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SOLMŌNAÞ 2014

Winterliċ Olympisc Gamen


Olympisc Edisc, Sochi

Ġelamp þā Winterliċan Olympisc Gamen ġelumpen on Sochi, Russland. For Bretene, ġewann Lizzy Yarnold ‘gold’ (forma stede) mid ‘skeleton’ (slīdenne ofer īs mid borde); þǣr is forma āhwǣr ‘gold’ for Bretene ofer snāwe, swā Jenny Jones ġewinþ ‘bræs’ (þridda stede) mid ‘slopestyle’ (weġ of scīdfarung ofer snāwliċe muntas); Breten ġewinþ ‘seolfor’ (ōþer stede) and ‘bræs’ mid ‘curling’ (scūfenne lytel stān ofer īs). On ġemǣneliċ hit is Bretenes betste fremming āhwǣr (mid 1924?).

Endenēhst tabule:

Hād

 
Gold
Seolfor
Bræs
Ġetæl
1
Russland
13
11
9
33
2
Norþweg
11
5
10
26
3
Canada
10
10
5
25
4
Ġeānedu Rīcu American
9
7
12
28
5
Niþerland
8
7
9
24
6
Þēodscland
8
6
5
19
19
Breten
1
1
2
4

Unweder

Þæt swīþe wǣt weder in Enġlalande and Wēalum þurhwunaþ, brociende maniġ dǣla. Ēaþe mæġ se wierrest brocod dǣl is Sumorsǣte. Þǣr wǣron ofer ccc flōda warnunga ymbe Enġlaland and Wēalas, swā swā ēa Temes ūp āstīġþ hērra þonne in fela ġeara, and þǣr is mǣst reġen in cc ġeara. Wæter of ēa inne wearþ fela hūsa. Eall þis wearþ æfter fela hrēona on winter.

Hrōcburhġesamnunge plega

Sēo ġearliċe sæcc hrōcburhġesamnunges pleges wæs ongunnen.
Forme wucu:
Wēalas 23-15 Rōmān, Francland 26-24 Enġlaland, Īrland 28-6 Scotland.
Ōþre wucu:
Īrland 26-3 Wēalas, Scotland 0-20 Enġlaland, Francland 30-10 Rōmān.
Þridde wucu:
Wēalas 27-6 Francland, Rōmān 20-21 Scotland, Enġlaland 13-10 Īrland.

Selfdōm for Scotlande

Þǣr is twēo be Scotlandes tōweardnesse. On hāliġmōnaþe Scotlandes lēode hēafodmannum seċġaþ hwæþer selfdom līcaþ hīe, oþþe mǣnsċipe mid Enġlalande healdan. Ġe lēodweard ġe hēadfodmenn onġēan lēodwearde lǣraþ þæt Scotland mid selfdōme ne mæg healden þæt pund, þēah Alex Salmond Scotlandes forma hēafodmann lǣrþ þæt mæg.

Ucræġna

On Ucræġne, þǣr wæs swīþfæstnes on strǣtum of Cænuġeard, swā lēode oncwiþþ wiþ duguþealdre. Lēode wiþ lēodwearde ġetimbrunga on Cænuġeardes midel ābrǣcon, and 98 cwellende wǣron and þūsendu ġedered wǣron betwix 18 and 20 Solmōnþes. Ēac wǣron heteliċe oncweþende ofer 22 Solmōnþes, þonne lēodweard on Ucræġne curon cyning āweorpan.

Feorm

Twēġen mǣrliċ menn Dave Lee Travis feormend ofer ūtweorpe and William Roache trūþ ofer feorrsīene of mān-dǣda be wīfmennum wǣron ġelāded. Maniġ mǣrliċ menn wurdon on dōmhūse æfter mān-dǣdum of Jimmy Savile wǣron ġecȳþed.

Weder

Solmōnaþ in Bretene wæs wearmra þonne medem, windiġ, and wǣt.

