A huge number of pupils have walked out of school and gathered on College Green this morning as they "go on strike". They are staging a protest due to Government inaction over climate change. The 'Youth Strike 4 Climate' event is taking place across the globe with Bristol just on of 270 cities expected to take part. Due to the event being shared on social media it was difficult to ascertain how many Bristol student would attend, as Bristol Live reported yesterday . But within a few minutes of the protest's official start time there was approximately 100 people in the area, with more arriving all the time. It is not known which schools the pupils attend, although some schools are organising for teachers to accompany students who have indicated they would like to attend the protest. The protest is set to last three hours on College Green from 11am to 2pm. Organisers of the protest globally have advised that no child under-16 should attend the protest without an adult, but it seems many … [Read more...] about This is why there are so many school children on College Green
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Huge plans to build almost 600 new homes on former green belt land in Gateshead could be approved this week. Persimmon Homes wants to build a massive housing development on land south of the Whickham Highway in Dunston Hill. The controversial designs have been met with heavy objection from residents and local councillors, fearing an influx of “overbearing” homes that will change the character of the area. However, Gateshead Council planning officers are recommending that the developer’s plans are given the go-ahead when they come before a planning committee hearing on Wednesday, subject to a section 106 agreement being signed. Councillors will be voting on whether to grant full planning permission for 352 homes in the first phase of the project, as well as outline approval for a further 230. The homes, on land that was controversially removed from the green belt in 2013 to allow for housebuilding, will range in size between three and five bedrooms. The development … [Read more...] about Almost 600 new homes could be built on ex-green belt site in Gateshead
THEY’VE survived every challenge from vegan meringues to spherical pancakes, but now The Great British Bake Off finalists are going where no contestant has gone before – outside. In Tuesday’s final, the remaining three bakers make history by leaving the famous white tent for the first time ever to cook on open fires. To make it even harder, hopefuls Ruby Bhogal, Rahul Mandal and Kim-Joy Hewlett have to make do without their usual fancy kitchen equipment — and cope with sweltering temperatures. As our exclusive picture shows, bosses on the Channel 4 show had to provide the three with parasols during the episode which was filmed in the heatwave earlier this year. It comes in the technical round, when bakers have to attempt a surprise recipe which they have had no chance to practise. The other two challenges — making donuts for the signature bake and spectacular landscape-themed creations in the final showstopper task — happen back inside the tent in … [Read more...] about Great British Bake Off finalists make history as they leave the famous white tent to cook on open fires
Many of us will have heard the famous line from Dr Seuss, "do you like green eggs and ham?" The opening line from the children's book Green Eggs and Ham. But now the book, first published in 1960, is being linked to the 'MeToo' movement. Melania Trump's Dr. Seuss school book donation rejected for being racist The storyline follows a persistent character, 'Sam-I-Am', who pesters another unnamed character to try a plate of green eggs and ham, despite their repeated refusal. The story is supposed to be about persistence and trying new things, but one middle school teacher in the US believes it could teach us an important lesson about consent. "Every time I read the book I think about how it is a really bad example of how to have relations with people," Mike Fishback, a San Diego humanties teacher, told Newsweek. "Then it occurred to me that now, in the context of the MeToo era, this could really be interpreted as a story about lack of consent." Mr Fishback believes that Sam-I-Am's … [Read more...] about A new meaning for the popular ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ book?
Summertime barbecues on Cambridge's Jesus Green are causing long-term damage to the popular parkland. Picnickers are breaking the area's rules by using disposable barbecues on the grass, leaving black scars on the ground. Despite warning signs and the provision of special barbecue stones by the city's council, charred grass patches litter the area. According to Cambridge City Council it is a criminal offence to light a barbecue or bonfire on any open space in Cambridge. It is also an offence to cause criminal damage to any area of the council owned open spaces, including by burning grass. The council is working with a local residents group to find long term solutions to the problem. Peter Constable, a committee member and former chairman of the Jesus Green Association, said this has been a recurring problem for many years. "The green is burnt and looks a bit like a chequers board now," he said. "The concern is the damage to the green. When they put the disposable barbecues on the green … [Read more...] about Illegal barbecues are ruining the grass on Jesus Green