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18-24 AUGUST 2012


The flower of youth returns

Under a scorching sun, teachers of a certain age relived their youths as the Stone Roses continued their comeback gigs at the V Festival. Much to our disappointment, however, Dappy's performance was cancelled.


Nineteenth-century chic

There's still time to don your best bonnet or breeches for a day out with thousands of others at the country's leading Victorian festival in Llandrindod Wells, which runs until 26 August.


Salad days at the white house

The First Lady, Michelle Obama, hosted the first ever kids' "state dinner" at the White House as part of her drive to tackle childhood obesity. Can we eat salad? Yes, kids, you can. But go easy on the pud.


Running out of juice

More than a third of kids won't go camping because there is nowhere to charge up their gadgets, according to an electricity company. The answer, apparently, is to put solar panels on your tent. I'm not making this up.


Silent strummers converge

Imaginary axes at the ready! The opening day of the Air Guitar World Championships, in Finland, finally arrived. Contestants had three minutes to wow judges with their, erm, skill.


Five is the magic number

Round two of results season, with GCSE scores posted on the doors. The pressure is on this year, with a new target of 40 per cent of pupils gaining five good passes including English and maths.


RSI epidemic hits shropshire

Thumb dexterity is taken to a new level at the UK qualifiers of the World Cyber Games in Telford, Shropshire. Gamers will show off their skills in three games, with the aim of winning a place at the world finals in China.


25-31 AUGUST 2012


My ears are burning ...

The best joke of this year's Edinburgh Fringe has already come from Stewart Francis. "You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks." Boom. But will he prevail at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards today?


Dancing in the streets

Lavish costumes and fabulous floats will be on show at this year's Notting Hill Carnival in west London. The two-day jerk chicken and Red Stripe-fuelled party starts today.


Will Andy be handy in the US?

Can he do it? Of course he can! Fresh from Olympic glory, Andy "Muzza" Murray will mount a challenge at the US Open tennis tournament with the hope (again) of breaking his grand slam duck.


All London's a stage

Fifty actors selected by board-treader Mark Rylance will take to the streets for What You Will: Pop-up Shakespeare. The flash mob-style events will see famous speeches delivered in random spots in London.


A royal welcome

Having already played a starring role in the opening of the Olympics, the Queen will be on ceremonial duty again as she opens the Paralympics. No jumping out of helicopters this time, though.


European glory nights ahead

The creme de la creme of European football will discover who they will play, with the draw for this season's Champions League. Come on the mighty Spurs! What do you mean, they didn't qualify?


Put the deckchair away

That's it, it's over, you've had your lot. For many teachers this is the last day of the school summer holidays, with the new term looming on Monday. Oh well, only six weeks until half-term.

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