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The housing safety net is being dismantled at the time it’s going to be needed most, Eagle Eye

The housing safety net is being dismantled at the time it’s going to be needed most

There’s no doubt that these are some of the toughest economic times we’ve faced for decades. While figures out this week showed a slight fall in repossessions, a record number of people called Shelter’s homeowner helpline last month. Unemployment is increasing, inflation rising and an inevitable rise in interest rates lies ahead. As our housing advisers see every day, just one little thing like a drop in income or bout of illness can be all that’s needed to push people into a spiral of debt and arrears that can end in the loss of their home.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 14 February 2011 at 10:27 am

Games review roundup: Test Drive Unlimited 2; Dr Kawashima’s Brain and Body Exercises; Dance Juniors; Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, Games

Games review roundup: Test Drive Unlimited 2; Dr Kawashima’s Brain and Body Exercises; Dance Juniors; Bionic Commando Rearmed 2

A weekly roundup of our bite-size games reviews, this week featuring open-world racing in Test Drive Unlimited 2; more brain training from Dr Kawashima’s Brain and Body Exercises; stepping to the beat with Dance Juniors and the return of the king of swing in Bionic Commando Rearmed 2.

By | Games, Notebook | Monday, 14 February 2011 at 10:12 am

Online House Hunter: Back to School II, Notebook

Online House Hunter: Back to School II

IN my last blog I gave some pointers for those wishing to find out about schools near their new home. Schoolsfinder is your first port of call but then you’ll want to pay a visit to the Education Performance Tables and Ofsted to find out about the quality of the school – at least ahead [...]

By | Notebook, Property | Monday, 14 February 2011 at 7:00 am

Fighting out of the Fringes: The beauty of the school show., Arts

Fighting out of the Fringes: The beauty of the school show.

Thank goodness it’s over.  An unnecessarily blue coloured theatre that should in all honesty be painted black, piles of parents and siblings of the cast, a drizzly February night with hastily dampening printed toilet signage – it can only be a school show.
Grumpy.
Directing non-actors who have to concentrate on their other 9 GCSE subjects or [...]

By | Arts | Sunday, 13 February 2011 at 10:00 pm

Jeremy Paxman: “Inappropriate, sneering, partial”, Eagle Eye

Jeremy Paxman: “Inappropriate, sneering, partial”

Only three months after the event this time, but the BBC has grudgingly accepted that Jeremy Paxman breached the BBC’s Charter obligation of impartiality with his article in The Guardian about which I wrote in December.
As reported in The Independent on Sunday, Helen Boaden, director of BBC News, has upheld part of the complaint made [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 13 February 2011 at 2:16 pm

Missing Men – missing from media coverage, Notebook

Missing Men – missing from media coverage

The body of a young man found in the River Irwell in Salford was today confirmed to be that of the missing Nathan Tomlinson.
Nathan went missing on the same day as Joanna Yeates.
Until yesterday, his family and friends had no idea of his whereabouts or what may have happened to him and desperately reached [...]

By | Notebook | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 10:12 pm

Yes Campaign for Voting Reform Stretches Lead

For tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, ComRes again asked people the official question that will be put in the referendum on changing the voting system. The Yes vote has gained from the don’t knows since last month:
At present, the UK uses the “first past the post” system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 7:30 pm

“Big Society Cover for Cuts”: Poll, Eagle Eye

“Big Society Cover for Cuts”: Poll

Not much joy for the Coalition in our ComRes poll for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Labour’s lead has firmed up at six points; our tracker questions on public spending cuts have all moved against the Government; and people are unimpressed by the Big Society.
Voting intention:
Con           [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 7:25 pm

Freedom at last…, Notebook

Freedom at last…

Just over a month into the year, and we are two dictators down.  Who will be next for the chopping board?
For eighteen days, the Egyptian people have inspired us all.  Finally, their revolution has won.  Mubarak is gone, Suleiman is gone.  Of course, this didn’t start in Egypt, but with Mohamed Bouazizi, in the Tunisian [...]

By | Notebook | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 4:28 pm

Lifting the Yoke of NuLiebour Oppression, Eagle Eye

Lifting the Yoke of NuLiebour Oppression

Hurrah for the Freedom Bill, published yesterday.
Nick Clegg wrote a dreadful article for the Daily Telegraph to mark the historic occasion. It was riddled with clichés, including ”hard won British liberties” and the misuse of decimate, and rendered hard to read by bad grammar. As George Orwell said, bad writing betrays muddled thinking.
For those of you who have difficulty [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 12:00 pm

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