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English pages for children. English pages for everyone.

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Babs Bell (Bishop) Hajdusiewicz and her books

Bestselling author Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz, Ms.Ed. is the author of more than 100 books and 350 poems for children, including: Don’t Go Out in Your Underwear!; Phonics through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry; MORE Phonics through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry; Rhythm & Rhyme Reader Series; Questions and Answers Series; Jacks and More Jacks, Words! Words! Words!; Words and More Words. She is also author of Steppingstone Stories Series; Peaceful Me and Sometimes I Feel Happy, Sometimes I Feel Sad; three Poetry Works! collections for early childhood through intermediate grades; middle-grades biography Mary Carter Smith: African-American Storyteller; and the Dainty Dinosaur Series.

Hajdusiewicz stars in the Wright Group staff-development video Developing Oral Language and Phonemic Awareness through Rhythm and Rhyme. She has written numerous children's stories, articles for teachers and parents, and has contributed to and edited many elementary textbooks.

An educator for 40 years, Hajdusiewicz taught early childhood, elementary, and special education at all levels, served school districts in Indiana and Michigan as director of special education, and taught graduate and undergraduate education courses at Eastern Michigan and Cleveland State Universities. She founded Booking the Future: Reader to Reader™, a community-involvement literacy program that placed books in the hands and homes of more than 16,000 four, five, and six year olds, and Pee Wee Poetry™, a language development program for children aged two through nine. Hajdusiewicz is a frequent conference keynoter for educators and parents and a popular visiting author in schools across the country and abroad.

Specialties: Poetry for kids; humor; parenting for literacy; school staff development; author of numerous classroom materials; emphasis on phonemic awareness before phonics instruction; building love of learning from infancy onward

(Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz живет и работает в Атланте, штат Джорджия. Она написала более 100 книг и 350 стишков для детей. Своими книгами она предоставляет советы, консультации и материал для воспитателей, чтобы они чувствовали себя уверенно в том, что они помогают детям в период их раннего развития и становления их устной речи. Учителя английского языка могут использовать стихи для изучения языка в целом. Родители могут читать эти нехитрые стихи своим детям и помогать им изучать английский язык.)

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Big Ben

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Big Ben, London, England

What is Big Ben?

Big Ben is one of the most famous landmarks in the world. It is the clock tower. The name Big Ben is often used to describe the clock tower that is part of the Palace of Westminster.

Officially "Big Ben" does not refer to the clock tower but instead to the huge thirteen ton Great Bell located at the top of the 320-foot-high tower

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The clock tower is now called The Elizabeth Tower. It was called St Stephen's Tower by Victorian journalists. They referred to anything to do with the House of Commons as news from 'St Stephens', as originally MP's used to sit in St Stephen's Hall.

Where is Big Ben located?

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Big Ben, London, England

Big Ben is situated on the banks of the River Thames on the north side of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London.

How heavy is Big Ben bell?

The Big Ben bell has the following measurements:

9'-0" diameter, 7'-6" high, and weighs 13 tons 10 cwts 3 qtrs 15lbs (13,760 Kg)

When can we hear the bell ring?

Big Ben chimes every 15 minutes and the sound can be heard for a radius of up to 5 miles.

Quick Facts about Big Ben

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Big Ben is the world's largest four-faced chiming clock.

The clock became operational on 7th September 1859.

The four faces of the clock are 55 meters above ground.

The clock faces are 23 feet (7m) in diameter.

The hour hand is 9 ft (2.7m) long, and the minute hand is 14 ft (4.3m) long.

The pendulum is 3.9m long, weighs 300Kg and beats once every 2 seconds.

At the base of each clock face is a Latin inscription, in gilt letters. It reads -

“Domine salvam fac Reginam nostrum Victoriam Primam”
"O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First"

The clock tower is the focus of New Year celebrations in the United Kingdom, with radio and TV stations tuning to its chimes to welcome the start of the year.

On Remembrance Day, the chimes of Big Ben are broadcast to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

A light in the clock tower tells when the House of Commons is in session.

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The London Black Cabs

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The London Black Cabs are amongst the most reputable in the world. Stringent tests of City Knowledge, Character, and Background must be completed before the coveted badge is awarded; and only traditional London Taxis (the Black Cabs) are licensed by the Public Carriage Office to ply for hire in London.

