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Posted on 10:28am Sunday 27th Mar 2011
The University of Cambridge is planning to reduce teaching time
As many of you are aware, the members of our firm are graduates of the University of Cambridge.
The university is planning to reduce the number of tutorials and lectures stdents receive in one of its most popular subjects, despite last week approving pland to increase fees.
One of the greatest things about the University of Cambridge is that it can cultivate niche and particular intesests.
A review of the University of Cambridge's English faculty concluded that the number of Tutorials , known as Supervisions , is ëxceedingly generous"and doubts whether it is desirable"."
The University of Cambridge proposals to reduce teaching time , in the subject of English , are likely to be seen as an alarming sign of possible cuts looming across British universities, even if undergraduate fees increase from next year.
The University of Cambridge English course is one of the most famous in the world and its alumni include the authors Sebastian Faulks, Robert harris, Zadie Smith and Howard Jacobson.
The review also proposes cutting the number of lectures, which have already fallen by eleven percent , "with a view of using teaching officer's time more effectively" because many are only attended by a small number of students.
One aim of the proposals is to free up academic's time for research, which has provoked a furious reaction frm students, who fear the University of cambridge sees them as a secondary priority.
Posted on 5:29pm Saturday 26th Mar 2011
Sadly, our old University of Cambridge, have lost the 2011 Oxford Cambridge Boat race to Oxford. Oxford won by two lengths. Oxford won the coin toss to row on the Surrey section, Oxford won.
Posted on 4:35pm Saturday 26th Mar 2011
SURREALISM AND THE CITY
As spring comes to The City of London, City workers taking the opportunity to top up their vitamin D intake by heading outside over lunchtime might just stumble across something a bit strange.
From 1st April Dali’s famous five – foot Alice in Wonderland statue will ,ake her home outside Moorhouse – the Norman Foster – designed office development that’s sprung up on the corner of London Wall and Moorgate.
Since 1994 Alice, who is cast in bronze and was made in 1977, has been travelling the world, stopping off in Florence, Rome, Singapore and Hong Kong before ending up in the heart of the City.
The outdoor installation will be accompanied by an indoor exhibit of several more iconic Dali sculptures, plus prints and collages including Tarot Cards.
The exhibition will run until 30th June, after which Alice will leave The City for an as yet unknown destination. Interesting.
Posted on 4:31pm Saturday 26th Mar 2011
NO PRAMS ALLOWED : WHERE SINGLES RULE
One person households are the first to buy in up and coming areas.
According to 2009 statistics from the Office of national Statistics General Household Survey, the number of women has more than doubled over the past three decades.
Singleness is on the rise and London is increasingly being divided into two camps: buzzy, occasionally gritty singleton hotspots stuffed to the rafters with bars – and family areas, where the pram (not the drunken ramble home) rules.
Still, with prices sky – rocketing all over central London and the din of your smug married friends making it feel like a maisonette in Putney or Wandsworth are the only options worth aspiring to, we thought it worth glancing at the best options in London for single buyers.
Islington continues to attract well – off singletons, often funded by the bank of Mum and Dad. It’s no secret that Upper Street and the other areas between Angel and Highbury are heaving with nightspots, boutiques and restaurants. But with prices at a high, Islington is expanding outwards, with the area east of Cannonbury stretching towards Dalston - de Beauvoir in particular – attracting the single person’s pound. Improved transport links – with revamped routes straight to the City – help, as do a preponderance of gastro – pubs. The Alma, the Talbot, the Marquess Tavern, the Wellington and the House are all favourites among a young, hip crowd in the area.
Balham has also come of age as a singleton’s hotspot – replacing the now – expensive ( and family –happy ) Clapham.
Soho is the biggest story in the rise of the singleton – simply because many former offices have now been acquired by developers and turned into flats for sale. A decade ago, only the most hardened gritty City types would have contemplated living in SoHo – now, both the pink and straight pound are trickling in. There’s more stock, but massive gentrification of the area (the number of top – flight restaurants and swanky bars to open in Soho the last few years is staggering), have made it more tempting. That said, it’s far less expensive than Mayfair, so offers a perfect location in the heart of Zone One, with options for boozing, partying and eating 24 hours a day.
Posted on 9:25am Friday 25th Mar 2011
A painting bought for £100.00 might be worth £42,000,000.00
Some people are in the right place at the right time.
The buyer purchased the painting in a second hand shop.
The painting has a signature and it could be a Cezanne painting. Fine Arts Graduates will realize the painting, if by Cezanne could be worth £42,000,000.00
The artwork looks similar to that of Cezanne and will be assessed for vale soon. Not a bad profit of £42,000,000.00 for an expenditure of £100.00
Posted on 9:23am Friday 25th Mar 2011
House price drops quite a bit
Are you the type of person who loves gardening and plant? Do you think you might put Ivy in your garden trained upon your house to cover the house in greenery?
Perhaps this is not such a good idea after all? You house value might depreciate.
An owner of a house in Chelmsford, Essex, England has had to drop the price of their home by £ 230,000.00
The detached home, with three bedrooms is completely covered in Ivy.
The house is on the market for £150,000.00, less than half that of neighbouring homes. The home would require remedial work to actually make the house into a home. Potential buyers are to make bids over £120,000.00 and will have to pay in cash.
Posted on 8:14pm Thursday 24th Mar 2011
Do you talk plopper ? Does the way you speak matter ?
Have you been speaking to someone face – to – face or on the telephone and after five minutes of hearing you speak, ask you to say what you said again? Usually the person is trying to place your accent from what you are saying.
A leading linguistics teacher at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, in London, once said to a student “ often an actor learns Received Pronunciation English and two words can let them down , if those words are mispronounced. To a trained linguist, these words can place where their accent is from”. England is an accent – rich country. Few nations have as many distinct and sometimes dubious accents.
An accent is a shared, distinctive way of speaking that is usually associated with specific geographical regions such as Nova Scotia or New York.
There is evidence to suggest we prefer , like and trust people whom we can detect by their similar accent.
Often the way you speak does matter.
Posted on 4:21pm Sunday 20th Mar 2011
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Posted on 3:34pm Sunday 20th Mar 2011
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Posted on 5:21pm Saturday 19th Mar 2011
The United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office is to be given access to offshore banks
Some of the world’s most secretive offshore banks are to allow the Serious Fraud Office to examine their customers’ private statements as investigators widen their inquiry into the collapse of the Icelandic Bank Kaupthing.
The global investigation could allow investigators to use a little known power to force banking, property and retail tycoons to tell all they know about the bank’s downfall. If they fail to disclose their knowledge or produce documents asked for, they could be put in prison.
The Serious fraud Office investigators are understood to have met very little resistance from banking authorities in Luxembourg, Switzerland and the Turks and Caicos islands that have traditionally protected their clients’ personal information.
The Serious Fraud Office is proposing to use “Section 2 “ powers to compel people to talk even though what they say cannot be used in a court of law.
Under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987, the Serious Fraud Office, if it believes there are reasonable grounds to suspect an offence has been committed involving serious or complex fraud or corruption, can force individuals, banks, financial institutions, accountants or other professionals that may have a duty of confidence to their clients to hand over material and answer questions.