THE summer holidays are fast approaching, with school kids counting down the days until they get their long summer break. Here are all the key dates you need to know so you can organise any last minute plans. What are the summer term and summer half term dates? Schools are in their summer term now - it runs from Tuesday, April 23, until Wednesday, July 24. These dates will vary depending on the school and you are advised to check your school's website. The period includes half term, which was from Monday, May 27, to Friday, May 31, 2019. Kids returned to school on Monday, June 3, for the last few weeks until the summer break. When are the summer holidays 2019? Many children will be leaving school for their summer break around Wednesday, July 24. The summer break runs from Thursday, July 25, with pupils returning on Tuesday, September 3. It is always best to check the Government or school website in your area to make sure you have the correct date. Some areas such as Leicestershire … [Read more...] about When do schools break up for summer? UK 2018/19 school calendar
THOUSANDS of gay and bisexual men who were convicted under the abolished sex offences law have been pardoned by the Queen - thanks to Alan Turing. In 2017, the Government said that the so-called Turing’s Law – named after World War II codebreaker Alan Turing – would come into effect. The daring war hero was officially pardoned in 2013 – and now thousands of others will be too after the Queen signed the Police and Crime Act into law. All gay dead men convicted under laws which have now been repealed, will be granted an automatic pardon. Let's take a closer look at Alan Turing and the law which has been named after him.Who is Alan Turing? Alan Turing, who was portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2014 film The Imitation Game, was the Enigma code breaker responsible for decrypting Nazi messages. In 1952, he started a relationship with 19-year-old Arnold Murray after meeting him just before Christmas in Manchester. After his house was burgled and a police report … [Read more...] about Who was Alan Turing and what is Turing’s law?
HEALTH Secretary Matt Hancock pulled out of the Tory leadership race and failed to become the next prime minister. But who is he and what is his stance on Brexit? Here is what you need to know. Who is Matt Hancock? Matthew Hancock, 40, replaced Jeremy Hunt as Health Secretary on July 9, 2018. The former Culture Secretary was educated at the private King's School in Chester and Oxford University. At Oxford, he studied politics, philosophy and economics. He also has a masters degree in economics from Cambridge. After uni he worked at the Bank of England and then as an adviser to George Osborne when he was shadow chancellor. On May 24, 2019, Hancock announced he was going to run to be PM. But he pulled out of the contest after coming sixth in the first round of voting. What constituency does he represent? Hancock was first elected as MP for West Suffolk in 2010. From 2013 to 2016 he served in David Cameron's government in a number of junior and middle-ranking ministerial roles, including … [Read more...] about Who is Matt Hancock and what is his stance on Brexit?
RIGHT wing activist Tommy Robinson is no stranger to controversy and is a frequent guest at her Majesty’s courts and prisons. Let’s take a closer look at the controversial figure's life. What has Tommy Robinson done? 1982: Born in the working class town of Luton, Bedfordshire 2003: Robinson was fired from his engineering job at Luton Airport for punching an off-duty police officer during a drunken row 2009: He co-founded the English Defence League claiming the activist group was opposed to the spread of “militant Islam”. 2011: Robinson was convicted of using “threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour" during a 100-man fight between football supporters in Luton. Following that conviction, he was ordered to complete 150 hours of community service and banned for three years from attending football matches. In September, he was arrested again at an EDL demonstration in East London after being banned from attending the protest as part of his bail conditions. … [Read more...] about Why has Tommy Robinson been jailed and what’s his sentencing?
WHATEVER the weather is on July 15 it will last for the next 40 days – that is, if you are a firm believer in folklore. Legend has it that the conditions on St Swithin’s Day will set the tone for the weeks leading up to September, but where exactly did this tale come from? Here's the lowdown... When is St Swithin's Day 2019? St Swithin's Day takes place on July 15 each year. The tradition goes that whatever the weather is like on that day, be it glorious sunshine or torrential rain, this will carry on for the 40 days that follow, as the famous rhyme proclaims: St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain Full forty days, it will remain St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair For forty days, t’will rain no more What is the weather forecast for this weekend? There are expected to be sunny spells on Friday with some scattered showers across the north and east with some thunder too. But the weekend is expected to be dry with sunny spells, according to the Met Office, but there … [Read more...] about Happy St Swithin’s Day 2019! Is it going to rain for 40 days?