THIS WEEK - 29 JUNE-5 JULY 2013
LAND OF NODDY
Love them or hate them, Enid Blyton's Noddy books are popular: they have been translated into more than 40 languages. Beaconsfield in England launched a festival to celebrate 75 years since the author moved to the town.
THE MOTHER OF ALL FAUX PAS
England's education secretary Michael Gove encouraged his civil servants to swap jargon for simple, clear prose, telling them to ask themselves: "Would your mum understand?" Is he implying that mothers are a bit slow?
The elite Latymer Upper School in London, England, alma mater of Four Weddings and a Funeral star Hugh Grant, is launching its own record label, 32 Bit Recordings. Profits will pay for bursaries at the #163;15,705-a-year school.
US First Lady Michelle Obama attended the African First Ladies Summit in Tanzania. Cherie Blair, wife of Tony, and Laura Bush, wife of George W., also attended, alongside other political figures and spouses.
NOT IN THE KNOW
The UK's Economic and Social Research Council revealed that men know more about politics than women, even in Western democracies. It claimed an "unmistakable gender gap in political knowledge".
IT'S A RAP
Rapper Jay-Z was scheduled to release his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail, inspired by being abandoned as a boy by his father. It should spark a sudden interest in medieval history among students.
BANK BALANCE BURDEN
Children's financial concerns used to boil down to when to crack open the piggy bank. But a new survey by UK bank Halifax was set to reveal that children are now sharing the money worries of their parents.
NEXT WEEK - 6-12 JULY 2013
THE MANE EVENT
It's the annual Rapa das Bestas festival in Spain. Young wild horses are rounded up rodeo-style before being shorn, branded and let loose to roam for another year in the hills. Sounds like preparations for a gap year.
YE CAN DO IT, LADDIE
It'll be haggis and neeps in the school canteen if Scottish tennis star Andy Murray wins this year's Wimbledon final. Hopes are high but the British sense of inevitable failure also looms large.
SECRETS OF SILICON SUCCESS
The London School of Economics in England will host a Secrets of Silicon Valley event on how to replicate its culture of innovation. Ping-pong and free hairdressing in the staffroom?
OBSERVING THE FAST
Spare a thought for Muslim teachers, who will be toiling in the classroom as the holy month of Ramadan begins. No food or drink is allowed during daylight hours and many people devote extra time to prayer.
CHARIOTS OF THE GODS
Nowhere does festivals quite like India. Nearly a million Hindu pilgrims will flock to the town of Puri for the annual Jagannatha chariot festival. Believers will pull three giant chariots amid songs and chants.
WATCH THIS SPACE
Schools in England are desperate for extra places and the debate about where to build classrooms rumbles on. World Population Day takes place today, with a focus on family planning, poverty and maternal health.
THE SKY'S THE LIMIT
Explore the science of hot air balloons - and even build your own - to mark the European Balloon Festival, taking place in Spain. Forty balloons from around the world will lift off from the Catalan town of Igualada.