This week's UK news: 21 February 2014
21 February 2014

Two big award nights in one week

This week we have had the BAFTA awards for film and TV, and the BRIT awards for music.
The BAFTA awards, held in London, usually attract international film stars and are seen as a way of predicting Oscar winners. This year Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were among the stars on the red carpet. The Best Film winner was 12 Years A Slave, and the best British film was Gravity (it was made in the UK).
The other big awards ceremony was the Brits. David Bowie, who is 67, won Best Male in the awards, after coming back in 2013 after a 10-year break with an album called The Next Day.Bowie has been one of the UK's most influential musicians during a career when he changed his image and style many times, with hugely popular albums like Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars and Aladdin Sane. Lorde won the award for best international female artist, Bruno Mars was best international male artist, and Daft Punk was the best international group.

Work emails break up marriages

Around a quarter of divorces are being caused by partners spending too much time checking emails from work on their phones or computers at home. Husbands or wives causing their marriages to end by having relationships with other people is now far less common. Divorces caused by relationships with other people fell to an all-time low of 14 per cent in 2012, the last year for which figures are available.

It's (mostly) stopped raining!

But with a week to go of winter, this is officially the wettest since records began in 1910. Almost 500mm of rain has fallen (19 inches) since the beginning of December, and many areas have had double the usual amount of rain.
There have been 30 storms, half of which were really intense with heavy rain and very strong winds.
More wet weather is forecast, but the last major storm was more than a week ago and floods are beginning to go down, but very slowly.


UK gets interested in the Winter Olympics

The UK isn't fabulous at most winter Olympic sports (we don't get that much snow here) but we are good at one or two things. One of these is the Skeleton, a scarily fast bobsleigh event. The UK's only Gold medal so far was won in the Skeleton by Lizzy Yarnold, who only took up the sport four years ago. Lizzy slides on a sleigh called Mervyn, named after the man who helped her succeed by first paying for an important piece of equipment and then arranging the sponsorship she needed.
Another sport the UK is good at is curling, where a large stone is pushed to a target on an ice rink, with team members using brooms to help sweep it along. UK curling teams usually come from Scotland, where curling is popular. This year the women's team has won a bronze medal and the men are in the final, and guaranteed a medal.
Finally, Jenny Jones won a bronze medal in the snowboard slopestyle. These four medals mean the UK will have won its largest number of medals since the first Winter Olympics in 1924.


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