This week's UK news: 2 July 2010
2 July 2010

Anyone for Tennis?

It has been an interesting month for British sport. England was spectacularly knocked out of the World Cup on Sunday by Germany.

The two teams are old rivals and it did not help that the referee did not allow a genuine English goal. The score at the end was a depressing 4-1, and the future of the manager, Fabio Capello, is now under question.

Wimbledon, our annual tennis championship, has been in the news since then. It is unusual because it is played on grass courts. The last time a British man won this championship was in 1936, but there is real hope again.

Andy Murray, who comes from Scotland, has done very well in the tournament so far and only lost one set in all his games. Now everyone is hoping that he’ll get through to the final – and maybe even win.

Public wants mad new laws

The new Government has set up a website asking people what bad laws they would like to see overturned.

The Government is planning a Freedom Bill for the autumn. It wants to free people from restrictive laws. But on its first day the website crashed because so many people were trying to put their suggestions on there.

Many are not serious. One person wants to be able to marry a horse.

Shakespeare for cows

Researchers have already found that cows produce more milk if they hear slow music. Now a theatre company has been performing Shakespeare plays for cows at a farm in Kent.

The actors from the Changeling Theatre Company performed scenes from The Merry Wives of Windsor. These led to the cows producing four per cent more milk.

The actors are now rehearsing in front of the cows. They say it saves them having to find somewhere to rehearse, and the farmer likes getting more milk.

No rain here!

It has been the driest start to the year since 1929, after the coldest winter for 30 years.

Weather experts say unusual high pressure over the country has caused both of these changes in the weather this year. It has been hotter than North Africa in some parts of the country.

Rain is now expected in parts of the country although it will remain very hot.



by Susan Young


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