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16-22 August 2014


Foul play

As the UK professional football season kicked off once more, Manchester United fans hoped their team weren't starting as they meant to go on when Louis van Gaal's men suffered a 2-1 defeat to Swansea.


Passed with flying colours

Fourteen years ago today, Prince William got his A-level results and went on to study history of art at university. He's now flying helicopters for the East Anglian Ambulance Service - how's that for degree relevance?


With-profits scheme

Speaking at Microsoft's UK headquarters, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt seized the opportunity for a spot of electioneering. A vote for the Conservatives meant supporting for-profit schools, he said.


Voice coaching

More than 700,000 migrants are being "left voiceless" thanks to a lack of government strategy on teaching English to speakers of other languages, according to a report titled On Speaking Terms by thinktank Demos.


A second helping

As the end of summer looms, teachers in the US swallowed their back-to school blues for National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day. This obscure culinary festival was the sequel to plain old National Pecan Pie Day on 12 July.


Stress test

It was GCSE results day in England and the teens picking up their results weren't the only ones suffering: the Exam Officers' Association said reforms were causing "burnout" and stress among school staff.


Outdoor learning

Reading Festival starts today, with muddy music fans churning up a field in Berkshire. Headline acts this year include Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg and Blink-182. Last year, more than 90,000 fans showed up.

23-29 August 2014


Whovian dynasty

Get your best Dalek voices at the ready and take up position behind the sofa for the return of Doctor Who. Tonight's episode will be the first full outing for Peter Capaldi, who is taking on the title role.


On an odd note

It's International Strange Music Day, which encourages people to listen to tunes they wouldn't usually try. The "strange" can mean either weird or unfamiliar, so search music-streaming sites for something wacky.


C'est la guerre

The 70-year anniversary of the liberation of Paris will be marked. General Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French forces, told the nation: "I wish simply from the bottom of my heart to say to you: vive Paris!"


Presidential pride

The US will be celebrating Women's Equality Day, which will this year mark the 94th anniversary of women's suffrage. Barack Obama is expected to publish the usual presidential proclamation.


Try not to fret

Embarrassing dads the world over will be heading for Finland as the Air Guitar World Championships kick off. Contestants have three minutes to showcase their skills. The only rule: no real guitars are allowed.


The Mo vote

A line-up of sporting heroes will grace the Mo Farah Foundation Night of Champions. The star-studded event will raise money for education and health projects in the Horn of Africa and the UK.


A name in lights

Comedian Peter Kay will be doing the honours and switching on a million lights for the Blackpool Illuminations. This year's event is set to last for three days, with the "switch-on" concert headlined by Little Mix.

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