Listening 25/01/14

Listening 25/01/14

Farming Today: 6.30 GMT, The importance of soil, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03s645l Bringing up Britain (2/3): Sibling rivalry, 22.15 GMT, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03q9w0v Advertisements

Brain Drain (essay)

Brain Drain (essay)

More and more qualified people are moving from poor to rich countries to fill vacancies in specialist areas like engineering, computing and medicine. Some people believe that by encouraging the movement of such people, rich countries are stealing from poor countries. Others feel that this is only part of the natural movement of workers around … Continue reading

Listening 24/01/14

Listening 24/01/14

You and Yours: superfast broadband, 12.00 GMT, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03qfzgj The Now Show: satire, 18.30 GMT, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03qfzh1 A point of view: looking back at the week’s topical issues, 20.50 GMT, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03qfzh9

Listening 23/01/14

Listening 23/01/14

  In Our Time: early Chinese history, 9.00 GMT, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03qf7qx Acts of Union and Disunion: Britains lack of a constitution, 13.45 GMT, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03qflhf

What is your worth? (essay)

What is your worth? (essay)

A person’s worth nowadays seems to be judged according to social status and material possessions. Old-fashioned values, such as honour, kindness and trust, no longer seem important. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? (Just a few articles to get you started) http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jan/19/nhs-patient-data-available-companies-buy http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/20/brazilian-flashmob-shopping-mall-closes-rolezinho http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/19/how-to-rescue-uk-middle-classes http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/jan/19/wealthy-parents-pay-top-state-schools http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jan/19/labour-jobseekers-allowance-jsa-benefit-english-maths-basic-skills http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/jimmy-savile-could-have-abused-up-to-1000-victims-while-at-the-bbc-9070421.html http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/oxfam-warns-davos-of-pernicious-impact-of-the-widening-wealth-gap-9070714.html http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/tough-times-trigger-shoplifting-epidemic-as-organised-gangs-steal-valuable-goods-to-order-9070709.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10582896/French-economy-has-been-run-into-the-sand-says-Cabinet-minister.htmlContinue reading

Listening 20/01/14

Listening 20/01/14

Women’s Hour: Men and body image, 10.00 GMT, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03q600k One Day in Winter: The shortest day of the year, 11.00 GMT, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03q66cf You and Yours: Fake car claims, 12.00 GMT, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03q69c3 The Unbelievable Truth: Comedy about lies and truths, 18.30 GMT, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03q6crl

Retirement (essay)

Retirement (essay)

Governments should not have to provide care or financial support for elderly people because it is the responsibility of each person to prepare for retirement and support him or herself. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? Pages about pentions: http://www.independent.co.uk/money/pensions/ http://www.theguardian.com/money/pensions http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/ Articles: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/savings/10564086/3.2-million-think-there-is-no-point-saving-for-old-age-as-it-will-be-swallowed-by-care-bills.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/10533549/Well-live-longer-but-we-need-to-adjust-our-lives-to-prosper.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/10526580/Government-blunders-over-rip-off-pensions-fees.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/10525822/Military-widows-forced-to-choose-between-love-and-pension.html http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20131210-retirement-myths-that-wont-die http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20130813-the-dark-side-of-the-golden-years http://business.time.com/2014/01/15/5-ways-to-ruin-your-retirement-security/

Listening 19/01/14

Listening 19/01/14

With the news this week of Fancois Holland’s canoodelings and Ukip topping an IoS poll, it seems fitting to finish the week with a bit of sex and foreign food taking over our traditional ploughman’s down the pub. And to douse it all,  you can listen to one of Britain’ s quintessential figures: David Attenborough. A … Continue reading

Word of the week: To wade

Word of the week: To wade

Over the Christmas and New Year holiday I had plenty of time to wade in on many discussions either on ‘linkedin’ or various news websites. This is partly why I have this week chosen this verb: to wade. ‘To wade’: regular verb 1: walk with effort through water or another liquid or viscous substance The … Continue reading

Technology (essay)

Technology (essay)

Modern technology now allows rapid and uncontrolled access to and exchange of information. Far from being benefical, this is a danger to our societies. What are your views? http://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2014/jan/17/google-tests-smart-contact-lens-prototype-diabetes-video http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/google-unveils-smart-contact-lens-prototype-for-diabetics-9066270.html http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/17/google-glass-driving-charge-dismissed http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/14/kim-dotcom-megaupload-pirate-innovator-dance-album-interview http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/the-tragedy-of-tallulah-how-a-secret-online-identity-took-over-a-girls-life-9068434.html http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/nsa-leaks-reveal-gchq-given-access-to-us-dishfire-system-that-reads-hundreds-of-millions-of-text-messages-from-around-the-world-9065609.html http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/google-buys-nest-what-does-this-mean-for-home-automation-the-internet-of-things-and-apple-9058217.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25729318 http://techland.time.com/2014/01/17/oversharenting-backlash-gen-zs-quest-for-online-anonymity/