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THE NEWS EXPLAINED
ON September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States killed thousands of people. Ten years on and those events are still
afecting our lives. Alistair Burt , MP, gives his view on why its important to understand how that day changed history.
9/11: The day the
world changed
9/11. WHAT HAPPENED
THAT DAY?
TUESDAY 11 September
2001 began as a normal
day for people on the east
coast of America. However,
the tragic events of that
morning will stay with all of
us for the rest of our lives,
as millions, myself included, watched live TV coverage
throughout the day. At 8:46am, the frst of two passenger
planes was fown into New Yorks World Trade Center
by terrorists. At 9:03am a second plane hit the second
tower. A third plane hit the Pentagon in Washington and a
fourth crashed when passengers fought back against the
terrorists. This attack resulted in the deaths of around 3,000
innocent people, from more than 90 diferent countries
and of all races and religions.
9/11. WHO WAS BEHIND IT?
The attack came from a group called Al Qaeda, led
by Osama Bin Laden. They believed, as terrorists do, in
attacking and killing innocent, everyday people to make
a political point. They were wrong. The attacks were
condemned by virtually every country and political leader
around the world.
9/11. TEN YEARS ON
Now, ten years on, we remember all the people who
lost their lives that day. We remember those killed in the
initial attacks, as well as the heroic emergency services
people who died trying to save others. The bravery people
showed sends a powerful message that terrorism would
not change our way of life.
9/11. EFFECT ON OUR LIVES
Terrorists attack everyone, regardless of race, age, gender
or religion, and we have seen attacks in many countries.
Indeed, we have experienced terrorism ourselves here
in the UK. 56 people were killed in the 7 July 2005 bomb
attacks in London. But I was proud and inspired that day at
the strength of Londoners to overcome the tragedy.
We will continue to stand up for the things that are
important to us: a government that is elected fairly, human
rights and a society where people take part and are treated
equally. These values are shared by billions of people and
most political movements across the world. We should
always remember that, although terrorist acts are shocking
and frightening, they are committed by a very small
number of people.
9/11. WHAT NOW?
The tide is turning against terrorism. Those who work
so hard to protect you and me are able to prevent many
such terrible acts. Recent events across the Middle East
and North Africa showed that people could protest for,
and achieve, political change in a diferent way. They
showed that most people in the region do not believe
that terrorism is the way to get what you want. Terrorism
had nothing to do with bringing the popular changes in
countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.
What unites terrorists worldwide is that they have failed.
Far from being beaten by the violent actions of a few, most
people will not let terrorism win. They will continue to live
their lives as they always have. I am convinced that the
strength of our principles and values will always win out
over terrorism.
9/11 BEFORE AND BEYOND...
Emergency workers run from the huge dust cloud
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BEHIND THE
HEADLINES
1980s/90s
Osama Bin Laden sets up
Al Qaeda. Members develop
very extreme views against
others, particularly America.
Members follow Islam, but their
views do not represent most
other Muslims. They carry out
attacks around the world.
September 11,
2001
Al Qaeda carries out the largest
attack by a foreign group on
American soil. Almost 3,000 people
die in four plane crashes and the
collapse of the American World
Trade Center towers in New York.
2001
Britain and
America send
troops to
Afghanistan
to fght the
Taliban, which
had close ties
with Al-Qaeda.
MAY, 2011
Osama Bin
Laden,
Americas most
wanted terrorist,
is killed by by U.S.
special forces at
his secret hideaway
in Pakistan.
September
11, 2011
A day of
remembrance.
Memorial services
are being held for the
victims of the attacks
ten years ago.
Todays U.S. President Barack
Obama attends a 9/11 memorial
Alistair Burt, MP, is Foreign Of ce Minister for the Middle East and North Africa
FirstNews ISSUE 275 9 15 SEPTEMBER 2011
WHAT IS TERRORISM?
Terrorism is when people use violence like bombs
to try to make other people behave the way they want.
Its usually connected to politics.
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THE NEWS EXPLAINED
Building work continues on One World Trade Center (TALLEST BUILDING AT
RIGHT) as the memorial footprints of the twin towers are seen on the ground
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TODAY
WHEN the remains of the World Trade Center were still
smoking after the attacks, New Yorkers looked to the future.
Some wanted to rebuild the two 110-storey skyscrapers
exactly as they had been. Others said that the whole area
should be a memorial or a park.
Now, ten years later, an 80-storey glass and steel tower is
rising from the ashes of ground zero. To begin with, it was
called the Freedom Tower but, now, it is to be known as 1
World Trade Center.
The site called a hole in the ground for years has cranes
in the air, trains running underground and hundreds of trees
planted around giant, man-made waterfalls to remember
those who died.
A memorial featuring waterfalls cascading into the
footprints of the twin towers will open to the public on
Monday (12 September), a day after families see their loved
ones names around the pools for the frst time.
HOW MANY BRITISH PEOPLE
DIED IN THE 9/11 ATTACKS?
THE UK sufered more losses in the September 11
2001 attacks on America than any other country
apart from the US itself 67 British people died in
the attacks.
One of those was Rick Rescorla, who worked for a
banking frm. He saved 2,700 people ten years ago
by making sure they left the World Trade Centers
South Tower before it collapsed. The 62-year-old man from Cornwall thought
there might be terrorist attacks so he made staf at the bank practise regular
escape drills which later saved their lives. He started running drills every
three months on how to get out thousands of staf from the companys
of ces, which covered 40 foors of the South Tower and a site nearby, as
quickly as possible. A picture, taken after the 9/11 attack started, shows Rick,
megaphone in hand, guiding staf down stairs to safety. He was last seen
going back into the World Trade Center looking for stragglers. His body has
never been found. Now several statues and memorials of Rick have been
erected in his memory, including one in his home town of Hayle.
This week families of the 67 Britons killed in the 9/11 attacks will remember
the moment a decade ago when their lives were torn apart. Many of them will
go to a remembrance ceremony at the September 11 memorial garden next
to the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London.
Others are travelling to New York for the events organised by the U.S.
authorities at Ground Zero, the former site of the World Trade Center.
WHATS HAPPENING
TO REMEMBER THE
VICTIMS?
THE world is taking part in events to
remember the tenth anniversary of
the September 11 attacks.
The main event in the UK to
remember the victims will be the
ceremony at Londons September
11 memorial garden, which was
opened by the Princess Royal in 2003.
Relatives will read out the names
of the British victims of the attacks
and lay a white rose for each one on
a memorial stone beneath bronze
plaques listing them all. Memorial
services will also be held at St Pauls
Cathedral in the morning and at
Westminster Abbey in the evening.
In New York there will be a concert
at the British Memorial Garden site
in Hanover Square, which is just half
a mile from Ground Zero and also
commemorates the 67 UK victims.
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Libya: an
update
The fghting in Libya is between Col.
Gaddaf and rebel fghters who are
being helped by countries including
Britain, France and America.
Col. Gaddaf, who has been leader for
42 years, has vowed to fght on and let
Libya burn.
Rebel fghters now control most
of the country, including the
capital Tripoli.
The British Prime Minister David
Cameron said that the world would be
better of without Gaddaf.
The hunt is on for Gaddaf. A Libyan
military convoy has crossed into
neighbouring Niger. Gaddaf may
be with these soldiers, or hiding in
a town controlled by his soldiers, or
he may have escaped to another
African country.
A plane load of Libyan cash 950
million was fown from Britain
to Libya to help pay doctors and
civil servants.
Somalia:
update
The famine is getting worse and the
United Nations is warning that 750,000
people could die there because of a
lack of food.
Around 12 million people need
urgent food aid across the region.
Its East Africas worst drought for 60
years. The lack of rain has meant crops
didnt grow and animals used for food
are dying.
Half of all deaths so far have been
children.
A good year for spiders
and apples and berries...
ITS been a rubbish Summer if you wanted sun, but a bumper year for an Autumn harvest and arachnids!
So, if you like fruit and fnding giant hairy spiders in your bath, then
youre in luck!
The combination of a warm dry Spring followed by a cool wet
Summer has meant ideal growing conditions for British crops such
as apples, pears, blackberries and nuts. And the same conditions
were also ideal for spiders to breed and for the baby spiders to
survive and grow.
Its been the coolest
Summer for almost 20 years,
with more rainfall than last
year. It was a record breaking
April though, with high
temperatures and blue skies
for much of the UK. This
was followed by warnings
of a drought for parts of the
country. Peoples hopes were
high for a hot dry Summer.
The bumper crop of Autumn fruits and nuts, though, could be a
prediction of a harsh Winter ahead according to amateur weather
watchers.
Warning: arachnophobes stop reading now!
Its this time of year when youre likely to see large spiders in the
home running across the foor while youre watching TV or trying to
climb their way out of the bath. They are all hair, legs, knees and very
ef cient fangs. This year has been a good one for them. They head
indoors looking for some shelter and a mate. The ones in the bath are
most likely to be male spiders, which fell in while looking all around
your house or fat for a female spider.
Spider lovers say the creatures are very benefcial. You can easily
help them out of the bath by hanging a tea towel over the edge. Then
they can carry on their good work of eating fies and other insects.
by Ian Prince
AN escaped cow has fnally been captured after
being on the run in Germany for three months.
Yvonne, described by authorities as brown and white, quite
big, and very determined, escaped from her farm in Bavaria
by charging through an electrifed fence. She gained her
freedom shortly before she was due a one way trip to the
slaughter house to be made into sausages.
Yvonne joined a herd of deer and lived in the forest. She
managed to evade capture and even a shoot to kill order
after she bolted past a police car and was thought to be a
danger to traf c.
Her adventure made headlines in Germany where she was
called the heroine of the Summer.
Eventually she was caught by a farmer and now it looks like
she wont be turned into sausages and shoes, after all.
Yvonne is beginning a new life in a sanctuary after her new
owners paid the farmer around 600 for her.
Now, to udder news!
Yvonne: shes a lucky bovine
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Whatever you call it trash,
rubbish, debris, junk theres
so much of it in space that its
become dangerous.
Thats the warning to NASA
from top scientists from the
National Research Council.
The space junk is made up of old
satellites, boosters and rockets.
When these things collide they
smash into smaller pieces which
continue to orbit the Earth.
The space bof ns are warning
that even tiny pieces of debris
could cause damage to space
ships carrying astronauts or
satellites, which have crucial uses
in communications, sat navs and
TV signals.
In June this year, astronauts in
the International Space Station
had to prepare for an emergency
evacuation back to Earth because
of the risk from space junk.
One scientist said: We have lost
control of the environment.
Ideas for a huge clean up
include huge nets and giant
umbrella-like structures to scoop
up the orbiting mess.
There are 22,000 pieces which are
large enough to track from Earth.
What a load of rubbish
(Trouble is, its in space!)
THE amount of junk circling the Earth has reached crisis point.
FIRST NEWS HEADLINES
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Editor Nicky Cox MBE
GOOD WEEK FOR...
Work experience thats
out of this world!
WHEN Hannah Blyth went on work
experience, she did more than make
the tea she discovered a new asteroid.
During her weeks experience at
Glamorgan University she was given
images of space to analyse and she was
so good it made her a bit of a star!
An asteroid has been named after her.
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Jessie J
THE singer, who fell
of a stage in June,
has revealed that
her broken foot
is worse than she
thought. She said
shes had to have
a bone transplant
and her foot may
never heal properly.
Ouch.
BAD WEEK FOR...
An unlucky bit of luck
Theyre called free schools and 24 have
just opened around England. Hundreds
more are expected to open in the next
few years.
They are diferent from other state
schools because they can be set up by
parents, teachers, businesses or faith
groups and can make decisions without
the local authority.
They can introduce subjects
like Latin, have diferent starting
times, or have a strong emphasis
on sport.
The Government hopes they will
improve standards of teaching, but
critics say they are more likely to be set
up in better of areas and will not be
available to everyone.
Back to a new type
of free school
Nate Smith hit his puck into a tiny hole
from an incredible 27 metres away at a
competition in Minnesota in the U.S.A.
