Post-game, Wilshere suggested that there were signs of the old Arsenal and, although that may be a little premature, you can understand his statement.
The weekend before last, Brian McDermott broke with the habit of his managerial career to date by ditching his tracksuit, opting instead for something a little bit smarter ahead of Reading’s Premier League clash against Everton.
The best possible training for any sort of writing is to read as many examples of the genre written by experienced people as you can. That way you absorb the conventions and possible approaches. You won’t write, say, a decent novel, play or poem unless you’ve read plenty of novels, plays or poems. And exactly the same principle applies to theatre reviewing.
Literacy rates in England have stalled; the country has not seen any improvements since 2005, according to Ofsted’s chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw. Teaching unions, however, argue that there have been big improvements over the past two decades. A national reading competition was announced by the government in February in an effort to encourage children, between the [...]
Thousands of children each year leave primary school with little more than basic literacy skills. Dr Cathy Taylor, principal at the Sirius Academy in Hull, spoke out last week after finding almost one in ten pupils joining her school at 11 had a reading age of five.
The Carnegie shortlist is announced today, and could be the perfect opportunity to get children reading and making recommendations of their own.
Sitting on a train last week were two children, a girl of perhaps 11 and her younger brother who was about 9. They were being escorted home to parents after a half term jaunt, I inferred, by their grandmother. After a bit they were ready to settle. Both asked Granny for their Kindles which they then read with total absorption until the train reached St Pancras station 45 minutes later.
Even after many months, one dour day on Wembley way last May still hurts the heart of Dave Jones.
Inside the sun-soaked national stadium in the play-off final last year, goals from Charlie Adam, Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Brett Ormerod earned Blackpool promotion with a 3-2 win and cancelled Cardiff’s dream of dining at the top-flight table.
And ahead [...]
Justin Bieber has no affiliation with English football but Brendan Rodgers’ latest comments doubtless reminded journalistic inquisitors of the singers’ recent catchy chorus.
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