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On the 26th September, a beluga whale drifted up from the Arctic and was found swimming in the river Thames, in Gravesend near Kent. It's the most southerly sighting of a beluga ever.  Rescue teams from the Port of London Authority (or PLA) are on permanent standby in case the whale, who seems to have lost its way 1500 miles from its natural habitat, gets into any danger. Martin Garside of the PLA  said there had been many discussions about rescuing the beluga and ferrying it out to sea, but it would be a very distressing task for the animal. He said it would preferable if it could make its way out to the ocean naturally. Mr Garside also warned: “the many onlookers who circle around in boats, fly drones over the whale’s head and gather in droves along the river banks should leave it in peace”. This is not the first time a whale has swam up the Thames. In 2006, 2013 and 2016, whales have been washed up into the river but none of them were a beluga. Belugas are the smallest of all whales. They look like large dolphins, reaching 4 metres in length. They are easily recognized by the white colour of their skin and bulbous foreheads (called "melons"). They are also known as ‘the Canaries of the Seas” because of their very distinctive voices. There is a natural concern about plastic pollution levels in the Thames. Would the beluga eat well, and would it survive? New reports from the 6th October suggest it is ‘foraging normally’ and Martin Garside stated that: ''This whale has stayed in the same spot for more or less six days, which is a relief. Other whales have been in a hurry to get back but this whale has got comfortable.” Most of the whale’s movements are being tracked by experts of the PLA from a boat moored to a barge which causes minimum stress to the whale. It has now been nicknamed Benny the Beluga. As this article is published, Benny appears to be in no hurry to leave the river and return to the sea and experts warn he could stay there for months. If it still here by spring, and the Thames warms up, Benny could be airlifted from the Thames and flown 1,150 miles to Iceland in an extraordinary "Free Willy-style" rescue mission. We will of course keep you posted. In the meanwhile, we wish Benny good luck and to stay safe! By: Elise, Eve and Florence  
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The most recent scientific study has concluded that a bad diet can cause depression. Interestingly it shows how very connected your gut is to your brain.  Just published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, the findings have come from an analysis by researchers from Britain, Spain and Australia who examined 41 previous studies on the links between diet and depression. Dr Camille Lassale, from the department of epidemiology and public health at University College London and one of the scientists behind this research, has concluded that "a pro - inflammatory diet can induce systematic inflammation, and this can directly increase the risk of depression." She also added: "A bad diet heightens the risk of depression" which can in extreme cases lead to suicide -- and which would not be a nice way to end up. This study has shown that the impact of a poor diet is like that of smoking, pollution, obesity and lack of exercise. It seriously affects your mood. It has left many scientists contacting hospitals and GP's urging them to make a change to the food they recommend or serve patients. They all advocate a Mediterranean diet, which can significantly lower the risk of depression because it consists of nuts, herbs, plants and fish. That combination is one of the healthiest and most balanced diets in the world out of thousands. Of course many depressive patients have taken up this diet and in some cases it is even curing them. Many people think this is absurd, but little do they know that it can cure depression on a global scale which of course would be extraordinary to people everywhere on the planet.This is a tremendous advancement because depression is a real sickness which is most often found in a city eco-system - where most people live. This makes people living in dense places even more prone to feeling low. They eat junk and then their mental health suffers. Many are so low they hide from everyone and end up killing themselves. On the other hand eating a balanced diet can make you have more energy and can definitely make you happy. Dr Camille Lassale and her scientist colleagues have shown the world how connected what you eat is to how you feel. And that can be really helpful to all of us humans living in many different countries and continents. By:  Olek
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Ministers have marked a third runway as being an ''historic moment for the UK ", but many people disagree with the cabinet. You may be thinking what is the point of a third runway after all pollution is already bad in London. True pollution is not brilliant in London but their are plus sides too for a third runway at Heathrow airport. First of all, Heathrow is already falling behind other airports due to it only having two runways which means delays are more common because if one fails there is only one which is nowhere near enough to keep one of the world's busiest airports running smoothly. They are also proposing to add a sixth terminal which would increase Heathrow's capacity by 50 million annually. With other airports having 3-8 runways it is no wonder Heathrow is