Harehills Middle School has been reborn as Shine – a building for start-ups, established businesses and the arts. The school’s most lasting legacy is perhaps a passion for dance in Leeds. Nadine Senior was appointed Senior PE teacher at the school during the 1970s. One result was the birth of, the now nationally renowned, Phoenix Dance Theatre and later the Northern School of Contemporary Dance
“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” Groucho Marx Tweet
People born in the 50s were more likely to escape their parents’ class then those born in the 70s, according to a new report by experts at the London School of Economics. Between the early 1980s and the late 1990s, the proportion of children from the richest quarter or families who had completed a degree … Continue reading UK more class-ridden now than in the 1950s
It used to be that we had a controller, name of Muggeridge, who was joint controller of Radio 1 and 2, quite a good idea. When the BBC was looking for a man to do this job, quite naturally they chose someone who until that time had been head of the Chinese section of the … Continue reading How public school sustained John Peel at the BBC
Greg Dyke revealed the “hideously white” nature of the BBC last year. Expecting to then rapidly recruit ethnic minority staff into a white, male, Oxbridge-dominated culture is, at best, naive. Joy Francis, The Guardian, 13 May 2002 Tweet
Tony Blair’s pledge to destroy the establishment that controls large swathes of British life has been shattered by research showing that the country’s ‘cultural gatekeepers’ are still older, white men, most often educated at either Oxford or Cambridge. If anything, appointments under New Labour have become more male and Oxbridge-dominated” said Damian Tambini, author of … Continue reading Top jobs have become more Oxbridge dominated under New Labour
When a woman wants me to do anything, I always insist on knowing why. The oftener you make them rummage their own minds for a reason, the more manageable you will find them in all the relations of life. It isn’t their fault (poor wretches) that they act first, and think afterwards; it’s the fault … Continue reading When a woman wants me to do anything, I always insist on knowing why
GBH was a seven-part TV drama by Alan Bleasdale, set in a Northern town in the Thatcher years, broadcasted on Channel 4 in 1991. In this scene Jim Nelson, the working class headmaster of a special school played by Michael Palin, sleepwalks out of his holiday caravan during a thunderstorm and crashes into a tree. … Continue reading Why should the dregs of our society act in a caring and decent manner when our self-seeking leaders don’t care about fairness and freedom?
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The BBC Manchester series City was a more random collection of reports on where we’re at. I caught four editions, particularly enjoying Ian McNulty’s well thought-through film on musical life in Leeds. Apart from the diversity of musical styles, the fragmentation of socio-political attitudes also came over.