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4-10 April 2015


Good for the goose

Duck feather, goose down - no rules applied on International Pillow Fight Day. Across the globe, people picked up a pillow and (lovingly) bashed their neighbours. Thank goodness it wasn't a school day.


French flair

Ooh la la! French clubs Toulon and Clermont Auvergne made the European Rugby Champions Cup semi-finals. Saracens and Leinster, from England and Ireland respectively, are also through.


Checkered history

Tartan Day festivities took place around the world. Although established largely by North Americans with Scottish ancestry, it coincides with the anniversary of the 1320 declaration of independence in Arbroath.


Chicago bullish

A second-round mayoral election took place in Chicago, as local teaching unions battled to oust incumbent Rahm Emanuel (left). Teachers have gone on strike during Emanuel's term over pay and redundancies.


Be my ami

The Entente Cordiale was signed on this day 101 years ago between France and the UK. It is still the basis of the alliance between the countries, which has survived two World Wars - and numerous exchange trips.


In conversation

A study showed that the first signs of autism in children can show whether they will have good or bad conversational skills in later life. Further research into the condition's molecular foundation will shed more light.


Beatle breakdown

If you thought Zayn leaving One Direction was bad, spare a thought for teachers on this day in 1970. They had to deal with teens devastated by Paul McCartney's revelation that he would be leaving the Beatles.

11-17 April 2015


Stick your oar in

"Row, row, row your boats!" the Oxford and Cambridge coxswains will be screaming at their crews during the 161st Boat Race. Women will be competing for the first time since the event began 186 years ago.


Flower power

The orchid family boasts more than 26,000 species and, at the RHS London Orchid Show, enthusiasts will be able to feast their eyes on some of the rarest, most exotic varieties.


Have a word

Mind your Ps and Qs - they'll get you a good score on National Scrabble Day. This year, an attempt will be made to break the world record for the highest score achieved by two players in 24 hours: 196,525.


Bring them back

One year ago, more than 270 girls were taken from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, by terrorist group Boko Haram. The kidnapping was condemned worldwide via the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.


Hogwarts and all

Happy 25th birthday to Emma Watson, the actor who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. Since her Hogwarts days, Watson has become a UN advocate for feminism and equal rights.


The great pretender

The anniversary of the 1745 Battle of Culloden, when Bonnie Prince Charlie's ill-fated Jacobite Rising came to a brutal end. The National Trust will commemorate the battle with events across Scotland.


Don't do anything rash

Aaah-choo! World Allergy Week will be in full swing, raising awareness of allergic diseases. Surprisingly, however, there is still no medical proof of the allergenic properties of homework.

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