struggling to keep up with  other airports. Another plus side of the Heathrow expansion plans are that customs will be quicker and it is possible that  ticket prices might get lower. For airlines like British Airways, their landing tax will be cheaper, delays will become less and less frequent and with the increase in amount of gates BA will be able to fly more flights daily with cheaper prices which means London will be accessible to more people which means more money for shops and of course the government which will mean cheaper prices for everyone! You may be wondering why didn't Heathrow expand before. Well of course we would have done it before if there were no downsides. But there are several. Pollution is one and houses will be knocked down to make way for the expansion. Those locals are already living with atrocious noise and the government will rehouse them. Children living in the area will have to move and will have to get an education elsewhere which is bad for local schools but at least they would have moved away from noisy Heathrow. Unfortunately, moving schools is always a hassle and leaving home is always is always a sad and tricky time where things can get really upsetting. But this does not mean they won't settle and in 20 years if the proposal goes to plan maybe it will turn out that it was a good move. Heathrow's expansion has been debated for decades now and ultimately we won't know what the right decision was until the 2040s. There were of course other options. One was building a new airport on the Thames Estuary and closing down Heathrow. Another option was keeping Heathrow operational and making it a secondary International Hub and making the main airport Gatwick. The recent vote which was held on Tuesday the 26'th  June  was won by the government  415-119. This clearly shows that the MPs and the government are now backing the Heathrow plans. You may think public transport will get really busy on the underground but a new tube line going directly to Heathrow will increase the amount of space on the tube for people going to Heathrow. INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT HEATHROW: Did you know in 2015 alone over 75 million passengers passed through Heathrow? Did you know British airways operate over 40% of the gates at Heathrow and is the airline with the most gates at Heathrow. Second is Virgin Atlantic and third is Aer Lingus. Did you know that Heathrow has over 35 restaurants?    
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At St Osmund's, our Primary School in South West London, we met the Whale Company. They held a very inspirational talk about their battle to combat Plastic Pollution.  Although plastic can be beneficial - only 24% is recycled, meaning that 76% ends up either in land fill or worse - our rivers and the ocean. There they never biodegrade. We are a school very close to the River Thames and what they said and showed us was shocking and made us really want to help. What does the Whale Company do? Carolyn and Carlos founded The Whale Company 12 years ago after realising that the amount of plastic in our rivers and oceans was rising and killing whales and other marine life. This was long before Blue Planet made us all realise how close we were to environmental catastrophe. They started making paddle boards using plastic bottles, and have done some very hard paddle marathons in many different countries across Europe. Their action have attracted media attention and changed how many of those countries deal with plastic recycling and use. They are currently paddling down the Thames from its source to the sea. Next week they will deliver messages and solution ideas to our Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove, in Parliament. They hope, as we do, that this will help change the way Great Britain deals with plastic pollution What do they say? They told us:  " We know MPs are talking about plastic pollution a lot more today and it’s going in the right direction, but we need to take immediate action – not to just talk about it for years.” For Carolyn and Carlos, local government needs to be more active because “we’re all confused about how to recycle, it varies between boroughs and needs to be standardised and supermarkets and shops need to understand that we don’t want all this plastic". Some countries have already been great at banning plastic items,  and people's habits are changing, but now the rest need to follow and act fast. Raising Money for The Whale Company We also were proud that the small "charity" we founded at St Osmund's, H.A.N.D, was able to help raise some money for the Whale Company's amazing paddle marathon down the Thames. H.A.N.D stands for Helpless Animals Need Defence - and we are fighting to solve the problem of pollution, deforestation and poaching once and for all. We have the same ambition as all those animal charities fighting for wildlife to thrive again and the Whale Company really moved us into action. We were very proud to sponsor the Whale Company giving roughly 220 pounds from cake sale and speeches. We might not be able be right by the Thames supporting them by their side, but we will all be thinking of them and we know that they will have a great impact. We wish them a great marathon and best of luck at Parliament. By : Millie, Isla and Amelie      
