What is the point of school sport?

Indian dancing has borne the brunt of David Cameron’s criticism of school sports. In return, he’s received considerable flack and even accusations of casual racism and cultural ignorance. Cameron’s point here isn’t, however, something specific about Indian dancing. His criticism is of non-competitive and non-traditional sports in general, and it could be a perfectly valid one. To work […]

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Queensmen centre stage at opening ceremony

Two former students of The Queen’s College, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Rowan Atkinson, featured centre stage in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Actor Rowan Atkinson’s famous alter ego Mr Bean was seen playing second keyboard in a rendition of the iconic theme from Chariots of Fire, under the baton of Sir Simon […]

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Latitude: middle-class beatz and literary longings

The self-proclaimed “grown-up-Glastonbury” arts festival was back for its seventh year on the rather soggy weekend of 12th-15th July. As a festival virgin, and a Radio 4 junkie to boot, I was keen to sample what calls itself “More Than Just A Music Festival”. Latitude’s tagline speaks the truth; turns out I didn’t need to […]

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Long live the Liberal dead weight

The events of this week tested the Liberal/Conservative coalition to its limit. Conservative politicians engineered an embarrassing defeat of their own Deputy Leader, Nick Clegg, and his poorly formulated Lords reform policy. Coalition government, this week, justified its existence. Coalition government’s most useful function is that of limiting political change, or, to use technical jargon, […]

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The Almost-Amazing Spiderman

Despite the agonizingly long period production teams spent in development between Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 3 (2007) and the eventual release of Marc Webb’s re-boot The Amazing Spiderman the final result actually feels frustratingly rushed. Marc Webb’s Spiderman origin story casts Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, and swings into his awkward, adolescent life at approximately the […]

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Reviewing Democracy, quite literally

What is democracy? Literally ‘power by the many’, and yet although Michael Frayn’s ‘Democracy’ was, for the most part, excellent, it’s hardly what the majority would have wanted. The most important thing to acknowledge about this play is that it is not, alas, another ‘Noises Off’. Same writer, yes. Same venue, yes. But that is […]

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Interview: Andrew Miller, CEO of Guardian Media Group

Few would dispute that the newspaper industry is in a state of flux. As circulation continues to fall and consumption of media rapidly changes, those who wish to survive must adapt and react. Andrew Miller has been CEO of Guardian Media Group since July 2010 and is at the head of the Guardian newspaper’s transition […]

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Is Twitter’s integrity under threat?

While Facebook became cluttered with consistently poor banner ads, Twitter has passed through the overt commercialisation of social networks with its dignity largely in tact. Save for some promoted tweets, Twitter feels like a utility solely for its users with very few strings attached. Paid advertising may be rare, but promotion such as this “@Lord_Sugar […]

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