Word from the Streets Nationally

Word From the Streets w/c 23rd April 2012 – NATIONALLY

The London 2012 Festival will feature a bouncy castle replica of Stonehenge touring the country. The festival will celebrate the Olympic Games bringing it closer to the community. The event will involve 25,000 artists from all 204 competing Olympic countries, with 12,000 events and performances. It will run for 12 weeks featuring: Shakespeare in 40 languages; Poetry falling from the sky; Damon Alban’s Dr Dee; An opera from a helicopter; Scissor Sisters at BT River of Music; A lake on fire; Film from Shetland to Southampton. The Stonehenge bouncy castle is called Sacriledge and is the brainchild of Jeremy Deller, More >

Word From the Streets w/c 16th April 2012 – NATIONALLY

The London 2012 Olympics are now less than 100 days away and so the momentum of expectation builds…


In order to ensure The Parade of Nations only lasts for 1.5hours during the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, the number of officials taking part will be restricted. The Beijing 2008 parade lasted for two hours. All accredited competitors will take part but the key officials of the 200+ nations will be limited. As the competitors and officials complete the 1.5km walk they will be cheered on by 2,500 schoolchildren.


Team GB will be boosted by a £750,000 investment as part of a partnership More >

Word From the Streets w/c 9th April 2012 – NATIONALLY

With Easter break upon us the debate about the historical school term and holidays has risen again. Times columnist Helen Rumbelow has questioned whether school holidays should be scrapped altogether, citing the example a school in Coalville, Leicestershire, which is now running a 51 week year, closing only for Christmas, with staff and children able to book their holidays in the same way as other employees. Another example used was that of Greensward Academy in Essex who has already started their summer term which will run until the start of August, a term table that has been running since 1999 More >

Word From the Streets w/c 2nd April 2012 – NATIONALLY

The week begins with our public figures, and celebrities!  Of particular note this week, will have been the London Mayoral Battle for political rights to above all, welcome the world to the 2012 games in 146 weeks time. Whilst Tax breaks and other issues of the hour are being debated and presented for the Mayoral prize, the real political gold medal is providing pressure amongst the leading two candidates. Current Mayor Boris Johnson and his former Mayoral rival Ken Livingstone, exchanged “in your face and on the street language in a recent radio debate.  The ‘French’ language was ill advised, More >

Word From the Streets w/c 26th March 2012 – NATIONALLY

With last summer’s riots still providing much social, cultural and political commentary, the global event of last summer a year before this summer’s greatest global event sees an ongoing legacy of challenges and opportunities for the young people and communities that continue to see reports, debates and political rhetoric look at ways in which solutions are found, but rarely answers given. One of the most important issues is the recent calls by the metropolitan police and the independent Police Complaints Commission seeking to have evidence surrounding the death of Mark Duggan, whose killing sparked the disturbances, restricted disclosure of what More >

Word From the Streets w/c 19th March 2012 – NATIONALLY

Statistics revealed recently show that the number of ‘core neets’ (young people not in education, employment or training) has doubled over the past four years. One of the problems has been cited as too many projects doing the same thing with thousands of pounds being wasted. There are currently 8 national organisations that fund 33 schemes and cover 13 age ranges, which cost the tax payer £15 billion and could be cut drastically if some of them were pooled together. The government has stated that its new Youth Contract will provide up to 500,000 new opportunities for young people. WFTS More >

Word From the Streets w/c 12th March 2012 – NATIONALLY

The world of soccer shared a grim near-death experience during a live televised FA Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers. Fabrice Muamba dropped to the ground with no contact and to the shock of fellow players. A supporter, who happened to be a cardiologist, immediately recognised the symptoms and rushed onto the pitch to provide help the 23-year-old Bolton player. He was joined by six other paramedics, who tried to resuscitate him using mouth-to-mouth and then a defibrillator. Muamaba was taken to the London Chest Hospital where he remained in a critical condition. Fans, players, managers and the More >

Word From the Streets w/c 5th March 2012 – NATIONALLY

The cost of delivering the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games could reach £11bn. A report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has made the warning and has raised concerns with regard to how the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) is managing its budget. Locog is notionally a private company but it is the government that will have to cover any overspend. There is just a £5m headroom on the budget which includes a £9.3bn public investment to cover construction costs and then a £2.2bn privately-financed operating budget. The public investment will rise to £11bn when the More >

Word From the Streets w/c 28th February 2012 – NATIONALLY

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Queen will officially open the London 2012 Olympics on July 27th. The three-hour long opening ceremony will be held in front of 80,000 people at the Olympic Stadium with around 1billion people worldwide watching it on television.


Ed Miliband has criticised a call by the Unite union boss, Len McCluskey, for workers to protest during the London 2012 Olympics. Mr Miliband said via Twitter: “Any threat to the Olympics is totally unacceptable and wrong. This is a celebration for the whole country and must not be disrupted.”


Olympic sponsors Adidas, Nike and Puma have been caught More >

Word From the Streets w/c 20th February 2012 – NATIONALLY

The government has held its football racism and homophobia summit at 10 Downing Street. John Barnes and Graeme Le Saux were present. Mr Cameron said: “What happens on the field influences what happens off the field. You see children as young as six imitating the behaviour they see on the field. So this is not just important for football, it’s important for the whole country.”


ITV have apologised for its coverage of the racism summit at Downing Street after reporter Richard Pallot twice used word ‘coloured’ in a report. The 1.30pm coverage led to uproar on Twitter, with one person Tweeting: More >