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Harrods, London, England Fun place to go even if you don't buy anything. the Food Courts are amazing.

Harrods
is a luxury department store located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, London. It is owned by the state of Qatar. The Harrods brand also applies to other enterprises undertaken by the Harrods group of companies including Harrods Bank, Harrods Estates, Harrods Aviation and Air Harrods, and to Harrods Buenos Aires, sold by Harrods in 1922 and closed as of 2011.

The store occupies a 5-acre (20,000 m2) site and has 330 departments covering one million square feet (90,000 m2) of retail space.

The Harrods motto is Omnia Omnibus Ubique, which is Latin for "all things for all people, everywhere". Several of its departments, including the seasonal Christmas department and the food halls, are well known.

In 1824, at the age of 25, Charles Henry Harrod established a business at 228 Borough High Street in Southwark. He ran this business, variously listed as a draper, mercer, and a haberdasher, until 1831 at least. During 1825, the business was listed as 'Harrod and Wicking, Linen Drapers, Retail', but this partnership was dissolved at the end of that year. His first grocery business appears to be as ‘Harrod & Co.Grocers’ at 163 Upper Whitecross Street, Clerkenwell, E.C.1., in 1832...

Quick Facts about Harrods, London, England :

    1824: Charles Henry Harrod starts his first business as a draper, at 228, Borough High Street, Southwark, London.
    1834: Charles Henry Harrod (1799–1885) founds a wholesale grocery in Stepney, East London
    1849: Harrods moves to the Knightsbridge area of London, near Hyde Park
    1861: Harrods undergoes a transformation when it was taken over by Harrod's son, Charles Digby Harrod (1841–1905)
    1883: On 6 December, fire guts the shop buildings, giving the family the opportunity to rebuild on a grander scale
    1889: Charles Digby Harrod retires, and Harrods shares are floated on the London Stock Exchange under the name Harrod's Stores Limited
    1905: Begun in 1894, the present building is completed to the design of architect Charles William Stephens.
    1914: Harrods opens its first and only foreign branch in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It became independent of Harrods in the late 1940s but still traded under the Harrods name usable only in Argentina Harrods Buenos Aires.
    1914: Harrods buys the Regent Street department store Dickins & Jones.
    1919: Harrods buys the Manchester department store, Kendals; it took on the Harrods name for a short time in the 1920s, but the name was changed back to Kendals following protests from staff and customers.
    1920: Harrods buys London department store Swan & Edgar and Manchester retailer Walter Carter Ltd.
    1923: Mah-Jongg (lemur) was bought by Stephen Courtauld and Virginia Courtauld (née Peirano). Mah-Jongg lived with the Courtaulds for fifteen years, accompanying the couple on their travels and changes of residence, including Eltham Palace in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
    1928: Harrods buys London department store D H Evans.
    1946: Harrods buys the Sheffield department store, John Walsh.
    1949: Harrods buys William Henderson & Co, a Liverpool department store.
    1955: Harrods buys Birmingham department store Rackhams.
    1959: The British department store holding company, House of Fraser, buys Harrods, fighting off competition from Debenhams and United Drapery Stores.
    1969: Christian the lion was bought by John Rendall and Anthony 'Ace' Bourke. The lion was set free in Kenya after reaching maturity.
    1983: A terrorist attack by the Provisional IRA outside the Brompton store kills six people.
    1985: The Fayed brothers buy House of Fraser including Harrods Store for £615 million.
    1986: The small town of Otorohanga in New Zealand briefly changed its name to Harrodsville in response to legal threats made by Mohamed Al-Fayed against a person with the surname of Harrod, who had used the name "Harrod's" for his shop.
    1990: A Harrods shop opens on board the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, which was then owned by the Walt Disney Company. Harrods gives right to Duty Free International for a licence to operate a Harrods Signature Shop at Toronto Pearson International Airport's Terminal 3 (closed shortly after)
    1994: The relationship between House of Fraser and Harrods is severed. Harrods remains under the ownership of the Fayed family, and House of Fraser is floated on the stock exchange.
    1997: An English court issues an injunction to restrain the Buenos Aires Harrods store from trading under the Harrods name.
    2000: A Harrods shop opens on board the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, owned by the Cunard Line.
    2006: The Harrods "102" shop opens opposite the main shop in Brompton Road; it features concessions like Krispy Kreme and Yo! Sushi, as well as florists, a herbalist, a masseur, and an oxygen spa. The store closed in 2013.
    2006: Omar Fayed, Mohamed's youngest son, joins the Harrods board.
    2010: Fayed announces he has sold Harrods to the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). It has been reported that the QIA paid £1.5 billion for the Knightsbridge store, in a deal signed in the early hours of 8 May 2010.
    2010: Harrods looks at the possibility of expanding to China and opening a new shop in Shanghai. Michael Ward, managing director of Harrods, said, "There are other areas of the world where we could operate profitably." The number of Chinese shoppers visiting Harrods is increasing, and the average spent by a Chinese shopper is three times that of any other nationality.
    2012: The figurative sculptures that once adorned the Harrods food hall are consigned for sale at West Middlesex Auction Rooms, The two Mermaids supporting a giant Clam and the Stag and Boar sheltering under an English Oak are purchased by Greaves & Thomas for inclusion in an elaborate fountain for Ryde, Isle of Wight.

