Peter Worthington has had an amazing life. And his obituary, which he wrote himself, certainly has an arresting opening line.
Can you confirm what the deadline is for payment on our Reporting retake? June 10th?
It's cash or cheque
What methods can we pay with?
Sorry for the panic - I must have read the date incorrectly :p
So proud of Palmer getting the spalsh!
Good on you all. It is great to see you getting such a good showing for your work. No-one forgets their first byline. It is special.
No worries, I found it just in time and submitted it (hopefully in time for the deadline!).
I just saw this. I have mp3s of both team's output. I'm around on Monday. Come and find me if it's not too late.
The paragraph ending with "such as electrical devices" should say "such as electrical devices, are not always visible on metal detecting equipment.
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Sorry for any inconvenience.
I have submitted mine but it isn't showing up in My Assignments. Has it definitely gone through?
The principal of freedom of speech gives people the right to dissent to immigration policy, but it also allows other people to react to that by believing that makes them racist.
It's also very dangerous to say that the days of superiority and inferiority have passed. Some people would disagree with you that racial harmony has been achieved, and surely even those who agree understand it's still an inchoate development.
I wanted to use my radio piece from the year 1 newsday, is there anyway of getting hold of this? Can't find it on the site and I forgot to save it on the day?
Fair points, but me and a few other people I know at uni got C's in Maths. I don't think its too easy to be honest.
I agree with a lot of your points there Dec. But here we go again with Sky's announcement that Jamie Carragher will be joining them next season.
Punditry has definitely become too much about former players who profess to know more about the game than someone that has studied, reported and been involved with the game professionally for just as long a period - if not longer.
Not to blow my own trumpet, but there have been many times when I have been watching a game and made a comment about the tactics of a football match or the situation of a cricket match and how it could be altered, only for the exact same comment to be made by one of these ex-pros on commentary. I could do that job!
But as I haven't played at the professional level and gained a reputation of knowing the game because I played professionally, it seems almost impossible to get into it. Ex-pros have a headstart.
Some sports definitely do it better. Cricket does have better commentary on the whole but there are still some rogue ones in there that I cannot stand.
And with Carragher's inclusion the trend looks set to continue for a while yet!
Is this 8th May or the 7th? Because the 7 May is a Tuesday.
The postgrads have a 3 hour exam commencing at 2pm. I think turnout will be low. Can it be re-arranged (again)?
I think the issue is mainly with the co-commentator. They are more often than not absolutely dreadful. Alright have the main one for some stats, figures and something to help you keep in tune with a 0-0, but please get rid of people like Townsend and awful commentatory like: "Chelsea are really dominating here (other team scores), well it's been coming Clive, last few minutes Chelsea have been on the back foot".
It's a well paid job, surely other people can do it well! As Dec says Sports journalists may well be the answer, at least they are trained!
I share your frustration with Townsend... and it's an interesting point about commentary. It has its roots in radio, at a time before live matches were shown on TV at all, and the style hasn't changed much despite the huge leaps in technology. With the emergence of HD and ultra-HD TVs, which make it easy to read the name on the back of every shirt from the comfort of our armchairs (and count every fang sunk into a defender's arm for ourselves), you have to wonder whether we will really need someone to incessantly read out the identity of the player who has the ball and who he is passing it to. Sky+ and the like give us the ability to pause and rewind live TV - or, put it another way, the ability to choose which incidents are replayed and analysed, and how often. The traditional tools of the commentator are becoming redundant.
But having said that, I don't doubt we'll still have them. And live football on TV wouldn't feel quite the same without the occasional outburst of "take a bow, son"...
I'm struggling to see the comparison between horse racing and F1. Just because women jockeys ride in the Grand National (although overwhelmingly it's a male thing), you say ask why this can't be the same?
You cite Katie Walsh, quite rightly. I hope she is an inspiration to young female riders just like Nina Carberry and Carrie Ford (both have enjoyed minor success in the National).
But the difference that those jockeys have is that they are an instrumental part of the stables they hail from. None of them are professionals, they are amateurs by trade. They prepare the horses just like stable lads and grow up with them. The horses will know them better than any professional because they're a part of the team. They muck them out. They cheer when the stable wins and they cry when, touch wood, an accident occurs. They hone the emotion that some horses need.
