Monthly Archives: July 2015

Susanna Mälkki at the Proms (2015)

I switched on the radio this afternoon, which happened to be tuned into Radio3, the BBC classical music station, and there was a recording of a “Proms Concert” from earlier in the week. I had missed the first half of … Continue reading

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Napoleon and Lithuania………….the undoing of an emperor

A longstanding mystery surrounding the deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon’s army found in a mass grave in Lithuania has been solved. The jumbled bones of the men who died on the French leader’s ill fated attempt to march on … Continue reading

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7 barmy but brilliant British traditions

Finnish National Sleepy Head Day sees the last person in the household to wake up has water chucked over them. It sounds crazy, but we Brits are in no position to mock… If you were last to wake in your … Continue reading

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2015 QS World University Rankings (QS-WUR) ……………….

A university’s position in world rankings is more important than the quality of teaching it offers if graduates want to find work, say the majority of students. QS World University Rankings (QS-WUR) – an annual publication of university rankings – carried-out … Continue reading

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A short visit to Cumbria………..and no, not the Lake District!

Recently paid a very short visit to the count of Cumbria in Northern England which is most famous for the tourist area of the Lake District and has to be said one of the “jewels in the crown” of all … Continue reading

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Estate Agents………don’t you just love them?

Yesterday I spent most of the day visiting a number of estate agents in the small Derbyshire town of Glossop because the family has a property to sell in the town. After doing some research on the internet a number … Continue reading

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Shock, horror…………..footballer gets 1st class honours degree (but he is Spanish)

What can professional footballers do after their time in the game is over? They could become a coach, a TV pundit or do something different like run a pub or even train to become a medical geneticist? It is fair to … Continue reading

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Universities “obsessed over their research reputation”

Universities are obsessing over their research reputation instead of concentrating on good teaching ‘to the detriment of students’, a new report has found. The Institute of Economic Affairs warns allocation of resources is being ‘distorted’ away from helping students to learn … Continue reading

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John Taylor, musician extraordinare (1942 – 2015)

It has been announced that the  pianist John Taylor, a towering figure in European jazz, died onFriday 17th July, He had a sudden heart attack while performing in Stephane Kerecki’s band at the French Saveurs Jazz Festival. He was resuscitated … Continue reading

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American psychologist pronounces……………..and I put my head in my hands!

Teachers should not award prizes to star pupils in assembly, an education expert has claimed. Marvin Berkowitz said it caused ‘collateral damage’ because other children can resent the recipients who themselves can feel embarrassed. Teachers should instead praise pupils individually. Speaking … Continue reading

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