This week's UK news: 12 June 2009
12 June 2009

Man U sells the most expensive player in the world

Cristiano Ronaldo is about to become the most expensive footballer in the world after Manchester United agreed to transfer him to Spanish team Real Madrid for £80 million.

When Ronaldo joined the British club in 2003 he only cost £12.2 million. They are likely to spend the profit on new signings.

In other football news, England looks likelier to join the World Cup finalists next year after beating Andorra 6-0 at Wembley Stadium in London. 

Britain’s recession could be over

Some financial experts say the recession ended in the UK two months ago, earlier than expected, and that the worst is over.

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research says some figures improved during April and May, although jobless numbers will continue to rise for some time. A Bank of England expert also says there are “promising signs” that the worst of the recession is over both in Britain and the rest of the world.

Londoners learn to walk…

Three million London workers had to find different ways of getting to their jobs for two days this week when underground train staff went on strike.

The city organised extra riverboats and buses, as well as taxi-sharing and cycling schemes. Extra cycle parking was supplied in central London, and new cyclists were guided from railway stations to their workplaces. Walkers were given maps.

The strike affected the World Cup qualifying match between England and Andorra. Television viewers could see many empty seats during the game. However, the band which always plays when England are on the pitch made sure they got there.

Another word to learn

Bad news for people learning English. A group of experts say the millionth word entered the language this week.

However, there has been a lot of argument about it. Other experts say English has had more than a million words for some time, and the announcement was simply to get publicity. Whatever the truth, there are ten words in English for each one in French.

And the millionth word isn’t a word at all, but a phrase: Web 2.0.


by Susan Young -


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