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Vocational courses: Is it because I is black?, Notebook

Vocational courses: Is it because I is black?

In March 2002 Professor David Gillborn, a leading authority on critical race studies in Education, warned that the reform of secondary education which introduced vocational programmes for “lower-performing pupils” would only serve to entrench institutional racism within schools. He argued that when teachers define “lower-performing pupils” “they generally underestimate the abilities of black youngsters.” His [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 7 March 2011 at 10:43 am

World of weather: the strongest gust of wind, Notebook

World of weather: the strongest gust of wind

I guess we are allused to hearing about new records being broken when it comes to the weather. So it won’t come as a surprise to hear that there is a new record for the strongest gust of wind. The 253.5mph gust was measured at Barrow Island, Australia during Tropical Cyclone Olivia. What is unusual [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 7 March 2011 at 10:17 am

Caught & Social: Liam aims Eye with new band, Notebook

Caught & Social: Liam aims Eye with new band

Daily gossip from the world of celeb

By | Notebook | Monday, 7 March 2011 at 10:02 am

Today from <i>i</i>: what’s in an uplifting motto?, Notebook

Today from i: what’s in an uplifting motto?

Today’s graphic from i

By | Notebook | Monday, 7 March 2011 at 9:52 am

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Digital Digest

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Did ‘Mummy’s Curse’ Kill Egyptian Looters?, Eagle Eye

Did ‘Mummy’s Curse’ Kill Egyptian Looters?

Now this is more like it. Number 528 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by Salem News (“Serving Oregon & The Pacific Northwest”). Complete with picture of Howard Carter looking at Tutankhamen’s sarcophagus, taken from a book called Was there really a curse on King Tutankhamen’s tomb?
It follows number [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 7 March 2011 at 9:39 am

Getting lost in translation – an occupational hazard in the travelling tennis world?, Sport

Getting lost in translation – an occupational hazard in the travelling tennis world?

In today’s multimedia arena of smartphones, iPads, twitter, Facebook, and so on, the concept of not being understood is rather a rare one.
We are blessed, that, apart from throughout most of China, the Queen’s speech is an all-pervading influence. First of all, much of the internet is in English. And secondly, if you do have [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 7 March 2011 at 9:30 am

Online House Hunter: Be read and green, Property

Online House Hunter: Be read and green

Don’t ignore your new home’s Energy Performance Certificate – it could guide you about future costs needed on your home

By | Property | Monday, 7 March 2011 at 7:00 am

Banksy’s piece of vandalism gets… vandalised, Arts

Banksy’s piece of vandalism gets… vandalised

For as long as anyone can remember, a patch of wasteland by the Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Monica and Malibu has been home to a peculiar eyesore: a derelict oil tank, painted beige, with a small pipe protruding from its left hand side. Local residents of this expensive part of West Los Angeles have [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 7 March 2011 at 5:37 am

Clegg Makes More Sense Than Cameron Shock, Eagle Eye

Clegg Makes More Sense Than Cameron Shock

By way of footnotes to my columnising in The Independent on Sunday today (Comrade Coren has recently verbed the word column),* it turns out that some people do not recognise my reference to the Mirror of Erised.
This just goes to show that some of us columnisers have a cultural hinterland, doesn’t it? (Do not attempt [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 6 March 2011 at 9:27 pm

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