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Disarming Britain

In crime, issues on June 23, 2008 at 7:00 am

Site supporting Channel 4’s season on gun and knife crime in Britain.

The programmes themselves could be good for use in class and might help with resources from other modes, plus there’s a blog and sets of links to other sites focusing on the issue.

Welcome to new contributors

In Uncategorized on June 13, 2008 at 6:43 pm

There are quite a few new contributors joining and what I’ve done so far is to make everyone an “editor” which means you can all post new material to the blog without it going through the site administrator (me). Hopefully that’s the most straightforward and democratic way of running it.

For anyone new to blogging, we can’t actually host any files here: what we can do is link to other sites and add a few comments about what might be useful about the links (although that’s not absolutely necessary). If you do want to share actual resources beyond links, I have purchased some webspace under a similar name to this blog and we can use that. Just email me if you want some material to go on the site, or if you want help with anything on here.

When you post, there are tags and categories that can be added to help place the different links in the right topic areas. I’ve tried to base the ones posted so far on the categories in the AQA A spec for this unit, but if you think of your own tags, just add them as you see fit.

With a bit of luck we’ll soon have lots of stuff to share and loads of ideas to think about.

Representation of soldiers’ wives and partners

In events, gender - women, individuals, social groups, war on June 11, 2008 at 4:57 pm

From today’s Sun. Might be good for its obviously gendered construction of Daniel Gamble’s girlfriend’s  identity (“Heartbroken Tammy”, “Inconsolable Tammy” , “pretty shop assistant Tammy”).

Social groups – “pikeys”

In social groups on June 11, 2008 at 11:31 am

BBC Magazine article on the word “pikey”

Wikipedia’s definitions of “pikey”

ENGA2 – representation of Muslims in Britain

In issues on June 8, 2008 at 9:45 am

The Guardian – Inside the world of UK Muslim women:


The Guardian – Recognise our role in society


International Herald Tribune – Head-to-toe Muslim veils test tolerance of secular Britain


Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation in the media


Majeds Blog – Do Muslim Women Need Empowering?


The Daily Mail – Hairdresser sued for refusing to hire Muslim woman in a headscarf


Muslim Parents Association UK – Shaping the Future: A Call to Parents


War in Afghanistan – reports from Telegraph

In events, war on June 8, 2008 at 9:42 am

I thought these were good links to articles about the war in Afghanistan and a video diary that might be good for transcription and analysis. The Telegraph articles are by Thomas Harding and I think they’d be interesting to analyse on their own as texts as well as ones to group together for study on ENGA2.

Telegraph article on paratroopers’ assault on Taliban

Paratroopers launch surprise attack

Video diary

ENGA2 – representation of reality TV

In individuals, issues on June 3, 2008 at 9:54 pm

· http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/may/27/bbc.television (news feature)

· http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/may/01/television.tvandradioarts (TV review, Sam Wollaston)

· http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/may/15/television (TV review, Lucy Mangan)

· http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/may/22/television.tvandradioarts (TV review, William Leith)

· http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article3628496.ece (TV review, Tim Teeman)

· http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-558517/Spare-pathetic-bleating-The-Apprentice-nasty-Britain-needs-winners—politically-correct-losers.html (Opinion feature, Piers Morgan)

ENGA2 – representations of mental health

In individuals, issues on June 3, 2008 at 9:52 pm

· http://news.google.com/archivesearch?q=frank+bruno&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&btnG=Search+Archives (Frank Bruno links)

· http://www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/news/btn/bruno_sun.shtml (on Bruno story)

· http://www.sane.org.uk/News/View/87 (on Bruno story)

· http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2005/10/20/sotv20.xml&sSheet=/sport/2005/10/20/ixothspt.html (on Bruno story)

· http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2006/nov/30/broadcasting.comment (Gail Porter)

· http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/story/0,,364026,00.html

· http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,368968,00.html

· http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/feb/11/mentalhealth