This week's UK news: 9 March 2012
9 March 2012

Goodbye to the tie?

Three quarters of office workers think the tie will no longer be required workwear in the UK within a few years. More than half thought men would not wear ties for work in 20 years time, and almost a quarter thought the change would come in ten years.
The change is being driven by new companies like Google where even senior staff work in jeans and open-necked shirts.
In another survey published this week, we heard that British school children are better at using a DVD player or an iPhone than tying up their shoe laces.
In the survey of 5-13 year-olds, 45 per cent said they could not tie their shoelaces, 65 per cent could not make a cup of tea, and 81 per cent could not read a map. But 67 per cent could work a DVD player.

Shooting star seen throughout UK

Police forces throughout the country got emergency calls on Saturday night about a strange light in the sky, which many people thought was a burning plane.
The UK's weather service later explained on its website and Twitter that it was a meteor, items from space which burn up in a streak of light as they enter the Earth's atmosphere.
People who saw the meteor said it looked like a bright orange ball with a green tail. It is thought to have been about the size of a hand.

Famous film scene recreated on South Coast

You may have seen a famous British film called The Italian Job, where robbers end up in a bus balanced on the edge of a cliff, wondering how they can save themselves and the gold they have stolen.
Now that famous scene is going to be recreated as part of an art exhibition in England.
Eddie Izzard, who is a British comedian, has paid the artist around GBP 70,000 to balance a bus on the roof of a concert hall in Bexhill, near Brighton and Eastbourne. The exhibit is called Hang On A Minute Lads, I've Got A Great Idea, which are the last words spoken by Michael Caine in the 1969 film. The coach will be painted red, white and blue as part of the 2012 London Olympic celebrations, and will be on show from July 7.

Prince Harry cheats at running

Prince Harry was visiting Jamaica this week as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. He spent some time on a racing track with Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, and found a way to beat him in a race -- he ran off before the starting pistol went.
Other members of the Royal Family were also out meeting people this week. The Queen launched her Diamond Jubilee tour in Leicester, which is one of the UK's most multicultural cities. By 2019 no ethnic group will be bigger than any other in the city.
The Queen, Prince Philip and the Duchess of Cambridge saw performances by Sikh drummers, a Zimbabwean women's choir, a brass band, Chinese dancers and a Hindu Holi festival dance.

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