Discover The World: July 2013 - Raindance

A lot of things have happened in only the first couple weeks of what has been the hottest (figuratively and literally) month of them all. As before I have taken it upon myself to inform you of what I believe to be some of the more relevant and important stories, so sit back and read on and you just might learn a thing or two.

1. London Heatwave!

With this past Wednesday being the hottest day of the year in London (32.2C or 90F), the Met Office has decided to raise the heatwave warning to level three. This disgustingly warm weather isn’t seeming to go away anytime soon either but thankfully isn’t supposed to get any worse. Try to keep cool people! Water and shade are your best friends!

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2. Nelson Mandela Turns 95 In Hospital And Is Recovering!

Matthew Willman 008With a surprising turn-around, Nelson Mandela has celebrated his 95 birthday today (July 18, 2013) in the hospital in Pretoria. Being in the hospital since 8 June with a severe lung infection, doctors say Mandela’s condition is improving and that he should be able to return home soon! Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela!

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3. JJ Abrams Moves to London to Film Star Wars Episode VII

NEDXJy3LcADbHE_1_5The force is strong with this one! In keeping with tradition of the other saga films, JJ Abrams has decided to move his family to London to shoot Star Wars Episode VII. Despite the move being an “inconvenience” for his family and with some die hard Star Wars fans questioning Abram’s and Disney’s ability to grasp this idea, Abrams reveals that, ““It is so massive and so important to people,” he said. “I think the key to moving forward on something like this is honouring but not revering what came before.”

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4. Edward Snowden Applies for Asylum In Russia

Edward SnowdenFor the past three weeks Edward Snowden has been residing in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport in attempts to seek asylum in Russia from the US. Wanted for leaking highly classified documents from the NSA, Snowden has become the topic of great debate and controversy pertaining to American intelligence and privacy amongst its citizens. Some are calling Snowden a hero while others are condemning him for his treasonous actions. What do you think?

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5. Paul Bhattacharjee’s Body Found in East Sussex

actor-paIn a shocking turn of events the body of actor Paul Bhattacharjee was found at Splash Point cliffs in Seaford, East Sussex, on 12 July. It is still unknown exactly what happened to cause this unfortunate event but authorities are saying that his death is not being treated as suspicious. Bhattacharjee was well known for his roles in Casino Royale(2006), Dirty Pretty Things(2002), and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel(2011). Rest in peace Paul Bhattacharjee (1960-2013).

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6.Hitchcocks Silent Films Join Unesco Register

hitchcockbirdsThe late and great Alfred Hitchcock has been revered for his ability to frighten audiences beyond belief. With this decision, Hitchcock’s nine surviving silent films, including The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog(1927)Champagne(1928), and The Ring(1927) will be submitted to the Unesco UK Memory of the World Register for people to enjoy for many more years to come.

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7. England Legalizes Same Sex Marriage!

130716162132-uk-same-sex-marriage-story-topIn what has become a historic move for the British govermnet, the house of commons has decided to pass a bill that will allow the marriage of same-sex couples in England as well as in Wales. Although same-sex marriages are now permissible by law, it is said that they are most likely not going to be able to take place until next summer due to changes being made within the government, this timetable however could be subject to change.

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