Mathēus Earnas, Hrēþmōnaþ/Ēastermōnaþ 2014. Ordfrumas: Wikipǣdia, BBC spell.

FEBRUARY 2014

Winter Olympics


Olympic park, Sochi

The Winter Olympics have been taking place in Sochi, Russia. For Britain, Lizzy Yarnold has won the gold medal in skeleton; there is the first ever medal for Britain on the snow as Jenny Jones gets bronze in slopestyle; Britain get silver & bronze in curling. Overall it is Britain's joint best performance ever.

Final table:

Rank

 
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1
Russia
13
11
9
33
2
Norway
11
5
10
26
3
Canada
10
10
5
25
4
United States
9
7
12
28
5
Netherlands
8
7
9
24
6
Germany
8
6
5
19
19
Great Britain
1
1
2
4

Weather

The very wet winter in England and Wales continues, affecting many areas, with perhaps the most badly affected area being Somerset. Over 300 flood warnings have been in force in the UK as the river Thames reaches its highest level in years and there is the "most exceptional rain for 200 yrs". This has caused a large number of houses to be flooded. It has all been caused by a series of storms during the winter.

Six Nations Rugby

The annual Six Nations rugby tournament has started.
Week 1: Wales 23-15 Italy, France 26-24 England, Ireland 28-6 Scotland.
Week 2: Ireland 26-3 Wales, Scotland 0-20 England, France 30-10 Italy.
Week 3: Wales 27-6 France, Italy 20-21 Scotland, England 13-10 Ireland.

Independence for Scotland

There is some uncertainty over the future of Scotland in advance of the referendum on independence in September. It is suggested by both the government and the opposition political parties that if Scotland breaks away from the union with England it can’t keep the pound, although Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) leader Alex Salmond suggests it can.

Ukraine

In Ukraine, there has been violence in the streets of Kiev in protest against the president. Anti-government demonstrators occupied buildings in the centre of Kiev, and riots left 98 dead and thousands injured during 18–20 February. There were also violent protests on 22nd February, when the Ukrainian government voted to remove the president.

Entertainment

Radio DJ Dave Lee Travis and TV actor William Roache have both been found not guilty of sexual offences. Several public figures have been on trial since offences committed by Sir Jimmy Savile became known.

Weather summary

February in Britain was mild, windy and wet.


Matthew Eagles, March/April 2014. Sources – Wikipedia, BBC news

HRĒÞMŌNAÞ 2014

Ucræġna

Se Russlandes wealdend, þe is ġehāten Vladimir Putin, sette fēþas fram Russlande intō Ucræġne; hīe āwurdon fēþas and ǣgflotas on Ucræġne, þēah þe hīe onfēngon warnunga fram maniġ eardas. Ucræġna wæs Russlandes dǣl oþ 1991. On se Ucræġnes dǣl, þe is ġehāten Taurica, þæt folc woldon lǣfan Ucræġna and weorþan Russlandes dǣl, þe Russland wilcume.

Lyftwæġn tōþwīneþ

Ġetōþwīnden lyftwæġn ofer ǣror flēam on 2011.

Hæfde tōþwīnen Lyftwæġn fram Malæġsia nēah Fietname. Ēode flēam MH370 fram Kuala Lumpur on Malæġsie tō Beiċinge, and hæfde grundlunga tōþwīnen. Þā ealdormenn ne magon seċġan hwæt hæfde ġeworden oþþe hwǣr is lyftwæġn and lēode, hwilċre þǣr wǣre ofer 200, in him. Hit is ġelīefed, swāþēah, þæt ēode se lyftwæġn intō þǣm Indiscan Gārsecge, nān mann nāt hwȳ, and þæt nān mann ne ġenæs. Þā lēoda mæġþa ābolgen, þæt þǣr is næniġ wīsdōm.

