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UK wife carrying championship……this will get up the SJW noses!!!!

What a way to celebrate International Women’s Day!

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Above: Eventual winners Jack McKendrick (No. 21), carrying his wife Kirsty Jones, neck-and-neck with fellow competitors at the hay-bale hurdles at the UK Wife Carrying Race 2017 in Dorking, Surrey.

Wife carrying can be a dangerous activity, which can lead to any one or more of the following injuries: slipped disk, broken legs and arms, spinal damage, facial injury, skull fracture, hernias, and other sundry injuries and illnesses, and potentially including death.

But please don’t let this put you off!

Run over a course of 380m, with 15m of ascent and 15m of descent. VERY TOUGH!

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Wife carrying originated in the UK over twelve centuries ago, on 8 June 793AD, when Viking raiders rampaged into Lindisfarne on the northeast coast of what is now England, destroying the monastary and most likely carrying off any unwilling local wenches. Such wife carrying (-off) continued intermittently for around 300 years. Wife Carrying was…

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Olympic feel good factor – if you’re a Londoner!

UnknownThe 2012 Olympic games cost us £8 billion. Think what you could have built with that?

A new study has estimated that the Games gave the average Londoner an uplift in happiness equivalent to a £8,000 pay rise! Unfortunately the feelings of happiness wore after after 12 months.

We had all the usual promises about the legacy the games would leave if we hosted it but it just doesn’t happen. “The overwhelming conclusion is that in most cases the Olympics are a money-losing proposition for host cities”

Apart from the IOC fat cats of course who do very well thank you.

Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioural sciences at the LSE, and Georgios  Kavestos, at Queen Mary University London, wondered if the feeling of satisfaction would make up for the financial losses. Immediately after the games 55% of Brits interviewed thought it was a worthwhile investment.

Researchers in London, Berlin, and Paris looked into life satisfaction, short-term happiness, anxiety levels and the sense that people’s lives were worthwhile.

Londoners felt significantly happier and more satisfied with their lives for a short time. It had the same effect as moving them from earning £10k a year to £18k. There was no such effect in  Paris or Berlin (and what about in the rest of the UK? Londoners are not the UK). And some of them would no doubt prefer to have the money.

The opening and closing ceremonies also produced a spike in happiness levels at both games (Olympics and Paralympics) albeit accompanied by a strong sense of anxiety about terrorist attacks.

The feelings of satisfaction were not connected with athletes’ success which is strange as we were third in the medals table. Maybe people just don’t care about the medals – just the medallists who cashed in on their fleeting fame.

And as stated the post-Olympic hangover cancelled out any gains. So was it worth it? Spending all that money on the games instead of “more lasting benefits like schools, infrastructure or employment?

If you want to host a party, host a party and that’s fine.The problem with events such as the Olympics is they come with all these claims that they are going to boost jobs and the economy. If you look at the literature that isn’t true. Like any party you have a great time but wake up with a hangover” said Dr Kavestos.

Some of us have been saying that for years. And don’t even mention what happened when they gave the stadium to a premier league football club! It’s always all about London.


People just don’t respect rank any more

The UK’s MoD has been pushed into producing a guide to military ranks and their equivalents across the different services. Reports of people referring to senior ranks as “mate” or “boss” might be exaggerated but with an increase in joint operations there is increased potential for embarrassment. Is an Army Captain equivalent to a Navy Captain? No.

Check the ranks out below:Slide1

Of course this doesn’t explain how you deal with officers from other countries. Maybe NATO has that one covered?

Well here’s the wikipedia entries for NATO land armies, navies and air forces.


UK still only average when it comes to literacy

stick_figure_walking_up_books_1600_wht_3441Despite the expansion in university places and the increase in graduates and post-graduates we still are pretty poor when it comes to literacy. Only 25% of graduates in England and Northern Ireland performed well at higher levels of reading and writing.

So much for the high number of students getting A* at A-level and the increasing number of graduates getting 1sts. But we know that’s down to grade inflation and universities lowering grade boundaries so more students get top classifications and the university can attract more bums on seats.

The latest results come for the OECD’s annual comparison of school and university outcomes.

Britain has passed a milestone with more people going on to university-level education than not going beyond school qualifications for the first time. So that’s more students in debt as they seek elusive graduate-level jobs.

Other graduate-led economies have seen a rise in higher-level adult literacy but this didn’t happen in the UK. Despite 41% of adults having a tertiary level qualification in 2012 compared to only 26% in 2000. And the proportion was higher still among people aged 25-34.

The OECD doesn’t say why but it says class sizes in English schools are among the largest in the developed world with an average of 18.8 children with a ratio of 14,2 pupils per teacher. The OECD average is 17.8 children so I’m not clear why having slightly above average numbers puts us in the largest class size category.

So which countries did better and worse than us?

37% Japan & Finland

36% Netherlands

34% Sweden

32% Australia

28% Norway

26% Belgium

25% UK

24% USA & Czech Republic

23% Poland

22% Canada

21% Austria

20% Germany

19% France & Denmark

 


Regions of the UK becoming “poor men” of Europe.

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Parts of Britain are now poorer than Poland, Lithuania and Hungary, official figures reveal. People in the Welsh Valleys and Cornwall – Britain’s two poorest areas – scrape by on less than £14,300 a year on average. Because Britain is so expensive, this leaves families in these areas worse off than those vast swathes of Eastern Europe, according to an EU study.

In much of the UK, people’s incomes are well below the EU average – in some areas by as much as a third. In the map (above) Britain’s poorest regions are highlighted, showing how far below the European average incomes have fallen. The Cornish, for example, are 36 per cent less well-off than the EU norm. Families in Slovenia meanwhile are just 16 per cent poorer – and in Portugal 23 per cent.

In Lincolnshire and Durham, the next two poorest areas in Britain, people live on less than £16,500…

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Declining British Educational Standards! (so tell us something new)

Who famously said Education, education, education?

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Pisa tests: UK stagnates as Shanghai tops league table

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The UK is falling behind global rivals in international tests taken by 15-year-olds, failing to make the top 20 in maths, reading and science.

England’s Education Secretary Michael Gove said since the 1990s, test performances had been “at best stagnant, at worst declining”.

Shanghai in China is the top education system in the OECD’s Pisa tests.

Within the UK, Scotland outperformed England at maths and reading, but Wales is below average in all subjects.

Mr Gove told MPs that his reforms, such as changing the curriculum, school autonomy and directing financial support towards poorer pupils, were designed to prevent schools in England from “falling further behind”.

He highlighted the rapid improvements that had been made in countries such as Poland, Germany and Vietnam.

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt called on Mr Gove to take some responsibility for the lack of progress…

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