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9th August 2013 at 01:00



Bringing up baby

Prince William gave a glimpse of his life as a royal dad at a polo match, joking that he had to pick up nappies on the way home. So, just like any other new father, then - apart from the highfalutin hobbies, obviously.


On the road again

Thousands of Lycra-clad cyclists took to the streets of the UK's capital city for the inaugural RideLondon event, in which competitors took on 100- and 140-mile routes similar to last year's Olympic road race.


Happy Birthday, dear rover ...

The Mars Curiosity rover celebrated its first year on the Red Planet. It marked the anniversary by playing the tune of Happy Birthday to You to itself in what must have been the loneliest party in history. Awww.


Source code

On this day in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee released a collection of files on the first ever website describing his ideas for the World Wide Web. It will never catch on, but we applaud his ingenuity nevertheless.


Catching the waves

Everybody (who's a professional surfer, at least) was in Newquay today for the start of the Boardmasters surfing competition in Cornwall, south-west England. The event incorporates a music festival.


Brick by brick

The first Lego Foundation school - or, as it is officially titled, the International School of Billund - was due to open in Denmark today. Sadly, it is not built out of millions of tiny, garishly coloured Lego bricks.


Rising to the occasion

Balloonists from around the world will descend (slowly) on the UK for the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, which is the largest event of its kind in Europe, attracting more than half a million visitors.

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Turf war

The British Lawn Mower Racing Association stages its annual 12-hour lawnmower race on the A29 in West Sussex. It takes place overnight and the winner is awarded a pint of ale and a bacon sandwich.


It's all kicking off

Look away now if you can't stand football, but the new English season effectively begins today as the FA Community Shield takes place at Wembley between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic.


Hearts on sleeves

Vinyl Record Day in the US commemorates the date in 1877 when inventor Thomas Edison is said to have finished building the first phonograph. The day celebrates everything vinyl, from cover art to music.


Going with a bang

Bonfire Night comes three months early for the lucky people of Plymouth as the British Fireworks Championships is staged over two days. Let's hope it is scheduled to happen at night.


An Irish Rose

The Rose of Tralee International Festival - parodied as the Lovely Girls competition in sitcom Father Ted - begins in County Kerry, Ireland. The winning woman is awarded the crown based, in part, on her "Irish heritage".


Winning smiles

Students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be tentatively opening envelopes to see how they did in their A level exams. Expect photographers to snap twins with straight A*s and teenagers jumping for joy ...


Hoping for the all clear

For those who didn't get the grades they needed the mad scramble for university places known as "clearing" will be under way. Would you rather study sociology in Aberystwyth or psychology in Nottingham?

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