Mǣres Pleġmannes cunnung on hūstinge

Se hlēapere Oscar Pistorius, of Sūþaffrice, is on cunnunge þæs þe his wīfmannes cwalu. Hē is ġewrēġed hiere morþes. Oscar Pistorius is mǣrest plegmann mid uncræfte in worulde: iernþ mid synderliċum blædum, and ēaþe mæġ is ǣnliċ plegmann mid uncræfte þe iernþ on þǣm Olympiscum Gamenum mid plegmann wiþūtan uncræftum.

Winterliċ Olympisc Gamen for Uncræftum

Æfter nīwum Winterliċum Olympiscum Gamen on Sochi, Russland, wearþ gamen for plegmenn mid uncræfte æt se ilcan stede. Breten ġewann hiere forma āhwǣr ‘gold’ (forma stede) on Winterliċum Olympiscum Gamenum for Uncræftum on scīdfarung. Russland ġewann mā ‘gold’, ‘seolfor’ (ōþer stede) and ‘bræs’ (þridda stede) þonne æniġ oþþe land, and Breten ende on tēoþum stede mid 1 ‘golde’, 3 ‘seolfre’ and 2 ‘bræse’. Swāþēah, onfēng Russland yfel openness fram maniġ landum for his dǣdum on Ucræġne. Þæt ǣrende fram þā Olympiscum Gamenum on ǣror mōnþe wæs eft sæġde: “Hāt. Cōl. Þīn.”

Hrōcburhġesamnunge plega

On þissum mōnaþe sēo ġearliċe sæcc hrōcburhġesamnunges pleges ende. Īrland ġewann siġe.
Gamena ġetælu:
Feorþe wucu: Īrland 46-7 Rōmān, Scotland 17-19 Francland, Enġlaland 29-18 Wēalas
Fifte wucu: Rōmān 11-52 Enġlaland, Wēalas 51-3 Scotland, Francland 20-22 Enġlaland
Stedas æt ende: 1 Īrland, 2 Enġlaland, 3 Wēalas, 4 Francland, 5 Scotland, 6 Rōmān

Mǣre menn on hūstinge

Twā ōþer mǣre menn sind on hūstinge, þe sind leahtra ġewrēġed. Wrohtlācu wurdon æfter Jimmy Savile cwæl: Nigel Evans, ġemōtmann and mōtgerēfes ġespelia. Max Clifford, mann þe scipþ opennesse for þǣm mǣrum.

Oþrum spellu

On 29 Hrēþmōnaþ wurdon on Bretene þā fyrmestan ġiefta betwēonan twǣm mannum oþþe twǣm wīfmannum. Ēac, tæflere ġewann 107 þūsend þūsend punda – hīehst andefn āhwǣr.

Weder

Hrēþmōnaþ in Bretene wæs wearmra þonne medem, windiġ, and sunwlitiġ. Hit wæs hūru drȳġe and sunmwlitiġ onbūtan mōnþes middele.

Mathēus Earnas, Ēastermōnaþ/Blōtmōnaþ 2014. Ordfrumas: Wikipǣdia, BBC spell.

MARCH 2014

Ukraine

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has sent Russian troops into Ukraine, deposing Ukrainian soldiers and navy, despite warnings from many other countries. Ukraine was a part of Russia until 1991. In the part of Ukraine called Crimea, the people voted to leave Ukraine and join Russia, which Russia has welcomed.

Missing aeroplane


The missing aeroplane on an earlier flight in 2011.

A Malaysian Airlines aeroplane has gone missing near Vietnam. Flight MH370 was flying from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Beijing in China but has vanished without a trace. The authorities cannot say what has happened to the aeroplane or the passengers on board, of which there were over 200. It is believed, however, that the aeroplane went down into the Indian Ocean, reason unknown, and that there are no survivors. Families of the passengers have been angry at the lack of information.

