Lessons in the "2012" Category

The Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Did you see it? The Olympic Games opening ceremony – live from London. ‘The greatest show on earth’ proved to be exactly that. It was breathtaking! The event was unveiled to the world at 9pm BST on Friday 27th July. The London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony was watched by an estimated billion TV viewers. Danny Boyle’s 3-½ hour epic showpiece made compulsive viewing.

Category: Sport / Olympic Games / London 2012

Women facing quarter-life crisis

Today, let’s talk about women who face a quarter-life crisis. They are bright, educated and in their mid 20s and they appear to be the rising stars of the workplace. Yet one in three women is actually suffering from a ‘quarter-life crisis’. They are secretly crying in the office toilets or are so crippled with fear they dread their daily commute.

A report by investment firm Skandia claims that one in three women in their 20s with a university degree is suffering from an anxiety crisis and have even delayed entering romantic relationships as a result. Other symptoms suffered by women included loss of appetite and nightmares. Those in their late 20s were more anxious than younger people – probably because they were worried about saving for a home or providing for their families.

Category: Women / Quarter-Life Crisis / Anxiety

Pudsey the dancing dog goes to Hollywood!

Britain’s Got Talent winner Pudsey ‘the dancing dog’ recently hit Hollywood! The Americans it seems, like the British, can’t seem to get enough of him. The UK’s favourite pet pooch is taking Hollywood by storm, having been flown out on Simon Cowell’s private jet. It appears Pudsey is succeeding where a host of British stars have failed before. Having secured his own book deal and following his success on winning Britain’s Got Talent** his owner, Ashleigh Butler, 17, decided to spend a weekend taking in the sites and sounds of Hollywood with him. During their walkabout they posed for cameras. Pudsey even gave a bus of thrilled tourists an impromptu performance as they looked on in awe. Taking Hollywood in his stride he even donned a pair of sunglasses. Pudsey even smooched with a Stateside girlfriend, as he flirted with a fellow pooch in an LA street while out on ‘walkies’. Naturally, Pudsey and Ashleigh travel around Hollywood in a stretch limo!

Category: Hollywood / Dancing dogs / Pudsey

The Olympic Games – London 2012

The countdown to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London continues. Final preparations are being made. The excitement is building. The Olympic flame continues its journey around the UK. Giant Olympic rings have been unveiled across the UK including at Tower Bridge in London.

Athletes are moving into the Olympic Village that will become home for more than 17,000 athletes during the games. Athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees are expected to take part. Billions of people are expected to watch the opening ceremony on TV on Friday 27th July that will be broadcast live from London at 9pm.

Category: Sport / Olympic Games / London 2012


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Category: Quiz / General knowledge / English

Auschwitz – A lesson in history

Today, let’s talk about Auschwitz. It’s a lesson in history we should never forget. Why discuss it now? Simple – I was recently invited to go to Poland for a long weekend to Cracow. One of the trips we made was to Auschwitz. I can tell you – it makes you think twice on many things once you have visited the place.

Whilst it is not in my top 10 places to visit I believe it is a place you should visit once in your life. Indeed, many tourists do – during mid June to mid September mostly. It is as creepy and shocking today as you can imagine. When you walk around the site you can only imagine how ghastly it was and what it might have been like to live there. I will add – for those non-believers who say the Jews weren’t murdered by the Nazis – I say this – visit this place and you will rapidly think again.

Category: History / WWII / Auschwitz

Traditional children’s characters being forgotten

Today, let’s talk about traditional children’s characters in books read by English children past and present. The classic books we were brought up with and whose characters we know are today being shunned by the latest generation, who prefer to play on their computer.

In a recent survey of 500 seven to 14-year-olds conducted by Worcester University some surprising results were found. One in five British children thought that Long John Silver is a character from Peter Pan while the same proportion believes Aslan was a giraffe, researchers found.

Category: Books / Children’s Books / Characters

Fat and disruptive passengers on aeroplanes

Today, let’s talk about fat and disruptive people on aeroplanes. It’s a good topic to talk about, as most of us have to suffer sitting next to one of these or similar when travelling on an aeroplane.

I will just add I do not wish to be discriminatory to anyone in particular whilst writing this article. However, in the last few weeks various news stories continue to be written that cover these two categories, so it makes a good talking point today!

Category: Aeroplanes / Fat Passengers / Disruptive Passengers

School dinner blog ban U-turn

Today a Scottish council saw common sense and reversed a decision it made 24 hours earlier banning a schoolgirl from posting her pictures of her school dinners on her blog Neverseconds. Martha Payne, nine, was celebrating with her father after being inundated with support for her cause. Argyll and Bute council performed the astonishing U-turn, just hours after issuing a rambling, and defiant statement, defending its decision while attacking the nine-year-old for her critical blog.

Insisting there was no room for censorship, Roddy McCuish, the SNP leader, today announced the ban had been overturned amid mounting public criticism, including on Twitter, the micro-blogging site. He told BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme: “There’s no place for censorship in Argyll and Bude Council and there never has been and there never will be.”

He added, “I’ve just instructed officials to immediately withdraw the ban on pictures from the school dining hall. It’s a good thing to do, to change your mind, and I’ve certainly done that.” Mr McCuish said there was “absolutely no place” for newspaper reporting attacking school dinner ladies, but agreed “100%” this criticism was not directed at Martha.

Category: Food / Blogs / School Dinners

Olympic Torch Tours UK

The Olympic torch relay is currently touring the United Kingdom for 70 days ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Large crowds gather everyday to watch it pass their doorstep. Wherever it goes it appears to cause great excitement!

Since the 19th May, when the torch started its journey at Lands End in Cornwall, the Olympic torch has been touring the UK. In all, it will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers. Organisers say 95% of the country’s population should be able to be within one hour of the route, which ends on 27th July with the lighting of the cauldron during the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London.

Category: Sport / Olympics / Olympic Torch in UK