Thursday, 30 May 2013 08:08

Can Skateboarding help Afghanistan?

The UK is facing  real challenges. With debt growing and unemployment rising, surely this is a time for seriousness. For countries with serious problems need serious solutions.

A story from Afghanistan would suggest otherwise. It is a story about skateboarding.

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:23

We need more than soaps and sunshine

I have a friend from Australia living in London who always talks about either the weather or the soaps when she meets new people. She says that this is Britain’s ‘common ground’.  A safe place to start a conversation with anyone.

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Thursday, 23 May 2013 08:51

Woolwich: An Open Letter to our Staff

I know all of us will have been shocked to see the news from Woolwich. I woke up this morning with feelings I had not felt since the riots. Faced with division in our country, I felt again that numbing sense of disbelief, coupled with mourning and sadness at the reality followed by an overwhelming desire to find a way to make it better.

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A few years ago, scientists in Manchester ran an unusual experiment. Setting up near a group of Manchester United fans waiting for a game,  they  arranged for a volunteer wearing a Manchester United shirt to fall over whenever a fan was passing by.  They counted how many times the fan helped up the volunteer.  

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For the second year running, Walsall’s council has held a Young People’s award ceremony, celebrating a range of well-deserved accomplishments. We are pleased to announce that Alex Lemord, a graduate of The Challenge programme, came away with the ‘Young Person of the Year’ award for Community and Citizenship.

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My friends’ daughter was getting christened on Sunday, so we went to visit their church. The service started with a song. We all stood up and sung. Well – everyone else did. I was taking a photo of the band.

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Thursday, 16 May 2013 09:07

Can you trust a Man Utd fan?

You’re walking home along an almost empty street. There’s only one person in sight. Suddenly they trip and fall over.  Do you go over and help them up?

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013 11:12

What tribe are you from?

Five  years ago there was a lot of violence in Kenya. More than 1000 people died. You might know this because it was on the news. I know this because I was living there.

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Do you ever buy a newspaper?  If so, which one?

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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:30

You can’t change the world

I don’t mean to be a downer, but you can’t. Let’s start with the Maths. There’s 6 billion people in the world. Assuming you live to 70, you’ll be on this earth for 2 billion seconds. So that’s changing 3 lives every second (assuming you don’t sleep).

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