Review: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter recently rumbled back into town, and the debates amongst the Christian community arose again. To reject the series on principle: because the entire story is set within a world of magic? Or to place it within the canon of British allegorical writers with J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis? J.K. Rowling is a great storyteller, and I’m one of many who has been drawn in. Her stories, although set in a fictional world, chime…

iPad Touch (review as an ereader/tool for academic purposes)

A beautifully styled machine, lightweight and incredibly tactile. With a touch screen, a case is really a must, and would encourage more use. Clarity 10/10 Incredibly clear full-colour screen, easy to read in any light (the brightness is set to auto-adjust). Images appear on the screen in a similar brightness to DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, and text is very sharp. Beautifully clear screen shots can be taken and embedded elsewhere. Usability 7/10 Setting up the…

Talking Carl

Initially, during an 'app swap' session at an educational tech conference (#pelc10), I couldn't see the point of this app, but decided that it was only 59p, and my colleague seemed almost unable to use it for laughing. What Can You Do With It? Strictly speaking, there's not a lot to this app. Carl will repeat everything you say (and any music you play if loud enough) with a high-pitched voice. Tickle him, he will…

Jamie Oliver’s school dinners shown to have improved academic results

He has been ridiculed by the chat show host David Letterman, accused of high-handedness by a local radio DJ and reduced to tears by recalcitrant fast food-consumers during his war on American obesity. He has even dressed up as a giant pea pod in an attempt to turn the US on to his healthy eating agenda. So Jamie Oliver will doubtless be relieved to hear of a timely reminder of his more gilded reputation back…

The Gathering, Church in a Pub (2009)

The Gathering: An Experiment in Church At North Winchester Community Church we've been discussing the idea of a 'new' type of service, once a month, on Sunday evening's, around the theme of a Pub Church (within the style of Fresh Expressions). So, welcome to "The Gathering", to which you can find out more details on the website, launched last night! I am naturally a night owl, and gained inspiration after our inaugural test-run on Sunday,…