This week's UK news: 30 July 2011
30 July 2011

Singer dies

Amy Winehouse, an award-winning singer, was found dead in her bed at the age of 27 by her bodyguard.
Miss Winehouse had made two albums and won five Grammy awards and one Ivor Novello award for songwriting. The second album, called Back to Black, was inspired by breaking up with her boyfriend.
The singer was also famous for drug and alcohol problems, but her father has said she not using either when she died. Her death remains unexplained.
Miss Winehouse had been writing and recording again and there may be enough material to release a third album of her songs.

Government wants Britons to be happy

The Government has asked 20,000 people about their happiness for part of a new project. It has found that the things which matter most are health, relationships, work and the environment, plus education and training.
The Government will use the results of this survey and other measurements, such as life expectancy, to assess what effect new policies would have on the well-being of the population.
The most senior official working with the Government said he had been surprised to find how much volunteering had made people happy. He was considering how he might allow government staff to help charities during their working hours.

One year till the London Olympics

The organisers of the 2012 Olympics celebrated the countdown to the festival by opening up the new sporting venues to journalists and athletes.
Tom Daley, the UK's 17-year-old champion diver, tried out the new boards. Journalists raced each other up and down the new pools.  And Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee's president, formally invited 202 competiting nations to London.
The main event of the day was a formal handover of the £269m aquatics centre, designed by architect Zaha Hadid, which sits at the entrance to the Olympic park.

Scottish museum transformed

The National Museum of Scotland used to contain displays which had remained unchanged for 70 years. It was also very easy for visitors to get lost.
All that changed this week when the new-look museum opened to the public after a GPB 47m restoration.
Now curators hope that visitors feel they are walking through an encyclopaedia. 26,000 exhibits are on display in 36 galleries, and the museum is one of the largest in the UK.

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