Court trial of famous athlete

The runner Oscar Pistorius, of South Africa, is on trial over the killing of his girlfriend. He is charged with murder. Oscar Pistorius is the most famous Paralympian in the world – although he is disabled, he runs using special blades, and is perhaps the only disabled athlete to compete in the Olympic Games for able-bodied athletes.

Winter Paralympics

Following the recent Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the Paralympics were held at the same location. Great Britain won its first ever Winter Paralympic gold in a skiing event. Overall, Russia came top of the medals table, and Great Britain finished in 10th position with 1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze. However, the political crisis between Russia and Ukraine was a distraction with Russia having negative publicity. The motto for the Games was the same as for the Olympics last month – “Hot. Cool. Yours”

Six Nations Rugby

The annual Six Nations Rugby championship finished this month. Ireland won overall.
Match scores:
Week 4: Ireland 46-7 Italy, Scotland 17-19 France, England 29-18 Wales
Week 5: Italy 11-52 England, Wales 51-3 Scotland, France 20-22 Ireland
Final standings:1 Ireland, 2 England, 3 Wales, 4 France, 5 Scotland, 6 Italy

Public figures in court

Two more famous people are in court on charges of sexual offences, which have been alleged since the death of Jimmy Savile:
Nigel Evans, a member of Parliament and deputy Speaker.
Max Clifford, a publicist.

Other news

On March 29th the first legal gay weddings in UK took place. Also, a man won a record £107m in the National Lottery.

Weather summary

March in Britain was quite mild and sunny. It was especially dry and sunny around the middle of the month.

Matthew Eagles, April/November 2014. Sources – Wikipedia, BBC news

 

WINTERFYLLEÞ 2014

Ebola

Stōw tō lācniennne ebola in Affrices westdǣle.

Ādl sēo is ġenemned ebola cwealde onbūtan fīf þūsend mannum and wīfmannum in Affrice westdǣle and westede manige mǣġþa. Þā tācnunga sind ġelīċ fēfere, ac sēo adl cwelþ hēah mǣþ of lēoda þe hīe habbaþ, hūru ġif hīe ne sind lācnod. Maniġ eardas sendon mynet, ēac lǣċas and fōstra tō helpanne tō lācnienne þās þe ādliaþ. Ēac ādlode ebole fēa lēode on Europe, þǣm Ġeānedum Rīċum Americum and Australie (lǣs þonne 10), onġemang lēodum þe ēodon tō Affrice westdǣle and þonne hāmweard flugon.

Wīg on Afghanistane

Þā ȳtemestan Brettiscan floccan þe wǣron feohtende on Afghanistane habbaþ hām ġewendon onġēan. Ofer 13 ġēarum þæt hīe þǣr wǣron, cwealdon 453 Brettisce floccas. Þæt wīg wæs tō feohtenne onġēan yfelum mannum (“egesendas”, oþþe “terrorists” on Nīwenglisce) þe habbaþ þrēated lēoda on eardum in sēo westhealf, and þe hefigiaþ lēoda on hiera eardum.

“Rīċe Alladōmes”

Þis is ‘here’, þe willaþ settan heard Alladōmes rīċe on maniġum landum, and in sēo westhealf biþ ġeþōht bēon here egesenda. Hē is swīþ on eardum swā swā Irace and Syrie, and hæfde gīslas fram westhealfe cweald, sendende tō Woruldwīde Webbe tīfrunga cwale. Ēac hē hæfde cweald maniġ Alladōmes folgeras.

Sċeatt for Europe

Hēt sēo Europiscan Gesamnung Bretene £1.7bn (1,700 þūsend þūsend pund) for hīere weorc-dǣdum. Sēo Bretisce lēodweard swāþēah ǣrest tō ġieldenne forsōc, and æfterra ġeþwǣrlǣhte ġehwǣdran sċeatte. Sēo tīd tō hātenne næs gōd, þæs þe maniġ lēoda in Bretene þenċaþ þæt sēo Europiscan Gesamnung hātte tō swīþe sċeatt fram Bretene and āsett tō maniġ ǣ; huru maniġ lēoda habbaþ hēt þæt Breten lǣtt EG.