That accuracy should have earned
him the prize, equivalent to more
than 30,000. But he couldnt claim it
because he had taken the place of his
identical twin brother who had bought
the entry ticket for the event. The boys
owned up to swapping places the day
after.
The organisers and the twins dad
praised their honesty. The boys are still
pleased though, as the organisers have
donated 12,000 of the prize money
towards youth hockey in the area.
Happy Feet
legs it home
CELEBRITY penguin Happy Feet
is making the long swim back home
to Antarctica.
He was taken four days out to sea on a boat,
where he slid of the back and into the Southern
Ocean. As we reported last week, the young
Emperor penguin ended up in New Zealand,
3,000km away from home, and started eating
sand, mistaking it for snow. Fish milkshakes and
surgery helped him back to the peak of penguin
health, ready for the big swim.
Its hoped hell join other penguins who are
heading back to Antarctica.
AN 11-year-old ice hockey whiz kid has lost out on claiming his
$50,000 prize for scoring an amazing shot.
The amount of rubbish in
space could harm astronauts.
An artists impression of the
junk oating around Earth
ITS back to the classroom for millions of children, but some are
starting the term at a new type of school.
ONE big news story is all over the
headlines this week even though it
happened ten years ago, before some
First News readers were even born.
The story is 9/11 and its on our front page
this week. 9/11 stands for the date of 11th
September in America (though in Britain it
would normally mean 9th November) and it is
known as the day that changed the world.
The 9th of September 2001 saw the biggest
ever terrorist attack in America. To mark
the anniversary, there are many special TV
programmes being shown that tell the story of
the terrorist attacks that happened that day (see
our report on pages 2 and 3).
America responded by launching the War on
Terror, invading Afghanistan to get rid of the
Taliban who were looking after the Al-Qaeda
terrorist group who carried out the attacks. It
was only this year that their leader, Osama Bin
Laden was found and killed.
New laws were brought in, making it harder
for terrorists to plot deadly attacks. And security
at airports was made much tighter.
Now America, and the world, is looking to the
future. Movie maker Steven Spielberg has made
a 9/11 TV special for the Discovery Channel
called Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero which
tells the story of hope from darkness and new
dreams born from the nightmare. It will be
shown from Monday.
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THE NEWS IN PICTURES
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4 SEPTEMBER MISTRATA, LIBYA: A Libyan child plays on a destroyed
military tank in a playground in Misrata.
4 SSEPTEMMBER LILLE L , FRAN A CE: Pe People queue up in front of a restaurant next to a mountain
of empty mussel shells during the yearly Lille Fleamarket. Theres a contest between the towns of empty mussel shells during the yearly Lille Fleamarket. Theres a contest between the towns
restaurants to see who can build the highest mountain of empty mussel shells during the market time.
3311 AAUUGGUUSSTTBASILDON, ESSEX: Travellers living on Dale Farm have been told they face
eviction after refusing to leave their campsite. Around 400 people on 80 diferent pitches say
th hey e will lose their homes. The travellers and the council have fought over the land for the past ten years.
3 SEPTEMBERHIMEJI, JAPAN: A woman walks with her dog through
y yp p p y foodwater caused by Typhoon Talas. At least 26 people have been killed by
the storm, which made land move on Shikoku island on Saturday, triggering
foods and landslides.
5 SEPTEMBER COLORADO, USA: A Black and Tan Coonhound named Harbor, aged eight,
has earned a spot in the upcoming Guinness World Records 2012 Edition for having the Longest
Ears on a Living Dog. As a puppy he would trip over them and roll down the stairs, but now he is
older he only trips over occasionally! older he only trips over occasionally!
31 AUGUUUSST LONDON O ,UK: Pri r nc ce e Harry with a group of teenag gers an nd
children en who o wwon onWWeellc child award r s att aa cerem emony at the Inter e coont n in nental Hotel. Prince
Ha Harr rryy pr pres esen e tedd the awards to so somme of the youn nge gest winne ers.
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Home News
Youngest rioter
The youngest looter caught
by police in the recent London
riots has appeared in court.
The 11-year-old boy cannot be
named for legal reasons. He
admitted burglary and was given
an 18-month youth rehabilitation
order. The judge told the boy if
he was older he would be going
to prison.
Could sea eagles prey
on small children?
Concern that Britains biggest bird
of prey, the sea eagle, could attack
children has been dismissed as
nonsense by bird charity the RSPB.
The birds, which have a 2.4m
(8ft) wing span, have been
re-introduced along the West and
East coasts.
Not enough male
teachers
One in four primary schools
in England dont have a male
teacher. More men are needed,
says a teaching group, as male role
models are important for primary
school kids.
Rare lizards released
One of Britains rarest reptiles is
being released into the wild in
Wales. Sand lizards disappeared
from Wales more than 50 years
ago due to the destruction of
sand dunes and heathland.
The lizards were bred at Chester
Zoo and are due to be set free
near Aberystwyth.
OUR STORIES
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THE WEEK IN NUMBERS
FAST WEATHER
FACTS
THE
WEEKS
WEATHER
with Jonathan Powell
The average daytime temperature
in Japan during September is
24c (75f ).
FirstNews ISSUE 275 9 15 SEPTEMBER 2011
Scotland
London
N Ireland
Wales
England Perthshire
WEEK IN GENERAL
Showers. Risk of
fooding. South westerly gales.
FRIDAY 9 SEPTEMBER
Scotland/N Ireland
Showers, overcast. Day
17c/63f Night 11c/52f.
Moderate south westerly.
England/Wales
Showers, overcast. Day
19c/66f Night 12c/54f.
Moderate south westerly.
SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER
Scotland/N Ireland
Showers, overcast. Day
18c/64f Night 12c/54f.
Moderate south westerly
England/Wales
Showers, overcast. Day
20c/68f Night 13c/55f.
Moderate south westerly.
SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER
Scotland/N Ireland
Showers, overcast. Day
17c/63f Night 11c/52f.
Moderate south westerly.
England/Wales
Showers, overcast. Day
19c/66f Night 12c/54f.
Moderate south westerly.
REST OF THE WEEK
Remaining unsettled.
From Friday 9 to Thursday 15
September 2011
FACT FILE
Burglary afects
special needs kids
Thieves broke into an aviary
and stole birds which were
used for play therapy with
disabled children. The two
cockatiels were kept by a
retired classroom assistant
who runs play sessions for
special needs pupils. Its the
second time this year the
aviary has been targeted
by burglars.
Iron Age site
An Iron Age dwelling discovered in
Scotland shows evidence of trade
between the Picts and Romans.
Archaeologists are researching the
site near the village of Dunning.
Its thought it was used by a
Chieftan who collected Roman
luxury things.
10.8 miles was the
distance pupils hoped their rocket
reached, in an attempt to break
the British height record for an
amateur rocket. They need to fnd it
somewhere in Scotland to check.
100 years is the age of
the frst runner to sign up for
next years Edinburgh marathon.
Centenarian Fauja Singh
has run seven marathons
since his 89th birthday.
20 million pounds
was the cost of renovating
Blackpool seafront,
including the landmark
Blackpool Tower. It features
a new glass walkway at
the top.
3 life boats and a helicopter
were launched in Bournemouth
when nine swimmers were reported
missing during a charity swim. It
was later discovered they had
gone home.
55 metres is the width of a
giant kite at the Bristol International
Kite Festival.
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To fnd out more about The Penguins of Madagascar:
Dr. Blowhole Returns Again! Go to www.THQ.com
The zany Penguins of Madagascar are back, battling to save
the world from dolphin domination in their latest adventure.
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The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns Again!
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The main reason for the fall in the Canadian
lynx population is the decline in numbers
of the snowshoe hare. These hares are the
main prey of the lynx, but coyotes fnd them
quite tasty as well, and coyote numbers have
increased in recent years.
The surge in the coyote population in North
America is down to the huge drop in the
numbers of wolves. Wolves will kill coyotes,
but also keep them out of certain areas
because the coyotes are scared of wolves.
Scientists call this the ecology of fear.
The good news for the endangered lynx is
that wolf populations are slowly recovering
in many areas of the USA and Canada. This is
thanks to the animals being reintroduced, as
well as hunting bans.
Weve reported before on how wolf
populations can help to control the numbers
of deer and elk, which then helps to limit the
damage to trees and vegetation caused by
these creatures. Now, a study published in
Wildlife Society Bulletin has described how
wolves seem to be helping to keep coyote
numbers down and increase the populations
of snowshoe hares.
Scientists hope that the situation in Canada
will be like that of Yellowstone National Park
in the US, where an increase in wolves has cut
coyote numbers by half.
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ALTHOUGH cats and dogs are often represented as enemies, the endangered Canadian lynx may have to rely on
wolves for their species to survive.
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The blenny has large pectoral and tail
ns that allow it to cling to any surface
According to Dr Terry Ord, the blenny is
extremely agile and very hard to catch
SCIENTISTS have found out
more about a bizarre fsh that
spends almost all of its life on
land and avoiding water.
The Pacifc leaping blenny lives
in the rocky intertidal zones (the
land between high and low tides) of
Micronesia, a group of thousands of
islands in the Pacifc Ocean.
Although it has no legs, the
blenny can twist its body and fick
its tail to jump distances many
times its own body length. These
strange creatures need to keep their
skin moist so that they can breathe
through their gills and skin, but they
spend most of their time in holes in
the rock, and even avoid incoming
waves when theyre feeding.
Writing in Ethology, Dr Terry
Ord says that the blenny has a
surprisingly complex social life. The
males use complicated displays to
attract females and warn of rivals,
while the females will defend their
feeding grounds aggressively. Dr
Ord also says that it seems like the
females will lay their eggs in their
mates rock hole, but then leave and
let the male guard the eggs.
Experts think that the blenny
gives them an amazing chance to
see how land-dwelling species can
evolve from an aquatic one.
Head to www.frstnews.co.uk/
discover to see one of Dr Ords
videos of the blenny.
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legs and wide paws to help it
move through deep snow
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European alternative to the GPS system. There are
27 members of the EU, and kids aged 911 in each
country are being given the chance to have one of
the Galileo satellites named after them.
The competition has already taken place in Belgium
and Bulgaria, and now its the UKs turn. To enter the
competition, you need to show your artistic side and
come up with a drawing or painting on the theme of
space and aeronautics.
The winner will then be picked by a judging panel
made up of First News editor Nicky Cox and two of
the countrys top scientists.
One of the judges, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock,
said: I think that this competition is a wonderful
opportunity for children in the UK to get involved
in one of the most exciting space developments in
years. I cant wait to see the pictures that they come
up with.
For more info on this amazing competition, head to
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Take that, bear!
What would you do if you saw a
bear carrying your dog away in its
mouth? Brooke Collins didnt have
time to think when it happened
to her dachshund, Fudge, so her
instinct took over and she ran up
to the bear and punched it on the
nose! 22-year-old Collins, from
Juneau, Alaska, said: It was all so
fast. All I could think about was my
dog was going to die.
Chemical release
Nearly 150 people had to be
treated in hospital after bromine
gas started to leak from a
freight train in Chelyabinsk.
Most of the victims complained
of irritation to the throat and
eyes. Large doses of bromine
can cause a range of health
problems, especially in the lungs
and nervous system, although
of cials insist that no-one was
exposed to such high levels.
Lucky escape
A Denver school teacher was
taken to hospital after being
struck by lightning. 56-year-old
Chip Wiman was leaning against
a tree to shelter from the rain,
but lightning hit the tree and
threw him to the ground. Wiman
joked that his big bum saved him
by taking the force of the blast.
Deadly typhoon
More than two dozen people
have been killed after a powerful
typhoon tore through the
western side of the country.
Typhoon Talas has been the
most destructive in the country
for seven years and resulted
in almost half a million people
being evacuated from their
homes. You can see a report at
www.frstnews.co.uk/news.
I have problems at school because
of my sight. Sometimes when the
teacher writes on the blackboard I
cant see, so she writes bigger for me.
I sit right at the front in class.
At home sometimes I cant see
things I have dropped on the ground,
so I cant pick them up. I have no
special equipment to help me to see
at the moment. I think that I need
glasses, but no-one else has glasses
in the school.
