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Mothers: Held Accountable Since 1550

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

It used to be discipline that parents were encouraged to compete on. Whose child could sit at the table longest, who could rock the naughty step concept with most conviction. Now it's craft. Craft, craft, craft. And I suck at it.

10 Ways to Avoid Gender Stereotyping in Children

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

Try to resist seeing the world in pink and blue, despite the inevitable monochrome bombardment you'll face from the moment of your first child's birth. Despite what you're told, open your mind to the idea that both genders can appreciate a diverse palette.

Gamification: Captivating Consumers, Play by Play

Howard Kingston | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Tech
Howard Kingston

Every brand in the know is buzzing about gamification in marketing as a "must have" strategy. In order to be successful, brands should know why and how marketers put gamification into practice to create interesting and impactful advertising.

The Nature Dollar

David Bond | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
David Bond

It's always nice to get a good review. Here at my production company Green Lions, we have just spent three years of our lives on a film, PROJECT WILD THING and it is gratifying to find out that people enjoyed it.

The Best Things in Life Are Trees

David Bond | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

This week is the 40th anniversary of National Tree Week. Coordinated by the Tree Council, it marks the start of the winter tree planting season. There are events all over the country, bringing together community groups, schools, and conservation charities...

Welcome to the Zombie Crowd

David Bond | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

When should children be allowed onto Facebook? The site says it only accepts users over the age of 13. New research published this week by Internet security giant McAfee and the Anti-Bullying Alliance says that most children use the Internet away from their parents' watchful eyes (which I can quite understand).

We Are Family

Paul Guest | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Guest

Next week, my new short play, You're So London, opens alongside four others at the Creed Street Theatre in Wolverton just outside Milton Keynes. Produced by Carabosse Theatre, the play features in the Real Ale and Drama Shots pub theatre night.

Re-wilding the Nation's Kids

Mike Collins | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK
Mike Collins

Without really noticing we've been heading towards the end of the traditional outdoors childhood. Something that many millions of adults took for granted is becoming the exception rather than the norm for today's children, where-ever they live. Roaming ranges are down, physical activity is down and the ability of children to identify common wildlife is being lost.

Child Screen Addiction

David Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

The film makes these teens feel trapped: afraid of not spending enough time outdoors on the one hand, and, on the other, anxious about missing out on socialising through technology. They had asked me for help - and I wasn't sure what to say. I'm not a trained counsellor.

Technology Is No Substitute for Traditional Child's Play

Dr Miriam Stoppard | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Tech
Dr Miriam Stoppard

As technology is synonymous with progress, we find it creeping into all aspects of parenting and interaction with children, even playtime. We've all seen young children playing with iPads, smart phones and tablets whilst their parents do other things...

Be Afraid of Children

David Bond | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

If we hammer home the stranger message to our children, we scare our children. We make them afraid of all adults and all places they might meet them. Frightened children will retreat more and more into their bedrooms.

Here, There, Gone: An Interview With Sir Nicholas Hytner

Will Bordell | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Will Bordell

Nicholas Hytner's Othello was so good I saw it twice. It's not the first time Sir Nick has wowed the critics. And I somehow doubt it will be the last. I perch comfortably outside his office, staring at black-and-white action shots of hit after hit: Adrian Lester in Henry V, Simon Russell Beale in Much Ado About Nothing, James Corden in One Man, Two Guv'nors. If there's such thing as a grammar of theatre, Hytner is fluent in it.

Let the Children Play

Rachel McClary | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel McClary

I have been working in the early education field for 15 years. I have never met anyone in the field who has not agreed that early learning is founded on play.

Discovering Auden

Paul Guest | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Paul Guest

Wystan Hugh Auden, born on 21 February 1907 in England, later an American citizen, was regarded by many as one of the greatest writers of the 20th cen...

A Chat With Simon Stephens, Playwright of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Chris Cox | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Chris Cox

I caught up with Simon to talk about the upcoming transfer of 'Curious Incident.' We met just down the road from the show's new home at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue - yet despite it being minutes away Simon hadn't gone to look at the marquee which had just gone up. I wondered why?

Can Fun and Games Help Save the Planet?

Paula Owen | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Tech
Paula Owen

During Climate Week (March 4-10) I am putting this theory to the test with a Fun and Games to Save the Planet event at the London Science Museum on March 6 and we are inviting people from all walks of life to come and 'have a go'.

Spend Less and Play More This Christmas

Lucy Beresford | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Beresford

Life is always about balance and it's nice to believe that if there's one time of year when we might push the economic boat out it would be Christmas. But the importance of play provides the rationale for tapping into something more vital to the well-being of all ages than money can ever be.

What Can We Expect From Our Future Cities? It's All About 'Playfullness', Argues Clare Reddington

Clare Reddington | Posted 10.02.2013 | Home
Clare Reddington

I remember clearly my first trip to New York City. I was seven and in awe of the skyscrapers and the sense of possibility. I remember too my uncle lying down on the floor to take a photo, which my younger, well-behaved self found shocking.

Gamification - More Than a Buzzword

Paul Doleman | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Tech
Paul Doleman

Whenever I'm with clients, at an event or marketing function and somebody brings up the subject of gamification - the word is usually met with a wince or a grimace. The very word itself is received with either hatred or bewilderment.

Letting Children Have a Natural Childhood

Mike Collins | Posted 25.11.2012 | UK
Mike Collins

Making nature part of children's everyday experience is a simple and effective way of plugging them into the world around them. Children are naturally inquisitive and love to explore; it's about getting them hooked and excited about the simple things. It could be about watching ants marching to their nests, snails clinging to a wall or birds singing in a tree.

Playing Together: How Public Games are Claiming the High Street

Alex Fleetwood | Posted 05.11.2012 | Home
Alex Fleetwood

Game culture is everywhere - on our phones, in our living rooms, and on our movie screens, though we have yet to see games played out in public, in our cities or on our high streets. There are playgrounds, where children can play on their own, and there are betting shops, where adult players can gamble, but an immersive space where kids and adults can mingle through play?

A Right Royal Season

Chris Cox | Posted 13.08.2012 | Home
Chris Cox

There is nothing better tool in the fight to understand ourselves than theatre, and with the new season at the Royal Court will be at the forefront of innovative and exciting theatre which will get London talking.

Cate Blanchett's Talent Makes Big and Small an Immeasurable Success

Emma Sheppard | Posted 29.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Emma Sheppard

I have this terrible habit of booking tickets to plays that sound interesting then months later, moments before curtain up, I realise I haven't got a clue what the plot is and wonder if I'm going to be sat for three hours in the dark, literally and metaphorically. I had a bad Beckett experience once.

Noises Off: West End Review

Luke Jones | Posted 07.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Luke Jones

Picture the scene, it's a Tuesday evening at the Novello Theatre just off the Strand and I am sat between Ronnie Corbett and Andrew Scott (Moriarty from Sherlock). Dotted around us are the American from Downton, a man from War Horse, Patricia Routledge and Olivia Coleman. It could not have turned out better.

Sweeney Todd on the West End: Review

Luke Jones | Posted 01.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Luke Jones

Although I am reliably told it is a 'classic', before I saw the new West End revival, the only things I knew about Sweeney Todd were the two words 'Sweeney' and 'Todd'. I was the proverbial blank canvas going into the performance - I didn't know what to expect, what the story was, what the music was like: nothing.