choose which Premiership game they wanted to see, and could settle down to watch it. "It will be like Avatar in your own home," he said. He thought it would be possible in 2 to 5 years.  

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