I often fall behind in class but my
older sister helps me to read and write
at home so I can catch up. When Im
older Id like to be a teacher because I
love my class teacher.
Now that Sightsavers has found
Tricia and tested her eyes, she is
going to get a pair of glasses so
that she can see properly.
There are millions of children in
the world who are missing out on
education because they are blind or
who could be helped to see again.
Sightsavers is working hard to fnd
these children and help them. You
can learn more about our work
supporting children like Tricia at
www.sightsavers.org/kidzone.
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Melbourne in Australia has
been named as the most
liveable city this year, after
taking over the top spot from
Vancouver, Canada.
Congestion fees will be
introduced for some streets
in Beijing, China, in a bid to
control the citys growing traf c
problem. It is hoped that more
people will use public transport.
Mystery continues
Another human foot has washed up
on a Canadian shore, the 11th in four
years. A young boy found the most
recent foot foating in False Creek.
Early tests suggest that the foot
detached naturally from a body that
had been in the water for a long time.
It is still unclear why so many feet
have washed up in the area.
Traf c stopped
The country has held its frst ever
National Day of the Pedestrian, which
saw all motorised transport banned
for 24 hours. The aim was to make
people aware of the environment,
although the government has been
criticised for allowing a motorway to
be built through the rainforest.
Post-it wars spread
The so-called Post-it wars have
moved from France to Sweden.
Bored workers have been battling
over who can make the best images
from Post-it notes on their of ce
windows. Check out a gallery
of some of the amazing results,
including cool scenes from Mario
Kart, at www.frstnews.co.uk now!
Deadly rivalry
More than 50 people have died as
political and religious rivalry has
erupted into violence. The deaths
were mostly in Plateau state,
which lies between the Muslim
north and Christian south of the
country. Some locals say that the
army has killed people in their
eforts to control the violence.
Have our money!
A group of wealthy Germans has
joined a growing number of rich
people across Europe and ofered
to pay more tax. One of the group,
Dieter Lehmkuhl, estimates that the
wealthy could add an extra 87.5
billion to the German budget over
the next ten years. He says that the
increasing gap between rich and
poor harms society.
Bomb toll
A new study has found that almost
12,300 civilians were killed by suicide
bombers between 2003-2010. Of
the known victims, 75% were men,
11% were women and 14% were
children. Suicide bombs accounted
for 11% of the 108,624 civilian
deaths in that time period.
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MY WAY CAMPAIGN
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HOW you learn is just as
important as WHAT you learn!
HENRY Winkler is a huge Hollywood actor, producer and director. Hes most famous for a TV show called Happy Days but, now, he is the author of
the best-selling childrens books Hank Zipzer, the Worlds Greatest Underachiever. Hank, like Henry, is dyslexic and the books show how he uses his
creativity and imagination to get round his learning challenges.
Henry and First News editor, Nicky Cox, will be doing their fourth tour of UK schools in October as part of their My Way! campaign, spreading the
word that HOW you learn is just as important as WHAT you learn.
FIRST NEWS has been running a campaign for a year called My Way! Its about
getting people to understand that everybody learns in their own way. For some
people school is easy but, for others, it might be harder. The important thing we
want everybody to understand is that the way you learn has nothing to do with
how smart you are. Around six children in each class have learning challenges but
that doesnt mean that they wont be fantastically successful in whatever they
choose to do. As My Way! champion, Hank Zipzer author Henry Winkler, says: Every
child has brilliance inside them. Their job is to dig it out and give it to the world.
FIRST NEWS is on the road again in October with
Henry Winkler as part of the My Way! campaign saying:
Why did you decide to write books for children?
When I was frst asked to write books for children I said: No,
I cant, because Im dyslexic.I have learning challenges. I was
told I was stupid, lazy and not living up to my potential most
of my life. And, when youre younger and youre told that, you
believe it. Its part of your self image. But I was introduced
to Lin Oliver and, together, we hatched Hank Zipzer. Hank
comes from my name, Henry, and Zipzeris a woman who
lives on the fourth foor of the building that I grew up in. I
thought it was zippy. I fnd it hard to write down the words so
I walk round Lins rug and talk while she sits at the typewriter.
And thats how we write. If you fnd something hard, there is
always someone who can help you out.
The books are funny. Where did you get your sense
of humour?
I dont know. From God. Lin is
also funny. And, my children
have learning challenges
because its passed on, and
Lin has a son who has a
learning challenge. So we
took the experience from
everything that we knew.
Hey, one out of fve kids
has some sort of learning
challenge, right?
So this kid is funny and hes so smart and creative. In the
frst book he couldnt write an essay about his summer
vacation to the Niagara Falls so he made a model of it
instead. You see, there is always more than one way to do
something!
Like Horrid Henry, we think Hank Zipzer would make a
great movie.
Well, you know, that would be terrifc. The books certainly
make kids laugh in the UK and in America.
What was it like for you at school growing up
with dyslexia?
I am in the bottom 3% in the country of America in
academics. Thats why the second book is called I got a D in
Salami because I got a bad grade in everything but lunch.
I was great at lunch! School was unbelievably hard for me.
Teachers didnt know what dyslexia was at that time. So I
was labelled a trouble maker. I was the class clown.
They didnt let me be in the school play because I had to
have extra maths lessons. And I became an actor anyway!
Its so important that kids are allowed to fnd out what
theyre good at and not treated all the same.
What would you say to children sufering
with dyslexia or other learning dif culties at
school nowadays?
All of you reading this have greatness inside you. And, it is
your job to fgure out what your particular gift is. Dig it out
and give it to the world. Everybody has to understand that
they DO have greatness in them. And the way that we learn
if we learn slowly, if its dif cult has no relation to our
intelligence. Just because we learn diferently, that does not
mean that we are not incredibly smart human beings. Thats
something I need every child to understand. Some people
are academic, some are sporty, some are creative, some can
act, some are good with their hands. All of these things
should be celebrated equally.
As a young actor, was it dif cult for you to read
lines at auditions and learn lines?
Yes. It was not only dif cult for me as a young actor,
its dif cult for me as an actor today. Reading is very
hard. My eyes, somehow, dont track the page really
well. Reading out loud, especially in auditions, was like
climbing Mount Everest with no clothes on!
Cant you get those coloured sheets that go over the
words to make it easier?
Do you know what? Those sheets didnt exist when I was
at school theyre like diferent colours, right? There are so
many things now that are helpful but, when I auditioned, I
used to improvise. I would read it, instantly memorise it or
as much of it as I could and I would make up the rest.
Are you looking forward to your next My Way! tour in
October and where are you going?
I cant wait. We have the best time. This will be the fourth
time Ive visited schools across the UK. Weve been to
England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland.
This time I think were going south and west because weve
not been down towards Devon and Cornwall yet. And, you
know what, kids in Britain are the same as those in America.
The only thing that is diferent is some of the words they
use and their accent. But, from what I have seen from the
children in the UK, every one of you is spectacular. Every
one of you is diferent and, yet, we are all the same.
uDraw are the sponsors of your My Way! tour with First
News. How did that come about?
uDraw is the perfect partner for us. Firstly, theyre very lovely
people. But, secondly, uDraw is exactly the sort of thing Im
talking about. Its a new way of discovering the creativity inside
you. I have a great friend, Alfe,
who is 11 who has dyslexia.
Alfe has been very involved
in the My Way! campaign in
Britain. So hes got a uDraw
and, although he fnds it hard
to write, you should see the
creative stuf hes done with a
uDraw in his hands. It works
with a Nintendo Wii and I think
there are new versions coming
out for other consoles very
soon. If you draw something
you dont like, you can just
click to undo your last stroke.
And, when youre fnished, you
can watch your whole
drawing being created
from start to fnish like a
video. Its just great.
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SAY hello to a brand new species of monkey. This reddish primate
doesnt have a name yet, but belongs to the Callicebus genus, also known
as titi monkeys.
The new species was
discovered on an expedition
in December 2010. The
monkey lives in the north-
west of Mato Grosso State,
one of the last unexplored
areas in Brazil.
The person who discovered
the primate spotted features
on the monkeys head and
tail that had never been seen
before on other titi monkey
species found in the same area.
New species of
monkey discovered
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He was at a family barbecue and gobbled up the
entire contents of the plate, including a corn on the cob
core complete with the sharp three inch metal skewers.
His owner, Yvonne explains: Chubb is a very greedy
dog. He wolfs down his food and rarely takes the time
even to chew. He was so fast I couldnt reach him in time
to stop him swallowing the remains of the corn
on the cob together with the skewer.
The x-ray clearly showed the skewer lodged in
Chubbs stomach, but luckily it hadnt caused any
damage yet, said PDSA Veterinary Surgeon,
Siobhan Casey.
HERE are some truly loving parents. Scientists have
discovered that burying beetles cover their youngs food
with an antibacterial substance to help them survive.
If they didnt do this, their young would fail to gain weight and die.
Burying beetles fnd small dead animals and bury them so no other
creatures can eat them.
Then they lay their eggs on the buried animals and wait for the baby
beetles to hatch. To stop the dead animal rotting, they coat it in the
anitbacterial substance frst, so it stays fresh for their young tasty!
Protective bugs
Like all octopuses, he draws water into his body to absorb the oxygen from it and then
passes it out again through special tubes alongside his beak.
Squirts a really inquisitive
character and soon learned
to lift the top part of his
body above the water in his
tank to take a look around,
said curator Derek Scales.
Then he realised that if he
breathed out while he was
doing that he could fre a
stream of water like a hose.
He probably fred at one
of our team accidentally
at frst but, having got a
reaction, he started doing
it fairly regularly.
Squirt the soaker
A MISCHIEVOUS octopus at Weymouth Sea Life Park has been named
Squirt because he soaks everyone who walks past his tank.
He wont be doing that again!
THE family of six-month-old Collie puppy, Chubb, from Glasgow, was shocked when their
greedy dog wolfed down a corn on the cob mini-skewer.
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HOW much rubbish do you think your family threw
away over the August bank holiday weekend?
HERES a chance to save the planet and have fun at the same time, by
becoming a Green Ambassador for your school green team.
Rubbish
weekend
Green Ambassadors
The WWF and BT Green Ambassadors
scheme provides lots of material that you
can use to set up and run your own green
team that could help to reduce your schools
carbon footprint and save money, too!
The free pack for schools contains lots of
information and help for the whole team,
plus individual kits to inspire and reward
each member.
As well as the free school pack, a BT
education volunteer will be on hand to help
support each green teams ideas and turn
them into a reality.
Theres also help for your teacher too,
with teaching resources, a teacher
handbook and worksheets.
So, why not start the new term with
an eco resolution to become a Green
Ambassador?
Show this to your teacher and, if
youd like to know more, check out:
wwf.org.uk/greenambassadors
Across Britain, 40 million bin bags of rubbish
were thrown away and only one ffth of this
was recycled that means 32 million big bags
ended up as landfll over the bank holiday
weekend alone!
The research, by SodaStream, also showed
that half of the people surveyed dont feel
guilty about the amount of rubbish that they
throw away.
SodaStream are keen to encourage families
to pre-cycle, which means reducing
waste before it needs to be recycled, by
reusing bottles and containers instead
of buying disposable ones.
A spokesman for the company
said: Looking at the bank
holiday alone, it is staggering
how much waste we produce
as a nation. It is important to
encourage people to reduce
their waste in the frst place.
The top fve reasons people gave
for not recycling were:
1. Local councils do not provide
enough facilities
2. It is easier to throw things in
the bin
3. The bins the council provide are
misleading
4. I am too busy to worry about it
5. I dont know where to recycle.
What do you think? How much does your
family recycle or pre-cycle? Do you think there
are ways recycling could be made easier?
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SEPTEMBER
BACK TO SCHOOL
PULL-OUT
AT First News we love Friday for two reasons:
1. A brand new issue of the newspaper comes out ready for you to read.
2. We set some fun Friday challenges to keep you busy. Why not
show them to your teacher and set some challenges for your whole class?