Mann þe drǣfaþ wæġn in ærning-gamne is swīþe derigende

Jules Bianchi, þe drǣfaþ wæġn in gamne “Formula 1”, is in lǣċehūse, underfōnde lācnunge fram lǣċum æfter hē wæs swīþe derigende on Iapane þonne lēt his wæġn se weġ.

Wiþerwennung for gyldfōtþōþeres pleġere

Ched Evans, þe is gyldfōtþōþeres pleġere, wæs līesende of carcerne, þǣr hē ġesett 2 ġearu and 6 mōnþas for nīedhǣmede of nigontīenewintres mæġdenes. He hæfþ ġelīefed full-fremman gyldfōtþōþer æt Scēaþfelde, þǣr hē ǣr plegede. Swāþēah þis is scōp unlytel wiþerwennunge, and maniġ lēoda besprǣcon þe hwā nīedhǣmedes forworht ne mōt ǣrran weorce eft ġecierran. Ōþer lēoda seċġaþ þe hē endede tīd on carcerne, and Ched Evans ā sæġde þe hē is unscyldiġ.

Oþrum spellu

On Hong Kong, þe is Ċīnes dǣl ac wæs Bretenes dǣl, lēoda wǣron on strǣtum, besprecende wiþ Ċīnes lēodwearde; willaþ lēoda þǣr mā fæġernesse. Hlēapere mid uncræfte, se is ġenemned Oscar Pistorius, wæs sett tō carcerne for his wīfmannes mancwealmnesse. Ēac nū on Bretene lēode ne sculon sweotolian sċeattes gafles tācen on wæġnes ēagþȳreles, be þǣm þe magon āfæstnian sċeatt gafles mid circolwyrdum.

Weder

Winterfylleþ in Bretene wæs wearmra þonne medem, ac wǣt. Ealra Hālgena Ǣfen (31 Winterfylleþ) wæs wearmost āhwǣr.

Mathēus Earnas, Blōtmōnaþ 2014. Ordfrumas: Wikipǣdia, BBC spell.

OCTOBER 2014

Ebola

Ebola treatment unit in West Africa.

A disease called ebola has killed around five thousand of people so far in West Africa and has left many families devastated. The symptoms are similar to flu but the disease kills a high proportion of the people who get it, especially if they are not treated. Other countries have sent money and also nurses and doctors to help treat those who are ill. There has also been a small number of cases (fewer than 10) in Europe, the US and Australia, among people who have visited west Africa and have flown home.

War in Afghanistan

The last British troops who were fighting in Afghanistan have returned home. Over the 13 years that they were there, 453 British soldiers were killed. The reason for the war was to fight terrorists who have threatened people in Western countries and who oppress people in their own countries.

Islamic State

This is an organisation which wishes to impose strict Islamic rule in many countries and is regarded as a terrorist organisation by the West. It has been active in countries such as Iraq and Syria and has been murdering hostages from the West, posting images of the murders on the Internet. It has also killed large numbers of Muslims.

Europe budget

The European Union has asked Britain for £1.7 billion extra for its budget. However, the British government initially refused to pay, and subsequently agreed a reduction. The timing was not good as many people in Britain feel that the European Union is costing Britain a lot of money and presiding over too many laws; indeed many people have called for Britain to leave the EU.

Racing car driver seriously injured

The Formula 1 racing car driver Jules Bianchi has undergone surgery after being critically injured at the race in Japan when his car came off the track.

Controversy surrounding footballer

The footballer Ched Evans has been released from jail after serving 2½ years for raping a 19-year-old girl. He has been allowed to re-train with his former football club, Sheffield United. However, this has caused a lot of controversy with many people protesting that someone who has been convicted of rape should not be allowed to return to his former career. Other people have said that he has served his sentence, and Ched Evans himself has always protested that he was innocent.

