Compare and contrast the cheering crowds that lauded our Paralympian medal winners with the focus group research, carried out recently by the Glasgow Media Group, that found that a representative sample of the British population believes that between half and three-quarters of all disability benefit claimants are scroungers.
Whatever is happening to our food? Or to our meat, to be precise. Up until now meat – fatty, grisly, chewy meat, glistening in tallow – has played a central role on our plates. It has been accessible to everyone, everywhere and has become a food cheaper, quite literally, than chips.
So teachers intend to strike later this term. Except that it won’t be a strike as such. They are just planning to refuse to attend meetings, fill in forms, invigilate, cover for absent colleagues or lead extra-curricular activity because, they say, they don’t want to disrupt children’s education – which is, of course a contradiction in terms.
Uanjuma Joseph Thompson is the co-founder of charity New Day Foundation, in his own words he talks about growing up in Birmingham, why he helped set up the charity and the NDF’s latest project Peace Mix.
“Have we left it too late to save our seas?” ran the headline above Frank Pope’s article in last Thursday’s Times. The newspaper’s Ocean Correspondent and occasional TV presenter issued a stark warning that unless action is taken to protect coral reefs and similar ecosystems around the world, then in the not too distant future the seas “will be dominated by jellyfish and slime”.
Callum Jones talks to the Labour MP for Copeland about the Department for Health’s new incumbents, class, the looming Corby by-election and that fateful night in Bradford.
Having taught Key Stage One (ages six to seven) for six years, I would like to challenge a few of the ‘changes’ that have been made to the English curriculum by the education secretary and share a few of my trade secrets that get children interested in reading and writing – many of the things that Gove seems so keen on phasing out.
Cold blooded shooting is bad enough, but turning six year olds into close range bunny shooters is beyond any civilised society. A responsible government would shoot the sport in the head once and for all. Consigning “shooting porn” to the top shelf would be a start.
After a miserable summer, there was widespread relief that it stayed dry for last Saturday’s match between Notre Dame University’s “Fighting Irish” and the US Naval Academy teams at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.
Five years ago this month, adventure beckoned and I disappeared into the sunset on a twelve-month sojourn to teach in Tanzania. I had had no plans to move to Africa, and in fact was seeking work in Peru, so imagine my surprise when I read the job advert in the TES and the realisation of my forthcoming move struck me.
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