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Open Justice: Michael Le Vell and Anonymity of Defendants

Posted by: Richard Glover, Senior Lecturer in Law

As has been noted by Lord Neuberger, the President of the Supreme Court, we live in a country committed to the rule of law and central to that commitment is the principle that justice should not only be done, but also seen to be done. That is, court proceedings and a court’s decision should be open to public scrutiny wherever possible.

Firefighters Strike

Posted by: Professor Roger Seifert, Professor of Industrial Relations

In 1977 the first national fire fighters’ strike took place over pay and conditions. After a bitter few weeks the settlement included a system whereby pay was index linked to the pay movement among other similar groups. This meant that there was no need for national pay strikes until 2002, when the system broke down.

X-Factor Returns - Can Strictly be far behind?

Posted by: Dorothy Hobson, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Contemporary Media

Saturday 31st August 8.00pm, and 10 million viewers saw the return of ITV1’s ratings topping talent programme The X Factor, back for its 10th series.

Friday the 13th: Hope you have a lucky day!

Posted by: Dr Coral Dando, Reader in Applied Cognition

Does Friday 13th worry you? Well, Paraskevidekatriaphobics have a morbid fear of Friday the 13th, which falls at least once a year, and sometimes three times a year.

Lessons from the Euston train

Posted by: Dr Rob Smith

On a Euston-bound train to the BERA (British Educational Research Association) conference that took place in the first week of September, I fell into conversation with three other passengers. Two were retired, one was close to retirement. The conversation began with stories about them looking after and reading to grandchildren and helping with homework.

Seamus Heaney

Posted by: Dr Aidan Byrne, Senior Lecturer in English and Media & Cultural Studies

Seamus Heaney, who died last week, is perhaps the only poet for whom a minute's silence will ever be held at a major sporting event: 80,000 Gaelic football fans paid their tribute to him before the Kerry-Dublin semi-final in Croke Park. Their response marks Heaney as a special cultural figure, in Ireland but also elsewhere. Before him, poets were often English and upper class: after him, most of them seemed to be from Northern Ireland.

Transfer Deadline Day

Posted by: Andrew Lane, Professor of Sports and Exercise Psychology

Deadline day on the transfer window sees a number of high money deals taking place.