Other news

There have been protests in Hong Kong against the oppressive nature of the Chinese government; the people of Hong Kong wish to see more democracy. The disabled athlete Oscar Pistorius has been jailed for the manslaughter of his girlfriend. Also, tax discs are no longer required to be displayed in the windows of cars in the UK as checks on the payment of tax can be made using computer systems.

Weather

October in Britain was quite a mild month but was also wet. Halloween (October 31st) was the warmest ever.

Matthew Eagles, November 2014. Sources – Wikipedia, BBC news

BLŌTMŌNAÞ 2014

Ġemuning


Wāfung cræftliċra popiġa æt Lundenes Torre.

Þis ġēar tācneþ 100 ġearu þæs þe onġinn þǣre Fyrstan Worldgūþe. For þȳs, ġearliċ dǣd tō ġemunenne fēþas þe on wīgum on ǣrdagum wurdon cweald. Æt Lundenes Torre, wæs ġemacod unmǣtliċ wāfung hunda þūsenda popiġa. Þā wǣron cræftliċe popiġas, ǣlċ tācnienne fēþa þe on Sēo Fyrste Woruldgūþ wæs cwolen.

‘Band Aid 30’

Bob Geldof, se is sangere of Īralande, ġegaderade ætgædre maniġ sangeras and sangestra wyrċan sang, þanon ċēapu willaþ helpan lēodum þe on west-Affrice habbaþ ebola. Þis hē ǣrest dyde on 1984, þæt is þritiġ ġearu āgān, tō helpan lēodum in Sigelhearwenalande þe fram hungre wǣron þrowiaþ – wæs ġemōt Band Aid ġehāten and wæs sang ġehāten “Witon hīe þe hit is Ġēol?”. Nū hē hæfþ āredod eft wyrċan sang, and nū se ġemōt is Band Aid 30 ġehāten. On se forme wuce hwonne se sang ċīeped wæs, hē wæs folcliċost.

Unstilnes in Missouri

Þǣr wæs unstilnes on Ferguson, Missouri, Ġeānedu Rīcu, for hūstinges dome þæt ġerēfa þe cwealde blæce ġēoguþe misdǣde ne scyldiġ. Ġēoguþ wearþ cweald on sumera, and maniġ of blæce fērsċipe ġelīefaþ þe ġeoguþe misbudon þȳ þæt hē wæs blæc. Ēac lēoda wǣron on strǣtum on sum ōþre ċeastrum in Ġeānedum Rīcum American, besprecende wiþ hūstinges dome and sċipende unstilnes; be þǣm āscode se Foresittend þāra Geāndena Rīca (þe ēac is blæc) friþe.

Blæc Frīġedæġ

Þis is wyrd þe on ǣrdagum in Bretene uncūþu wæs, ac nū hæfþ cumen of Ġeānedum Rīcum American. Ofer Blacum Frīġedæġe, magon byċġan lēoda þing for medmiċlum ċēapġylde. Swāþēah on sceoppum þǣr wǣron swīþnes, þā þā lēode wiþ ǣghwilċum ōþrum fuhton, and þēah þe ofer Blacum Frīġedæġe maniġ þing wǣron ġeboht, lēoda dōmas wǣron misliċ.

Nīwe laga for dǣlum of Breten

Æfter Scottas curon “nā” hwonne lēodweard hīe āscode of selfdōme for Scotlande, se Brettisca lēodweard ābēad mā mihte for Scotlande, for bisene nū hit hæfþ ǣht ofer tilung-gafole. Tōweardlīce, þǣr ēac ēaþe mæġ bēoþ mā mihte for ċeastrum in Enġlalandes norþdǣle.

