The Mirror: Star Wars and Doctor Who fans in bust-up: Police called to separate sci-fans

15 05 2013

Nerd Rage gets taken to a whole new level…

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daily-mirror-logoStar Wars and Doctor Who fans in bust-up: Police called to separate sci-fans

By Louie Smith

15 May 2013 20:52

Police were called in when a long-running dispute between the two groups spilled over into the dark side at a sci-fi convention

The Force had to be used to end a bust-up between Star Wars and Doctor Who fans.

Police were called in when a long-running dispute between the two groups spilled over into the dark side at a sci-fi convention.

It kicked off when angry organiser Richard Walker, of the Norwich Star Wars club, saw Jim Poole, 44, of rival Norwich Sci Fi Club filming the family event with two fellow Time Lord fans, one dressed as David Tennant.

Mr Walker, 63, said: “The person on the door had not not recognised them. I put my hand on Mr Poole’s arm to escort him off the premises and he said I had assaulted him.”

More than a dozen people then became involved in a bitter row at the University of East Anglia, where 1,000 sci-fi fans had gathered, many dressed as Stormtroopers.

Police arrived and put one Who fan in a car before calming things down. They decided there was no assault.

A spokesman said: “The rival groups were told to keep out of each other’s way.”

Mr Poole said he had attended “in good faith” to get autographs from Doctor Who actors.

The clubs’ dispute is over the names of their separate conventions.

(Original Story)

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/star-wars-doctor-who-fans-1890801#ixzz2TOaWQm1r





NBC News: ‘Batman’ drops off suspect at police station, vanishes into night

4 03 2013

‘Batman’ drops off suspect at police station, vanishes into night

By Michael Holden, Reuters

NBC News LogoLONDON – A mystery man dressed as Batman demonstrated the same crime-fighting skills as the caped crusader when he handed over a suspect wanted for burglary in Britain.

Surveillance footage showed a portly figure wearing an ill-fitting costume including gloves, cape and mask, bringing a 27-year-old man to a police station in Bradford in northern England.

Photo Credit: West Yorkshire Police Department

Photo Credit: West Yorkshire Police Department

The suspect was arrested and charged with handling stolen goods and fraud-related offences, according to the force. But the costumed crime-fighter disappeared into the night without leaving his name.

“The person who brought the wanted man into the station was dressed in a full Batman outfit,” a spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said. “His identity, however, remains unknown.”

The suspect was handed over early on February 25. Police released photos of the footage Monday.

 

(Original Story with Video)

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/04/17179754-batman-drops-off-suspect-at-police-station-vanishes-into-night?lite





The Secret Teacher writes an honest letter home

29 05 2012

From UK Newspaper The Guardian:

The letter that can’t be sent to your pupils’ parents is published here: “I’m part of the this system. And I had to confess”

Dear Mr and Mrs Parent,

I’m sorry I have to write to you, but it is important you know that your daughter is not progressing as well as she could at school. This isn’t her fault, it is the school’s.

I only teach your daughter one subject, RE, which she is forced to do and she isn’t terribly interested in it. I see her once a week for 50 minutes. As there are 30 other students in the class this means that, if I did nothing else all lesson, I could spend about 100 seconds with her as an individual a week. To teach her, to get to know her, to understand her as a young person. But, as you well know, there are some children in her class who demand much more of my time. This inevitably means that some students will be left with nothing. Unfortunately, that applies to your child. I’ll be honest, I haven’t held a proper conversation with her in weeks.

I teach 400 children. Slightly more, actually, but we’ll call it 400. That means your daughter counts for 0.25% of the children I teach. It is difficult for me to honestly and accurately tell you anything about her, so please forgive me if I speak in vague generalities at parents’ evening and try to avoid using your daughter’s name. I might have forgotten it.

I teach twenty five lessons a week. Despite my best intentions, some of these lessons are boring. To plan an outstanding lesson can take hours. I can’t do that for every lesson I teach. Sometimes I stand in class delivering a lesson I know isn’t as good as it could be. I know how to make it better. I just didn’t have the time to do it. I don’t think the children notice, they are used to this.

Schools are full of middle-management types. They like to take “learning walks” around the school and “quality control”. They sit at the back of my class and want to know if the students have been told their “learning objectives” and if they are sat in a “seating plan”. They believe that learning simply cannot take place if the students haven’t been told what to do and where to sit.  What you might consider real work: comprehension, creative writing, silent reading or a class questioning the teacher about the topic being studied is considered hopelessly old-fashioned and slightly abusive by my superiors. Instead they like almost anything involving power-points, scissors and glue. All work for students needs to be scaffolded. That means be done for them. The very notion of giving a student a task they might fail is considered child abuse. Every task must be completable within about ten minutes.

The school needs to improve, but I’m not sure it can. Common sense and trust in human communication is being forced out of the profession. A lot of teachers seem to like being told exactly what to do and how to do it. The status quo is just fine for a lot of middle and senior management too. It allows them to wield power, justify inflated salaries and be recognised by their peers as being “outstanding” teachers. A recognition the children in their classes would never give them. Never mind. They never really liked teaching children that much anyway.

I’m sorry to have to write to you like this and tell you that your daughter is under-performing. But I’m part of this system. And I had to confess.

Yours

Secret Teacher

(Original Story)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2012/may/19/secret-teacher-letter-home?fb=native&CMP=FBCNETTXT9038