Tuesday, 25 August 2009

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Our Haworth Trip

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Ilkley walk

Ilkley Moor Alien

The only photograph of an alien ever taken in the UK; it is wandering along Ilkley Moor.

Monday, 17 August 2009

BBC Radio 4 News. Monday 17.8.2009. 7.30am

The Army’s spokesman in Afghanistan has said troops are undeterred as they prepare to protect elections there, this week. Lieutenant Colonel Nick Richardson said troops were very determined, despite an increase in attacks. Five soldiers were killed this weekend, bringing the number of British deaths since the war started to 204.
Japan is no longer in recession; after the economy grew by 0.9%, in the second quarter of this year. It had shrunk in the previous four quarters. Government subsidies on new cars and other goods, helped increase consumer spending. Last week France and Germany also announced a return to growth.
At least five people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the Russian city of Nazran, in the Ingushetia Republic, which borders Chechnya. The bomb exploded outside a police station.
A pressure group with links to the Labour Party has begun a campaign to limit the pay of top earners. Compass is urging the government to establish a high pay commission, similar to the low pay commission that was set up in 1997. It’s been backed by unions and many labour MPs.
The schools inspector, Ofstead has said parts of the new Diploma qualification must improve. The Diplomas, introduced last year, are a practical alternative to A levels, but Ofstead said interest was lower than expected and some teaching wasn’t good enough.
North Korea has announced its opening its border with South Korea, to allow tourism. The announcement follows talks between the North’s leader, Kim Jong-il and the head of the motor company, Hyundai, which is based in the South. Hyundai runs excursions to the North, and owns an industrial park there.
The Ministry of Defence has released details of around 800 UFO sightings that took place between 1981 and 1996. There was an increase in sightings in 1996 which experts put down to the television series The X Files and the film, Independence Day.
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Speed Debating

English Debating Society is for people studying English, or for those who want an opportunity to practice their English. Every week we discuss a big subject in a light hearted, friendly way.
All are welcome.

Weds 19th Aug:
Speed Debating
We will talk about many subjects for a short period of time, after which we will vote on how we feel about the topic.

Last week we decided:-
Countries should give back artworks to their country of origin
Abortion should not be advertised
There is life after death
Coffee is better than tea (a lot better)
Success is about happiness, not money
Faith schools are divisive
Cannibalism is never ok
Women are getting more beautiful

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Shakespeare Festival

C101 took some of the Presessional students to the Leeds Shakespeare Festival on Friday night. We had a great time, with students commenting:-

"It was fantastic and joyful. Although all of us did not really understand what they were talking about, we still could catch the main idea of this drama. : )"

"It was really good! We had a great time in an beautiful Abbey and a professional play! Moreover, we experienced the most traditional English performance. This night was really awesome, isn't it?"


The International Office took some of our students to Whitby this saturday. It was beautiful.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Today Programme Friday

BBC Radio 4 14 August 2009 News Bulletin 7.30 am
Weather-wise, quite a nice day down South, dry and fine but wet and windy in Northern areas.

You’re listening to Today on Radio 4 with Edward Stourton and Evan Davis. The time is half-past seven, and now a summary of the news from Susan Rae.

The Conservative leader, David Cameron, has restated his support for the National Health Service after it was strongly attacked by one of his party’s MEPs, Daniel Hannan, on American television. Mr Hannan’s comments came as debate rages across the United States on plans by President Obama to reform health care. His critics have singled out the NHS as an example of how a state-run system fails the patient. Thousands of people in Britain have used the internet to defend and praise the Health Service.

The army has paid tribute to the three soldiers killed yesterday in an explosion in southern Afghanistan. A spokesman said the soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Rifles and 40 Regiment Royal Artillery were brave and their loss was keenly felt. Their families have been informed.

The Conservative MP for St Albans, Anne Main, has survived a bid to deselect by her… to deselect her by her constituency party. She had faced a challenge over her daughter’s use of a flat funded by parliamentary expenses. The chairman of the Constituency Association has resigned.

American scientists investigating a new technique for fighting cancer say they have made a significant discovery. They’ve found a drug capable of killing the stem cells which help tumours to grow and spread cancer around the body. But tests on humans are still some way off.