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Exactly a year ago, during the night of the 14th and 15th of June 2017, a huge fire engulfed Grenfell Tower (a twenty seven storey tower block in West London) in flames. There are seventy one known deaths but there are still believed to be more; hundreds have been left homeless. It is thought that what caused the fire was an exploded fridge but there are still more theories. But still, a year on, the building still looks as if it has just been cremated. Tonight it will be lit green, and many vigils will be held in the memory of all those who died. People were told to stay in there rooms because it was thought that the doors to every flat was fire-proof, but it wasn't. Hours later the fire brigade changed their and just told everyone to get out: for some people it was too late. It is now believed that the reason the bock of flats went up in flames so quickly, was because of the cladding on the exterior of the building. An enquiry into the fire has begun hearing evidence this month. We now need to remember all the families that have been devastated by this tragedy and ensure this never happens again. By- Raphaela
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Did you know that there are more people speaking English in China (as their second language) than there are in the USA (where English is their first language) ? The Cambridge University Press just published a study that revealed that up to 350 million people in China have at least some knowledge of English - and at least another 100 million in India. That makes China the country in which English is spoken the most. In fact, according to the latest estimates of the World Economic Forum, around 1.5 billion people — or 20% of the global population — speak some English. And it is used widely as the only language for scientific and technological research.  Is is truly the world's "favourite language". But could this all change? According to a recent BBC report, advances in computer translation and voice-recognition technology are so great that people might soon be able to just speak their own language, and hear anyone answering back in their own language, machine-translated in real time. So English's days as the world's top global language may be numbered.  As  Robin Lustig, The Future of English, BBC World Service presenter puts it :"To put it at its most dramatic: the computers are coming, and they are winning". But David Crystal, author of English as a Global Language, thinks English will continue to dominate and not disappear in favour of Mandarin (the language spoken in China), for example.  “This is the first time we actually have a language spoken genuinely globally by every country in the world,” he said. But he does acknowledge that you cannot know exactly what the future holds for our language:  “There are no precedents to help us see what will happen.” Scientists believe that one language dies out roughly every 14 days. But English has so many speakers that it will probably continue to be the dominant language in the world for the rest of all our lives. But it might change, mixed with many other local words, and be a very different version of the English it is today. By : Hannah  
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This year it was the largest ever CircusWorks children's festival. There were six days of circus performances, workshops and masterclasses. There were 15 circus's attending for six days of non-stop circus. It took place in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the birthplace of Philip Ashley, inventor of circus in Britain.  There were three big tops in 'the circus village', and four shows took place including: The youth show, The gala performance, Lexicon and the fire show. There were children from eight to 18 all learning and performing in the same tents. Also, the circus olympics took place in the circus village with many very silly, random and skillful games.  There was: Hula hoop gladiators, diablo throwing, sock, shirt and five pence juggling.  On the final day there was a parade through the town on stilts and using handheld equipment.
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The Government in Wales is to introduce a ban on people smoking outside hospitals and schools by summer 2019 in bid to cut passive smoking and ‘un-normalize’ the act. Look around. What do you see? I see a dog. I see a cat. I see someone smoking. Smokers are pretty rare. There is one smoker for every 100 smokers. The Cardiff administration brought in the ban on smoking in indoor public places in April 2007, ahead of schools and in hospitals in Wales. While most hospitals already have no-smoking policies in their grounds, it is difficult for staff to enforce this. The government said people who flouted the ban could face fines. This will reduce suffering for non smokers.
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A British man has died after being bitten by a sea snake on a fishing trawler in Australia, police have said: The man, 23, had just pulled up a net off the coast of the Northern Territory when he was bitten. Emergency crews were called to the boat, near the island Groote Eylandt, but were unable to save the man. It may be the first recorded death from a sea snake in Australia, but authorities have not said which species may have caused the death. Sea snakes are highly venomous, but because of their limited contact with humans, bites are relatively rare Australia is home to 30 of 70 known species, according to the Australian Institute of Marine Science. According to research published last year, snakes were responsible for 27 deaths in Australia between 2000 and 2013.
