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
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
- 3 Alton Towers crash: Four seriously injured and 16 guests trapped as Smiler ride carriages collide
- 4 Ann Summers survey reveals the UK's favourite sex position
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