OCTOBER
NOVEMBER DECEMBER
CHALLENGE 1
Paralympic tickets are now on sale for the London 2012 games. Some of the athletes
have overcome dif cult circumstances and inspired many people with disabilities.
Can you think of a person who is inspirational? It can be a family member or one of your
friends. Become a junior reporter and ask them fve questions you would like to know!
CHALLENGE 2
No Pens Day falls in September. Sometimes we can be so busy writing things down,
we forget to talk! Think of one person that you havent spoken to in a while, or you dont
usually speak to, and get in contact with them to say hello!
CHALLENGE 3
This month Battle of Britain Day takes place it
is a day of remembrance for the brave members
of the RAF who fought in the Second World War.
Do you know fve facts about the Second World
War? If you do, write them down and compare
them with a partner then you will both know ten
facts! If you cant think of fve facts, do some research frst!
CHALLENGE 7
The frst week of November is National Youth Work Week. Its great to belong to clubs
they are a fab way of meeting new people and trying out new experiences. Is there
a club at your school or locally that you have always wanted to try out, but have never
got round to? Give it a go this week!
CHALLENGE 8
Guinness World Records Day is held in November. Its
very dif cult to set a world record, but you can have a go
at setting your own personal record. For example see if
you can do more kick ups using a football than you ever
have before, or read more books in one week than you
have before. Set your own personal best and see what
you can achieve!
CHALLENGE 9
National Tree Week is held this month, so its a perfect chance to contribute to the
environment. Why not get a packet of seeds and see if you can plant a tree you never
know, you may be able to visit it in 20 years!
CHALLENGE 4
October is the month that we see red poppies appear on jackets and coats. What do
they mean? Why do people wear them? Do you like them? Have you ever worn one?
Tell us at www.frstnews.co.uk
CHALLENGE 5
National Poetry Day is in October. This years theme is games so try and create a poem
which has that theme. You could be inspired by the upcoming Olympics or perhaps
playground games as a poet, it is totally up to you!
CHALLENGE 6
National Childrens Book Week is in
October. We challenge you to read a book
that you normally wouldnt pick for
example, if you love sci-f, try picking a
non-fction book. Once youve fnished
write a review how did you feel about
it? Would you recommend it?
What was the best/worst part?
Tell us at www.frstnews.co.uk
CHALLENGE 10
Go to www.frstnews.co.uk to start our advent
calendar countdown to Christmas!
CHALLENGE 11
Its time to begin thinking about presents!
Sometimes making a present can be just as good
as buying one. Start looking for ideas now...
CHALLENGE 12
The last challenge is easy! Go to www.frstnews.
co.uk and try out some of our Christmas fun
including competitions, polls and more!
If youre doing this with your class, you can discuss your challenge
the following week. Either way, please do tell us how you get on. We
love hearing your news!
Email us your challenge updates at: www.frstnews.co.uk
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SPECIAL REPORT
by Anne Keeling for International Primary Curriculum
STARTING a new school comes with a great mix of new
feelings; some good and some not so great. The International
Primary Curriculum (IPC) ofers some helpful advice.
MOVING SCHOOLS
SOME children who learn with the International Primary
Curriculum move schools a lot. That is because they have
to move around with their mum or dads job. This can
even mean moving to a new school in a new country.
Now, that can be extra tough because you have to ft
in with a diferent language and culture as well as with
new teachers and new classmates. But it can also be very
exciting as you are making new and interesting friends
from all over the world.
Even if youre just changing to a new school in the same
country, you will go through the experiences of having to
fnd your way, meet new teachers and make new friends.
IN THE FIRST FEW DAYS
There are some things that you can do before you join
the school, or in your frst days, that might help. Here are
some suggestions:
Find out if there is a buddy system in your new school
where you can pair up with someone already at the school
who has similar interests or experiences to you.
Ask about clubs and after school activities that are
available and the days that they are held. Try to fnd out
who in your new school already attends the clubs you are
interested in, and see if you can contact them to fnd out
more (and make friends too!). If you have any particular
interests such as music or sport, fnd out when choir
auditions are going to be held or when trials will
take place for the sports teams.
Find out about the themes that your class will be
learning for the upcoming year and the set reading
books for your class.
Read the school handbook, old newsletters or
look through the school website where youll learn a
lot about the people and the fun learning activities
that go on at your new school. There may also
be a pupil section on the website or a dedicated
Facebook page for pupils.
SETTLING IN
During the frst few weeks at your new
school, here are some tips for settling in
quickly:
Try to enjoy meeting new friends and
fnding your way around the school.
Dont put pressure on yourself to fnd one best
friend. Take your time and try to have a wide circle
of friends. Your buddy doesnt have to be your
best friend; your buddy is there to guide and help
you and will be there to answer any questions
when you need a helping hand.
Your new teacher can help you with many things,
especially anything you need to know about what
youll be learning. If you dont feel confdent enough
to ask something, see if there is a questions box in
your class where you are able
to write down what you need
to know.
Find out if there is a friendship
bench or area of the playground you
can go to when you feel that youd
like to talk to someone.
Join an after school club and fnd
out where your classmates go after
school. If there is something that
youd particularly like to do, see if you
are able to sign up for it.
If you have something of interest
to contribute to a theme that you
will be learning about in class, take it
into school to share with your teacher
and classmates.
Enjoy the adventure of your new
school. You never know what exciting
opportunities are waiting for you
there!
FIND OUT MORE
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is used in
schools in 64 countries around the world including almost
1,000 schools in the UK. It is a fun, creative, exciting and
challenging way to learn and helps you to learn with your
friends and about the way children live and learn all over
the world. If you would like to know more about the IPC,
go to: www.internationalprimarycurriculum.com
Starting
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On 2 October Disney, in association with Historic Royal Palaces, will
of cially welcome Rapunzel as the 10th Disney Princess character.
In a world frst, this high profle, star-studded celebration will
take place at Kensington Palace, London, home to many real
life Princesses over the centuries. The royal celebration will see
Rapunzel join the Disney Princess royal court alongside Ariel,
Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Snow
White and Tiana and, to celebrate this, Disney has teamed up
with First News to ofer an amazing competition to one lucky
reader and their class.
One lucky reader and their classmates will be
whisked to London to be welcomed by Kensington
Palaces education team and invited to explore the
recently transformed palace. Learn about the
glittering world of the Georgian court as well
as the life and loves of one of the palaces
most famous princesses, Queen Victoria.
As part of the trip the class will also take
part in an interactive session delivered
by the palaces education team all
about the life of Victoria at Kensington!
A TRIP TO KENSINGTON PALACE
FOR YOU AND YOUR CLASS!
ENTER
NOW!
www.frstnews.co.uk/competitions
or see page 35. The closing date is
Friday 22 September 2011.
MARK YOUR
ENTRY PRINCESS
WIN
To fnd out more information about the competition, teachers
resources and Rapunzels royal celebration please visit:
www.hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace/educationandcommunity/
Kensingtonschools/Educationprojectsandevents.aspx
WIN a trip to Kensington Palace for your class, home to
real life Princesses and the venue where Rapunzel will
be welcomed into the Disney Princess family!
Terms: Prize to be redeemed at Kensington Palace, Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8. Prize is for one class no more than 35 pupils. Prize includes travel from UK school location. This prize cannot be exchanged for
cash. The visit will last from 10.0014.00. The visit must be taken at a mutually convenient time to both parties after 1 April 2012. The prize is valid for 6 months . The winner and class agree to take part in associated media/
promotional activity. By entering this competition entrants agree that their entries can be used for media/promotional purposes. Prize does not include attendance at the VIP event on 2 October.
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SPECIAL REPORT
IT is exciting and scary to start a school or a new schoool or even a new school year.
Here, some of our readers say how they feel about it.
IM QUITE NERVOUS BUT EXCITED
by James Woodward
I am going to be starting secondary school this September. Im
quite nervous but excited at the same time. I am looking forward
to seeing my friends, getting the bus to school and wearing my
new uniform too! We are having a school trip in year 7 as a kind
of reward for getting through our frst year so I cant wait for that.
Ive seen the science labs and cant wait to do experiments! Im
a little concerned about fnding my way around the school as its lots bigger than my old
school. Im worried that I wont get to my lessons on time. I am a bit nervous about being
bullied as people tell me there can be bullying in secondary schools. I hope the school
dinners are good. Im good at sport so Im looking forward to playing for the school and in the
teams. I am also good at drama. I struggle in art but I still enjoy it.
I JUST CANT WAIT!
by Alfie Smith
I start my new school this week and, although it was one of
the biggest decisions Ive had to make to choose my new
school, Im very happy with the school I am going to. Its right
next door to my primary school so I wont get lost or have
a dif cult journey there but its three or four times bigger
than Im used to. It will be strange going from being the oldest class in my old school
to the youngest class in my new school. Im really looking forward to meeting lots of
new friends from my area who have been to diferent primary schools than me. My new
school ofers lots of diferent after school activity clubs and Id like to join the animal
studies club, free running club and cookery club. I dont really have any worries about
changing to secondary school. I just cant wait!
I WILL BE WEARING A BLAZER FOR
THE FIRST TIME
by Yasmin Budd
This week I will be starting year 7 at my new senior school in
Ipswich. I am excited about going because I will be doing some
diferent lessons. Instead of science, I will be doing physics,
chemistry and biology! I will also be able to go to the tuck shop,
yum. My uniform will change and I will be wearing a blazer for
the frst time and we are allowed to wear cooler shoes. I am also a bit nervous as the
school is much bigger and I hope I will be able to fnd my way around without getting
lost! There are also going to be lots more people so it might be a bit scary. I will be doing a
lot of diferent sports and matches which I like, so I am looking forward to that.
I MUST TALK TO MY NEW TEACHERS
IF I STRUGGLE TO HEAR
by Daniella Riches (with thanks to the NDCS)
Im moderately deaf, which means I cant always hear when people
talk quietly or theres lots of noise in the background, and I wear
one hearing aid. In September I will start secondary school, which is
near my primary school, so that I can receive support from the same
sensory teacher that has been working with me. As I sometimes
lip-read, she will speak to my new teachers to let them know where I
should sit in a classroom so that I can see and hear the teachers well. I recently went to a
special day in my area where I learned how to answer questions other children might ask
me about my hearing loss. I also know that I must talk to my new teachers if I struggle
to hear in the class. If I keep receiving the support I have had so far, I will be fne.
To enter, all you have to do is draw your very own dream palace.
Would the walls be made of marshmallows? Or would you have
slides instead of stairs? Let your imagination run wild and get creative
make it as bold and colourful as you can. Once you have created
your masterpiece, either post it to us at the normal address or email it
to www.win@frstnews.co.uk, putting Princess in the subject box.
For those not lucky enough to win, you dont have to miss out
altogether. All readers are cordially invited to attend the procession of
the Disney Princesses through Kensington Gardens on 2 October, a
truly magical experience. Find out more at: Disney.co.uk/rapunzel
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Putting pen to pa
TEXTING and emailing has become our favourite way of communicating with our friends but isnt it about time we got back into the swing o
sending letters to our friends, parents and grandparents has sadly become a thing of the past but with a few fun tips we hope youll be insp
The right tools for writing
The frst thing we need is a good pen or pencil and when it comes down to choosing the right one, the STABILO EASYoriginal
handwriting pen is one of the best. We call this pen ergonomic, which means that it has been specially designed to be super
comfortable for you to use. It doesnt hurt your hand, even when youve been
writing for ages. There are diferent pens to suit right-handed and
left-handed writers, so all you lefties out there can now
have just as much fun as the right-handed kids!
The EASYoriginal pen also comes in loads
of diferent colours: orange, green,
black, blue and pink, so you
can choose your favourite
and stand out from the
crowd.
Creative ideas...
Still think writing is boring? Think again! We have loads of ideas to help
you get back in the writing mood.
Put on a play
Why not write your own play and make your mum or dad act it out with you?
Got any annoying brothers or sisters? Create a really funny character and make
them dress up and take part in the play as well!
