Matthew Wilkinson

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Five council myths debunked

<b>1)</b> Councils run poor schools epitomised by the inner-London 'sink comprehensive'<p>Despite Michael Gove's Whitehall assault on well-planned local education, council-run schools in central London, in particular, have enjoyed an amazing renaissance.<p>For example Ofsted inspectors rate Lambeth's schools as …

The Bridge recap: series two, episodes three and four

<i>SPOILER ALERT: This is for people watching The Bridge at BBC4 pace. Don't read on if you haven't seen episodes three and four of the second season – and if you've seen further ahead, please do not post spoilers.</i><p><i>Read</i> <i>Stuart Jeffries' episodes one and two blog</i><i>. Catch up with</i> <i>Vicky Frost's series one</i> …

Following yesterday's cling film tip, how about this as a foolproof way of separating egg yolks? Watch the video here: http://fw.to/y5AD7rL and if you've got a better method, leave a comment.

Global warming is being caused by humans, not the sun, and is highly sensitive to carbon, new research shows

Over the past few weeks, several important new papers related to human vs. natural climate change have been published. These papers add clarity to the causes of climate change, and how much global warming we can expect in the future.<p>First, a paper published in the Journal of Climate by Jara Imbers, …

Simon Hoggart: the wit and wisdom of the Guardian columnist

<b>William Hague at the Tory conference:</b> <i>13 October 1977</i><p>There will soon be a new word in the language: to heseltine, meaning to build up a monumental pile of blonde hair, fix it in place with a complicated system of scaffolding and webs, and then spray it with lacquer. It would be advertised in …

Syria rebels push al Qaeda back; U.S. open to Iran role | Reuters

AMMAN/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Syrian rebel fighters loyal to al Qaeda ceded ground near the Turkish border to rival Islamists on Sunday, activists said, in what seemed to be a tactical withdrawal to end clashes between Syrian- and foreign-led opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.<p>As Syria’s civil …

The Bridge recap: series two, episodes one and two

<i>SPOILER ALERT: This is for people watching The Bridge at BBC4 pace. Don't read on if you haven't seen episodes one and two of the second season – and if you've seen further ahead, please do not post spoilers.</i><p>Catch up with Vicky Frost's series one blog<p>Welcome to The Bridge series two blog. I'll be …

21 Films to Look Forward to in 2014

World War II dramas, dystopian teen trilogies, time travel, Bible stories, and more<p>The coming year in cinema is shaping up to be strikingly symmetrical: As one major dystopian YA franchise arrives, another winds down. As one World War II drama kicks off the year, another caps it off. The first …

Future worlds: the sci-fi you will be reading in 2014

Science fiction has, arguably, been the mainstream of pop culture since the internet displaced TV at the centre of our lives. The younger, geekier internet audience is living in a weird, complicated world, and sci-fi provides the metaphors that let us talk about it. Young audiences aren't stupid, …

Skrillex Quest creator releases Continue?9876543210 for Steam

Greenlit action-adventure game <i>Continue?9876543210</i> is now available via Steam for Linux, Mac and Windows PC.<p><i>Continue?</i> is the latest title from indie developer Jason Oda, creator of <i>Skrillex Quest</i> and <i>The Perfect Strangers</i>. Players assume the role of a "dead, failed video game character" left to wander …

The apps to look out for in 2014

From digital health apps to ephemeral messaging, 2014 looks like an exciting year for mobile apps, says Frederic Lardieg<p>2013 was a bumper time for mobile apps. It was the year we saw a 17 year-old school boy sell his news summarising app to Yahoo! for £19 million, while conversely Snapchat, which …

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South Sudan rivals set stage for peace talks with a hug | Reuters

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - South Sudanese rebels and government negotiators will hold their first face-to-face talks on Sunday, after several days of delay, to thrash out a ceasefire deal and end weeks of ethnic fighting in the world’s youngest state.<p>Chief of Staff of South Sudan's army, General James …

Forget dieting. Just let the healthy ingredients crowd out the naughty<p>After the largesse and luxury of the festive season, many of us approach January as a time of parsimony and privation. While it's wise to recalibrate one's cooking after a period of indulgence, I don't find extended periods of …

