As I wake up inside our puffy down-feather sleeping bag, the body aches from running a marathon yesterday and the mind aches with the reality that Katharine, my fellow adventure runner and I will do it again today and tomorrow too.
Life for many has got worse as the government has used the opportunity presented by the global financial crisis to push through reforms to restructure the UK economy. Part of that restructuring has been to change the function of higher education.
The idea of The Silent University started at the beginning of 2012. It was inspired by the urgent need for a common voice for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, who although from a professional background, could not practice their profession due to the limitations of residency permits, language barriers and other bureaucratic restrictions.
Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) provide education for children who cannot go to mainstream school. Supporting excluded young people in PRUs can be challenging, especially when it comes to the use and misuse of social media. Stephen Carrick-Davies, author of the ‘Munch Poke Ping’ report shares what mainstream schools can learn from the work being done in PRUs.
With Anti-Bullying Week running from 19-23 November, Lauren Seager-Smith from the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), which is hosted by the National Children’s Bureau, discusses the effects of bullying on our children and young people and what can be done to tackle it.
Macy Gray was a guest on our show this week to enthuse over her two young bull breeds Trigga and Weezy, both of which were left behind in America.
Economic conditions continue to prove challenging for the country’s small businesses with any fluctuations in investment, inflation or confidence hitting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) the hardest. It’s clear that businesses have had to become savvier in how they operate, generate revenue and protect the bottom line. That’s why many of the UK’s SMEs are turning to innovative trading alternatives as they look to boost revenue.
Right now, if the economy was a patient, it would still be in intensive care. Showing positive signs, but still a sick puppy. It will take time to inject enough confidence into the market to ensure that growth is maintained and the economy is truly back on track.
Next year Derry~London Derry will become the first UK City of Culture. Inspired by Liverpool’s tenure as the European holder of the title, the Northern Irish city will celebrate a year of local culture, as well as holding some of the UK’s most prestigious cultural events and awards.
This weekend is Discover Dogs at London’s Earl’s Court and we have been asked to judge. What sounds like a great gig is in fact one of the most stressful challenges in our diary.
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