ARTISTS TO GET BUS-Y!
ARRIVA North West is appealing to the people
of Liverpool to let their imagination run wild and redesign a bus
from top to bottom.
Budding designers and art buffs are being invited to think of a bus
as a blank canvas, and consider how it can be transformed into a
work of art. The winning design will then be brought to life on a
real Arriva bus.
Debra Heaton, marketing manager for Arriva North West said:- "We want people from Liverpool to come up with some really creative
ideas for our Art Bus. The design could reflect your local area, or
be completely abstract – it’s entirely up to you!
This exciting project provides a unique opportunity for someone to
showcase their talent to potentially thousands of people. We’re
really looking forward to seeing what designs people come up with."
Once the paint has dried and the gadgets have been fitted, the
new-look vehicle will embark on a national tour, promoting the bus
as a greener and cost effective alternative to the car.
For more information about the Arriva Art Bus and details about how
to submit your design, please visit:-
arrivabus.co.uk/artbus/. Also please visit
Arriva North West's
for more information about and the service it
Christmas Carols on the Festive Ferry
THE Mersey Ferries will play host to the
Merseyside Police Band on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 when they will
be performing Christmas Carols and a medley of Beatles songs. They
will be raising funds for ‘Clatterbridge your cancer centre’,
Merseytravel’s charity of the year for 2011. The band will entertain
passengers on two River Explorer cruises departing Liverpool at 1pm
and 2pm, Seacombe at 1.10pm and 2.10pm and Woodside at 1.20pm and
2.20pm. They will play some of our favourite Christmas Carols,
including ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘Ding Dong Merrily On High’
to get passengers in the festive mood, and some popular classics
that we all know and love. Merseytravel’s charity of the year for
2011. ‘Clatterbridge your cancer centre’ is the only
charity that raises funds to directly benefit the patients of
Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology. The musical cruises will be
departing from Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal with no additional
charges, although normal River Explorer prices apply. For more
information on Merseytravel’s Charitable Causes Policy go to this
Bullying rife in
schools with 1 in 4 kids saying they’ve been bullied
1 in 4 children have been
verbally bullied in the past year, according to figures released by
the Anti-Bullying Alliance, part of leading children’s charity the
National Children’s Bureau.
The research has been released to mark the start of the
Anti-Bullying Week campaign which began Monday, 14 November 2011. This
year, Anti-Bullying Week highlights the worrying trend of verbal
bullying and the casual use of derogatory language; a widespread
phenomenon not just amongst school children, but in society as a
The results show that 26% of 11 to 16 year olds have directly
experienced verbal bullying, with the vast majority (79%) happening
at school. Almost 40% of respondents also reported being bullied
online or my mobile phone.
81% of secondary school pupils think verbal bullying is a problem in
their school and 66% say they have witnessed some form of verbal
bullying in the past year. 14% of 11 to 6 year olds have considered
missing school for fear of being verbally bullied.
The results also show that 54% of respondents would turn to a
teacher for help and advice, highlighting the important role of
teachers and schools in tackling bullying behavior.
Ross Hendry, Chair of the National Children’s Bureau’s Anti-Bullying
Alliance, said:- "These figures highlight how much of a
problem verbal bullying is. Sometimes there is a tendency to see
verbal bullying as being less serious than physical bullying. But
the emotional and psychological impact can be just as damaging and
may affect young people’s self-esteem and confidence to the point
where they don’t want to go to school.
The figures also show that most verbal bullying takes place in
schools. It’s imperative that the school community; teachers,
carers, parents, and pupils work together to build and maintain an
ethos of respectful behavior so that children and young people are
kept safe from all forms of bullying.
Casual name calling and the use derogatory language; so common in
our schools and in society more generally; can lead to verbal
bullying being seen as acceptable."
The Anti Bullying Alliance brings together over 130 organisations
who are committed to tackling bullying. This year’s Anti-Bullying
Week theme is:- ‘Stop and think: words can hurt’ and the Anti-Bullying
Alliance is calling on everybody to challenge casual name calling
and the use of derogatory words.