Just because they're racing competitions that take skill and strength, it doesn't mean they are similar. Horses respond to certain people better than others. Sometimes they happen to prefer a female touch. I don't think you could say that a Mercedes would suddenly kick into gear if you changed the gender of pilot.
Exactly, I agree that it isn't about sexism , although that is the debate that has stemmed from the comments that have been made. It will take someone special because of the fierce competition for one of the few places as a driver anyway, regardless of sex.
As I said, I think women should only compete if they are the best of the best, I don't believe it should be gender balanced or anything like that. It should be based on talent and if there are no women who are deemed talented enough, then so be it but I think drivers like Beitske Visser could be.
As for Susie Wolff, I can't say I knew a lot about her before but someone else I was talking to today did also raise the same point you made, and again, if a female is going to make it I'd like to see them do it on their own merit.
The issue of women in top-level motorsport, never mind F1, is less about the sport being sexist and more about how many women are involved throughout. In nine years of national-level kart racing, I raced against three different girls - more than a hundred guys. There's no more frustration in being beaten by a female competitor than there is a male competitor - it's equally a killer when someone finishes in front of you or mugs you off. So, in terms of what the racing world views women drivers as - rivals, nothing more or less.
What motorsport could do better is lose the false "aw, isn't she doing well?" I'd like to state that Susie Wolff is not the right person for aspiring drivers to look up. She has a rather pathetic record in junior formulae and score points in just one of her seven seasons in the DTM - the German Touring Car championship. Her position at Williams comes largely, if not entirely, because her husband Toto Wolff was previous among the top brass. However, my understanding is the team seriously rate her intelligence and feedback - she has developed into a valuable engineering commodity, but a good racing driver she is not. Certainly not one worthy of a Formula 1 seat.
Similarly, Danica Patrick is a perfectly good driver - you don't win IndyCar races and compete at the front in American single-seater and stock car series without being a good driver. But lauding 12th-place finishes as anything more than an average drive is incredibly patronising because it implies that "she did good - for a girl".
But Visser could be the real deal. ADAC Formel Masters is a series held in high regard and the fact she won two races in her rookie year is impressive.
I think saying it would take a special woman to make it in F1 is to paint a rather negative picture of motorsport. Ultimately it *should* be special drivers occupying the 22 seats on the grid but that's naive in the current climate. Using Visser as the example. She's well-backed, she'll have less trouble finding external financial support should Red Bull not fund her entirely because - sadly - in mainstream media/commercial avenues she will generate added hype, being a woman.
But the important thing is she's talented. Possibly no more talented than the best male drivers in the series but certainly no less talented - especially just because she's a girl.
I'm not sure whether it was bad policy. There is a definite gap between the police and young people and this is Anne Barnes way of dealing with that problem. She won on the manifesto point that she would elect a youth commissioner and I think personally it was a good idea. But there are two points here:
Firstly in an age where social media is everything I was a little bit shocked that Paris' twitter account wasn't looked at. Everyone in the limelight is background-checked, heck even at my job they check what we put on twitter and Facebook. Why wasn't this checked?
Secondly why is her being in the limelight the issue here? She was a 17 year old who applied for a high profile job. This wasn't about to be a job hidden away in an office. She made a mistake.
Definitely. Ann Barnes has to consider her position. She has said that because it was a flagship idea in her manifesto, she will do it again. Well surely this incident proves it was a poor policy.
Heartless PR stunt or genuine hope to get the youth involved; either way it didn't work and she put a 17-year-old in an extremely stressful position.
No surprise there - her position was untenable from the moment the Mail published the story, let alone when a criminal investigation into the tweets was launched.
Fascinated that Ann Barnes doesn't seem to see this as a problem for her own position, though. She turned one of her election pledges into the biggest omnishambles of the new PCC system - and then says she'll do it again.
Wonder how many applications the vacancy will get?
Aaaaand after receving full support from Anne Barnes, just like any politician who receives full support, she has gone the very next day.