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St Pauls Cathedral, London, England

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Where is St Paul's Cathedral?

St Paul’s Cathedral is located within the City of London on Ludgate Hill, the City’s highest point.

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When was St Paul's Cathedral built? Who built it?

St Paul's Cathedral seen today – the fourth, was built between 1675 and 1711 by Sir Christopher Wren. The foundation stone was laid in 1675 when Wren was 43 years old, and the last stone was put in lace by his son 35 years later.
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St Pauls Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge taken from a window of the Tate Modern - London, UK,

A Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604 AD. The first cathedral was made from wood and was built for Mellitus, Bishop of the East Saxons. It was destroyed by a fire in 675 AD and was rebuilt ten years later. It was destroyed again by Vikings in 962 AD and rebuilt in stone by the Normans. This third building was destoyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666 and was larger than Wren's present building. It must have dwarfed the medieval city.

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Wren also designed over 50 other London churches.

What can your see inside St Paul's Cathedral?

St. Paul's is packed with memorials to notable Britons including Christopher Wren, Duke of Wellington and Admiral Lord Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1804.

    Christopher Wren died in 1723 at the age of 91. The Latin epitaph on his tomb is translated as "Reader, if you seek his memorial look around you".

    The cathedral’s largest monument is that to the Duke of Wellington, depicting the Duke riding a horse.

The cathedral’s crypt is the largest in Western Europe and extends the entire length of the building. There are over 200 monuments and memorials in the crypt.

Burials are no longer held in St. Paul's.

How high do you need to climb to the Golden Gallery?

For the fit or ambitious, you can climb 530 steps to the Golden Gallery, an observation platform atop the dome of the cathedral.

What can you see from the observation platform (big balcony)?

From the observation balcony you can look out over the modern skyline of the city of London.

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The Dome

The dome of St Paul's Cathedral is the second biggest dome in the world, after St Peter's in Rome.

The Whispering Gallery

At the dome's base is the Whispering Gallery, a circular walkway halfway up the inside of the dome. Due to the acoustics of the curved surface, a phrase whispered against one wall can be heard against the far wall 112 feet away.

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Important Events

    Funeral of Admiral Nelson in 1806
    Funeral of Winston Churchill in 1965.
    Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

Opening Times

Open Monday – Saturday 8:30 – 16:00 Special events may close the Cathedral so check before visiting

St. Paul's on the web:
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Elizabeth Tower with Big Ben, London, UK

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Big Ben Facts

    Each dial is seven metres in diameter
    The minute hands are 4.2 metres long (14ft) and weigh about 100kg (220lbs, including counterweights)
    The numbers are approximately 60cm (23in) long
    There are 312 pieces of glass in each clock dial
    A special light above the clock faces is illuminated when parliament is in session
    Big Ben's timekeeping is strictly regulated by a stack of coins placed on the huge pendulum.
    Big Ben has rarely stopped. Even after a bomb destroyed the Commons chamber during the Second World War, the clock tower survived and Big Ben continued to strike the hours.
    The chimes of Big Ben were first broadcast by the BBC on 31 December 1923, a tradition that continues to this day.
    The latin words under the clockface read DOMINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRAM VICTORIAM PRIMAM, which means "O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First"
    In June 2012 the House of Commons announced that the clock tower was to be renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. 


