If you’re planning a trip to Great Britain, with kids in tow, you will be pleased to find that there is a wide array of awe-inspiring sites and attractions that will please everyone in your travel party – no matter what age. For activities that will no doubt have the kids squealing with delight and sharing their travel stories with friends, be sure to check out these five awesome sites for kids in Great Britain. Continue reading »

Golden Retrievers are ideal English pets that people would usually prefer since they are quite friendly and would rarely bark or attack people. They are usually known for hunting in the early times and for sniffing out drugs. They are good pets to have because their faces look like they are smiling all the time. They are also good for aiding blind people hence wanting to see people around them all the time. Once they are left alone or left tied up, they would usually become very sad and cry to get the attention of people nearby.

Golden Retriever Pets

Golden Retrievers are classified as toy dogs because of their friendliness. They are also tagged as show dogs and field dogs. The difference lies in the length of their hair. Field dogs are easier to groom because they have shorter hair.

Having big boned structure, these English dogs are prone to bone diseases, notably their hips which may develop into hip dysplasia. Their skin is also sensitive hence the need to ensure that they would be eating the proper dog food and bathed at proper times to avoid contracting fleas that wills surely make them itch and develop skin allergies.

Classic Sesame StreetI don’t know if you have noticed it, but Google’s home page is showing some really cute images. I think they started doing it yesterday or the day before. What are these cute images? Everyone recognises them – character from Sesame Street!

People of all ages around the world are joining forces to celebrate the 40th anniversary of iconic children’s show, but would you believe that Britons are not as excited as the rest of the world? The BBC recently ran a feature on why Britain fell out of love with the show, and the reason is that because it is “dangerous:”

The show crossed the Atlantic 18 months after its US launch, but the BBC rejected it because of its “authoritarian aims” in trying to change children’s behaviour. “This sounds like indoctrination, and a dangerous extension of the use of television,” said the head of children’s programmes at the time, Monica Sims.

TV critic Barry Norman, writing in The Times in November 1971, said it was “neither good enough nor bad enough” to justify all the fuss, adding that the BBC had no need for it because it already broadcast Blue Peter and Play School.

Indeed, cultural differences may play a big role in the story. With successful children’s shows being shown in the UK, Sesame Street has a lot of competition. We also have to consider the bias that the British have for their cousins across the sea. Still, the show is shown on Five.

So today, while Sesame Street continues to be shown in more than a hundred countries, the children of Britain are not particularly affected by the hullaballoo. That does not mean that they are not getting the “telly education” that other children are not getting, though, does it?

Billy.ElliotDeserving pupils in need are going to get the break that they deserve, thanks to the government. A new programme is being launched, wherein a cash premium is going to be doled out to bright pupils who come from needy homes. The announcement was made by schools minister Vernon Coaker.

Dubbed the Billy Elliot cash bonus, the programme is aimed at giving a helping hand to the kids who need it the most. I am sure that you are pretty familiar with the name. Billy Elliot’s story is one of hope and the realisation of dreams. In spite of his challenged background, he was able to pursue and realise his dreams of becoming a ballet dancer.

With this programme, the government is encouraging each school to nominate pupils who are already on free school meals and who excel either in academics or sports or arts. The pupils who qualify will receive a yearly allowance of ₤250.

This programme was announced shortly after criticism of how the government handled gifted children surfaced. The criticism focused mainly on the idea that what the government was doing was not enough and lacked direction. Apparently, Coaker reacted quickly to the criticism. He says of the programme:

“One of the great crusades for us all is to ensure that every pupil’s talent is being maximised. Of course, you have to be concerned at anything that points to the fact you are not providing the opportunity you want for everyone, wherever they are. I think this gifted and talented scheme is one of the ways we can do that. If they are talented musicians, buy them the instrument they’ve been struggling to get; take them to the theatre.”

While I am pretty sure that this new plan of action will not escape the watchful eyes of critics, I am hoping that it will make a difference in the lives of many children.

gay rainbow
I saw this article (How Gay Became Children’s Insult Of Choice) on BBC last week and I couldn’t help but be curious and sad at the same time. The article starts with:

The word “gay” is now the most frequently used term of abuse in schools, says a report. How did it get to be so prevalent and why do children use homophobic insults to get at each other?

