This week's UK news: 2 December 2015
2 December 2015

UK wins world tennis championship (and other good sporting news)

We've all been very excited because Great Britain has won the Davies Cup for the first time in 79 years. The Davies Cup is a world tennis tournament with a mixture of singles and doubles matches played by each national team.

The Cup was won on Sunday afternoon when Andy Murray, the UK's leading tennis player, beat Belgian player David Goffin. Murray, who was very emotional when he won, was watched by a cheering crowd including his mum and his wife. 

In other sporting news, footballer Jamie Vardy of Leicester City became the first player to score in 11 successive Premier League matches, beating a record set by Ruud van Nistelrooy for Manchester United in 2003. He scored his record breaking goal against Manchester United. Van Nistelrooy congratulated Vardy on Twitter. It is an amazing achievement for Vardy, especially as he was playing outside the football league until 2012. 

And finally. UK boxer Tyson Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko to become the world heavyweight champion with three boxing titles.

Tickets for Queen's 90th birthday party sell out

The Queen is 90 next year and a big celebration performance is being held near her home in Windsor over four nights next May. 25,000 tickets went on sale - and sold out within five hours. They cost between GBP 55 and 195.

Christmas dinner so stressful that families eat out

Here in the UK it is traditional to have a big family roast dinner on Christmas Day, December 25. The classic menu includes roast turkey, potatoes, vegetables and a rich steamed fruit pudding.

A new survey shows that numbers of people booking to eat Christmas lunch in a pub or restaurant has risen by 45 per cent this year. One chef, Ethan Rogers, says cooking a complicated Christmas meal for large groups is too difficult for lots of people who don't have the skills their mother or grandmother had.

Adele likely to have top selling British album ever

Adele's third album, 25, released last month, has become the fastest selling Number 1 album ever. It sold a record-breaking 800,307 copies in its first week, far more than the Oasis album which previously sold the most copies to get to Number 1 in the charts. 

Music experts think that 25 will sell 2 million copies by the end of the year and that it might eventually outsell Queen's Greatest Hits to become the best-selling record in Britain of all time. Adele has refused to allow 25 to be featured on streaming services such as Spotify.

25 is selling three times faster than Adele's previous album (called 21) did in its first weeks and is at number 1 in the iTunes charts in most countries.

The best-selling British albums ever are the Greatest Hits from Queen and Abba (selling 6.1 million and 5.2 million). The best-selling non-greatest hits album is Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band from the Beatles, which sold 5.1m. Adele's 21 is the fourth best-selling album, selling 4.8m.

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