Archive for April, 2012

Word From the Streets w/c 9th April 2012 – AND FINALLY…

The looter who burnt the House of Reeves store in Croydon, south London, during last summer’s riots has been jailed for 11 and a half years. Gordon Thompson set a sofa alight outside the furniture store, which was being ransacked by looters, the fire quickly spread through the store and was so intense that buildings across the road caught fire. The huge inferno became a sad iconic image of the August disturbances. Thompson, 34, pleaded guilty to arson, being reckless as to whether life was endangered. A witness told the court that they had heard Thompson say “Who’s got a More >

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

“Roman emperors were more accountable than head teachers in our schools.”

-       Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, speaking at the annual conference.


“Athletics was my way of getting out.”

-       London athlete, JJ Jegede, speaking about focusing on athletics was his way of improving his life.


“Football is a simple game complicated by Idiots”

-       Liverpool’s legendary manager, Bill Shankly.


“Ideology is just a pejorative word for principles in which you happen not to believe.”

-       The columnist “Lexington” in The Economist.


“A match is like a fight. Six hours on a hard court – you can imagine how that feels.”

-       Andy Murray, on More >

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

The sponsors of Formula One fear that if the Bahrain Grand Prix goes ahead in the midst of violence, turmoil and upheaval in the gulf kingdom they will receive negative PR. Already a number of the sponsors have pulled out of the event. A Vodafone official said: “We are monitoring the situation very closely but it is a decision for the teams and for Formula One. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”

-       British Politicians have joined calls for the Bahrain Gran Prix to be cancelled amid growing tensions in the Gulf Kingdom. Tory MP Damian Collins, a member 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 9th April 2012 – REGIONALLY

An historic baths in Woolton Village could be reopened in time for the London 2012 Olympics. A Save Woolton Pool campaign has seen Liverpool council petitioned to re-open the Victorian-era baths after it was closed in October 2010. Chairing the campaign group is former Brookside star Simon O’Brien, who said: “The council is now actively working with us to get the pool re-opened as soon as possible, ideally in time for the Olympics. The council is also talking about helping us to staff it through the first difficult months and training volunteers so it can ultimately stand on its own More >

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

Manchester’s Exchange Square will begin showing the Olympics live from July 26th. It is one of 22 national ‘live sites’ for the London 2012 games and is expected to attract over 500,000 people. Also to be screened live over the summer will be the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations, opera from the Royal Opera House, Wimbledon and the UEFA 2012 European Championships. Councillor Mike Amesbury, said: “This will bring the Olympics alive for Mancunians and reaffirm our position as a world capital of sport.”


Staff at the new MediaCity site are being offered security escorts to their cars or to the tram More >

Word From the Streets w/c 9th April 2012

Sport is politics and politics is sport – much going on in the interwoven and related areas locally, nationally and internationally…

Word From the Streets w/c 4th April 2012 – AND FINALLY…

A survey by the Independent has shown that over half of the public polled believe that the £9.3 billion cost of the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be of no benefit!

Word From the Streets w/c 4th April 2012 – QUOTES

“As long as I’m alive, all the golfers will be white and all the caddies will be black”

Clifford Roberts, Founder of the Augusta national Golf Club, Georgia, USA


“I just want to see whether people just say things that they don’t mean”

Nigerian finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, seeking to become the first non-American to lead the World Bank.


“If you want to become a Minister, you shouldn’t dance…Also you shouldn’t drink – and keep away from drugs!”

sound advice from the Ugandan Minister for Education, Lieutenant Jessica Alupo.


“If – certainly as I see it – the future looks increasingly bleak, almost a form of More >

Word From the Streets w/c 4th April 2012 – INTERNATIONALLY

As the games draws neared and nearer to the day which will see the torch light and with it a world focus on “higher, faster and stronger”, the issues and effects of the global recession, along with ongoing social and human issues are beginning to take its toll on countries who will be contributing to the multi- nation and cultural diversity of the global community. More alarming will be the news of the Somali deaths of the Olympic Committee and the National Football Federation leaders. Attending the opening of the refurbished national theatre, a suicide bomber exploded the device that More >