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Tactics Talk: Were Reading not aware that Santi Cazorla is rather good?, Football

Tactics Talk: Were Reading not aware that Santi Cazorla is rather good?

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.

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 18 December 2012 at 11:54 am

Smart idea suits Reading manager Brian McDermott, Football

Smart idea suits Reading manager Brian McDermott

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.

By | Football, Sport | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 at 3:00 pm

Reviewing skills should be taught in English lessons, Arts

Reviewing skills should be taught in English lessons

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.

By | Arts, Opinion | Tuesday, 15 May 2012 at 9:57 am

Gov doesn’t support reading, rappers do, Arts

Gov doesn’t support reading, rappers do

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 [...]

By | Arts, Music, Opinion | Thursday, 19 April 2012 at 11:34 am

Cut the pressure and let children enjoy reading, Arts

Cut the pressure and let children enjoy reading

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.

By | Arts, Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 30 March 2012 at 8:45 am

The Carnegie Medal: Prizes to get children reading, Arts

The Carnegie Medal: Prizes to get children reading

The Carnegie shortlist is announced today, and could be the perfect opportunity to get children reading and making recommendations of their own.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 27 March 2012 at 12:01 am

Bring e-readers into the classroom, Notebook

Bring e-readers into the classroom

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.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 24 February 2012 at 11:51 am

Championship play-off preview: Emotions running high as Cardiff and Reading collide, Sport

Championship play-off preview: Emotions running high as Cardiff and Reading collide

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 [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 13 May 2011 at 1:01 pm

Championship preview: Swansea and Norwich meet in crucial clash, Sport

Championship preview: Swansea and Norwich meet in crucial clash

Justin Bieber has no affiliation with English football but Brendan Rodgers’ latest comments doubtless reminded journalistic inquisitors of the singers’ recent catchy chorus.

By | Sport | Friday, 8 April 2011 at 12:09 pm

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