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  1. I've been to Arran many a time & it's well worth the visit. It's only a personal view, but the West side of the island is generally the more peaceful & enjoyable. The big hotel at Blackwaterfoot, the name of which momentarily escapes me, is good value overall. The restaurant has a lovely view over to Kintyre & there's a more traditional pub the opposite side, plus a pizza takeaway if you don't fancy the pub food. As for Islay, I know a couple of people on here helped me with recommendations last year, so will be able to give more details than me but again is a beautiful spot. We stayed at Port Ellen near the maltings with lovely views & decent pubs nearby (I liked the Ardview Inn personally). If you like seafood (I don't but I was with some that do), Yan's Kitchen is world class. Cutting to the chase though; let's discuss distilleries. Arran (up near Lochranza) is very modern but interesting to have a look around & the product is top notch. As for Islay, we managed to get on about 4 full tours but visited (& tasted) at all of them, plus Jura. Laphroaig & Ardbeg are interesting, Bunnahabhain is a bit quirky & interesting for the building & location.
  2. It's probably a perception thing rather than an actual connection. If you divide incidents up according to level of devastation & divide them over any given period of time you can probably say that on any given day there is a certain (purely statistical) probability that something will happen & the days straddling big events probably don't especially buck that trend. In terms of non-US/European though, they won't knock the Olympics/WC/whatever off the front page unless massively catastrophic I'd guess.
  3. I don't know how you set about it but a relative of mine changed from being a computer programmer to a gas fitter/multi-trade builder in his early 40s & did OK out of it. He knew a fair bit about it & had worked on houses, done plumbing, wiring, etc. before he started, but from what I remember I think he spent about 6 weeks doing his CORGI registration & other bits & bobs where he needed to. I don't know about it if you're starting from scratch though. Good luck anyway.
  4. They should think thersen's lucky :-) They got to see the best goal ever scored by a player's backside & the most mental celebration I've had watching Town in many a long year. Way more exciting than getting tonked week in, week out.
  5. I remember a song we used to have about Iffy Onuora (to the tune of Robin Hood) which started with the line "Big Black Iffy, Big Black Iffy, running down the wing". I don't want banning so I'll skip the rest. In the early 80s our biggest local rivals were Barnsley & we had (tune of the Birdie Song): "He's only a poor little miner, His face is all tattered and torn, He made me feel sick, So I hit him with a brick, And now he won't sing any more" We had a really weird one, the words I've partly forgotten but along the lines of: "My uncles a pervert, my aunty's got pox. My sister's an 'ooker on Hartlepool docks. My brother's in borstal, my mother's gone mad. And Jack the Ripper's my dad, nah, nah, nah...." In the Cowshed at our old ground, we had: "Bertie Mee said to Don Revie, 'Have you heard of the North Bank Highbury?', Revie said 'No, I don't think so, but I've heard of the Cowshed Boot Boys" They don't write em like they used to
  6. I've travelled a fair bit around Scotland; from the borders to Unst & all points in between, That includes inner cities & assorted backwaters, not just tourist spots. FWIW, my take on this is that crap food is no more or less available in Scotland than it is in England. Conversely, you never have to travel far to find something good quality &/or healthy. I've only ever come across a handful of places selling deep fried chocolate, but these days you can buy it a couple of places in Huddersfield; it's basically just a gimmick. When my daughter lived in Scotland she'd take visitors to get one, pretty much for a laugh...you'd have to be a halfwit to think that's a standard diet even in the poorest places. Far more pernicious is mainstream takeaways & frozen crap. Obviously the issues around diet & health in poorer areas is well known & documented but that's nowt to do with food being crap, but individual choice & education. In fairness though, I can't think of a single part of Scotland where I've not been able to find good food if I wanted it.
  7. I stayed at a hotel near the airport a few years ago...it was a fantastic spot; half a dozen bars & restaurants, free bus to the airport & dead easy transport links to the centre so worth having a look around there I'd say.
  8. I really like non-league football here in England. I saw about half a dozen games last season. The Conference is a decent standard all things considered & me & the lad often stand with the visiting fans for a laugh. I don't get up to Scotland quite as often as I used to, but I always used to look for lower league games when I did. I managed to get to both Celtic & Rangers last season (the latter - with apologies to the appropriate people - in the away end with QoTS fans at the 4-3 game). I might be up next year & have plans to get to maybe Kilmarnock or Ayr on the way home, depending on the games that are on when I'm up there.
  9. I don't particularly agree with the mimicking of the US protests because they are about a particular set of problems over there. However, there is a ton of evidence that black people experience significant discrimination in Britain in the criminal justice system. They are more likely to be arrested, sectioned, be presumed to be violent, be given custodial sentences, and indeed to die in Police custody. Luckily our Police don't carry weapons so we don't get the violent deaths on the street but I personally wouldn't simply dismiss it as a gimmick. PS I agree about middle class whites crying in the street in sympathy!
  10. It's still there, yes. It sets off from near the lifeboat house at South Bay. I think you get about 15 minutes around the bay for your money. It's really a kids novelty trip.
  11. I'm not an expert but as far as I know none of them affect tax credits. The curriculum stuff does scare me a lot. I went to an induction conference last week & got 3 assessment books; one each for English, Maths & Science & it's remarkable how much there is in it. I thought my general knowledge was OK but there's plenty of gaps. I've been trying to get my head around graphemes & phonemes of late!
  12. I probably should have listened a bit more in the Maths & Science lessons though.
  13. The funding isn't fantastic unless you can teach high school Maths or Physics & get a £30K bursary. I'll get a £3K bursary plus student loan (plus my redundancy money) to keep me going until I get a job.
  14. Getting into schools (at least this was my experience) is very difficult. I contacted several schools before I finally got lucky but I was getting worried. In my interview they wanted me to be able to talk about my observations in classrooms though so breakfast clubs, whilst useful, might need bolstering (again purely on my experience). My entrance requirements were minimum 2:1 degree & minimum 10 days experience in primary school (although I was accepted provisionally as I had less at the time, conditional that I gained it). I started doing a day a week (agreed by my ex-employer as part of my redundancy) then added a day once unemployed (with younger classes). The school have been brilliant though & I've been able to help with trips, musicals & other extra-curricular stuff as well as in school. Hopefully if you get into a classroom you'll get a lot of opportunity to do 1:1 & small group work which starts to get you used to some of the teaching methods used. Also, if you aren't already aware, here anyway nursery & reception classes are very different environments to Year 2 upwards. Lessons are much more built around play and choice at that stage rather than structured lessons so if you can find a way into older groups then I'd have a go. Having said that any experience working with children will be a bonus for you. My route is the SCITT one (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) but there are others. If you register with the DfES (Edit...should that be Education Scotland?) you get invites to recruitment events. There's the Teach in Scotland website as well.
  15. Sorry to hear about the redundancy mate but definitely a good choice of alternative. I'm loving it. I don't officially start formal training until September but have been doing a couple of days a week in a local village school & having a great time. Because it's small I've had the opportunity to work across all age groups. I really enjoy the lower junior age (in England that's age 7/8; Years 3 & 4). I've landed lucky anyway that I've got a Year 3 class for my training year. It's in one of Huddersfield's most deprived primary schools with most kids on free meals & English as an additional language. I'm happy with that though but like you lurch from massive positivity to total panic. If you want to swap notes anyway drop me a PM...I've started doing some initial reading around theory. child development, etc...I even understand a paragraph every so often. Good luck anyway!