Our favorite Christmas gadget gifts

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Shutterstock / alexmillos<p>The best gifts are those that are surprising and yet are the ones you have always wanted. In …

LibLink: Stephen Tall – Five predictions for 2014

Over on ConHome, LDV’s Stephen Tall has been gazing into his crystal ball.<p>Here are his first two prophecies:<p>1) The four current main party leaders – …

The Best Apps For A BYOD New Year

<i>Richi rounds up the best apps from a mountain of annual lists.</i><p>Happy new year! It’s that time when we’re bombarded by lists of the best <i>this</i> and greatest <i>that</i>. Particularly when it comes to apps for your smartphone or tablet, the pile of top-10 or even top-100 lists can be simply overwhelming.<p>If only …

London cyclists could end up riding to work on elevated 'SkyCycle' routes if Norman Foster plans go ahead http://gu.com/p/3yha6/fb

Lilit Marcus only read books by women last year. Would you follow suit?

Last month, American author and journalist Lilit Marcus wrote a piece for US culture site Flavorwire about her decision to read only books by women in 2013. A commenter soon came along to tell her that she shouldn't judge authors by gender or any other factor, including height (tall people and …

Snapchat: ten things you need to know

Snapchat: the top ten things you need to know about the photo-sharing mobile app<p>Snapchat is a mobile app which allows people to send smartphone photos or video clips timed to self-destruct 10 seconds or less after being opened.<p>The app has become hugely popular among teenagers who are easing away …

Who was the worst troll of 2013?

Don't feed the trolls. That's rule number one of the internet. When you're confronted with someone who enjoys deliberately making unnecessarily inflammatory statements, the best course of action is to deny them the emotional response they crave. Everyone knows that.<p>But, oh, it's hard. Especially …

Britain at the crossroads – but which path will it take in 2014?

Politics: three issues that will shape the nation's future<p>It is not too far-fetched to say that 2014 will be the year the UK decides not its next government, but its political identity.<p>The vote in the European parliament elections in May, the likely verdict of the Chilcot inquiry in the summer on …

Sony launches dedicated Xperia Z Ultra cases for QX lens cameras

Though Sony's crazy QX10 and QX100 lens cameras can attach to most smartphones, the company naturally favored its own Xperia Z and Z1 handsets by creating custom cases for those devices. Now it's doing the same for its crazy-large 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra, according to our sister <i>Engadget Chinese</i> …

The Best And Worst Gadgets Of 2013

2013 was a heady year: a time of hope; a time for sadness; a time for twerking; and a time for doge.<p>But it was also a time for gadgets. As we wait for 2013 to come to a close and hope for brighter things for the year to come, here’s a look at the gadgets we loved, the ones we hated, and the ones …

The top five sci-fi, fantasy and comic-book films of 2013

The superhero film gets stronger, while art house film-makers decry the lack of big-screen directing opportunities. It is a sad state of affairs when new movies from directors of the calibre of Steven Soderbergh and David Lynch may never again be seen in multiplexes, especially when those …

Money-Saving Diet Tips For A Frugal And Healthy New Year

For many of us, the New Year will begin as new years often do: with diet resolutions – most of which will fizzle before the snow melts. One way to give your 2014 diet a little edge is by finding healthy food choices that will also save you money in the long run. Pairing diet with cash provides …

Ross Barkley: Everton can resist bids, says Roberto Martinez

<b>Everton manager Roberto Martinez is convinced the club's strong financial position means they can resist bids for midfielder Ross Barkley in January.</b><p>Barkley, 20, has been linked with a £50m move to Manchester United.<p>When asked if he was confident the Toffees could spurn approaches from other clubs, …

Sport calendar 2014

2013: The year in review – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

<b>Welcome to the review of our year on ProgressOnline.</b><p>It has been a busy time once more with the launch of three pamphlets, of the Campaign for a …

Top 10 Travel News Stories Of 2013

The travel headlines of 2013 fairly screamed: Cruise ship adrift in the Caribbean! T.S.A. agent shot! Plane crash at SFO! Massive typhoons! But for this top 10 list, we look at some of the more complex stories that are likely to have lasting implications on Americans’ travel experience.<p><b>1 –</b> …