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Fortnite is an online video game first released in 2017 and developed by Epic Games. Unfortunately, it has come across as a bad game. It involves killing and is a 13 but many people under the age limit play it. The creator of Fortnite is Darren Sugg. He thought it would be a great idea to invent a killing game. At first it was a 10 but then parents argued that it was way too violent for 10-year-olds. It gave way to a 12 ,then a 13. Gaming statistics show that there are more than 40 million people logging in to play Fortnite every month. Considering the game launched in July of last year and the popular Battle Royale version launched in September 2017, the number of people playing Fortnite is remarkable.
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A passenger plane has crashed. Images showed the Air Niugini plane, sitting in shallow water just off the coast of Java. Most of the 35 passengers and 12 crew on board the flight avoided serious injuries. But sadly one Indonesian man died. The plane over shot the runway and landed in shallow water.
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 Some of you may think that seals are either playful puppies or lions of the sea. Will in the case of this sassy seal you are mistaken. While a man was kayaking on the coast of Kaikoura on New Zealand's south island, a seal decided to slam an octopus onto his face. The man was on a trip with his friends when it happened.  His friend, Taiyo Masuda said it was a "beautiful day and seals were swimming and enjoying sun on the rocks. Right around lunchtime, several seals started to swim around. We just thought they were refreshing their body, yet apparently they were seeking more food. "One of the seals swam right next to us, having an octopus in his mouth, pops right up of the surface next to us, then tries to chew up the leg but ended up slapping our face! We instantly started laughing, certainly got surprised. We are all adventure guys but we don't encounter that every day! Such a raw moment, brought so much laughter to all of us all day long... What a day to remember!" The seal came up a couple of times before swimming away, probably to hit another innocent kayaker.
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"We have officially been Banksyed." These words spilled out of the dumbstruck auctioneer at Sotheby's. Moments after the hammer banged, the iconic Banksy 'Girl with a heart balloon' self shredded. To the horror of the highest bidder, the one million pound painting was fitted with a self-destruct mechanism meaning the work of art tore itself to ribbons as soon as it was sold. This is the best example to date of the artist's extreme views on why true art doesn't just belong to wealthy families.
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It was the one and only Michael Rosen. It was standing room only in the big tent for this event and from the moment people started filing in and Michael started directing the flow of traffic he was just as warm, funny, brilliant and clever as usual. Barnes Literature Festival also hosted a Harry Potter show which was a great success. Sadly, J K Rowling herself was too busy to come. The great ideas they come up with at the festival are always amazing. This year stand up comedian Harry Hill came to talk about his children's book and I got the epic honour of introducing him. People from all over the world came to see him. A few hours later, the famous Dallas Campbell, who writes about space, gave a talk. Sadly he was late. Judith Kerr was also at the event, but she did not really come far because she lives in Barnes. What are they going to do next year I wonder? 
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Banning and partial banning of fast food advertising has been a cause for debate globally over the last few years. The call to ban has been in large part due to the influence these businesses have on childhood obesity rates. Another factor driving the debate is health issues in the general population from the consumption of fast foods. Diabetes, intestinal problems, and poor dental health are all contributed to by processed foods and high sugar content drinks that are the mainstay of fast food restaurants. We are now so overweight that we’ve forgotten what normal looks like, a bad situation to be in. So bad it’s understandable that people are looking for a scapegoat, which I think fast food has become. In their rush to judgement, I think people are overlooking real solutions to our problem such as exercise.
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Do you love sweets? Do you find normal museums boring? If you answered yes to the above, then the Sweet Art Museum in Portugal is the place for you. Whether you want to dive into a pool of fluffy marshmallows, scrub away your troubles in the Candy Wash Room, in some places, giant scented lollipops will rotate until you go insanely happy, or you want to hang out at  Ice Cram Land, where frozen delights come to life, this place is heaven for everyone, especially kids! The tickets are €20 each, and €1 of that is given to the charity Land of Dreams. This is a perfect place for Instagram moments. The museum is open every day except Tuesday and more outlets are planned in Madrid and London.
