Are you a fan of Waterloo Road? The actor who played Barry ‘Relished the
opportunity to show a softer side to his character, Barry Barry’.
See ‘Barry hit rockbottom’ .
Have you seen what people are saying? Here is The gossip .
What is all the fuss about in Ukraine? Putin, the Russian president, is not happy with the position of Russia now. It used to be the head of a large group of countries called the Soviet Union, but this collapsed in 1991. It is weaker economically and politically and Putin has been trying to get some of its old strength back.
Crimea, in Eastern Ukraine, used to be part of Russia until the president of the Soviet Union gave it to Ukraine in 1954. 58 – 60% of the people in Crimea are reported to be ethnicly Russian and do not want to become part of Europe, like many Ukrainians do. Russia has a military fleet of ships there, on the Black Sea coast, and does not want to lose that base.
Europe and the United States are very concerned but, on the whole, they do not want to do anything too dangerous.
For a brief introduction to recent events see Why is Ukraine in turmoil?
To see why Putin is unhappy, via video and text, click on Fall of the Soviet Union .
To see why Crimea is so important to Putin see Russia’s naval stronghold .
Do you know much about Eurostar? It is a high speed train that takes passengers from London to Paris and from London to Brussels, in Belgium. It goes along a new line called High Speed 1 from central London to the Chanel Tunnel. When the Chanel Tunnel opened Eurostar had to use the old line to Waterloo station. It was much slower and more congested than the dedicated high speed line linking Paris to the tunnel.
A Eurostar train set a new British speed record of 208.0 mph on the first section of High Speed 1 shortly before it opened on 30 July 2003.
The second and final phase was opened in 2007. It allows trains to travel at speeds of 186 mph. The combined effect of both phases was to cut Eurostar journey times by 40 minutes. It is now possible to travel from London to Paris by train in 2 hours 15 minutes.
It now carries more passengers to Paris and Brussels than all airlines put together. It does this with about 90% less carbon dioxide emissions than the airlines.
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