your taste buds tingling?
A NEW festival promoting 'the true taste of food' with
organic & natural goods from across the world is to be held in
Liverpool this Sunday at Aintree Racecourse. Succulent food and
drink tasting, from simple to exotic fare, will be readily
available, challenging visitors to rediscover their taste buds.
"Our festivals are not merely informative, nor just retail,
but both! We have stalls and information stands where you could buy
organic produce, fair trade clothing or non-allergenic hygiene
products, all under one roof!"
The festival will be an opportunity to meet local producers and find
suppliers of wholesome organic & natural produce in the immediate
area and beyond. In addition, the event will feature 'Fair Trade'
& ethical products, along with information about recycling and being
kind to the environment.
The mission is simple, to promote an ethos of healthy living and
greener life to the general public from young to old, while giving an
opportunity to sample products not normally available. The
initiative is the brainchild of Dean Wilson and follows the runaway
success of the 2005 festivals. This year a total of 33 weekend
festivals are being staged in towns and cities across England.
Organiser Dean Wilson said:- "We have already had major
interest from a host of organic producers and service providers and
are increasingly developing partnerships with leading organisations
such as Greenpeace, The Soil Association, Friends of the Earth,
Water Aid and The Council for the Protection of Rural England.
For the event in Liverpool we are extremely proud to have
established links with local charities and regional organic
producers, shops and eco-led organisations in the local area. The
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will be there to show the local
efforts to maintain wildlife in the area!" Dean adds:-
"The message of the tour remains a strong one. Natural &
Organic World is not merely structured to provide an enjoyable day
out for the family. They are intended to be educational and
thought-provoking, offering an opportunity for the public at large
to see how they can help reduce the strain on the environment by
both buying and thinking organic."
Venue:- Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Road, Aintree, Liverpool,
Date:- Sunday 12 February 2006
Times:- 10am to 4pm
Admission:- £2.50 Adult, £2 Concessions, Children Free.
CYBERSPACE CAR BOOT
SALE FOR CHARITY
TEACH A Man To Fish, a UK charity dedicated to tackling global
poverty through self-help education initiatives, today launched the
Cyberspace Car Boot Sale – the perfect chance to declutter your life
and support a worthy cause. The virtual fundraising event asks
all those who can, to dust off their auctioneer’s hammer, ransack
their drawers, and put their unwanted items on sale for charity in
the world’s biggest shop window, on eBay.
While regular car boot sales can bring in a little extra spending
money, that same £20 raised online for Teach A Man To Fish will
sponsor a beehive that can be used year after year to teach classes
of poor students how to earn themselves a living.
Taking part is as simple as selling anything on eBay. During the
listing process however - i.e. while giving a description of the
item for sale - those wanting to donate their auction’s proceeds can
now select Teach A Man To Fish from the eBay for Charity approved
charities list. It’s then just a matter of sitting back and letting
their 10 million users fight it out for those last-generation
phones, prehistoric cameras, and fit-of-insanity fashion disasters.
Commenting on the launch, Teach A Man To Fish Chief Executive, Nik
Kafka said:- “This is a really exciting new way people can
help us to make poverty history. We’re not asking you to dip into
your own pocket - you don’t even have to leave the house! Just pull
up a motor in our virtual car park, and let the things you don’t
want, provide the education our students desperately want.”
The sale starts 13 February 2006, and runs for 2 weeks. Proceeds will go
to supporting the work of Teach A Man To Fish helping schools in
Africa to set up financially sustainable beekeeping education
projects. For more information on how to participate visit:-
INTERNET PIONEER TEACHERS’ TV CELEBRATES 1st BIRTHDAY
TEACHERS' TV, the
television channel dedicated to all those interested and involved in
schools, this week celebrates its first year of broadcasting with
the release of new viewing figures. In December, 1 in 4 of the
schools’ workforce who have cable or satellite, nearly 90,000
people, said they watched the channel. These are strong viewing
figures for a digital channel in its first year on air.
