This week's UK news: 25 August 2016
25 August 2016

Every week, we summarise the news to give you some insight into what is happening in Britain, and what people are talking about.

Olympics joy for UK

It has been a good fortnight for sport in the UK, with 67 medals won at the Olympics in Rio. This is even more than the team won at the London Olympics in 2012, which is surprising as nations do better when hosting the Games.

There have been many highlights, but those which are being talked about most are the gold medals for Mo Farah, who has now won Gold twice for the 10,000m and 5,000 metre runs - despite falling twice. Boxer Nicola Adams also won Gold for the second time. The women's hockey team also won Gold, there was the first Gymnastics Gold since 1908, lots of cycling medals - and 58 year old Nick Skelton won the showjumping. He has a very stiff back (he broke it in an accident) and a replacement hip, and needed a stepladder to get on to his horse.

The team has done so well because there has been lots of investment in sports where there were hopes of medals. Money from the National Lottery has been put into the Olympic athletes. 

Unfortunately, in the UK we like to watch sport but not take part. One study has shown that many adults here do not even do 30 minutes exercise a week. 

World's biggest airship launched

Airships are a bit like a cross between a balloon and a plane. They were were a popular form of transport in the 1920s until a bad crash in 1930, which killed most of the passengers on board. Last week, a new airship was launched from the same hangar in Bedfordshire, just outside London. 

The Airlander is the size of a football pitch and is the world's largest aircraft. It is filled with helium gas, which does not explode (unlike the 1920s airships), and has a passenger area and engines underneath.

It was originally developed with the US military but since 2013 has been crowdfunded. The chief executive of the company making them, thinks there could be 100 Airlanders in the sky within five years, and could be demand for a thousand. They can stay in the air for weeks at a time and could be for pleasure flights, cargo deliveries and also disaster relief.

More Harry Potter stories coming

JK Rowling has promised new stories about Hogwarts, her school for wizards. The stories will be published on her website, Pottermore, from 6 September. They are called Pottermore Presents, and will include new stories about potions master Horace Slughorn, head teacher Minerva McGonagall, and Dolores Umbridge of the Ministry of Magic.

The stories will also be available in digital booksellers. 

TV screens taken over by baking again

The Great British Bake Off is one of the UK's most popular TV programmes, and it is back on our screens this week. 

It is a cookery competition, with people competing each week to do the best baking. Every week the bakers are given a theme, so that they can prepare a cake or a bread at home before doing it on the show. But they are also given challenges, such as to cook a particular style of cake. Each week one baker is knocked out of the competition, with three left in the final week.

Bake Off is very popular for lots of reasons. The bakers are chosen to be different to each other, and their personalities shine through as the weeks go by. The judges are Mary Berry, who is 81 and has written recipes for decades, and Paul Hollywood, who can be less nice to the competitors. There are also two presenters who make lots of bad jokes, and the baking takes place in a beautiful tent in the countryside.

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