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From: St Osmunds
Star wars has been a worldwide phenomenon, entertaining almost three generations and has been the inspiration of many toys, video games and much more. But how has this film franchise become what it is today? Star Wars was created by a director called George Lucas, who owns a film company called LucasFilm. The first film he made was called A New Hope and was released in 1977. At that time Mr Lucas did not know the phenomenon it would become so he did not use the fanciest effects. In fact the lightsaber that Luke Skywalker used was made of a bike handlebar, a rod and finally a camera shutter for the button to switch it on. The same lightsaber is used in The last Jedi which is coming out this week. After the fans' reaction to the first film it became clear that George Lucas and his team would have to make a sequel. Not soon after, there were three films : A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi. Those films made their director think in greater depth about the story line, so number one became number four and two became five and three became six. Three prequels were made and they all made fans crazy about this new franchise, it was like that for a few years. Nothing really was made except for a couple of new toys and video games until Disney (a much loved film company) decided to buy the company which Mr Lucas owned. By then, all the famous Star Wars actors such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamil and Carrie Fisher had aged so they not only had to ask them to join again but had to summon a cast full of fresh new faces. Since then two films have been made : The Force Awakens (another sequel) and Rogue One (a spin off). The Last Jedi is released in the UK on Friday the 15th of December. Buckle up your seat belts, Star Wars fans, because Disney are planning to make at least four more films.  Will you watch them all? By : Inigo  
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From: St Osmunds
The answer was a resounding 'yes! ' when Prince Harry asked (American girlfriend) Megan Markle to marry him last month. Harry and Megan had been a couple for sixteen months and are clearly meant for each other : both keen humanitarians and fun, kind individuals. But they had spent a lot of time apart, traveling a lot to see each other : she lived in Toronto, Canada until recently when she moved to Kensington Palace, London, so that they could be together after she finished filming the latest series of legal drama 'Suits' in which she has starred for the last seven seasons. Happily for them they will not be apart much longer : Harry and Megan will get to spend Christmas together at Sandringham with the Queen. This is the very first time this has happened. Usually you have to be married to a member of the Royal family before you are invited to spend Christmas with them. But things are changing fast and the royal family seems happy to embrace new ways of thinking and doing things. We know they will get married in May 2018 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle and there are sure to be thousands of people cheering them on from both America and the UK as they have lots of fans. There will no doubt be lots of speculation about what the dress will look like and who will design it...Also will George and Charlotte be pageboy and flower girl? When Kate and William got married in 2011, the country celebrated by holding thousands of street parties in their neighbourhoods so will happen this time round too?      
From: St Osmunds
Every year companies spend thousands of pounds on their Christmas advertisement campaigns, and this year is no different. It is estimated that a record of £6 billion will be spent in total on creating festive adverts. In Aldi's Christmas campaign you are introduced to Kevin and Katie, a couple of carrots, and in M&S's to Paddington bear, who mistakes a thief for Santa Claus. During the John Lewis advert, reportedly made at a cost of £7 million, you meet Moz "the monster under the bed" and enjoy the touching two minute tale of his friendship with a young boy named Joe. Did you ever wonder if these adverts work? Last year, Aldi's sales were increased by 15%, and it is believed its advertising campaign is the main cause, and John Lewis's ad was viewed online 26 million times. This year, however, John Lewis have been accused of copying award-wining illustrator Chris Riddell's very first picture book, Mr Underbed. However, John Lewis argue that "monsters under the bed disturbing children from sleep" is a well known theme, so therefore it was not specifically copied from his best selling novel. This incident is not the first time they have been have been accused of copyright infringement: Monty the penguin was also similar to the main character in 'lost and found' by Oliver Jeffers.
From: Belmont Primary
On 27 November 2017, Prince Harry got engaged with American actress Meghan Markle. Harry and Meghan have decided to get married at Windsor Castle in Spring 2018. Strangely, Ms Markle has already been married to American actor Trevor Engelson. If you remember, the same thing happened with Prince Charles; he got married, divorced and got married again. Meghan is an American actress who comes from Los Angeles, California. The Royal family says that it is very pleased with the news, and the Queen has given her approval. Are you happy for them too? By: Adam