This week, next week

3rd April 2015 at 01:00

28 March - 3 April 2015


Starship troopers

Scott Kelly of the US and Mikhail Kornienko of Russia blasted off on the first year-long visit to the International Space Station. Russian astronaut Gennady Padalka will stay for the standard six months.


Local heroes

A little Yorkshire village and its football team, North Ferriby United AFC, defied the odds to beat Wrexham FC on penalties and lift the FA Trophy Cup for the first time in their history.


Race to the polls

At the request of prime minister David Cameron, the Queen dissolved the 55th Parliament ahead of the election, kicking off five weeks of campaigning. Get the news at www.tesconnect.comgeneralelection2015


Eiffel in love in Paris

What's a school trip to Paris without a visit to the Eiffel Tower? The 324m-tall landmark was opened on this day in 1889 and was, at the time, the highest man-made structure in the world.


Funny business

Philatelists with a sense of humour will enjoy the Royal Mail's Comedy Greats stamp campaign, featuring Billy Connolly, Dawn French and others who have stamped their personalities on the nation.


Story time

Celebrate the joy of reading on International Children's Book Day. The date, which has been marked since 1967, was chosen to coincide with the birthday of fairy-tale author Hans Christian Andersen.


Rolling, rolling, rolling

Some people are expected to lose their marbles today at Tinsley Green, the setting of the 83rd British and World Marbles Championship. Teams from around the world have competed since 1588.

4-10 April 2015


Women and children first

Taiwan celebrates its annual Children's Day. Parents were so keen to get involved that the day has also been designated Women's Day, and the two are now celebrated together.


Easter egg-citement

Easter Sunday means time with family and healthy (or not-so-healthy) portions of food. It can also mean treating yourself to whatever you gave up for Lent: chocolate, coffee - or the joy of late-night marking.


Fighting tradition

If you're missing the argy-bargy of the playground, you could head down to Hallaton in Leicestershire, where locals will be holding their annual bottle-kicking and hare pie parade.


Hard to swallow

The World Health Organisation marks today as World Health Day. A priority concern this year is food safety - a better time than ever to be mindful of the contents of your school dinners.


Spread your wings

If you see a piece of paper, put a bird on it. Draw A Bird Day honours Dorie Cooper, a girl who brought joy to recovering soldiers in the Second World War by getting them to draw birds for her amusement.


Running hot and cold

Thousands of miles away, in a rather icy land, human popsicles will run the North Pole Marathon. In places, the ice is just six-feet thick; if it cracked, competitors would be plunged into the Arctic Ocean.


On the fast track

The 2015 Formula One Chinese Grand Prix revs into life in Shanghai today. Drivers will race around 189.559 miles of track and two dreaded "snails" - tricky sections that curl like tight U-bends.

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