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From: St Osmunds
What do Selena Gomez and the Queen have in common? They now both post on Instagram! Queen Elizabeth II posted her first ever Instagram photo of the royal family on the official "Royal Family Instagram Account" for which she used an iPad as she examined "Top Secret exhibits" in the Science Museum. Members of Newsnuggets along with Barnes Primary, were fortunate enough to experience the arrival of Her Majesty in a black Range Rover at the main entrance of the Science Museum. Some were even able to learn about computer coding tequniqhes while interacting with the Queen. After this, Her Majesty said: "Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children's computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post at the Science Museum, which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors." During this, other members of Newsnuggets were interviewed by Sky News and First News. The Queen's post was inspired after reading a letter written in 1843 to Queen Elizabeth's great - great grandfather, Prince Albert, from computer pioneer: Charles Babbage. Over 170 years later, the invention that Babbage developed enabled Her Majesty to communicate with all her subjects "Instantly." Image Credit : Getty Images. Author Thalia is in the background looking on.
From: St Osmunds
On Wednesday 27th February, almost a month to the day from the UK's scheduled departure from the European Union (Brexit), our Newsnuggets' Club at St Osmund's Primary School in Barnes, South West London took to the streets. We conducted a very small, anonymous poll (we only had 30 minutes) in order to find out what the general public thought about their options on whether or how to leave the EU, today. This coincided with the Labour Party's pledge that it was prepared to back another EU referendum to prevent a "damaging Tory Brexit". Barnes is part of the Borough of Richmond, which backed the Remain Campaign by 65%. We interviewed a total of 12 people, across all demographics. In bold are the 3 questions we asked and the yes/no percentage of their answers. Did you vote Leave or Remain in the 2016 Referedum? Leave : 25% Remain : 75 % Do you think we should leave the EU with No Deal? Yes, just get on with it: 20% No : it would be very damaging for the economy: 70% Not sure : 10% Knowing what you know 2 years on, would you want a second Referendum? Yes: 70 % No, we must get on with it : 30% It was fascinating to see that some of those who voted to Leave in 2016 would now welcome a second referendum. It was also interesting that some who voted to Remain, don't want any further delay and just want to government to reach a deal and get on with their promise. On a national level, the survey by polling firm YouGov conducted that same week showed that if a referendum were held immediately, 46 percent would vote to remain, 39 percent would vote to leave, and the rest either did not know, would not vote, or refused to answer the question.   By : The St Osmund's Team            
From: Barnes
It is always better no deal than a bad deal. Isn't that right?     According to the vote to leave the European Union, we will have to leave the European Union in March 2019. With three months and counting until Britain leaves the EU, both sides want an exit agreement. But they still can't settle on one key point: how to keep the border free and open between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They have not found a solution for what to do (apparently they're some of the best politicians in the world). On Saturday the  twentieth of October there was a march to Parliament Square. Just after noon on Saturday at Green Park in central London, the announcer had only one message. There I was among the shuffling crowds that packed the roads and thronged the pavements. The UK economic and political landscape has been dominated by BREXIT over the past two and years. Is it worth it? If it looks like it's going to leave us all worse off, shouldn't we have the chance to give our opinion on BREXIT? Especially after many people have changed their minds. Theresa May says she is taking the right decisions for Britain. Really? Some people have said that we may need a new prime minister to get BREXIT but no one knows if it is true.
From: Barnes
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?