"Headteacher ruins Harry Potter book for pupils by reading out last page"

This is fascinating. It’s a Daily Mail story – so watch it! Political correctness alert. Or indeed, in this case, political incorrectness alert.

The headteacher of St John’s Church of England primary school in Midsomer Norton, Somerset read out an excerpt from the last Harry Potter book to the children at the last assembly of term.

The Daily Mail say she read out the last page so that she gave away the ending.

Now you might think – what was she thinking about?

However, the school say that the excerpt was brief and chosen carefully by the staff to reflect the end of term situation – i.e. the theme of saying goodbye. They also insist that the passage didn’t give away the ending.

The Mail then get some rent-an-expert to say that this “beggars belief”…huff…puff…etc…etc…continued on page 97.

Zane Lowe appearance on Today!

Hip and happening Radio One DJ Zane Lowe will be appearing on Today tomorrow morning. Weird or what? (It’s the silly season – they had a piece on Country and Western music this morning.)

Any road up, I know this because this evening on his show Zane started to introduce the first remix that Bob Dylan has ever had done of any of his tracks and then said words to the effect of: “I am appearing tomorrow on Radio Four about this – on the show – is it called Today?”

Yes, Zane, dear. It is called “Today”. I know that because it has been a celebrated radio programme on the BBC for nigh on fifty years. Books have been written about it.

Anyway, he seemed quite excited to be appearing on what he called his “first high brow show”.

The remix is of “Blonde on blonde” and is by Mark Ronson. It sounds great.

Poll on key leadership attributes: Ming moves up in public perception

There are some extremely encouraging personal poll ratings for Ming Campbell in the Populus poll for the Times carried out between 27th and 29th July.

It seems that the recent few weeks have had a positive effect on the public’s perception of Ming in key areas:

All figures in percentage points compared to last month’s poll

Percentage of public thinking Ming Campbell is:

STRONG – UP 8

CHARISMATIC – UP 3

CARES ABOUT THE PROBLEMS OF ORDINARY PEOPLE – UP 12

LIKEABLE – UP 11

MORE HONEST THAN MOST POLITICIANS – UP 7

STICKS TO WHAT HE BELIEVES IN, DOESN’T GIVE IN TO PRESSURE – UP 12

42% of the public think David Cameron is “all spin and no substance”. Only 24% of people think that of Ming, and that’s down 2 points.

And yes, I know the LibDems have gone down 3 points generally, and that Ming is behind on some criteria compared to Brown and/or Cameron, but give the man a break!

"Headteacher ruins Harry Potter book for pupils by reading out last page"

This is fascinating. It’s a Daily Mail story – so watch it! Political correctness alert. Or indeed, in this case, political incorrectness alert.

The headteacher of St John’s Church of England primary school in Midsomer Norton, Somerset read out an excerpt from the last Harry Potter book to the children at the last assembly of term.

The Daily Mail say she read out the last page so that she gave away the ending.

Now you might think – what was she thinking about?

However, the school say that the excerpt was brief and chosen carefully by the staff to reflect the end of term situation – i.e. the theme of saying goodbye. They also insist that the passage didn’t give away the ending.

The Mail then get some rent-an-expert to say that this “beggars belief”…huff…puff…etc…etc…continued on page 97.

Zane Lowe appearance on Today!

Hip and happening Radio One DJ Zane Lowe will be appearing on Today tomorrow morning. Weird or what? (It’s the silly season – they had a piece on Country and Western music this morning.)

Any road up, I know this because this evening on his show Zane started to introduce the first remix that Bob Dylan has ever had done of any of his tracks and then said words to the effect of: “I am appearing tomorrow on Radio Four about this – on the show – is it called Today?”

Yes, Zane, dear. It is called “Today”. I know that because it has been a celebrated radio programme on the BBC for nigh on fifty years. Books have been written about it.

Anyway, he seemed quite excited to be appearing on what he called his “first high brow show”.

The remix is of “Blonde on blonde” and is by Mark Ronson. It sounds great.