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Although a lot of us love the popular "energy drinks", they have caused a lot of trouble for the Government. Many people are arguing about the sugary refreshments and whether they should be banned or not because they are very unhealthy.                       Prime Minister Theresa May is making plans to ban teenagers from buying the popular energy drinks because of their high sugar levels. The plan would stop bars from selling Red Bull and its caffeinated counterparts to anyone under 16, and possibly 18, because of the effect it has on children and their health. Speaking during her trip to Africa, the Prime Minister said "With thousands of young people regularly consuming energy drinks, often because they are sold at cheaper prices than soft drinks, we will consult the ban of energy drinks to children". She also claimed, "it is vital that we do everything we can to do to make sure children have the best start in life possible." Recent studies show that three in five illnesses for children are because of sugary sweets and drinks. So next time you have a sweet treat or even a fizzy refreshment, bear in mind that you might end up in the hospital.
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Checking into your Social media accounts could be a daily occurrence for you, or perhaps it is something you do morning, noon and night, or even every hour. Everybody uses social media in different ways but how do you know if you’re using it too much? How to know when your using Social Media too much Keeping up to date on what your friends are doing can be a useful advantage of social media, if done in moderation. If you find yourself trawling through your friends' friends and vague acquaintances' profiles then you're going too far. You don't need to know so much about a person’s life and it will distract you from concentrating on your own life. Facebook are Taking in your Personal Details Did you know that Facebook are taking in your personal details? No. You probably didn't. Facebook are taking in everyone's personal details to remind people that photos are a type of personal details Strangers are on Social Media too If a stranger in a street approached you asking for your name, age, phone number, names of family, friends and interests you, you'd probably be hesitant to give up that information. You give all that information to everyone you are sharing your profile with. All of those facts about you are not owned by you. Everyone needs to take care with things like this. Social Media cut down Teenagers might be hit by time limits soon on social media apps. Matt Hancock, the Government minister for Social Media, has suggested that the companies behind these sites need to do more to help children stay safe online. This is what he stated ''I think there is a genuine concern about the amount of screen time young people are clocking up and the negative impact it could have on their lives.'' About Social Media and who's allowed on it Here are some examples of Social Media: Facebook , Instagram, Twitter , WhatsApp and Oovoo . Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter and Oovoo all have an age restriction of 13 years . The message    What I am trying to say is that everybody needs to stay safe when online. Also, I'm trying to say that some people are spending far too long on Social Media instead of having fun else where. Everyone needs to stay safe online.
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An amazing Japanese company called Brave Robotics has created a real life tranformer! J-deite RIDE can change from a car into a robot while carrying two passengers This amazing robot is powered by a lithium battery and the automobile has 49 folding joints. Although it looks cool, the robot's top speed is 37km per hour and its walking speed is 100 metres per hour. But that dosn't mean we don't love the transformer all the same. Asretec sensai technologies, and Brave Robotics say that once their prototypes are fully developed, they're intending to commercialise for a use at amusement and theme parks. Next time you go to one, look out for the incredible robot! It'll sure put a smile on a few people's faces. 
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This week sees the launch of the "Wild Immersion" films. The Wild Immersion is a virtual reality entertainment production company which makes incredible films about wild natural environments. The audience is placed in 360° experiences through virtual reality (VR) headsets and immersive places, as if they were transported into the action. The Wild Immersion hopes to become the main producer of virtual reality movies about true experiences anywhere and is funded by the Jane Goodall institute who wants these films to transpose people (who would never be able to travel) on a safari to the wildest places and then make them care deeply for the environment.  Jane Goodall, who turned 84 this year is the one person who has completely shaped the way I look at nature. She is the conservationist that inspires me the most because of the amazing research she carried out in Tanzania on chimpanzees and the way she has always campaigned for a better understanding of their world and ours. She loved to see the similarities and differences between chimps and humans' behaviour. She did not have a Science degree from any university but proved that you can become anything you want by hard work and determination. Jane grew up in London, England and deeply loved animals even as a child.  