Say thank you
A little goes a long way so why not get in the habit of writing thank you notes to
friends and family on your birthday, at Christmas or even just to say thank you for the
little things they do? It will only take a few seconds and is a really nice way to show you
care it will also make you seem like a really good friend, brother, sister, daughter, son or
grandchild a great way to get in everyones good books!
Make a note
Leaving notes around the house is another really creative way of using your handwriting skills at
home and you can leave them anywhere you like! Our favourite places to put them at STABILO are on
mum and dads pillow or in the fridge.
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EMENT FEATURE
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wing of things and picked up a pen? Writing postcards and
e inspired to start writing again.
Treasure hunt
If you want to take it one step further you could make
your very own treasure hunt! Hide clues all over the
house for your parents, siblings or friends to fnd and
lead them to where X marks the spot. Try making up
a short poem for each clue.
Write a story
Writing is actually a lot of fun once you have
the right tools. Now that the EASYoriginal
pen makes writing much more comfortable,
you can have a go at writing your own story
book. Try to develop a character who can
have lots of adventures and then think
about things that happen in your everyday
life or on your favourite TV programme to
help create storylines. You can do this all in
one day or space it out over a period of time,
the choice is yours and you never know, you
might end up being the next JK Rowling!
After all Harry Potter has fnished
and publishers are always
looking for the next
big thing!
Practice
makes
perfect
By having a go at
these fun and easy
activities you will be able
to improve your writing
and develop your own
unique handwriting style.
The more you keep at it, the
easier it will become and the neater
your handwriting will get remember,
practice makes perfect.
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My prize for winning was 500 worth of books
for my school and a family trip to Disneyland Paris
for me.
Im still in a bit of shock! It was presented by Alan
Durant which was great, but I felt very nervous.
My story is about the life of a blue guitar, like
the one I have. The guitar is bought but then it is
dumped on a rubbish tip. I wrote the story as if I was
the actual guitar. I really enjoy writing and I am
desperate to write another story, but this time I want
to illustrate it.
Im really excited about going to Disneyland Paris
and going on amazing rides! I cant wait.
On the day, two young people came
in with some important people from the
County to assess our school for the
Anti-Bullying work we were doing.
They interviewed some members of staff
and the pupils to see what we were doing
and then later met with the Anti-Bullying
Committee (which I am a part of) to ask
why we were involved and what we do.
Later they sat in the room and discussed
it and decided to give us the award. We
have already achieved the Foundation,
Bronze and Silver awards, but now we have
another one to add to our collection.
Mrs Kay Tunnicliff and Hanna Begum
have worked with us to help achieve these
awards and we couldnt have done it
without them.
SCHOOL NEWS
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writing to First News you give consent to First News printing details and photographs of those involved in the report.)
We want to hear what your school is up to
Gold award
by Alistair Bassett, Campion School,
Northamptonshire
Writing winner
by Samuel Groves, Wimbledon Park Primary School,
London
RECENTLY our school has become the only school in Northamptonshire to
win the Gold accreditation award for Anti-Bullying.
A FEW Weeks ago I came home from school and my mum told me that I
had won a writing competition.
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Samuel with
his trophy
What does the Rainforest Alliance do?
It protects forests. Forests around the world are being cut
down this is called deforestation. The Rainforest Alliance
is working hard to stop the trees from being cut down.
It protects wildlife forests are home to two-thirds of the
worlds plants and animals. As the forests are cut down
the animals that depend on them become threatened with
extinction. By protecting the forests, Rainforest Alliance
is helping to protect endangered species such as mountain
gorillas and jaguars.
It is helping people who live in poverty Many people
around the world earn very little money less than 1 a
day. They end up cutting down trees to grow crops or feed
cattle or they cut down trees for firewood. On Rainforest
Alliance Certified farms the people who work there receive
good wages, housing and healthcare and their children can
go to school.
It is helping to reduce climate change rising sea levels
and severe flooding are the result of changes in the Earths
temperature. These natural disasters are thought to be
related to human activities, in particular the release of
greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
So the Rainforest Alliance is protecting forests and
wildlife and is improving the quality of life for some of
the worlds poorest people and is also helping to reduce the
effects of climate change.
I am really glad to have raised money to help Rainforest
Alliance to carry out their important work to help save
our planet.
Rainforest fundraiser
by Ben Rook, St Bartholomews C of E Primary School,
Newcastle upon Tyne
I DID a sponsored swim and swam 46 lengths and raised 80 for the Rainforest Alliance. I found out
about the Rainforest Alliance when studying the topic of rainforests at my school with my Year-3 teacher.
The Resuscitation Council (UK) and the
British Heart Foundation have launched a
national campaign to try to persuade David
Cameron and his Government to include
teaching on how to save a persons life in the
school curriculum. Wouldnt it be fantastic
if all school children were taught these life-
saving skills?
The campaign needs your support. Our
school has teamed up with a local hospital
to produce a poster on life-saving skills a
copy of this is included in this weeks issue
of First News. Copies of the poster are being
sent out to 29,000 schools throughout the
UK. Further copies of this poster can be
downloaded from our school website:
www.theroyalschool.co.uk
For further information about the
campaign: www.resus.org.uk/pages/
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Life-saving skills
OUR school helped to produce the poster on life-saving skills that came with First News this week. Wed love all
school children to learn how to save a life!
Lydia Jevon (Aged 14) and Laura Jevon
(aged 11) Royal Wolverhampton School,
Wolverhampton
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How will I cope?
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I am really not looking forward to going back to school.
I cant explain why, as I dont know. Ive completed the
holiday homework, I havent fallen out with any friends.
I am just really dreading the new school year. Lucy, 13.
After having time of from school it is normal to feel
anxious about going back. Lots of young people feel
this way when going back to school after the holidays. It
might help to talk to one of your friends about how you
are feeling. Is that something you could do? Also, thinking
about what you are looking forward to in your new school
year, might help you focus on the positives. You could
have a look on the ChildLine website and maybe leave
a comment on the message board where other young
people can read your comments and reply back. You can
fnd this at www.Childline.org. Good luck.
It can be dif cult going to a new school
and many young people worry about making
new friends. There are lots of ways you could
try to make new friends. Some of these
might include: telling a teacher you would
like to be paired up with someone to show
you around, talking to the people you sit with
in class, maybe asking them if you could go to
lunch with them, and also seeing if there are
any arranged lunch clubs at your school which
you could attend. Just remember to stay
confdent and, if you have to push yourself to
speak to new people, even though it might
be dif cult, it will be worth it in the end.
Good luck with your new school and remember
that its an exciting time, so enjoy it!
IM Esther Rantzen, President of ChildLine, which helps 2,500 children
every week. If theres something worrying you, please write to me at
the address below.
WE have just moved house and I will be starting a new school in Year 9. How can I make new
friends? Joe, 14.
New school!
STAYING SAFE
NOW that school has started, we are all out and about a bit more
travelling to and from school, staying behind for sports and homework
clubs and going out with our friends on the weekends. As it now gets darker
earlier, its important that we all stay safe when out and about.
Back to school
ASK ESTHER
With
thanks to
If you are walking make sure you follow
basic road safety advice. This includes
only crossing the road at traf c lights and
pedestrian crossings and also watching out
for cyclists. If youre staying late at school for
after school clubs, make sure your parents
and carers know and tell them what time
the club fnishes. That way they can make
arrangements for you to get home safely.
Similarly, if you are out and about with
your friends at the weekend, or youre in
a rush to go to meet them, it seems like
your parents and carers always keep asking
the same annoying questions where are
you going? Who are you going with? What
time will you be back? They only ask these
questions because they care about you, and
they only want to know that you are being
safe. Always try to keep enough credit on
your phone so that you can let your parents
know if youre running late.
As you get older, your parents will start
asking these questions less, because they
will feel confdent that you are keeping safe
when out and about. If you show you can act
responsibly, you will win their trust.
HELP! I am starting secondary school soon and I am worrying about the schoolwork,
homework, older kids. Everything. How can I cope?
It is a very scary feeling moving to a new
secondary school and there will be a lot
of other young people right now feeling
the same as you. There are so many new
things to think about and adapt to and it is
natural to feel anxious. Is there anyone you
know moving schools with you? If so you
could think about arranging to go together
on your frst day. If not then you can take
that chance to make some new friends.
Remember that the teachers will probably
make an efort to make your experience as
easy as possible as everyone will be feeling
anxious. Also, you will most likely be eased
into your workload and this will happen
gradually over time. If you want to talk
about this further please call ChildlIne free
on 0800 1111. Take care and good luck.
www.bt.com/internetrangers
BT Internet Rangers awards scheme for schools and young people. Apply now!
What is Internet Rangers?
Internet Rangers is all about encouraging and enabling
young people to share their digital skills with older
generations safely and confdently.
The BT Internet Rangers of the year awards are
designed to recognise the efforts of young people who
have helped others take their frst steps to get online.
There are cash awards available for schools and iPads
and laptops for young people up to the age of i5.
Go to www.bt.com/internetrangers for details of how
to apply for the Internet Rangers awards for schools
and individuals and to fnd all of the resources you will
need to help young people become lnternet kangers.
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BIG ISSUE
THERE has been lots of serious news this summer, from the riots to events in
Libya, but you may also have seen news about worries over the economy.
Here, the Institute for Fiscal Studies explains whats been going on
The Economy
Explained
THE ECONOMY AND
RECESSION
Most of the time countries get better of
year after year. New machines and new
inventions mean we can produce more,
more quickly than we used to be able to.
But sometimes economies experience
recessions. Recessions are periods when the
amount of output produced by a country
falls instead of grows: people lose their jobs
or earn less, and companies stop investing
in new machinery and people buy less.
Families become worse of. In 2008 and
2009 the amount of output produced by the
UK fell by nearly 7%, which is the biggest fall
since World War 2. Thats why many people
call it the Great Recession. Although the
economy has now started to grow again,
we are still producing (and so consuming)
less than we did in 2008.
Chart shows periods of recesssion,
when the output of the economy (Gross
Domestic Product) falls:
Source: Of ce for National Statistics.
THE SPENDING CUTS
The Government provides public services,
like schools and hospitals, and it also helps
poor families by giving them extra income.
They pay for these things by taking tax on
the money people earn and the things they
buy. So, people who have higher incomes,
and who spend more, pay more in taxes.
But during the recent recession peoples
incomes fell and they spent less. So the
amount of tax they paid also fell. The British
Government now fnds itself spending
far more than it is raising in taxes. In fact,
last year the Government spent about 5
for every 4 it received from taxes. As a
result it had to borrow money. In 2009 the
Government borrowed more than it had in
any other year since the end of World War 2.
Everyone agreed that something had to
be done; the current coalition government
has decided to increase taxes and cut
spending a lot in order to reduce borrowing.
The result will be more cuts in
Government spending than ever
before. Most of the things the
Government spends its money
on like hospitals, schools,
roads, libraries and the police
will be afected. And one reason
your teachers might have gone
on strike last term was that, like
almost everyone else, they will
have to share in these cuts.
THE DEBT CRISIS
Although Britain was in a
worse position than nearly any
other country in terms of the
amount it has had to borrow, it
does, at least, look like we will
be able to pay the money back.
But people are getting more and more
worried that some other countries wont be
able to pay back what they have borrowed.
It seems amazing but sometimes whole
countries do just stop paying money back
to people they have borrowed it from.
If your parents did this they would fnd
themselves in big trouble. But it is hard to
punish a whole country. What happens
instead is that people either refuse to lend
them more money or, if they do, they ask
for much higher interest rates that is, they
would want to be paid more for the risk
they are taking. This has already happened
to Greece, Ireland and Portugal. And
people are worried about France, Spain
and Italy too.
HOUSEHOLD INCOMES
In the end what matters to most of us is
how well of we are. The bad news is that
most of us have got worse of over the last
year and will get worse of again over the
next year. I hope my four children read
this and understand that this means they
might get cheaper Christmas presents this
year, says Paul Johnson, Director of the
Institute for Fiscal Studies
So look out for news on the economy: it
probably afects you more than anything
else in the news.
