Universities must convert widening access into graduate jobs. I see that the university at which I will be lecturing is the second best in the country at promoting social mobility while the one I studied at is the second worst.
Why don't children want to learn the violin? (Do they have to ask the question? If you can play the guitar, you are cool. Also, a highly paid career is open to you. If you can play the violin, you probably look uncool and violinist salaries are terrible. I used to audit one of the world’s great orchestras, and except for their superstar conductor, ALL of the musicians’ salaries were really low. Supermarket checkout girl low.)
Anyone remember the episode of 'The Thick of It' where clever press photographers manage to get hapless minister Nicola Murray to stand in front of a banner in such a way that some of the letters are obstructed such that it appears to say "I am bent"?
This event leads Malcolm Tucker to come up with the brilliant word "omnishambles".
I think that makes this a mcomnishambles...
I make no claims as to the reality or not of this photo, but since it's out there being shared, that doesn't really matter.
Yet one newspaper (and guess which one) ignores all the evidence to protect its own culture. The culture it promotes at every opportunity. I don't know how advocates of political correctness sleep at night. (And then deletes most of the comments that get understandably angry.)
Apparently "science fiction isn't a genre", says the Guardian's village idiot. No, not that Guardian village idiot, or that one, a different one. Hell, this newspaper has a lot of very stupid people writing for it...
Two things have really got me annoyed this afternoon and frankly put me in something of a bad mood. This is a shame, because earlier I was in a good mood, having returned from lunch with a friend to find that my RPG shop had taken two substantial orders from France in my absence.
Both those orders came on the back of a little bit of digital marketing. I wrote a couple of blog posts. The first simply reproduced Dungeon Magazine's 2004 list of the 30 Greatest D&D Adventures of All Time, while the second explained what was wrong with the original article and suggested 20 more adventures. I then included both posts in an email newsletter, sent the newsletter to existing customers and posted about the articles on a couple of relevant facebook groups. Lots of interest, discussion, likes etc on the facebook page, and subsequently these two sales this afternoon.