Education

What Labour’s 2015 Election Manifesto Won’t Be Saying

Seven years into an economic crisis that promises to return us to the dark days of the Great Depression – and just 95 days away from what could be the most crucial  General Election since the Second World War – and Ed Miliband and the Labour Party are in deep do-do. Anybody who thinks they aren’t needs to watch this brilliant … Continue reading What Labour’s 2015 Election Manifesto Won’t Be Saying

If we want the BBC to do its job we have to complain when it doesn’t!

Let’s get something straight at the outset. There are many rich and powerful people who want the BBC out of public ownership and in their own pockets. I am not one of them. Never was and never will be. Over the past 40 years I’ve watched the rich and powerful greedily chomping their way through every … Continue reading If we want the BBC to do its job we have to complain when it doesn’t!

How the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta could be used to remove all our liberties

Warnings from civil rights groups, that increased security comes at the cost of liberty, have become such a boring old cliché most people just ignore them. It seems so obvious that the only way to combat terrorism is to  increase security and any liberties we might lose along the way are just like the eggs … Continue reading How the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta could be used to remove all our liberties

Every cloud has a silver lining – just don’t tell the kids

Every cloud has a silver lining. That’s one of those sayings anyone over the age of 60 probably heard quite a lot when they were growing up, but hardly hears at all now. Like nursery rhymes and coal scuttles it’s one of those things that have gone out of fashion because we have no use … Continue reading Every cloud has a silver lining – just don’t tell the kids

Income of the 100 richest people could end global poverty 4 times over!

The net income of the richest 100 billionaires would be enough to make extreme poverty history four times over. That’s a pretty extremist statement. A headline from The Morning Star, The Socialist Worker or Marxism Today you might think? Nah. It was from an Oxfam press statement released on 19 January 2014. The Guardian covered … Continue reading Income of the 100 richest people could end global poverty 4 times over!

‘Kids’ YouTube clip hit by another music copyright warning!

What is it about the music used in this clip, Title Music from A Clockwork Orange by Walter (now Wendy) Carlos, that makes so many companies  want to claim the copyright? There are plenty of videos on YouTube that use incidental music, and plenty of others where the music isn’t just incidental, it’s all there … Continue reading ‘Kids’ YouTube clip hit by another music copyright warning!

Oh how times have changed!

And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self-deception has grown too heavy, and some minor incident collapses it all at once, and you see that everything, everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose. The world you live in … Continue reading Oh how times have changed!

Phoenix Dance Theatre – Particle Velocity

The Observer
Review

Phoenix dance theatre is on a high. With new purpose-built premises in Leeds, and a charismatic director in Sharon Watson, the 10-strong ensemble is ready to take on the world. On Tuesday night, with a cold wind slicing off the sea, a small but enthusiastic crowd bundled into the Connaught theatre to catch Phoenix’s latest programme, Particle Velocity. Richard Alston’s All Alight was created for the company earlier this year, and its lyricism and quiet good manners make it a perfect opener. Set to Ravel’s Sonata

Reflections on the dance phenomenon at Harehills Middle School

Nadine Senior
dance UK

Nadine Senior, Founder of Northern School of Contemporary Dance, reflects on the incredible success of her work as a dance teacher at Harehills Middle School in the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1970, I was appointed Head of Physical Education in an all-girls high school in Leeds. Many of the girls in this inner city, multi-cultural school had behavioural problems and one of them eventually burnt the school to the ground