Find out more at: www.ifs.org.uk/
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Ipswich towns
Worlds biggest food fght
Thousands of people from around the
world gathered in Bunol, Spain, to paint
the town red with rotten tomatoes.
Five lorries carried 120 tonnes of the fruit
into the town, as around 35,000 people
peeled of to shorts and T-shirts and turned
ripe fruit into loads of sauce. The fruity
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about their experiences.
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HERES another great way of enjoying your food while getting a taste of the action!
BALLOON BIPLANE
John Cassidy (USA) used 434 modelling
balloons to make a biplane that measured
490 cm (192 in) wide and 375 cm (147 in)
long on 25 September 2009.
A gem of an idea?
AN embarrassed husband had a
rubbish idea to protect his wifes
jewellery - by hiding it in bin bags.
The Australian man put the gold and jewels
worth 30,000 in rubbish bags believing it
would keep them safe from thieves while the
couple went on holiday. The problem was
that the rubbish bags were thrown out,
collected by bin men, and dumped in a huge
rubbish tip. Ooops!
ANIMAL lovers are able to share their
happy day with some furry friends at
Twycross Zoo in the West Midlands.
Couples can tie the knot in a room overlooking
an enclosure of exotic waterbirds and then have
photos around the zoo with the animals. Wedding
guests have a private tour of over 1000 animals,
and can even feed the elephants!
All profts from weddings
go directly towards
Twycross Zoos animals
and conservation projects
so couples who hold their
wedding here will be helping
some fantastic causes, said
Rob Bracken, Commercial
Director of Twycross Zoo.
Animal attraction
Alex Nunn spent 11 years and travelled
more than 61,000 miles to visit his home
towns namesakes.
He said: I think I have visited just
about all the Ipswiches you can get to.
Once I had visited a couple of places
called Ipswich it became a challenge to
visit some more. His travels took him to
Ipswiches in Australia, Jamaica, Canada,
and four across the United States. The
original one is in Sufolk, England.
Its name was carried around the world
by English emigrants seeking new lives
abroad centuries ago.
The grandads itchy feet are not new
he used to be a lorry driver.
A GLOBE trotting grandad from Ipswich has spent years visiting
loads of other Ipswich towns around the world.
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What are you doing at the Dogs Trust?
Una: Were endorsing the partnership
between The Dogs Trust and Nintendogs +
Cats. Theyre actually bringing the DS game
into schools where it teaches you how to
actually look after your dog. The Dogs Trusts
saying is that a Dog is Not a Toy. The game
is for kids and it helps them to understand
how to look after dogs. We all have dogs so
we know how important it is to look after
them properly.
Is it fun to bring your dogs to work?
Una: Its probably not a good idea really.
Rochelle: We do it quite a bit. When they
were puppies we used to have them with us
all the time but, obviously, as they grow up
you can leave them with people a bit more.
My mum has my dog a lot now.
Vanessa: We have eight dogs between us.
Frankie: It is like having children. They get
bored easily and you stress about them
and where they are, what theyre doing.
Mollie: Were like their mums. Alfe has
been playing up today. I think with the
other dogs here he is showing of and
being a bit naughty. The girls dont believe
me that he is really well trained at home.
Youve had a busy summer. Tell us
what youve been up to?
Vanessa: Weve performed at a lot of
festivals this summer. We love doing
festivals.
Frankie: Its a nice change from being in
the studio. Its always more exciting to do
a festival. Its not like youve sold tickets
for your show. You dont know how many
people are going to come.
Rochelle: Its like they havent come to see
us, but weve won them over and, in the
future, they might come to see our shows!
Tell us about the single, All Fired Up!
Vanessa: We do pop music and were lucky
that we get to experiment with diferent
types of music. Some of our songs are more
R&B but this one is more dancey for us. Its a
fun track about having a good time.
The video looks very glamorous!
Frankie: Video shoots arent glamorous.
Mollie: Theyre normally in a dirty
warehouse.
Rochelle: And theyre either boiling
or freezing. Weve never done a video
where I am actually quite a comfortable
temperature. Youre either sweating and
your hair goes all limp, or youre freezing to
where you have goose pimples all over you.
In our Issues video we were so cold. We were
in this house on the beach in the middle
of the winter and we had
these coats on and knee high
boots.
Frankie: Underneath that we
had thermal underwear on
and it still didnt work.
Do you have a favourite
video?
Frankie: We all quite like Higher. I like it
because it looks so simple. All were doing is
running around the street but I just love the
feel of it.
Una: It was like a holiday.
Rochelle: In the usual Saturdays style, we
had a one day shoot and somehow milked it
and ended up with a week in L.A.
Vanessa: We mixed a bit of business
with pleasure.
Mollie: The videos are actually still quite
nerve wracking I fnd. Theyre okay when
were doing the group shots but when we
have to do the individual shots, its all of a
sudden really scary. Its like oh my god, all
the cameras are on me, oh my god all the
crew are watching me, Id better do this well.
Are you very critical of yourselves?
Frankie: Were the worst at criticising
ourselves. We never come of stage and
say that it was a perfect show. Its always
amazing because its fun but we always
think of things we could do better next time.
Rochelle: But I think thats a good thing.
The day that you get too comfortable, or
there is nothing you can change, is the day
you should give up because there is always
something you can do better!
What else can we expect from you
this year?
Rochelle: Well, our new single is out, then
we have the album to follow later in the
year. Then we have our tour in December so
well be rehearsing for two months for that.
This year is kind of spoken for. We actually
have stuf pencilled in for next year already
and were like, what? Its not even Christmas
yet. But its all good. Its how we like it!
All Fired Up is out now and the new album
from The Saturdays will be released later in
the year. Check out the video for All Fired
Up online at www.frstnews.co.uk
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Welcome to England! How
are you?
You know what? I love England, I want
to be out there in the rain right now!
What is Lemonade Mouth about?
Lemonade Mouth is the story of fve
kids who meet in detention and end
up forming a band together. The flm
really follows the lives of these fve
kids. They all have their story arcs
and they all have their own personal
struggles that they fnd ways of
overcoming throughout the course
of the movie. I play a keyboardist
called Wen. The kids in the flm really
arent the cool kids. Its about the
outcasts and the kids who feel like
they arent being heard.
Did you ever get detention at
school?
I did get detention because I was late
for school a few times, so I can relate
to the guys a little.
Are you more like Wen than
Luther, your character in Zeke
and Luther?
Yes, defnitely Wen. I loved playing
Luther and Ive played him for so
long now its been three seasons
and 73 episodes that I wanted to
try someone diferent. I didnt want
to be typecast. Wen is more chilled
out and relaxed than Luther is. He
is more Adam Hicks. I feel like I was
putting more of myself in there. It
was great for me to be able to mix
music and acting.
Why is the flm called Lemonade
Mouth?
Lemonade Mouth is the name of the
band we form and there is a part of
the movie that explains how we got
our name. It has to do with a bully
and it is a big moment in the flm so I
dont want to give too much away.
What was your favourite scene to
shoot from the flm?
I think all fve of us would say
the scene where we performed
Breakthrough, that was the maddest
scene, I swear. Usually youll get a call
sheet and it will tell you the scenes
youll be shooting that day and that
day, it was just one scene for all of us
and we did it, like, 50 times.
Is Breakthrough
your favourite
song from the
flm?
Probably,
the chorus is
incredible. Or
Determinate,
youve got to hear
it, its really just a
song about rocking
out. All the songs
FirstNews ISSUE 275 9 15 SEPTEMBER 2011
Id love a lemon
from a fan!
IF you like your TV shows with bucket-loads of action, comedy and lots of ninja
moves, Nickelodeons new show Supah Ninjas will be right up your street. We caught
up with Ryan, Carlos and Gracie who play Mike, Owen and Amanda in the series!
How did you get your parts in the show?
Gracie: I sent in a video tape from Ohio and
they invited me over for several auditions in
LA and we shot the pilot. Then I went back
home, went to high school, had home-coming
and I found out I had the part for Nickelodeon.
I was so excited. I was in tap class when I
found out so me and my friends had a dance
party. It was so much fun.
Carlos: I was trying to do acting for a while
and I read the script and thought it sounded
crazy and just the kind of thing I wanted. So I
went and auditioned. Then one day I was in a
grocery store getting a salad and I got a call. I
just wanted to freak out right there but at the
same time not scare anybody. So I played it
cool but I was going crazy inside!
Ryan: I was never an actor before. They were
looking for Mike and he needed to know kung fu.
There was a fier at my kung fu studio and my mum
said I should audition. I auditioned a few times,
sometimes with Carlos which was crazy as there
was instant chemistry. Everyone thought we were
best buds, even though wed just met. Then one day
in the car my mum started saying: Theres a ninja in
the car.I was like What?I didnt get it. She had to
say: Dude, youre going to be Mike.I freaked out, I
was dancing in the car it was exciting!

Did you already know martial arts?
Gracie: Well, I am a dancer so some things came
with that, like the high kicks.
Carlos: I watched super hero shows and cartoons
when I was little and jumped of couches and
what not and thats what I wanted to do one day.
I just look like I know martial arts. Its fun. Im the
comedy guy!
Have there been any injuries? It looks painful
sometimes!
Ryan: Not really, not on set. It kind of comes with
doing martial arts, you just have to train your body
to become stronger. Ive been doing martial arts for
seven years and Ive only had one or two injuries.
But, you know, you heal and you get right back at it.
Your body just gets stronger and stronger.
Gracie: Carlos and I started martial arts training for
the show but theyre really cautious with us. Were
always safe.
Carlos: Ryan can handle those injuries but we dont
get them because there is always someone there
making sure were okay.

Has Ryan been giving you tips?
Ryan: When were doing something
or we have to strike a pose I try to
help out.
Gracie: He shows me how to
look stronger.
Carlos: There are plenty of people
there to help us. We have stunt
coordinators as well who all come
together to make sure me and
Gracie look like we know what
were doing.
Do you feel like you know what youre doing
once youre in your ninja suits?
Carlos: Oh yes, you just feel better about yourself.
You feel strong and muscular cause theyre skin
tight ha ha.
Gracie: I put my hair in a braid and sometimes it
will whip in my face when I put my mask on. It will
sometimes come out the front of my mask as well.
Carlos: You look like you have a moustache when
that happens ha ha!
Gracie: The costumes are actually really
comfortable. They dry clean them after every
shoot as we get a bit hot on set.
Have you had to learn any other skills?
Ryan: We all did!
Carlos: I had to learn how to wield the bow staf,
which is Owens weapon of choice.
Gracie: I got to work with a couple of diferent
weapons, the cuf ones are cool. And the fan ones
are really cool. We only had one day to learn how to
use them and I was so scared I would get it wrong.
But it went really well.

Finally guys, how do you think youre going to
cope with fame?
Ryan: It hasnt hit me yet. Im still freaking out in the
car that I got the role!
Carlos: There are a lot of people around us to make
sure the transition is easy.
Gracie: Yes, we have family and friends and stuf!
Dont miss the brand new series, Supah Ninjas
from 12 September at 6pm only on Nickelodeon.
ADAM Hicks is famous for his role as skater dude Luther in DIsneys
Zeke and Luther. This week hes back on our screens as the keyboard
player in The Disney Channels latest movie, Lemonade Mouth!
Adam plays Wen the keyboard player in Lemonde Mouth
For more entertainment news, pictures and videos go to www.frstnews.co.uk/news F
Supah teens!
30 FirstNews ISSUE
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
with Serena Lacey
PETER Andre, Stacey Solomon,
Melanie C and the Sugababes will
all be making guest appearances at
a West End musical this week.
The stars are all taking part in BBC Children
in Need Pop Goes the Musical. They will
make special guest appearances in four
musicals, where they will appear and sing
one of the key tracks from the show.
Find out more at www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey
Popping up!
Its ninja time. L-R: Carlos, Ryan and Gracie
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Trying
hard
Rugby fans will recognise the
commentators voices as those of Skys
Stuart Barnes and Miles Harrison, which
helps to make the game sound real.
You can play the tournament solo or
with three mates, and theres now also the
option to play one-on-one matches if you
go online.
