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Constituencies, wards and local councils

Constituencies (a.k.a. parliamentary constituencies): each electing one Member of Parliament (MP) every 5 years to the House of Commons (Parliament). There are 650 constituencies in the UK. Wards (a.k.a. electoral divisions or electoral wards) is the primary unit of English electoral geography for borough and district councils, county councils or city councils. Each ward elects either one or two councillors to be members of the local council. There were 9,456 electoral wards/divisions in the UK and each ward has an average electorate of about 5,500 people, but ward population can vary substantially. Local council is made up of a number of Councillors (Cllr) who meet regularly to make decisions about the direction of the council and the work it does for the community. As elected bodies local councils are responsible to their local community. Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what they do and how they make decisions. Members of public can attend public council m

First Certificate of Bookstart Book Crawl

We have a mobile library instead of a local library in this area.  The librarian let Brenda collect stickers on on each visit. She gave Brenda a Collectors' Card, which has four slots for four stickers. When Brenda collects four stickers, she can exchange those stickers for a certificate. Ten normal certificates can can exchange a golden one, the librarian said. This is a quite good incentive for children to establish a library habit,  we have been taking her to library since six months old, though, once every four weeks, and she loves reading books. This scheme is called the Bookstart Book Crawl , which is a library-joining incentive for children age 0-4 years. Bookstart also provides a free book pack for every baby in UK.

Sir Henry Fowler's Funny moustache

This is Sir Henry Fowler , an engineer of Midland Railway, he regarded himself as the "Father of the Club", meaning he regarded himself as the founder of Derby Railway Engineering Society. This picture has been scanned from a book titled Derby Railway Engineering Society 1908 - 2008, by Anthony J. Broughton , this book is for the celebration of the century of one of the oldest railway engineering societies in Great Britain. It's Sir Henry Fowler's moustache attracted my intention, rather than the railway, to be honest, it's so funny! More funny moustache, here you may find.

Golden Star of the Week

Another Golden Star of the Week for "been working very hard in phonics ", well done.

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day card A parents/carers assembly has been held in the Junior hall in Brenda's School today to celebrate Mother's Day,  it is a chance for the children to thank mum for the love and support they give them.  Their teacher let them make a greeting cards,  paint their mums to show off in the assembly, and made them chanting a poem and presenting flowers to their mum, too. From those we love around us, Because we are still small. We need a lot of love and help, to help us grow up tall. Hugs and kisses we give back, and flowers and presents too. Lovely smiles to light you day, are specially made for you! When the children finished reciting, several mums started to wipe their wet eye. Brenda's Mummy

Heating bills: it's burning money!

In Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol , Scrooge is a miser, see how he kept the smallest coal fire to save heating bills: Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk's fire was very much smaller that it looked like one coal. but he couldn't replenish it, for Scrooge kept the coal-box in his own room; and so surely as the clerk came in with the shovel, the master predicted that it would be necessary for them to part. Where fore the clerk put on his white comforter, and tried to warm himself at the candle; in which effort, not being a man of as strong imagination, he failed. Alice says, her colleague stays two hours longer in office instead of going home after working. Even at weekend, he goes to his office to save heater bill. He share a house with other three house mates, I wonder how they divide their heating bill. Alice seems to carry on a Guerrilla warfare with me on gas heating, or a tug of war, or a seesaw of war whatever. She always turn down the gas heater t

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