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Elizabeth Tower with Big Ben, London, UK

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower as well. The tower is officially known as Elizabeth Tower, renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012; previously, it was known simply as the Clock Tower.

When completed in 1859, it was, says clockmaker Ian Westworth, “the prince of timekeepers: the biggest, most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world.” The tower had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, during which celebratory events took place.

A British cultural icon, the tower is one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London.

On 21 August 2017, the tower began a four-year period of renovation. With a few exceptions, the tower's renowned bells will be silent until the renovation is complete.

Tower

Elizabeth Tower, previously called the Clock Tower but more popularly known as Big Ben, was raised as a part of Charles Barry's design for a new palace, after the old Palace of Westminster was largely destroyed by fire on the night of 16 October 1834. The new parliament was built in a neo-gothic style. Although Barry was the chief architect of the palace, he turned to Augustus Pugin for the design of the clock tower, which resembles earlier Pugin designs, including one for Scarisbrick Hall in Lancashire. The design for the tower was Pugin's last design before his final descent into madness and death, and Pugin himself wrote, at the time of Barry's last visit to him to collect the drawings: "I never worked so hard in my life for Mr Barry for tomorrow I render all the designs for finishing his bell tower & it is beautiful." The tower is designed in Pugin's celebrated Gothic Revival style, and is 315 feet (96.0 m) high.

The bottom 200 feet (61.0 m) of the tower's structure consists of brickwork with sand-coloured Anston limestone cladding. The remainder of the tower's height is a framed spire of cast iron. The tower is founded on a 50 feet (15.2 m) square raft, made of 10 feet (3.0 m) thick concrete, at a depth of 13 feet (4.0 m) below ground level. The four clock dials are 180 feet (54.9 m) above ground. The interior volume of the tower is 164,200 cubic feet (4,650 cubic metres).

Despite being one of the world's most famous tourist attractions, the interior of the tower is not open to overseas visitors, though United Kingdom residents are able to arrange tours (well in advance) through their Member of Parliament. However, the tower currently has no lift, though one is planned, so those escorted must climb the 334 limestone stairs to the top.

Due to changes in ground conditions since construction, the tower leans slightly to the north-west, by roughly 230 millimetres (9.1 in) over 55 m height, giving an inclination of approximately 1/240. This includes a planned maximum of 22 mm increased tilt due to tunnelling for the Jubilee line extension. Due to thermal effects it oscillates annually by a few millimetres east and west.

Journalists during Queen Victoria's reign called it St Stephen's Tower. As MPs originally sat at St Stephen's Hall, these journalists referred to anything related to the House of Commons as news from "St. Stephens" (the Palace of Westminster contains a feature called St Stephen's Tower, a smaller tower over the public entrance). The usage persists in Welsh, where the Westminster district, and Parliament by extension, is known as San Steffan.

On 2 June 2012, The Daily Telegraph reported that 331 Members of Parliament, including senior members of all three main parties, supported a proposal to change the name from Clock Tower to Elizabeth Tower in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in her diamond jubilee year. This was thought to be appropriate because the large west tower now known as Victoria Tower was renamed in tribute to Queen Victoria on her diamond jubilee. On 26 June 2012, the House of Commons confirmed that the name change could go ahead. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced the change of name on 12 September 2012 at the start of Prime Minister's Questions. The change was marked by a naming ceremony in which the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, unveiled a name plaque attached to the tower on the adjoining Speaker's Green.

Clock

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The dial of the Great Clock of Westminster.
The hour hand is 9 feet (2.7 m) long and
the minute hand is 14 feet (4.3 m) long.

The clock and dials were designed by Augustus Pugin. The clock dials are set in an iron frame 23 feet (7.0 m) in diameter, supporting 312 pieces of opal glass, rather like a stained-glass window. Some of the glass pieces may be removed for inspection of the hands. The surround of the dials is gilded. At the base of each clock dial in gilt letters is the Latin inscription:

    DOMINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRAM VICTORIAM PRIMAM

Which means O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First.