The controls are quite simple, with the
shoulder buttons controlling passing, the
face buttons do the kicking, and the right
stick is what youll need for your dodges
and shoulder charges.
Harry says: Its been a
long time since the last really
good rugby game, but this
was worth the wait! You
can lead your team in the
tournament or challenge a
team to a place-kick shoot-
out. The controls seem
daunting at frst but,
once you get the hang
of it, its a lot of fun.
THE tournament kicks of today (Friday 9), so we got our reviewer
Harry to scrum down and tackle the of cial game.
TV, FILM, MUSIC AND THEATRE!

SHHH!
SUPER STARS
First News is heading
down to Sainsburys Super
Saturday festival this
weekend to bring you all
the latest gossip. Theyre
throwing a big celebration
to mark one year to go until
London 2012 Paralympic
Games. Some of the big
names singing include The
Saturdays, Olly Murs, Pixie
Lott, the Sugababes, Taio
Cruz, and The Wanted.
JUSTIN BIEBER
Its been a good and
bad week for popstar Justin
Bieber he crashed his Ferrari
and left it with a few dents,
but then he slam dunked his
way to victory in a charity
basketball match.
RIHANNA
The popstar is the latest
celebrity to sit for the world
famous Madame Tussauds
wax artists. A new waxwork
of Rihanna will be unveiled in
October. It will go on display
in London alongside Beyonc,
Britney Spears, Lady Gaga
and Amy Winehouse.
hit diferent categories, like if youre into rock
or something a bit more mellow.
As well as playing Wes, youve also written
some of the music for the flm. How do you
start to write a song?
That was like a dream come true. For me,
personally to get that CD, open the slip
and see my name as the writer. That was
incredible. A lot of the songs I write will
happen spontaneously. A song will pop into
my head and Ill be like: Oh, Ive got to write
that down.Then I piece it all together later.
Its like a building process. I just go wherever a
track takes me.
Do you have any advice for kids out there
thinking about starting their own band?
Just do it! Let it drive through your passion
of music.
Have any Lemonade Mouth fans sent bags
of lemons to your house yet?
No! No, bags of lemons yet! I would love to
receive a lemon from a fan though!
Check out Lemonade Mouth on The Disney
Channel. See more interviews from the cast
online at www.frstnews.co.uk/TV
ALVIN AND THE
CHIPMUNKS
Those cheeky chipmunks
entertain the whole family
in this entertaining tale of
how they met mentor and
father fgure Dave. Alvin
and the Chipmunks, Disney
Channel, Friday @ 12 noon.
SUPAH NINJAS
Get a sneak peek of Nicks
brand new show, as three
unsuspecting kids are
drafted into the secret
world of ninjas! Supah
Ninjas Friday @ 4pm.
SILLY SPY
Spy Rowan Atkinson
attempts to recover
the crown jewels and
save Britain from an evil
mastermind. Jonny
English, ITV1 Saturday
@ 2:50pm.
With Harry Game tester h WithH t GG tt tt
GAME ZONE
Rugby World Cup 2011 (XBOX 360)
8/10
RATED!
Prepare to plunder
The Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles is
the new add-on pack for the game, which
allows you to choose the side of the good
guys or bad guys.
The new expansion pack features
treasure hunting, sword fghts, pet
parrots and falcons, plus the glamour of
a royal wedding. The birds arent just for
decoration, either: you can train and feed
them, go hunting with the falcons, or even
send them on a mission or to attack a rival.
The new quests in the game include
protecting the kingdom from an evil sorcerer
and a search for the fountain of youth.
IF youve already explored The Sims Medieval world to your hearts
content, theres now a whole set of new adventures for you to choose.
See www.frstnews.co.uk/bored for the latest trailers and to see
which games your fellow First News readers are talking about!
TOP TELLY!
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Halloweens coming up, and so to celebrate innocent smoothies
brand new glow in the dark magnets, weve teamed up with
them to create a really exciting competition for you to design your
own spooky halloween smoothie, with great prizes to be won!
Read on to get involved
If you win the competition you and your class get to hang out
at Fruit Towers in London for the day, plus win 1,000 to spend on
cool stuf for your school
The competition will run across the next four editions of
First News
Youll need to complete ALL four stages of the competition
to enter:
Week 1: Develop your own spooky smoothie
recipe (thats this week)
Week 2: Come up with a name & slogan for your
smoothie
Week 3: Design scary outer packaging
Week 4: Create your own marketing campaign
When youve completed each of the four weeks
activities, send them to us by 9 October.
THE COMPETITION
A trip to Fruit Towers
innocents head
of ces in London
PLUS 1,000 cash to spend
on resources for your school
W
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Fill in the smoothie
template on the right with
your own recipe ingredients
to make your spooky
Halloween smoothie.
Check out innocents Chief
Taster Lilys top tips on the
opposite page to give you some
ideas. And check out Lilys top
tips video on:
www.innocentdrinks.co.uk/
halloween
or at www.f rstnews.co.uk
Dont forget to cut out your
smoothie template and keep it safe
so you can enter the competition at
the end of the four weeks!

DEVELOP YOUR
OWN SPOOKY
SMOOTHIE
RECIPE
WEEK 1:
this week's
challenge
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Meet Lily (Chief Taster at innocent smoothies)
WHAT DOES LILY DO?
Lily creates innocent smoothies everyday, making sure that they taste fresh and great.
She thinks of lots of new combinations of fruit to help innocent come up with new delicious
recipes of smoothies.
LILYS TOP TIPS TO MAKE DELICIOUS SMOOTHIES:
1. Always use fresh fruit
2. Think about combining dif erent fruits to make a tasty and unusual combination
3. Try adding a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to bring out your fruity f avours
4. Add yoghurt to make your smoothie nice and creamy
5. Pour your smoothie into an ice tray or lolly holder to make a delicious refreshing snack
LILYS TOP HALLOWEEN TIP
How about adding some spooky ingredients like pumpkin juice, or blend grapes to add slime?
MEET THIS WEEK'S INNOCENT EXPERT

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The spooky smoothie competition is designed to link with Key Stage 2 and 3
combining English, ICT and Design Technology.
The 1,000 prize can be used to buy:
Any equipment that you would like to make your lessons even more fun and
engaging such as art equipment and sports equipment!
If your school is lucky enough to win innocents spooky smoothie competition then
we would like to come and announce the winner in assembly. This would be f lmed
so please consider any f lming restrictions before submitting a winning entry.
COMING UP NEXT WEEK well be asking you to come up with a name
and a seriously scary slogan for your smoothie, with the help of innocents experts.
www.innocentdrinks.co.uk/halloween and www.frstnews.co.uk
Watch online
Watch Lilys interview and f nd out
more spooky tips on
www.innocent.co.uk/halloween
and www.f rstnews.co.uk
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COMPLETE our prize crossword using the clues below. Send in your answers and two lucky
winners will each win a HMV gift voucher worth 20.00, to spend either in store or online.
With 250 stores nationwide and an online store at hmv.com, youll fnd a fantastic selection
of titles across all genres and formats.
hmv no one gets you closer to the music, flms and games you love.
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THIS week we have the usual 3x3 grid and you need to fll in the
numbers one to nine. Send in your answers and two lucky winners
will each win a Tinc goody bag crammed full with Tinc stationery. Tinc is
a cool new designer stationery brand, with over 250 products in the range
from electric rubbers, long bendy pencils to iPhone splitters and scented
piglet rubbers. The goody bag includes bendy ruler, headphone splitter and gift collection
which contains pencils, notepad, scissors and much more.
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FirstNews ISSUE 275 9 15 SEPTEMBER 2011
BUMPEEZ
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HOW TO
ENTER
SEND your fnished puzzles to Puzzles 275, First News, Shand House, 14 - 20 Shand Street,
London, SE1 2ES. The closing date for puzzle entries is Friday 16 September 2011.
CAN you spot the fve changes to this picture from the new flm, The Smurfs? Send in your answers and four lucky readers will each
win a bumper pack of Bumpeez that includes a pack of Bumpeez, collectors bag and chip album. Bumpeez are fun pocket money
toys which can be bounced against surfaces to play lots of cool tricks and games! There are 100 diferent characters with individual
personalities to collect, match and swap with your friends. Check out www.bumpeez.com for more info.
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dates. No purchase necessary. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that have been lost or damaged in transit. First News will not enter into any correspondence. All winners will be notifed accordingly and their names and addresses will be available on request. No cash alternative for any prizes will be ofered. The winner
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7) Janet Esteves 8) Miniland at LEGOLAND 9) one million 10) Irene
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE Drawer front has been added, ear is a diferent
colour, extra hand has been added, an extra arm has been added, colour has
been added to the dartboard
WHAT ON EARTH Remote control, cooker hob, washing machine, clock,
kettle, saucepans
Q1 How did an American girl react when a bear grabbed her dachshund
in its jaws?
Q2 Where would you fnd a naughty octopus called Squirt?
Q3 Which country used 120 tonnes of tomatoes in a food fght?
Q4 What is 37.04secs the new world record for?
Q5 Which celebrity crashed his Ferrari this week?
Q6 What is the name of the typhoon in Japan?
Q7 Which pop group regularly takes their dogs to work?
Q8 How old is the frst person to sign up for the Edinburgh Marathon?
Q9 In which year did the Government borrow more money than in any
other year since the end of World War 2?
Q10 Which author says that most of his story ideas come from dreams?
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ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
Design a bird box
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The Challenge
To design a bird box. You can either make it as colourful
and imaginative as you like or you can create a nestbox.
If you choose a nestbox make sure you research which
materials you can and cant use on the RSPB website to
ensure that your nestbox can actually be used.
Prize
Winning Student: Will have their winning design
displayed at Kew Gardens and will be able to go to see it,
along with their classmates.
Winning School: A Job Done! toolkit, plus 100 towards
travel costs to Kew Gardens.
What to do
Your bird box theme can either be an all dazzling,
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in. Once you are happy with your creation, dont forget
to take a photo of it. If you dont want to tear this page
out of your copy you can print it of from
www.frstnews.co.uk/competitions.
How to enter
When you are happy with your fnished design, take a
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I was chosen to be the face of a
campaign between GOSHCC and
Center Parcs, which, in its first year,
raised nearly 150,000 for the Bedz
for Bedz appeal.
My family has recently visited
Elveden Forest in Suffolk where I
had such a busy weekend going
swimming, tenpin bowling and horse
riding. My twin sister Jessy and I
especially enjoyed horse riding because
it was something I would never do.
On the Sunday morning,
our family met Angela
Griffin and we had our photos
taken on the beach for a cheque
presentation and then we went
to the Plaza for the Duck Race
which was good fun.
My family and I would
like to thank Centre Parcs for
such a great weekend and for
raising so much money for
Great Ormond Street.
For more news crew, pictures and videos go to www.frstnews.co.uk/news
Bedz for Bedz
by Chloe Doble
CHLOE was born with an unusual condition called Goldernhs
syndrome this affects the heart and causes facial problems. Chloe
has an asymmetrical face and no left ear; there was simply a flap of
skin. Recently she has had lots of operations at Great Ormond Street
Hospital, to create an ear and realign her jaw.
THE NEWS CREW
We had a tour around the Innocent offices
and the boardroom, and the communal area
had table tennis, and picnic benches, and
grass instead of carpets.
We went to the innocent kitchen to make
smoothies. One person was the leader, two
people were the Fruit Handlers, and one was
the Master Blender and last, but not least,
was the label designer.
Then we blended different fruits together
while the Label Designer decorated labels and
stuck them on a plastic bottle, which had the
smoothies inside them. The other team tried
the opponents smoothie and Alex chose the
winning
team Both
teams tied
the smoothies
were just too
good to choose
an overall
winner.
Then we
had a go at
designing
magnets
and the back
of innocent
cartons. Then
it was off
outside to mix vinegar and baking soda to
make a mini volcano.
After our outside experiment, it was time
for a game of ping-pong and table football.
Over lunch my classmates gave me a
very loud three cheers, as a thank you for
winning the competition and for such a
fun day.
As we said goodbye we were all given
fabulous Innocent goody bags.
