Monday, 23 June 2014
Friday, 20 June 2014
Friday, 13 June 2014
The FIFA 2014 World Cup has now kicked off in Brazil! The competition began in 1930 and has been held every four years since (with the exception of 1942 and 1946 when it was cancelled because of World War II). Below are some fascinating World Cup 2014 facts:
- This will be the first World Cup ever with goal-line technology.
- Brazil is the 5th country to host a World Cup for the 2nd time. Brazil last hosted the World Cup in 1950.
- 2014 World Cup is the most expensive World Cup ever. The costs so far are 14-16 billion US Dollars.
- A paraplegic teenager in a mind-controlled exoskeleton suit will take the first 2014 World Cup kick.
- Referees are allowed to stop matches 2/3 times due to weather conditions. The heat can become very intense is some of the northern and north eastern cities where matches will be played.
- Lionel Messi Is ‘the most expensive player’ in the 2014 World Cup
- 2014 World Cup champion will win 35 million US Dollars.
- Bosnia And Herzegovina is the only country in this World Cup to have qualified for the first time.
- Germany will be the first country which will play their 100th World Cup match.
- A Simpsons episode has been dedicated to the 2014 World Cup. The episode is called “You don’t have to live like a referee and was first aired on 30 March 2014. In the episode Homer and his family go to Brazil where Homer is recruited as a referee for the World Cup.
- Fuleco is the mascot of the 2014 World Cup. The Brazilian three-banded armadillo is nicknamed tatu-bola.
The National Literacy Trust have launched a World Cup Reading Selfie competition. This World Cup prize draw challenges children to have their picture taken holding something they have read that relates to the 2014 World Cup. This could be a newspaper, a book, a magazine or even a football sticker album. One winner, chosen at random, will receive a signed copy of Frankie and the World Cup Carnival signed by Chelsea and England mid fielder Frank Lampard.
The competition is open to children between the ages of 5 and 16 years and is open from Monday 9th June to Sunday 6th July. To enter, simply ask your parents to complete the entry form and email it with the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details and to download the entry form go to National Literacy Trust World Cup 2014 competition.
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
"You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history's shame
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
The first volume of Maya Angelou’s celebrated memoirs, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is available to borrow from the War Memorial Library.