This week's UK news: 17 August 2012
17 August 2012

Where's the sports gone?

For more than two weeks the Olympics has dominated the TV, news and talk in the UK. When it ended with a huge pop concert on Sunday night, lots of people missed the sport and the fun of it.

Before the Olympics lots of people, especially journalists, worried that London transport would not cope with the crowds or that something would go wrong. Instead, it all went well and the UK team won the third-highest number of medals.

Now the Paralympics event looks likely to sell out. It is being held in the Olympic venues from the end of August. Ticket sales were high before the Olympics and now most events are sold out.

Top names for UK babies

The most popular name for girls born in the UK has changed for the first time since 2008. Amelia is now the top name, replacing Olivia, which was the most popular name for the previous three years.

The most popular name for baby boys last year was Harry, replacing Oliver. Some people have suggested this is because of Prince Harry and also Harry Potter. The new popularity of Amelia is more of a mystery, but may be connected to a popular character in the TV science-fiction show, Dr Who.

Other names which have become more popular include Bella (which is the name of a character in the Twilight vampire books and films).

Willow, Elsie, Kayla, Francesca and Lydia are new names for girls in the top 100. New names in the boys' top 100 are Tommy, Blake, Frankie, Elijah and Jackson.

Britain's oldest children's comic likely to close

Comics are magazines for children with cartoon picture stories full of jokes (and the jokes are usually terrible). They used to be very popular with UK children.

The Dandy, which started 75 years ago, used to sell 2 million copies a week. Its famous characters included Desperate Dan (who can lift a cow with one arm), Beryl the Peril and Korky the Cat. By last year sales were 8,000 a week and the Dandy is likely to close soon.

This will leave just one children's comic, the Beano.

What do you buy when you win GBP 149m?

Adrian and Gillian Bayford bought a lottery ticket last week because they needed the money for themselves and their two children. They were "struggling" to pay day, and not expecting to win the EuroMillions jackpot of GBP 149m.

"We told the children we had won a bit of money and our daughter asked whether we now had enough pennies to go to Domino's pizza for tea. We did, so we went on Saturday evening," said Gillian.

The couple have other plans for the money, including a Disney World trip for the children. They also want to share their winnings with people who have helped them.


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