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22 February 2018

Famous UK landmark celebrates 20th anniversary

Have you ever seen the Angel of the North? It is a huge statue of a person, with aeroplane wings instead of arms, created by sculptor Sir Antony Gormley.

It is 20 metres (66 feet) tall, made of steel, and can be seen by people in cars and trains approaching the northern UK city of Newcastle/ Gateshead. The statue was made to survive 100mph winds, and is built on top of an old coal mine.

The Angel was put in place 20 years ago, and in that time has become a UK landmark. Its design was chosen by a council committee but only three people turned up and Sid Henderson had the final vote.

Lots of people complained it was a waste of money, but he said he thought the statue was a good idea because parts of the UK were becoming more and more similar. "So for me there was more to it than just doing a nice big angel, it was drawing attention to Gateshead, saying come and have a look, we are more than you think."

Mr Henderson, who is now 87, thinks the Angel helped to start rebuilding in Newcastle/Gateshead, which had suffered lots of problems when traditional industries (like coal mining) disappeared. He said: "The site is magnificent… it changes colour throughout the day depending on the light. It is truly a piece of art."

People call police about chicken shortage

KFC is a chain of around 900 fried chicken shops in the UK. 500 of them are currently closed because their deliveries of chicken are not arriving.

This is because the chain has recently changed its delivery company and something has gone wrong.

People are getting very cross about this. A film shown on the TV news has gone viral and now London police have warned people not to ring them about the problem, after getting phone calls.

One Tweet said: "Please do not contact us about the #KFCcrisis – it is not a police matter if your favourite eatery is not serving the menu you desire."

New use for UK church towers

The UK countryside is filled with little churches, often with very tall towers. They were built hundreds of years ago at a time when everyone was expected to go to church every week. The towers reminded people about the church because they could be seen a long way away, and because they contained bells which rang for services.

Now there is a new use for the towers – to help people in remote parts of the UK to get a faster internet and mobile phone service. The Church of England has done a deal with the government which means the towers can be used for wireless transmitters and other equipment.

This also means that extra money will be available to repair the churches. They are very old and expensive to maintain.

UK art teacher in world's top ten

A London teacher is one of ten finalists in an international teaching prize. Andria Zafirakou has taught at Alperton Community School since 2005. The prize committee liked her work to help all young people get the best out of their education.

She redesigned the curriculum to help it meet their needs, and worked to find out more about their lives. She learned some students live in houses shared by several families, which meant some had to go home from school during the day to use the kitchen.

This understanding of her students' lives meant she could find ways to help them.

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