Unlike most other Roman numeral clock dials, which show the '4' position as 'IIII', the Great Clock faces depict '4' as 'IV'.

Movement

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The south clock face being cleaned
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The clock's movement is famous for its reliability. The designers were the lawyer and amateur horologist Edmund Beckett Denison, and George Airy, the Astronomer Royal. Construction was entrusted to clockmaker Edward John Dent; after his death in 1853 his stepson Frederick Dent completed the work, in 1854.[22] As the tower was not complete until 1859, Denison had time to experiment: instead of using the deadbeat escapement and remontoire as originally designed, Denison invented the double three-legged gravity escapement. This escapement provides the best separation between pendulum and clock mechanism. The pendulum is installed within an enclosed windproof box beneath the clockroom. It is 13 feet (4.0 m) long, weighs 660 pounds (300 kg), suspended on a strip of spring steel 1/64 inch in thickness, and beats every 2 seconds. The clockwork mechanism in a room below weighs 5 tons. On top of the pendulum is a small stack of old penny coins; these are to adjust the time of the clock. Adding a coin has the effect of minutely lifting the position of the pendulum's centre of mass, reducing the effective length of the pendulum rod and hence increasing the rate at which the pendulum swings. Adding or removing a penny will change the clock's speed by 0.4 seconds per day.

On 10 May 1941, a German bombing raid damaged two of the clock's dials and sections of the tower's stepped roof and destroyed the House of Commons chamber. Architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott designed a new five-floor block. Two floors are occupied by the current chamber, which was used for the first time on 26 October 1950. The clock ran accurately and chimed throughout the Blitz.

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Tower Bridge in London, England.

Where does the Tower Bridge stand (over which river)?

Tower Bridge has stood over the River Thames in London since 1894 and is one of the finest, most recognisable bridges in the World. It is the London bridge you tend to see in movies and on advertising literature for London.

Why is the Tower Bridge special?

Tower Bridge is the only Thames bridge which can be raised.

The middle section can be raised to permit large vessels to pass the Tower Bridge. Massive engines raise the bridge sections, which weigh about 1000 tons each, in just over a minute. It used to be raised about 50 times a day, but nowadays it is only raised 4 to 5 times a week

Fascinating Facts about the Tower of London

    Tower Bridge is the most recognisable bridge on the River Thames and is often mistakenly referred to as “London Bridge”.
    The total cost of construction of Tower Bridge was £1,184,000 (£100 million as of 2011).
    The bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by The Prince of Wales (the future King Edward Vll) and his wife, The Princess of Wales.
    It takes 61 seconds to open Tower Bridge, which opens about 1,000 times a year.
    Tower Bridge is the only bridge over the Thames that can be raised as it is a combined bascule (drawbridge) and suspension bridge. This means that the middle section of the bridge can be raised to allow river traffic to pass through.
    The bridge was originally painted a chocolate brown colour. Then in 1977, it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
    There have been several incidents on the bridge over the years. In December 1952, the bridge opened while a number 78 doubledecker bus was on it!

Tower Bridge is close to The Tower of London

Nearest Tube: Tower Hill (Circle) London Bridge (Northern, Jubilee,)

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Westminster Abbey London St. Paul's Cathedral

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Prince George to start school with mum and dad by his side

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When Prince George starts school on Thursday, he will no doubt be just as nervous as any other four-year-old.

But the third-in-line to the throne will have some familiar faces by his side, as Kensington Palace announce both his mother and father will be joining him for the school run.

The Duke of Cambridge will be there to hold his son's hand for his first day at Thomas’ Battersea, as the Cambridge family settles full-time in London to support the Queen in her duties.

The decision makes good on a promise made by the Duchess when she met fellow Thomas’ parents earlier this year and told them: “I may see you at the school gates”.

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Prince George starts nursery  Credit: Duchess of Cambridge/PA

The Duke and Duchess have spoken often of their wish to be hands-on parents, emphasising the importance of encouraging Prince George and Princess Charlotte of speaking about their emotions.