I never even really realised that “gay” is the insult of choice these days. The fact that we have to have a label such as “insult of choice” is in itself saddening. Has our society become so critical and disrespectful of others that we have to have an insult of choice for each generation? The BBC article, however, does have some significant points. It is true that even in the older generations, there were terms and words that were commonly used to bring children in the playgrounds down. It just so happens that today, “gay” is the choice word.

So what happened? Why has it reached the status that it has? BBC reports:

One reason for this increase in use could be because “gay” has partly lost its sexual connotations among young people, he says. While still pejorative, for the majority of youngsters it has replaced words such as “lame”.

Still, the article has pointed out something equally valid:

But while “gay” may have changed for some, it is still being used as a means of bullying, as are many other homophobic insults (see table, above). Last year, the Westminster government announced the first guidelines for schools on how to deal with homophobic bullying.

I don’t think that this issue is limited to the UK, though. We might very well hear of similar goings on in other countries.

UK education
Indeed, why? There are countless universities all over the world which offer high quality education. Why would a student single out the UK to get his or her education? Then again, why not?

Well I suppose a quarter million students from various countries around the world cannot be wrong. This is the estimated number of foreign students that are currently studying in British universities. So why are these foreign students opting to leave the land they call their home to get an education in a strange nation? The answer could only be that UK universities have the best reputation.

This is true – even in the United States, a British education can be considered a plus. After all, countless of brilliant minds throughout history have proven that an education in the UK is worth one’s weight in gold. Today, the British Council continues to provide assistance to people who want to take a shot at earning a degree in one of the country’s many learning institutions. They provide valuable information to help people of other nations know more about the educational system and what they would need to enroll in a British university.

More than the education that goes on in the classrooms, the UK offers a sort of a real world educational experience. Being composed of a hodgepodge of people from various cultures, living and studying in the UK exposes students to different walks of life, different ways of thinking. So if you want one of the best – if not THE best – learning experiences both in and out of the classroom, you just might want to check out studying in the UK.

HECToR
The British have never been really known for their technology – this honor is usually attributed to the US and Japan. However, University of Edinburgh is set to make a name for itself and its country with the unveiling of HECToR, Britain’s fastest supercomputer to date.

What is HECToR all about? Well, it just has the power of 12,000 desktop personal computers and just might be able to help figure out some of greatest puzzles in the field of science. To get to the nitty gritty of what HECToR is capable of, think about this – 64 million calculations per second! How is that for power and speed? With this kind of power behind HECToR, scientists will be able to look at various phenomena and study subjects such as climate change. Other things that HECToR can be used for are studies on:

-medicine
-oceanography
-nanotechnology
-radar
-superconductors
-combustion engines
-new materials.

In fact, the possibilities seem limitless!

So just how big is HECToR? Imagine 60 cabinets the size of wardrobes – that’s where HECToR can be found as of the moment. As for the weight, HECToR weighs in at 113 million pounds.

To balance out all the hype, the fact is that HECToR is not the fastest and most powerful in the world. It is in fact one of the best in Europe but not the number one. Yet who cares? HECToR is proudly British made and is capable of wondrous things. He doesn’t have to be the best there is. The mere fact that we’ve come up with something like him is something to be proud of in itself.

People love to read and hear poetry and other literary arts. Some would listen and learn from their message to the reader while some would simply be amazed at how they were constructed with such enthusiasm and imagination. Whatever the case may be, English literature has been known to be rich and capable of rubbing on people who try their hand on poetry and prose.

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Much can be traced to the ancestry of English literature and arts. A lot of the famous writers trace their roots to the homelands of England. Charles Dickens for one, is a famous poet that everyone is particularly familiar with. Among his famous works include that of Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and the seasonal holiday tale of the Christmas Carol.

To this day, much of the familiar prose that people read would be immediately associated with the famous writers such as Dickens. It is not surprising to note why this came about considering that England is indeed rich in the arts and culture.

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For students, the desire to be able to study in England is among the dreams that would be a good investment for their future. Rich in culture, history and customs, prestigious colleges, garnering the level of education from England is world-renowned and achieving such a feat shall surely be a good feather in the cap of successful students.

England Education

England is best related to the works of Shakespeare, one of the famous writers that people know and whose works have been portrayed in different plays all throughout the world.

A lot of the educational focus would be focused on their artistic and theatrical knowledge, tagged as being unique and unlike that of others in the whole world. With its rich pool of resources in castles and religious beliefs, it is not hard to notice why England has gained much headway into one of the more famous destination points to which people would visit or perhaps rant for educational opportunities today.

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