When she was one her dad gave a chimp stuffed toy - her parents' friends said that it would scare her and give her nightmares - but in fact it became her favourite animal. At the age of five she went to a farm to look at the hen house and was fascinated with the chicken's eggs. Where did they come from? She always wanted to know things and always asked questions to find out more. When she became older she became a secretary and worked a bit in the film-making world but none of these were the things she aspired to be. 1956 is the year her life changed. A friend of hers invited her to their family's farm in Kenya, and there she met the amazing palaeontologist Louis Leakey who gave her the opportunity to go travel to Tanzania to study a group of chimpanzees. On July 14, 1960, Jane Goodall began setting up her camp at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania and made some astonishing discoveries about chimps and wrote many articles that gained international respect. Leakey later arranged for Jane to earn her Ph.D. in ethology (that's the science of animal behaviour) from Cambridge University. She was one of only eight people ever to have a doctoral dissertation accepted by Cambridge without first having an undergraduate degree. She has never stopped working since and is still travelling all over the world to make sure we understand how to best treat our environment and protect every creature that shares our planet.The numbers are chilling: 16,000 species are in danger of extinction, including a quarter of all mammals and one in five plant species. Her Wild Immersion series promises to be amazing and we can hope it will transform how everyone sees the world. As Jane Goodall said so well: "Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference. Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved. The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves". By : Isla
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The TV presenter Ant McPartlin has been fined £86,000 and disqualified from driving for 20 months after admitting drink-driving. McPartlin spoke in court only to confirm his personal details and enter his guilty plea. But, through his lawyer, he expressed his remorse for what had happened. The 42-year-old entertainer crashed into two vehicles after taking a corner at speed while under the influence in Richmond, south-west London, last month. He was more than twice the legal limit. McPartlin's driving ban can be reduced by five months, to a total of 15 months, if he completes a drink-drive programme by May 2019. He collided with another Mini  before driving "straight into the front of an oncoming car". This was very unlike him.      
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 Things are not looking good for tennis,or Serena Williams. Wimbledon chairman Philip Brook said Serena Williams' meltdown in the U.S. Open final was 'not a good look for tennis' though he insists it would never happen at the All England Club. Serena was convinced that sexism was the cause of her loss to Naomi Osaka in New York, where she directed remarkable fury towards chair umpire Carlos Ramos.The 37-year-old American tennis superstar claimed women are treated differently to men after she received a series of strikes at a match. Seeking a 24th grand slam, Williams was initially outraged at receiving a scalding for coaching, insisting she had not taken guidance from her coach. She then picked up a point penalty for racquet abuse before shouting at Ramos, resulting in a game being docked for verbal abuse. She called the umpire a "thief" and a "liar."  Apparently, sexism isn't the only bad experience Serena has faced, from mocking her opening up about her experience of motherhood, to criticism of her behavior following her US Open defeat last month. Many people say the reaction to her behaviour has been notably sexist, with some referring to her as a 'spoilt brat' and 'classless'.
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At the opening ceremony of the world cup Robbie Williams made a rude hand gesture at the camera. Robbie was singing at the ceremony. He claimed that he was indicating there was only one minute till kick off when he raised his middle finger. But he was embarrassed. "At these things it's really important not to cause an international incident," Williams said. "And do you know what? I managed it."  Brazil legend Ronaldo was at the ceremony too. Later, Kyle Walker posted "nice of Robbie to say hello to Alli. " This was a reference to Alli's  hand gesture on England's 2-1 win against Slovakia.
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On Friday 14 June, 32 of the 195 countries in the world came to Russia to compete in the Fifa World Cup. It will be hosted in 11 different cities across that vast country -- with Moscow, the capital, hosting the final on 15th July.  The first match was Russia vs Saudi Arabia with Saudi Arabia loosing 5:0. For the first time in their history, Panama and Iceland qualified for the World Cup. 13 European teams are competing -- making it the continent with the most countries in the World Cup.  It is the 21st World Cup ever. The first extremely exciting game was Portugal vs Spain last Friday, which ended with a score of 3:3 with Ronaldo, the Portuguese striker, scoring the first and only hatrick of this World Cup so far (that's when one player scores three goals in one game). As well as thrashings in this World Cup there have some surprises, such as Germany loosing to Mexico 1:0 and Brazil drawing 1:1 with Switzerland. Still with many World Cup games to be played this will no doubt prove exciting til the end. By : Thomas and Jackson