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News Round Up 223

pridepocpridepoc Posts: 214 ✭✭✭
edited November 2016 in Archived News 2017

Here'e the link for the recording:-

and the slow version:-
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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,878 mod
    I have added a Parental Advisory to this one!
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,268 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I agree with the study but children learn a lot through imagination.

    There are some provocative comments in a Daily Telegraph in story in which they say that parents have been urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real in case the "lie" damages relations with their children.

    Psychologist Professor Christopher Boyle and social scientist Dr Kathy McKay were writing in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry and commented: “If they (parents) are capable of lying about something so special and magical, can they be relied upon to continue as the guardians of wisdom and truth?"

    They also suggest that parents may not be motivated by thoughts of their children but a selfish desire to re-live their own childhood.

    Professor Boyle, from the University of Exeter, said: “The morality of making children believe in such myths has to be questioned.

    “All children will eventually find out they've been consistently lied to for years, and this might make them wonder what other lies they've been told.”
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,268 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Do they have enough space to increase the size of bays?

    It seems that UK car parks are struggling in cope with the increase in size of many modern day vehicles.

    An article in the Daily Mail says that Britain's biggest car park operator National Car Parks has been forced to redesign the size of its bays amid the country's growing obsession with modern SUVs.

    The company commented that it had already made its spaces bigger in London, Manchester and Bournemouth to meet the rise in family cars and 4x4s.

    They have estimated there has been a 35 per cent rise in parking accidents since 2014, so now it will be increasing the size of bays 'wherever possible'.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,268 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    So no more popcorns!

    ONE of the country's leading actresses Imelda Staunton has urged a ban on eating and drinking in theatres.

    The Guardian quotes an interview she gave to the listings magazine Radio Times in which she called on people to give the performance their full attention.

    Staunton, who starred in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Vera Drake, added: “I don’t know why people can’t engage in just one thing. I don’t understand this obsession with having to eat or drink something at every moment of the day.”

    Her comments follow those earlier in the year by theatre producer Richard Jordan who complained about theatregoers spending the whole performance eating loudly.

    He said: “It was like listening to eating in Dolby Stereo, and sadly at the expense of being able to properly hear the lines being spoken on stage.”
  • amatsuscribbleramatsuscribbler Posts: 2,308 mod
    @Bubbly - children don't distinguish between real and imagined until they are about 6 or 7 anyway. I'm not sure what to think! My two thoroughly enjoyed Father Christmas but I was quite circumspect in telling them that he couldn't afford everything! So the larger presents always came from me and /or family.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,268 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @amatsuscribbler Yes. That is why usually they learn maximum through imagination. I found this article interesting in this case.
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,592 ✭✭✭✭
    Hi, everyone.

    I have a question about "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Vera Drake". Is this one long title of a single movie??

    Sorry about the weird quetion.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,878 mod
    edited December 2016
    @takafromtokyo - Two movies. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Vera Drake. (That's why I prefer the Oxford comma. :)

    (If it was one movie, it would be very, very strange.)
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,592 ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks for clearing it up! That comma shouldn't be omitted!
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,599 mod
    I have to say that I agree with Imelda Staunton about eating and drinking in the theatre or cinema. I find it very irritating to hear people crunching and rustling in the background. The Barbican Cinema in London doesn't allow food or drink in the auditorium though I think I remember they allowed you to take in the little cartons of Hagan Daas ice cream. I suppose ice cream doesn't make any noise!
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,599 mod
    I remember in the olden days when I went to the cinema as a kid @takafromtokyo , there used to always be an interval about half way through the programme when we could go to the loo and buy ice cream from someone who would come into the auditorium selling them. I don't remember whether anyone used to eat anything else back then.

    I find it nice to find that usually in Nepal they still follow this tradition of having a break in the middle of the programme. It's much better than having people fumbling around in the dark and trampling on your toes if they have to go to the toilet during the film.
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,592 ✭✭✭✭
    Now that you've mentioned it, I vaguely recall that we also had this kind of breaks in the middle of a film in Japan, too.

    Where have that tradition gone?

    The other downside of allowing people to eat and drink in theaters is that people eat and drink poorly and they leave such a mess behind. It certainly wouldn't be nice to find your booked seat with spilled coke and scattered popcorns.

    But I still can't give up on the idea of having those with my daughter while watching a film. Maybe they could offer people like me special auditoriums for some extra fee where people are allowed to eat and drink, then we could be separated. But then, that would require a huge cinema complex.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,599 mod
    People shouldn't leave a mess @takafromtokyo. I think in most British cinemas, most people clean up after themselves fairly well, though having lots of bins to throw away the rubbish is a must. You usually see armies of cleaners go in and clean up after each viewing though.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,878 mod
    What would the most silent snacks be I wonder. I think gummy bears, or wine gums are the best sweeties. They aren't crunchy, and they aren't wrapped in paper, which means that as long as you are careful when you put your hand in the bag, they don't rustle.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,599 mod
    I'm sure they could come up with a silent bag for them @Lynne.
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