The Week Junior UK - 03.08.2019

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3August 201 •

Achievingyour goals

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raig McManus’scareer asaprofessional footballer
ended at the age of 25. Shortly after that, he
became homeless after his parents died. Then his
luck changed. In 2015, hewasasked to play for and
captainTeam Scotland at the HomelessWorld Cup
–aninternational f
competition for peo
arehomeless. Its ai
use football to impr
people’slives.
Captaining his
countrywasone
of the proudest
moments of
McManus’slife,
and this year he
is returning to the
tournament as m
of Team England.
being held in Car
from 27 July to 3
McManus says th
contest made
him believe in hi
and allows peopl
“grow and create
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The chicken whisperer

I

rene Fleming loves chatting to the three chickens
that live at hercarehome in NorthYorkshire. As sh
says, “They look at me as though they know what I’m
saying.”Fleming, aged 93,regularly speakstoDolly,
Nancy andPenny,and has been nicknamed The
Chicken Whisperer by hercarers. She says the hens
d her of when she worked onafarm during the
d WorldWar(1939–45) as part ofagroup
theWomen’sLand Army.She adds, “Out in the
Army,Iused to talk to any animal thatIhad to
after.I’d ask how they were, had they been
ing, had they hadapoo.”

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fJimmyWales had to sum himself up in two
words, they would be “geeky” and “friendly”.
“I think it’sagood thing to be geeky,”hetold
TheWeek Junior.“I’vealways loved science
and history and things likethat.”
Growing up in Huntsville, Alabama, in the
US,Waleswasfascinated by the work of the
scientists and engineers at the nearby NASA
(the US spaceagency) base. Thiswaswhere
NASA developed therockets that first took
humans to the Moon in 1969. His homewas
close enough to the base that the windows
would shakewhenrockets w
tested. Itwasanexciting tim
andWaleswasinspired by
whatcould be achieved by
many people working
together to achieveasingle,
incredible goal.
Years later,Wales felt the
sameexcitement about the
internet and how it might be
used to bring people from all
over the world together to cre
something new.On15Janua
2001, he typed “HelloWorld”
new website. With those tw

Wikipedia–one of the most-viewed websites
ever–was launched.
Wikipedia is an enormous free online
encyclopedia thatcanbewritten and edited
by anyone. It has millions of entries in more
than 290 languages and is, asWales puts it,
“a permanent work in progress”.The subjects
of the entriesrange from serious scientific
theories to one ofWales’spersonalfavourites
–apage dedicated to fictional pigs that have
featured in books,comics, films and TV shows.
Wikipedia’ssuccess has led toWales
one of the world’smost
l people. Although inventing
ia is his biggest claim tofame,
kes that singingSweetHome
aonalate-night TV show in
riacomesaclose second.
espite his success,Wales says
ivesavery normal life. He
s finding out new things and
joysreading his daughter’s
py ofTheWeek Junior.He
loveshis job, adding “I am
very lucky. Iget up every day
and do the most interesting
hingIcan think of.”

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“You havetoengage kids in
readingforpleasure. This idea
of,‘My child’s onlyreading
comics, what doIdo?’ Easy.
Buy them morecomics.”
Author Malorie Blackmantalks about the importance
of showingyoung people the joys ofreading.

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