The young Prince William was taken to his first day at school, in January 1987 at Wetherby, by his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, while his father was unexpectedly stuck in a snowstorm.

Both the Prince and Princess took Prince Harry for his first day, accompanied for photographs by a lively Prince William. The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied the young Prince Charles for his first day at Cheam.

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Prince William on his first day of school, January 1987

The school run on Thursday heralds the start of a new era for the Cambridge family, as they base themselves at Kensington Palace full time.

A full programme of engagements through the autumn will see the Duke, along with other senior members of the Royal Family, step up support his grandmother The Queen, and continue his key charitable interests.

As well as an overseas trip in November, Kensington Palace said he would focus on initiatives dealing with homelessness, conservation, cyber-bullying.

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Prince Charles arrives at Cheam School in 1957 with his mother, The Queen, and father Prince Philip

The Duchess, who will also be helping Prince George settle into school and Princess Charlotte start nursery, will undertake engagements publicising addiction, family breakdown and the importance of early intervention.

Prince George, meanwhile, will be busy at Thomas's, described by The Good Schools Guide as "busy" and "slightly chaotic", with 19 different languages spoken in pupils' homes.

The school, where fees cost from £17,604 a year, was reviewed as "a big, busy, slightly chaotic school for cosmopolitan parents who want their children to have the best English education money can buy.

That is what they want and, to a large degree, that is what they get".

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Kate Middleton Honored Princess Diana's Life in the Sweetest Way Today
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In the wake of the 20-year anniversary of Princess Diana's death, Kate Middleton spent the day honoring her memory along with Diana's sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. The three paid a visit to the former Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, which has been transformed into the White Garden and filled with white roses, lilies, gladioli, and cosmos flowers.

The new blooms were planted in dedication to the late Princess, and were inspired by her charitable work and her unforgettable style, including the famous white "Elvis" Catherine Walker dress. "The engagement will allow the Princes to pay tribute to the life and work of their mother the day before the twentieth anniversary of her death," an earlier statement from Kensington Palace said.

According to CNN, during their visit they met with various charities that were meaningful to the late Princess Diana, such as people from the U.K.'s homeless charity Centrepoint, the National AIDS Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Leprosy Mission and the Landmine Survivors Network.

The Duchess wore Prada's Poppy Silk-Crepe Dress (which retails for a cool $2,340) as she strolled through the garden with an umbrella and Prince William and Prince Harry by her side. We imagine the royal family has more plans to honor Diana's life tomorrow, on the exact date of the twentieth anniversary of her death.

Kate Middleton was in good spirits despite the dreary weather as she walked around the garden.

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The royal family members were spotted in a conversation with gardener Sean Harkin.

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Below are the delicate white flowers that were planted in Princess Diana's honor. The transformed garden will continue to be open for public viewing through September.

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A five year old girl wrote to the Queen asking to borrow a swan. She got an awesome response

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The Queen, or the Crown, owns every swan in Britain. That's the law right? Everyone knows that.

So when a young girl wanted to own one for herself, she knew exactly who to contact.

Five-year-old Lyndsay Simpson, had her heart set on caring for a sawn and requested permission from Queen Elizabeth to have one as a pet.

After being informed by her mother Jennifer Bax that the Queen owns all the swans, Lyndsay penned a letter to Her Majesty.

In it she conveyed her love of swans and how she planned to keep it in the bath.

We're not sure if keeping an animal the size of a swan in a bath is such a good idea, but Buckingham Palace responded in the best possible way.

The Times report that Jennie Vine, a deputy correspondence co-ordinator at the Palace, stated that the Queen had taken 'careful note' of Lyndsay's request but had unfortunate news for her.

The belief that the Queen owns every swan in the land is nothing more than a misconception that dates back for centuries.

Now, like us, you are probably shocked at this revelation, but the Palace's letter did clarify the issue.

 

The Queen has asked me to thank you for your letter...from which Her Majesty has taken careful note of your comments regarding the keeping of swans as pets.

    I should perhaps explain that it is a common misconception that The Queen owns all the swans in the United Kingdom.

    Her Majesty owns mute swans and only exercises her right of ownership over swans on certain parts of the River Thames.

