This year stages 1-3 of Le Tour de France will be in Yorkshire. You could say that it has outgrown its name over the years. It will start in Leeds on Saturday, July 5 and finish in Paris on Sunday, July 27. You can dip into the highlights on ITV4, if you want to. They are on daily from 7-8pm.
Mountain stages offer dynamic cycling action in scenic surroundings. Here is a sequence of video clips from a mountain stage. The ITV tour coverage has commentary rather than music, though.
If you watch the tour they often mention the peleton. Do you know what it is? It works on the same principle as birds that you might have seen migrating in a V-shaped formation.
Changing the subject, here is an article about bike share programs around the world.
Catherine Tate is a very popular comedian. Chances are you have seen her on TV. In this video clip, Lauren, one of Catherine’s characters, takes her bad attitude into her French Exam and then to Albert Square for a Children in Need Eastenders Special.
Here are a couple of new fun quizzes for you to try, maybe in the comfort of your own home. You may have heard that honesty is the best policy, but do you know when to zip your lips ?
It may be tempting to write some people off pretty quickly. After all, people can be such a pain. Are you quick to judge? No need to take the result of the quiz seriously, though.
You may have heard of Margaret Thatcher, particularly since she grew up in Grantham and went to the High School. We introduced her in May in connection with two Bryan Adams songs. Now here is the story of her life in slightly more detail. On a lighter note, here are some of her more pithy quotes and a couple of pictures of her in her youth . Bear in mind, though, that not everyone has it in them to work as hard as Mrs T for as long as she did.
As prime minister she believed in free markets and wealth creation. Dire Straights captured something of the mood of the time with their hit song Money for Nothing . The comedian Harry Enfield mischievously created the character Loads-a-money . Best not to copy the behaviour, though, it is socially unacceptable – which is what is supposed to make it funny.
She drove through the selling off of many of the state owned utilities. British Gas was the first to be advertised to the public at large. The Pet Shop Boys came up with a song about the sell off called Shopping .