Gyldfōtþōþer: ‘Worulde Cuppe’ word nis folcliċ

Sēo ‘Worulde Cuppe’ is woruldwīg on þǣm gamen, þæt is gyldfōtþōþer. Word hæfþ ætīewed be hū tō ċēosenne þæt land hwǣr bēoþ Worulde Cuppa on 2018 and 2022. Swāþēah, furþum se mann þe wrāt word ne ēaþhylde be hū word hæfþ ġecȳþed. Þæt þing þe wielt gyldfōtþōþer, þæt is FIFA ġehāten, næs ǣr ne folcliċ, for þǣm þe maniġ lēoda ġelīefaþ þe se dōm tō tīþienne Russlande and Qatare þǣre Worulde Cuppe wæs for mēde.

Oþrum spellu

Cræft, þe men macodon, is cumen tō comēte for sēo forma tīd; hē ēode fram Eorþe in 2004. Cwealde sē pleġmann Philip Hughes fram Australie æfter cricet-æppel hine cnossode ofer hēafde. Hē wæs 25-wintre. Be gyldfōtþōþre, Scēaþfeld Ætsamne ne līefþ Ched Evans, se is of nīedhǣmede scyldiġ, tō mid him full-fremman, þēah þe hīe ǣr him wǣron līefed.

Weder

Eft, Blōtmōnaþ in Bretene wæs wearmra þonne medem. Ēac hē wæs wǣtra þonne medem.

Mathēus Earnas, Ġēolmōnaþ 2014-Wēodmōnaþ 2016. Ordfrumas: Wikipǣdia, BBC spell.

NOVEMBER 2014

Remembrance


Artificial poppy display at Tower of London.

This year marks 100 years since the start of World War I. As a result, the annual act of remembering soldiers who have died in past wars has been enhanced. At the Tower of London, an enormous display of hundreds of thousands of poppies was made. These were artificial poppies, each one of them representing one of the soldiers who was killed in World War I.

Band Aid 30

The Irish singer Bob Geldof has organised a large group of singers to record a song, the sales from which will help people in West Africa suffering from ebola. He first did this in 1984, that is 30 years ago, to help people suffering from famine in Ethiopia – the group was called Band Aid and the song was called “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”. This year, he has organised a re-recording of the song, with the group now being named Band Aid 30. The song was the best-selling song in its first week of release.

Missouri riots

There has been rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, over a decision made by a court that a policeman who killed a black teenager was not guilty of wrongdoing. The teenager was killed in the summer, and many people in the black community believe that the teenager was treated differently because of being black. There have also been protests and unrest in some other American cities, causing the USA president (who is also black) to appeal for calm.

Black Friday

This is a phenomenon which in the past was unknown in the UK, but has now arrived here from America. On Black Friday, people are able to buy items at a reduced price. However, there were violent scenes in shops as some people fought with each other, and although a lot of purchases were made on Black Friday it had mixed views in hindsight.

New laws for parts of UK

Following the ‘no’ result in the Scotland independence referendum in September, the British government has announced more powers for Scotland, for example control over its income tax policy. In the future, there may also be more powers for towns in the north of England.

Criticism of World Cup report

The World Cup is a tournament between all countries of the world in the game of football. A report has appeared on the process for choosing the host countries for football World Cups in 2018 and 2022. However, even the person who wrote the report has criticised the way it has been publicised. Football’s governing body, FIFA, has been criticised in the past as many people believe that bribery was involved in the decisions to award these future World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

Other news

A probe has landed on a comet for the first time, having set off from Earth in 2004. The Australian cricketer Philip Hughes was killed after being hit on the head by a cricket ball during a training session. He was aged 25. In football, Sheffield United is not allowing Ched Evans, who is guilty of rape, to re-train with them, although before it had allowed him.

Weather

Once again, November was a warmer month than average in Britain. It was also wetter than normal.

Matthew Eagles, December 2014-August 2016. Sources – Wikipedia, BBC news.

 

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