    It should be remembered that as native wild birds, swans now enjoy statutory protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

    The Queen was encouraged to know of your interest in our native birdlife and thought it kind of you to write as you did.


This honest and heartfelt response was also accompanied with a booklet on swan upping, a ceremony where the birds are captured, tagged and then released.

As you can guess, Lyndsay and her mother were delighted to receive the letter from Her Majesty.

We're still interested to learn if a swan could actually survive in a bath, but when asked what she would feed the swan, Lyndsay told The Times:

   

Whatever the Queen feeds her swans.


That's pretty sound logic.

Speaking to the Petersfield Post, Lyndsay's Grandmother, Carol Bax added:

 

It’s absolutely amazing that they took the time and trouble to write to a little girl of five. She was ecstatic. It was just charming. What it’s meant to that little girl – it will stay with her forever.


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On Wednesday, her mom Kate Middleton talked to English National Ballet director Tamara Rojo at the Princess Diana garden at Kensington Palace, and according to Hello!, Di’s passion for dance has transferred to the little princess.

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“She absolutely loves it,” Middleton said, referring to the dance lessons the 2-year-old princess has been taking.

It sounds to us like she’s got a lot in common with Princess Di then—the late royal also had a passion for the activity. Prince William remembered Princess Diana’s dancing as “fantastic,” saying “She loved dancing, she was a fantastic dancer.”


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It was one of many skills Princess Diana possessed, and if Charlotte is already hitting the dance floor herself, we bet she’ll be just as great at it.

The royal family was at the garden Wednesday to remember and celebrate Princess Diana’s life. Diana died twenty years ago on Aug. 31, and the family is paying tribute.

The garden is the fourth London memorial to Princess Diana, and it houses a temporary tribute that will stay open through the end of the year for anyone who wishes to pay their respects.

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Young Prince William

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Young Prince William Looks Just Like Prince George

Prince George looking absolutely besotted with a helicopter:
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Vladimir Putin Talks Ruling the World, Future Wars And Life On Mars

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Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed students back to class by imparting his wisdom on the future of war, the importance of cutting edge technology and surviving on Mars.

Putin began his address to a hall of students in Yaroslavl with a pep talk for the youngsters, urging them to take the “next step” in Russia’s future—a point in a vibrant, millennia-old continuum.

“If we continue to exist for over a thousand years and we are actively developing, becoming stronger, then it means that there is something that makes this happen,” he declared on Friday, in an event broadcast nationwide by the Kremlin, Russia's state media and Kremlin youth movements. “This something is the internal nuclear reactor of our people.”

Not dwelling on the past for too long Putin quickly gave his thoughts on where Russia and the world’s future lay.

“Artificial intelligence is the future not only of Russia but the future of humankind,” Putin said. “Here there are colossal possibilities and threats that are hard to predict today. Whomever becomes a leader in this sphere will be the master of the world and I would very much like it that there is no monopoly of this in any specific pair of hands.”

Putin vowed that if Russia were to attain this enviable position of supremacy over AI “we would share these technology with the whole world, as we share atomic and nuclear technology today.”

Another area for development where Russia cannot claim leadership yet, Putin said, is unmanned vehicles.

“And it is one of the most important directions (for development) that is important to us in all fields—in economics and in defense,” Putin stressed.

Russia is still working on developing a viable military drone programme beyond handheld, reconnaissance drones and increasing automation is a crucial goal in its military modernization strategy before 2020.

“Many countries have flying drones with quite large loading abilities. We are still working on this,” Putin said. Russian arms makers this year unveiled plans for a five tonne Russian drone though this is not in production.

If the future went as defense experts are now predicting, Putin said, one day “wars will be concluded when all the drones on one side are destroyed by the drones of another.

Putin touched on the topic of space technologies, hoping that space travel technology could one day be used in passenger travel, though not necessarily for journeys into outer space. He described the slashing of flight time from Russia’s westernmost major city, Kaliningrad, to its easternmost, Vladivostok, as “a dream.”

As far as space travel is concerned, Putin told students that there is hope for life on other planets in our Solar System.

“The flight to Mars would take no less than half a year, maybe even more,” Putin said. “If you fly to Mars and buried yourself somewhere in there, then you could exist for some period of time. But you have to dig yourself in because cells simply die on the surface,” he warned pupils.