Children who’ve been trafficked into the UK are being let down by the care system, according to the child protection charity, Ecpat. It’s calling on the Government to introduce a system of legal guardians for children rescued from traffickers. The Home Office says it believes the welfare of the children should remain the responsibility of local authorities.

One of Iran’s defeated opposition presidential candidates has said some protesters held after June’s disputed poll were tortured to death in prison. The claim by Mehdi Karroubi comes days after he said a number of prisoners, both male and female, had been raped. Officials deny the rape claims, but admit that abuses have taken place.

Two separate studies published in the British Medical Journal suggest that many women could take a safer brand of contractive pill. The researchers say that some tablets are linked to a higher risk of blood clot than others.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

High Tea

Saltaire Trip

A few weeks ago we had a trip to Saltaire for the few students on the 10 week Pre-sessional course.

Thursday BBC Radio 4

Today Programme 13 August 2009 News Bulletin 7.30 am

Em… I’m going to tell you about the weather. It is going to be pretty dry and bright around the place. You can expect some rain tomorrow.

You’re listening to Today on Radio 4 with James Naughtie and Evan Davis. The time is twenty-eight minutes to eight. And now a summary of the news from Rory Morrison.

The BBC has learned that the Libyan man serving a life sentence for the Lockerbie bombing is likely to be freed next week on compassionate grounds. Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, who has terminal cancer, is currently in jail in Scotland but it’s understood he could soon be allowed to return home. The Scottish Government insists that no final decision has yet been taken. Relatives of some of the Americans who died in the bombing have said that they are horrified that Megrahi could be released. Some British campaigners have questioned whether he is guilty and say they want more prosecutions to be brought.

The children charity Barnardo’s has criticised the number of children being locked up in England and Wales. It says in 2007, confusion over government guidelines led to more than 160 twelve to fourteen-year-olds wrongly being given custodial sentences. The Government says that while it issues guidance to courts, judges made the final decision on sentences.

It’s been claimed that intimidating behaviour by Immigration staff escorting people out of the UK has led to some of them refusing to leave. The Chief Inspector of Prisons in England and Wales, Dame Anne Owers, said staff should be given more training and supervision.

A Scottish gem stone expert has been killed in Southern Kenya had apparently by armed mob. Campbell Bridges, who was 71, owned several mines. It’s thought he’d been involved in a dispute about mining rights in a national park.

Rescue efforts are continuing in southern Taiwan to reach hundreds of people who’ve been stranded for days after mud slides and flooding caused by a typhoon. Twenty thousand troops have been drafted in and many are going on foot into remote areas to assess the damage.

Professor Stephen Hawking has been given America’s highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. At a ceremony at the White House, President Obama said he’d inspired people around the world. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the actor Sidney Poitier were also honoured.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Today Programme Wednesday

Today Programme Wednesday
BBC Radio 4 12 August 2009
News Bulletin 7.30 am

The weather. Erm – expecting rain across central areas and showers in the North. So perhaps not quite as good as yesterday.

You’re listening to Today on BBC Radio 4 with Evan Davies and James Naughtie. It’s just after half past seven; Neil Sleat has a news summary.

The latest unemployment figures will be released this morning, and they’re expected to show another rise. The total for the three months to June is likely to reach a 15-year high of around two and a half million. There will also be an indication of the prospects for the economy, when the Bank of England publishes its quarterly inflation report.

The Audit Commission is warning councils in England that they must prepare for a second phase of the recession. It says that pressures on family life will lead to an increase in domestic violence, alcoholism and mental health problems, putting extra strain on councils.

The Financial Services Authority is to publish its new code on bankers’ pay. Writing in the Financial Times, the FSA’s chief executive, Hector Sants, warns that an over-prescriptive code in the UK would lead to a brain drain if it’s not matched by similar rules in other countries.

An international search is continuing for a Maltese-registered cargo ship that hasn’t been heard from since communicating with Dover coastguards on July 28th. There are fears that the Arctic Sea could have been under the control of pirates when it sailed through the English Channel.

Taiwan’s military is deploying 25 helicopters to rescue hundreds of people stranded after mudslides caused by Typhoon Morakot. People from several villages are said to have made it to higher ground before mud and rock engulfed their homes. Hundreds of others are missing.