To mark the anniversary, the channel is launching “Teachers’ DIY
TV”, a 20 part series where individual teachers direct, produce
and star in their own programme, which will be broadcast via the
channel and website. A broadcasting first for teachers, the
new series will encourage those at the sharp end to share their
experiences about teaching and learning in schools. The short films
will use classroom observation to show good practice and research.
Those selected for the series, via the Teachers’ TV Associates
scheme, will be offered professional support with the production and
editing of their films.
“Teachers’ DIY TV” is the latest in a year of technological
and education innovations from Teachers’ TV. In just 12 months, the
channel has not only redefined public service broadcasting but has
led the field in Internet TV, establishing a successful model of
broadcasting across a range of platforms. Teachers’ TV has
made over 1,000 programmes, featuring over 3,000 teachers in over
2,000 schools. It is the first UK channel to offer all its
commissioned programmes for viewing on its website, a strategy which
is proving highly successful. There are currently over 800
programmes available online, with on average 55,000 programmes
viewed on the website every month.
Nigel Dacre, Chief Executive of Education Digital, said:-
“This has been a tremendous year – from a standing start we have
established a channel which is known for high quality, innovative
programming, which is relevant, informative and becoming part of the
education community’s training landscape. At the same time we have
pioneered Internet TV and led the field in television and web
broadcasting. But we are not complacent and will continue to
innovate to encourage those in education to watch and learn from the
The channel’s achievements over the last year include:-
- The channel has secured an average audience reach of 21% of school
staff who have cable or satellite TV;
- The average number of households viewing Teachers’ TV in the
general population each month was 280,000;
- Currently, over 612,000 programmes are viewed per month;
- Independent research found that eight out of ten viewers in the
schools workforce said that Teachers’ TV programming had affected
their personal motivation. Over half said they were likely to
implement the content of Teachers' TV programmes in their schools.
The channel encouraged over four in ten viewers in the schools
workforce to undergo some kind of CPD;
- There is an average of over 55,000 unique visitors to the
Teachers’ TV website each month. The website has over 45,000
Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Education, said:-
“Teachers’ TV is an innovative proposition which aims to help raise
standards in schools. The channel is an important and practical
resource that teachers are using to support their own professional
development. It is early days but the channel is making good
progress and beginning to have a real impact in the classroom.”
Sir Paul Judge, Chairman, Teachers’ TV Board of Governors:-
“Teachers’ TV has made an excellent start in its first year on air
and has truly opened up a ‘window on the classroom’ with a rich
range of programmes. The channel has developed a loyal following and
is already having a positive impact on those who work in schools. It
is becoming well established with its target audience and also for
many other people interested in education. Teachers’ TV is in a
strong position to reach increasing numbers of viewers in the coming
guide to finding the right legal expert
A NEW guide to help you find the right expert solicitor to
deal with your legal problem has been launched by the Law Society.
The guide directs people towards finding solicitors who have
accreditation in their specific area of work. These solicitors,
known as panel members, have expert skills, knowledge and experience
that has been tested to the highest standards.
“Your guide to finding expert legal help” gives details about
the different specialist areas like children’s law, clinical
negligence, immigration law and family mediation. The guide shows
how to identify a panel member from their logo and how to find an
expert in your area either by using the Law Society website, a
telephone helpline or by using telephone directories.
“Many solicitors now specialise in one or two areas of law and
this guide helps consumers find the person with the right skills and
expertise to help with their problem.” said Peter
Williamson, chairman of the Law Society’s Regulation Board.
Children Panel members can help you with matters such as family
breakdown, care proceedings, residence and emergency protection.
They also are specialists in adoption, parental responsibility and
Personal Injury Panel members can advise you on cases of personal
injury and also help relatives of those who have been fatally
injured as a result of alleged negligence or breech of statutory
Accredited solicitors can help with asylum and business-related
immigration applications. They also advise on aspects of welfare,
the legal system, legal aid and taxation issues that affects
A copy of the guide can be found on the Law Society’s website at
guide can also be found at public libraries and Citizens Advice