Thursday 28 May 1998
Bee sting: Which country in the EU has the largest population? For answering that question correctly, Petko Peev, 13, won the US National Geography Bee last week. In the championship round, the other finalist, JB Kizer answered "Russia" which is not in the EU. Peev won a $25,000 scholarship and a trip to Hong Kong for answering "Germany".
Lords at play: In a debate on the educational value of games, Baroness Blackstone said: "There is no reason why children should not opt for chess instead of football." She later added: "I played a lot of Monopoly in my time. But I think I would rather prefer to see children learning to play Bridge ... I had even wondered whether we ought to be introducing poker in schools, but perhaps that's a little dangerous." She then revealed that her grandmother made a lot of money playing poker every afternoon.
Bomb surprise: Lessons in several Russian schools have been disrupted in recent months by a series of fake bomb scares, but bomb-squad operatives were surprised by an incident last week at School No.6 in the city of Votkinsk in western Russia. The explosives were real. The authorities suspect that the perpetrators are the same as in most school bomb scares - students eager for a day off.
Life & Style blogs
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
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