President Obama has been defending his controversial healthcare reforms at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire. He denied rumours that he was intending to set up panels of officials who would decide if it was too expensive to keep elderly patients alive. Mr Obama accused his opponents of “wild misrepresentation” of his plans.

Police in Brazil have accused a TV presenter of ordering murders to boost ratings for his crime show. They say Wallace Souza commissioned the killing of his drug-trafficking rivals, then sent camera crews to the scene. His lawyers say Mr Souza, who is also a state legislator, is the victim of a political smear campaign.

Programme Tuesday

Programme Tuesday
BBC Radio 4 11 August 2009
News Bulletin 7.30 am

Quick look at the weather: Southern areas will be dry, bright and warm, there’ll be a bit of rain about in the North.

You’re listening to Today on BBC Radio 4 with Edward Stourton and James Naughtie, it’s twenty-seven minutes to eight, let’s have a summary of the news from Rory Morrison.

The mother of the abused toddler, Baby Peter, and her boyfriend can be identified for the first time today. Until now, a court order prevented Tracey Connolly and her partner Stephen Barker from being named. Peter had been visited by social workers, polith and-- police and health professionals at least sixty times before he died, aged 17 months, after suffering months of abuse.

A court in Burma has sentenced the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi to eighteen months in detention. She was found guilty of violating the terms of her house arrest, after an uninvited man swam to her lakeside home and stayed there for two days. The ruling means she’s unlikely to be able to take part in next year’s elections.

Rising alcohol consumption is being blamed for a sharp increase in the number of people in their forties developing mouth cancers. Figures from Cancer Research UK show rates have increased by about 25% since 1999.

Local councils say they’ll have to cut more jobs because they’re facing a deficit in their incomes of around 4 billion pounds compared with two years ago. The local government association, which represents councils in England and Wales, says seven thousand jobs have already been cut this year.

Landslides triggered by Typhoon Morakot have caused at least six apartment blocks to collapse in the Eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang. Officials say at least two people have died, with an unknown number still trapped. In Taiwan, helicopters have dropped rescuers into a small mountainous village, which was buried by mudslides. Hundreds of people are missing.

Britain will sign an agreement with Lichtenstein later, on exchanging information about bank accounts held by British investors. It’s estimated that HM Revenue and Customs could recover the tax on between two and three billion pounds.

There’s a warning that people accused of committing atrocities abroad cannot always be prosecuted when they visit Britain. The joint parliamentary committee on human rights says loopholes in the law mean legal proceedings cannot be brought against non-British residents for some war crimes. The government says it will publish plans to address some of the issues in the autumn.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Today Programme Monday

Every morning Michael types up a transcript of the Radio 4 news and posts it here. To listen to the program go to


and drag the cursor to 7.30am

BBC Radio 4 10 August 2009
News Bulletin 7.30 am

The weather: it’s going to be a litl .. warm at the beginning in the south-east, but there are outbreaks of rain across the country that will be spreading eastwards.

You’re listening to Today on Radio 4 with James Naughtie and Edward Stourton, twenty-eight minutes to eight, time for a summary of the news from Charlotte Green.

The head of MI6 has told the BBC that the British Secret Service hasn’t colluded in any torture. The comments, by Sir John Scarlett, come amid growing demands for an enquiry into whether Britain has been complicit in torture overseas. The interview can be heard on the documentary ‘MI6: a Century in the Shadows’ this morning on Radio 4 at 9 o’clock, and at 9.30 this evening.

Reports from Iraq say more than 30 people have died in a series of attacks. Two car bombs went off in Baghdad, killing 16 people; and in the northern city of Mosul, at least two lorry bombs were set off in Shiite areas, killing more than twenty. Scores of people were wounded.

The Liberal Democrats have called for new restrictions on the surveillance powers available to public bodies, including councils. They say an unacceptable number of requests are made, nearly fourteen hundred a day, to check up on mobile phone and email records.