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Queen Elizabeth had an emotional message for victims of Hurricane Harvey

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Tropical storm Harvey has wrecked havoc on parts of Texas and Louisiana all week, with one more devastating image after another. Donald Trump visited the region on Tuesday and pledged to rebuild, but its going to take a lot of time after the unprecedented amount of rainfall and flooding. The damage has drawn the attention of world leaders including Queen Elizabeth, who sent a message to Harvey victims that really puts things into perspective. She reportedly reached out to Trump, and then released an emotional statement on Friday, writing:

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the devastation following the recent terrible floods caused by Hurricane Harvey. Prince Philip and I send our sincere condolences to the victims of this disaster, to those who have lost loved ones, and to those who have seen their homes and property destroyed. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected.”


The damage from Harvey is still being assessed, but the numbers are already staggering. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, at least 49,000 homes in Texas were damaged in the flood and 200,000 homes still don’t have power. Almost 800,000 people were evacuated from Texas and Louisiana in the storm, although authorities are starting to allow some people to return to their homes in order to get a handle on the damage to their personal property.

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Time for Children

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Swinging - Poem for Kids

SWING, swing, swing,
Through the drowsy afternoon ;
Swing, swing, swing,
Up I go to meet the moon.
Swing, swing, swing,
I can see as I go high
Far along the crimson sky ;
I can see as I come down
The tops of houses in the town ;
High and low,
Fast and slow,
Swing, swing, swing.

Swing, swing, swing,
See ! the sun is gone away ;
Swing, swing, swing,
Gone to make a bright new day.
Swing, swing, swing.
I can see as up I go
The poplars waving to and fro,
I can see as I come down
The lights are twinkling in the town,
High and low,
Fast and slow,
Swing, swing, swing.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting their third child

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, Kensington Palace has confirmed.

An official statement released today said: ‘Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child.

‘The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.

‘As with her previous two pregnancies, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

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London is now awash with bike-sharing schemes

Engadget Jamie Rigg,Engadget 13 hours ago

How many bike-sharing schemes does London need exactly? Well, at least five if you ask the companies behind such services. Today, Ofo comes to the capital, following a limited trial in Cambridge that began earlier this year and a launch in Oxford last month. Initially, the Chinese firm has dotted 200 bikes around the London Borough of Hackney. Yesterday, European outfit Urbo announced it was also arriving in London this month, putting 250 bikes on the streets of the Borough of Waltham Forest.

Alongside London's 'Boris bikes,' of which there are over 11,000, we now have four nigh-identical dockless bike rental services vying for custom in the capital. oBike was first, arriving in July, followed by Mobike, Ofo and Urbo this month. Unlike Boris bikes, the schemes don't require riders to end their journeys at designated docking points. Finding, unlocking and paying for bikes is all handled via mobile apps, and there's basically nothing that differentiates one service from another.

Choice is a good thing for consumers, of course, but all these new London players plan to put more and more bikes on the capital's pavements as appetite for rentals you can park up almost anywhere grows. That is, if you can find a spot to legally lock the thing up. Dockless bike-sharing schemes have caused problems in Chinese cities saturated by thousands upon thousands of the things, leading to mounds of wheels and frames forming at popular hop-off points.

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Though the companies in question are operating on a much smaller scale in London right now, similar issues are starting to appear already. Wandsworth Council reported last month that it had impounded 130 oBikes for blocking pavements. Ofo had to seriously reduce the scope of its Cambridge pilot before even launching, too, after local authorities expressed concerns over the potential for pavement clutter.

As the Evening Standard reports, Hackney Council transport bod Feryal Demirci said of Ofo's launch: "We are going to work with Ofo to make sure that users are given information on locations where they can park their bike in hot spot areas to prevent issues such as obstructing the footway and parking on busy, narrow pavements."

Ofo, oBike, Mobike and Urbo all say they are in dialogue with councils, but even formal approval doesn't mean much when the bikes can end up in any London borough. If any more dockless bike-sharing schemes launch in the capital, we might hit saturation point pretty quickly. It seems inevitable, then, that Transport for London (TfL) will probably start regulating these services before too long, just as it now does with Uber.
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