Monthly Archives: May 2015

University of Oxford nominates first female vice-chancellor in its 800-year history

The University of Oxford has nominated its first female vice-chancellor in its 800-year history. Professor Louise Richardson, who is currently principal at St Andrews University, is set to take up the role at the start of next year, subject to … Continue reading

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10 Most Powerful Women in the World (plus 1)

Who are the most powerful women in the world? Forbes released the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list today, and here are the top 10. Women in politics have topped this year’s Forbes’ 100 most influential women list. From an initial … Continue reading

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Annual “cheese rolling” contest……….a Great British wacky tradition!

It turns out some people will do anything to win some cheese – as competitors at the annual cheese rolling at Cooper’s Hill near Brockworth in Gloucestershire proved this afternoon. Crowds gathered for the event, which takes place on the … Continue reading

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Not so bright or self aware teenagers……………………

Bright teenagers are being taught how to adopt a firm handshake and how to make eye contact because they do not know how to behave in interviews. Teachers fear students with the highest potential will be unsuccessful in university and job … Continue reading

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A wander down the “ginnels” of Golcar

A warm afternoon so I decided to do a little tour of the “ginnels” of my home village of Golcar. For those of you who don’t know what a ginnel is, it is “a narrow passageway or alley often between terraced houses” … Continue reading

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Justina Gringyte triumphs as Carmen at ENO………..more Lithuanian music success.

Calixto Bieito’s take on Bizet’s Carmen is tough, dark, spare and intelligent. There’s little of the vulgarity that can make Bieito’s shows annoyingly embarrassing. But there’s absolutely no Andalucian kitsch either. A Spanish flag in act one, a looming Osborne … Continue reading

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Celebrating the rise of female orchestral conductors………………

The number of  female orchestral conductors continues to increase as male prejudices (and some female) continue to be challenged and only recently Marin Alsop was announced as conductor for the UK Last Night of the Proms 2015 . So, how … Continue reading

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The little house on the prairie…………..but not as you know it!

Little House on the Prairie was an American Western drama television series, about a family living on a farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota and was very popular in the 1970s and 80s.  However “the little house on the prairie” I am … Continue reading

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I am Spartacus…………………….Andy Burnham for Leader

This is Andy Burnham who seems to be a leading contender to be the next leader of the Labour Party. He is currently MP for Leigh (my home town) and as they say in Leigh’”tha could put a pig up … Continue reading

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TESCO………….what happened to good customer service?

I recently popped into the TESCO store in central Huddersfield to get a few items of food. On my way out I called in to the petrol station to fill up as their prices are very competitive and they operate … Continue reading

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