The authorities in Taiwan say twelve people are dead and more than 50 others are missing after Typhoon Morakot caused the island’s worst flooding in half a century. Elsewhere, parts of eastern China are coping with the aftermath of the typhoon, which has now weakened to a tropical storm. Up to a million people were evacuated as the typhoon battered the east coast on Sunday.

The Government is giving details of how we’ll be feeding ourselves for the next twenty years. Among other things, its latest Food Strategy Document will look into the way climate change and dwindling oil supplies will raise the cost of what we eat. It will also suggest that people should ignore ‘best before’ dates and stop wasting food.

DNA tests will begin this week on up to 300 bodies discovered in mass graves in northern France, to try to identify British and Australian soldiers killed in the First World War. Samples have already been given by people who believe their relatives might have died at the 1916 Battle of Fromelles. The Government says the men should be laid to rest with the dignity they deserve.

The rate at which employers are laying off staff seems to have slowed. The latest survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development suggests that fewer businesses in the private sector are expecting to cut jobs; but it says redundancies in the public sector are increasing sharply.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Day trip to Haworth

C101 and the ULC head out for the day to Haworth. We were about 50 in number.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

BBC NEWS RADIO 4. Thursday 6 Aug 2009. 7.30am

ITV has made a loss of 105 million pounds in the first 6 months of the year. The broadcaster has faced a slump in advertising revenues because of the recession. The company also announced plans to sell the website, Friends Reunited, to the publishing firm DC Thompson for 25 million pounds. They bought the site for 120 million pounds 4 years ago.
Figures obtained by the conservatives suggest that less than 20% of NHS trusts in England offer couples the recommended 3 cycles of IVF treatment. The Tories described it as a postcode lottery with rules on age, relationships and other children varying widely between trusts. The Department of Health insists good progress is being made in providing fair and consistent access.
A group of MPs says government claims that victims of crime are at the centre of the justice system are a damaging misrepresentation of reality. The Justice Committee says people given the false impression that prosecutors are the champions of victim’s rights.
The Tory’s claim Gordon Brown has suppressed a report on defence procurement because it shows 12 years of incompetence. The report that should have been published before the summer recess, apparently accuses ministers of wasting billions of pounds. Downing Street sources said the report was delayed because it was unfinished.
The policy of injecting new money into the economy, known as quantitative easing could be put on hold. Most city traders expect the Bank of England to wait and see if the strategy is working before deciding whether to extend it.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has reversed its forecasts for the housing market; it had predicted a fall of up to 15% this year, but now says prices could rise over the course of 2009.
Thousands of people are expected to attend the funeral later today of the last man in Britain to have fought in the First World War. Harry Patch who died last month at the age of 111 wanted the theme of the service to be peace and reconciliation.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

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BBC Radio 4. WEDS 5 AUGUST 2009. 7.30am News.

In the past hour, the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been formally sworn in for a second term in office, at a ceremony in Tehran. Hundreds of opposition supporters are gathered outside the parliament building to continue their protest against his election. Mr Ahmadinejad said he was not expecting messages of congratulation from western leaders.
Lloyds Banking Group, which was bailed out by the tax payer, has announced losses of four billion pounds for the first six months of the year. The group took over Halifax, Bank of Scotland to prevent it collapsing last year, but has been severely affected by HBOS’s bad loans.
The value of pension schemes of Britain’s leading companies has fallen dramatically over the past year. A report by the consultancy firm Lane, Clarke and Peacock says the top 100 firms had a combined deficit of 93 billion pounds in July, more than double the figure for the same month in 2008.
The former American president Bill Clinton is flying home from North Korea with two American journalists who were in prison there. Laura Ling and Euna Lee were sentenced to 12 years hard labour for entering the communist country illegally, but they were pardoned after Mr Clinton met the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il.
An inspection of Cookham Wood young offenders institute in Kent has described conditions there as seriously unsafe. It said some inmates were too frightened to leave their cells. The Chief Inspector of Prisons, Sir Anne Owers, told this program the staff were inexperienced and the accommodation was poor. A prison service spokesman, Paul Carroll said significant improvements had been made since the inspection was carried out and the prison was now much more settled.
A gunman has killed at least four people at a gym in the American state of Pennsylvania, before shooting himself. One witness said the attacker walked into a women’s dance class, turned off the lights and opened fire.