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Can eating cheese increase your chances of dying in bed tonight?

Cheese in bed graphic

Statistics show that more and more people are dying by being tangled in their sheets in bed as the number of people eating cheese rises. View the statistics here.

Is this the end for Wallace and Gromit?

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UK leads USA in many online indicators according to latest Google research

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The latest research statistics from Google Consumer Barometer suggest the UK is leading the US in a lot of online consumer behaviour, a surprising conclusion, perhaps, considering how many businesses still seem to find the online environment challenging.

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Beware the SEO and website scams: and report them

Number one on Google graphic

Hardly a day goes past without me getting an email from somebody claiming to be able to guarantee that they can get my site to number one position on Google or wanting access to my site so they can do a ‘review’.

Beware if you get these emails, and report them: they are not just spam, but will almost certainly be phishing attempts — an attempt to get your personal details so they can carry out fraud or infect your computer.

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Close the Charity Commission? Or help charities to help themselves?

Report iconA report that could have far reaching consequences for charities got rather lost last week with the media dominated by news of floods and the death of Nelson Mandela.

The report by the National Audit Office (NAO) concludes that the Charity Commission:

  • is not regulating charities effectively
  • does not do enough to identify and tackle abuse of charitable status
  • uses its information poorly to assess risk and often relies solely on trustees’ assurances
  • makes little use of its powers and fails to take tough action in some of the most serious cases
  • does not fully meet its statutory objective to increase public trust and confidence in charities
  • is not delivering value for money.

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Microsoft challenges the way we work

Refreshingly short of plugs for Microsoft products this lecture by Dave Coplin, Microsoft’s Chief Envisioning Officer, is as relevant to HR staff, chief executives and any line manager — and teachers, trainers, educators and policy makers too — as it is someone working in marketing.

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School websites under the spotlight from Ofsted and Gove

Could your website trigger an inspection

Could your website trigger an inspection

The House of Commons was told this week that Ofsted is being asked by Michael Gove to look at school websites to ensure they are providing good quality information for parents and “pointing out that inspectors will use the publication of this information as a starting point when considering inspection of provision in the school”. The full text is reproduced below.

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