27Apr/12
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Is there any value in Religious Education in schools?

Religious Education (RE) in the 21st Century is a far cry from RE in the 1950s and even the 1980s in this country. With the introduction of what is known as a ‘phenomenological approach’ to RE in the 1980s, a system which presumes an objective approach (by both teacher and pupils) towards the studied subject, RE changed from purely Christian education to an academic study of worldviews.
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25Apr/12
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Is networking for me?

If you are considering starting up a business, or if you have one already you might find yourself thinking about networking with others. Networking might not be something you considered before or know much about. ‘Berkshire Woman’ spoke to one of the biggest Women’s Networks in the UK’ The Athena Network’. We wanted to know what all the fuss is about and why anyone would consider meeting with others, especially when time can be quite a luxury for anyone running their own business. So, I went to interview Juliette Smith – Athena’s Regional Director for Reading.
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25Apr/12
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Getting in on the ACT

With the resurgence of the TV Talent Show, children will often tell you that their ambition is to be famous. With part time theatre schools offering dance, singing and drama classes to pupils as young as 3 years old the question to be asked is ‘How is performing arts training going to benefit my child?’. Continue reading

22Apr/12

Yolanda Brown Interview

Berkshire Woman spoke to Yolanda Brown,a saxophonist and a double MOBO winner from London about her latest tour, and her new album “April showers, May flowers”.

B.W. – Yolanda, I love the idea of a female saxophonist. When I looked at your biography I realised the saxophone (among others) is the only instrument you taught yourself to play?

Y.B. – Well, I sort of learned it along the way, really.
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22Apr/12
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Buying a TV for the family

Just as starting family life meant you had to change your car, here are some tips for what to look out for when replacing your TV.

Do buy a brand. You might try to kid yourself into thinking that the marginally cheaper supermarket-own brand is just as good as a Japanese or Korean brand but it rarely is. The big brands have added layers of design and quality control they need to protect their brand name, even if they are now buying-in their cheaper products from the same factories. These are hoops which the cheaper supermarket brands don’t need to jump through and it shows in the final product. Did you know that Japanese safety standards are the strictest in the world, even more so than the EU standards?

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