We had lots of fun and would like to thank
Gurdeep and Mrs.Green for organising it.
Fruit Towers fun
by Jessica Swanson
I WAS lucky enough to win a competition in First News so my class went to
Innocent Fruit Towers. We had lots of fun.
Outside Fruit Towers
The very large cheque Making smoothies
Angela with Chloe
and her family
Most people who see it say that it is
hilarious and their words are true.
Dan and Jeff tell the stories of the
seven Harry Potter books in 70 minutes
and they play all of the parts. Dan was
supposed to get all the scenery and
costumes and actors but he spent all the
money on a dragon puppet and Jeff was
not very happy about that!
My favourite part was when the
whole audience helped to play a game of
Quidditch and Jeff had to dress-up as
the golden snitch and he got taken down
by a boy less than half his size who was
being the Seeker!
I would really recommend it to
any child of any age. Its absolutely
brilliant!
Potted Potter
by Nell Costen
ON Saturday 19 August, me, my sister, my mum and my dad went
to London to see Potted Potter by Dan and Jeff.
Nell and her sister Lily, with Dan and Jeff
Dont miss the next issue of First News!
Inside issue 276, youll fnd all this and more...
Special report on Breast Cancer Awareness month The second part of our innocent smoothie competition, to win 1,000 for your school
Behind the scenes report from Sainsburys Super Saturday, plus an interview with their Chief Executive, Justin King
An incredible interview with Charlie Higson The chance to win an author visit for your school
PLUS, all the latest news from the UK and around the world, including Science, Animals, Entertainment, Green, Sport and School news and special reports by our junior reporters.
ON SALE 16 SEPTEMBER
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Where did the idea for POD come from?
Where most of my story ideas come from:
a dream. I dreamed that I woke up early
one morning, went downstairs, and there
was a giant silver sphere in the middle of
the street in front of our house. So I played
the What if? game and wrote a short story.
I asked some friends to read it, changed
the name to POD, and the rest is... well, you
know.
Have you always wanted to be
a writer?
For a long time, anyway. I read Jack
Londons Call of the Wild, that got me
started. Then I discovered Edgar Allen Poe,
H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. I wanted to be a
writer and that dream never left me.
How does it feel to have your frst
book published across the world?
Im amazed, actually. When I imagined
who would buy and read my book, it never
occurred to me that it would happen
overseas. I am thrilled. As a writer its good
to know that my characters and story have
a universal appeal.
If you were stuck in your house,
like Josh in the book, what would
you do to survive?
Pretty much what the father did. I would
do a list of all the food and start a rationing
plan. Come up with a way to capture
water. But I would also feel the way Josh
did. Why bother if it could all be over
tomorrow.
What are your top fve survival items?
I am an avid hiker/climber. So I have killer
survival gear. A -25
degree sleeping bag,
two camp stoves,
a four-season tent,
climbing rope and
a very handy multi-
tool knife. I do not
own a gun, or a bow
and arrow, but I have
an excellent pair of
running shoes.
THE LEGACY
GEMMA MALLEY
reviewed by Abby Ridsdill-Smith,13
JUDE, Peter and Anna live in a world where water is
rationed, people have to fght for the right to have
children and most people live forever. The Legacy
is the third book in the bestselling trilogy by Gemma Malley about
Longevity, a drug which will give the patient eternal life. In The Legacy,
an unexplainable epidemic breaks out killing only those with the
protection of Longevity. But people had always thought that longevity
would protect them is this a faw in the drug or have batches been poisoned? This book was
fantastic a compelling read which I couldnt put down until I had fnished it!

FirstNews ISSUE 275 9 15 SEPTEMBER 2011
A BOY CALLED M.O.U.S.E.
PENNY DOLAN
reviewed by Dominic Dennis, 11
AT Roseberry Farm Mouse is happy,
playing on the beams, grooming the
horses, having a good time. That all changes when a strange man
comes along and sends him of to a school where there are bullies and
a mean headmaster. Hating the place and desperate to fnd his Ma
and Pa, Mouse runs away. With some unlikely friends he embarks on
a life changing journey to fnd his parents. Will he succeed, or will the
journey to do so kill him? A beautifully written book which I couldnt put down.
For more book reviews and clips go to www.frstnews.co.uk/bored
THE BOOK CORNER
Book reviews www. redhouse.co.uk
FIRST News grabbed a quick fve minute chat with
Stephen Wallenfels, author of POD.
FIVE MINUTE INTERVIEW
WHATS IN THE SHOPS? BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL
ELECTRIC ERASER
WWW.TINC.UK.COM 5.00
CHECK out this clever little gadget. Never has
making a mistake been this much fun try it for
yourself! It comes complete with fve eraser reflls,
so you can make as many mistakes as you like. Extra
reflls are available separately.
EASY ORIGINALS
WWW.STABILO.CO.UK 6.99 EACH
THE EASYoriginal ergonomic grip shows you
exactly where your fngers should sit in order to
write comfortably. The EASYoriginal has versions
for both right and left handed people. Plus, with
its smudge proof ink and easy refll option these
pens are a great asset to any pencil case.
P.E BAGS
WWW.BECKYANDLOLO.CO.UK
7.30 Each
THESE Nylon drawstring bags
are ideal for school sport kits or
swimming. They come in a variety of
designs and are machine washable.
G-FORCE STEREO SHOULDER BAG
WWW.CHICKSRULE.CO.UK 35.OO
THIS is not just any bag. It also has a built-in amplifer and speakers
that lets you listen to music without any headphones. Not only can
you cram this bag full of school books, you can also connect to most
MP3 players or smart phones and listen to your favourite beats on the
way to school.
SHARPIE HIGHLIGHTERS
WWW.AMAZON.CO.UK FROM 3.99
THESE highlighters will brighten up any pencil case. Available
in a range of bold, bright colours and sizes. Try the mini ones,
with the convenient cap ring for attaching to bags or folders
so that you never lose them!
TWISTABLE GRAPHITE PENCILS
WWW.PLAY.COM 1.29
A NEW twist on standard school pencils, these three
Twistable Graphite Pencils look like woodcase pencils
but no sharpening is needed! Just turn the end to
twist up the lead and youre ready to write. Includes
three no. 2 HB graphite pencils.
SEQUIN HEART NOTEBOOK
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NOT only is this fabric covered notebook beautifully decorated
with glitter and multi-coloured sequins, by buying it you will also
be helping to fght poverty through trade. The notebook contains 58
plain white pages to record all your notes.
TROPICOLORS
TESCO 3.00
CHECK out these colourful pencils. The leads in these
pencils are glued along the entire length of the pencils,
so no more broken tips when you sharpen them! The
pack contains 12 brightly-coloured pencils.
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At Tesco, we know how important a healthy
and active lifestyle is to our customers and
their families and one of the most fun ways to
stay ft and healthy is by playing football with
your friends at school.
We already work with The Football
Association and Sport England to provide free
specialist coaching in primary schools and
the community through The FA Tesco Skills
programme. We hope that the ESFA Tesco Cup
encourages even more of you to get active.
The ESFA works in partnership with The FA
to organise school football throughout the
country. The ESFA aims to provide enjoyable
football experiences for both primary and
secondary school students. They ofer
competitions ranging from mini-soccer for under-11
footballers, where there are no more than seven players
per team, through to the 11-a-side game for older pupils.
This season, the competitions that Tesco will be
sponsoring are:
U11 7-a-side Schools Cup
(mixed teams for pupils in Years 5 and 6)
U11 7-a-side Schools Cup for Girls
(for girls in Years 5 and 6)
U11 Small Schools Soccer Sevens
(mixed teams for pupils in Years 5 and 6)
U11 7-a-side Inter Association Trophy
(mixed teams for pupils in Years 5 and 6)
For more information on our football
programmes and to follow the progress of the
competitions, visit www.tesco.com/football
TESCO is pleased to announce
that, for the frst time, it
will be sponsoring the
English Schools FA under-11
primary schools small sided
competitions in 2011/12.
These exciting contests give
thousands of boys and girls
in England the chance to
show of their football skills.
ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
FEET FIRST
WITH TESCO
This year,Tesco would like to encourage more teams than ever before to
take part. ENTER YOUR SCHOOL TODAY! Email: competitions@esfa.co.uk
Improve
your
game
HERE are some top
tips for playing
football at school, from the FA Tesco
Skills coaches
1. Try everything dont be afraid to try new skills or tricks.
It doesnt matter if it goes wrong. The more you try, the better
you will get.
2. Work as a team football isnt just about you. Its a team
game too, so work together. It might even be a chance to
make new friends with someone you dont already know!
3. Win and lose football always has winners and losers. It is
important to enjoy winning, but also to learn from losing, and
do so graciously.
4. Do your best if after training you can say that you tried
your best, then you should be really happy!
5. Eat well eating healthy foods like fruit and veg and
drinking lots of water is really important when we exercise,
and especially when we play football.
6. Watch the pros if you can, try to watch some football on
the TV or at your local club. It is great to see what professional
players have to do in games and in practice.
7. Most importantly, have fun the key to getting better at
football is to enjoy it. Whether you are playing for your school
or England, playing football should be fun!
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The oldest Football League
club is Notts County, who were
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SPORT
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CRAZY
BUT TRUE
GREEN
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Worlds biggest
food fight
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Farah
MO Farah fnished of the athletics World
Championships in style for Team GB this
week, as he became Britains frst ever 5,000m
world champion.
by Ian Eddy
After his disappointment earlier in the week, when he
tired at the end of the 10,000m fnal and slipped back to
second place in the dying moments, Farah was overjoyed
to get his hands on a gold medal.
It feels awesome,he said. I cant quite believe this has
happened and Ive got gold now, it just feels amazing.
When you make a lot of sacrifces and you work hard, not
everything goes smooth sometimes and, in the 10k, I was
disappointed as I thought I could win the race.
Britain fnished in sixth place in the medal table, with
a total of seven medals, including two golds. The other
gold was won by Wales Dai Greene, who put in a fawless
performance in the 400m hurdles fnal.
Heptathlon star Jessica Ennis and triple jumper Phillips
Idowu were both disappointed not to retain their world
titles, but can still be proud of their silver medals.
South Africas Oscar Pistorius didnt race in the 4x400m
relay fnal, but he did compete in earlier rounds, meaning
he will get a silver medal. He is the frst Paralympic athlete
to win a medal at the able-bodied World Championships.
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Only one world record was
broken at this years World
Championships. Jamaicas men
set a new record of 37.04secs
in the 4x100m relay, knocking
just 0.06secs of the time they
set in Beijing.
Dai Greene laps up the attention after
winning gold in the 400m hurdles
Mo Farah enjoys the taste of success
after winning the 5,000m world title
SPORT NEWS IN NUMBERS
28.90 seconds is the
new world record set by Jessica
Applegate in the multi-disability
50m event at the UK School
Games (UKSG). She beat the
previous record by 0.05secs.
3 gold medals were won by
badminton player Sean Vendy
(right) at the UKSG. He stormed
to victory in the boys singles and
doubles, plus the mixed doubles.
10.54 seconds was
the new UKSG championship
record and personal best set by
100m runner Kelvin Tairou, as he
raced home to win a gold medal.
11-0 was the
score in the Netherlands
Euro 2012 qualifer with
San Marino (right). Their
previous record was 9-0.
Robin van Persie scored four,
which made a nice change
from his last match, Arsenals
8-2 defeat by Man Utd.
14 medals were won
by GB athletes at the World
Rowing Championships,
including seven golds. The
excellent results put Britain
on top of the fnal medal
table, fve medals and three
golds ahead of their nearest
rivals, New Zealand.
3 hours and 16 minutes
is how long it took Sam
Stosur (right) to beat Nadia
Petrova at the US Open. It
was the longest womens
singles match in the history
of the tournament.
17-15 was the
score in a tie-break during
Stosurs next match, against
Maria Kirilenko. That was the
longest tie-break ever in a
womens singles match in
any of the four grand slam
tournaments. Stosur lost
the tie-break, but went on
to win the match and head
into the quarter-fnals.
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