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St Mary's School - Tes Jobs

Tristan Da Cunha is one of a set of islands in the South Atlantic, which are the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world. The nearest populated land mass is the island of St. Helena, 1,200 kilometres away. St Mary's School is located on Tristan's only permanently inhabited locale, known as Edinburgh of the Seven Seas. Discovered by Portuguese sailors in 1506, the islands have been a British territory since 1816. The school is perfect for those wishing to work within an open and sharing c

Ambulances 'too slow to reach 999 calls'

Ambulance services are struggling to reach seriously ill and injured patients quickly enough as the system struggles to cope with demand, a BBC investigation has found. Patients with life-threatening conditions - like cardiac arrests - are meant to be reached in eight minutes. But only one of the UK's 13 ambulance trusts is currently meeting its target. And senior paramedics said the sheer volume of calls meant it was not uncommon to run out of ambulances at times. LIVE: A day in the life of

The 7 most obnoxious TV characters ever to befoul our screens

Super Hans fully assumes the profound selfishness of the addict without a hint of remorse. If he’s not smoking crack at a renewal of vows, he’s stealing munchies from the off-licence (‘the secret ingredient is crime’). What’s worse is his personality even outside of the highs. He’s selfish and backstabbing, happy to betray best friend Jeremy both in love and for what the pair call musical collaboration. Peep Show‘s maddest moments often come at the hands of Hans, perhaps most famously when he br

In Praise of Odd Man Out, First Best British Film BAFTA winner

The BFA (as BAFTA was then known) handed out its first Best British Film at its inaugural ceremony in 1947, continuing until 1968. The award was revived in 1992, and continues to this day. The first winner was Odd Man Out, directed by Carol Reed. Noir style films directed by Reed would take the award three years in a row, Odd Man Out followed by The Fallen Idol in 1948 and then the great British classic, The Third Man. Odd Man Out is based on the novel by F.L. Green, and takes place during a B

Why is a massive monument to a Native American so controversial?

Questions of legitimacy and motivations behind the Crazy Horse Memorial have persisted for nearly seventy years In 1948, Korczak Ziolkowski began construction of the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills mountain range of South Dakota. If completed it would stand as the largest sculpture in the world, 641 feet long and 541 feet high. Yet after eight decades of supposedly continuous work all that has been carved of this Native American chief atop his eponymous horse is his face and a hole bor

The American South is stifled by a veneration of the Confederacy

A racist past should be acknowledged and confronted, not glossed over and celebrated The American Civil War was fought between 1861 and 1865, between forces of the Union, represented by northern states, and the Confederacy, represented by states from the south with economies that relied on slavery. The Confederacy was defeated, slavery was abolished in the United States, African Americans were given equal rights through the Fourteenth Amendment, and that’s where the sorry saga should have ended

Buses in America suck

Public transit in America has been destroyed by monopoly and individualism I recently returned from travelling the United States from North Dakota to Texas, then along the Deep South to Charleston, South Carolina. That I was able to achieve this without ever driving to a destination allowed me to become overly familiar with the decaying state of inter-city bus transit in the United States. Even though the inter-city bus network is derided in the United Kingdom, a wide range of people use it at

Living With MS

A version of this article was published in The Tab on 11 August 2016 “Manny was seventeen. In the same ward I had Gloria, who was sixty-seven. Manny was in a wheelchair and severely disabled, he could just about control his head when you gave him a drink. Gloria used to stroll in every few months for a few physical exercises. I thought to myself, how can this be the same condition?” There are around 100,000 people in the UK living with multiple sclerosis. There is currently no cure, and drug t

Man who slashed ambulance tyres was 'high on heroin and spice'

A Greenford man who slashed the tyres of an ambulance during a medical emergency while high on heroin and 'spice' has been spared jail. Paul Johnson cut the ambulance tyres with a five inch kitchen knife on July 2 while paramedics paramedics treated a critically injured pedestrian following a road accident, near Greenford Roundabout on the A40. Met police officers doused the 44-year-old with a pepper spray before they could restrain him. Uxbridge Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday (July 26) t

Drunken guitarist was 'looking for Jesus'

A failed rock star who had just seen a record deal fall through told bemused onlookers he was ‘looking for Jesus’ after staggering drunkenly from his car. Guitarist Joseph Dean Osgood, 37, was seen driving his black 1989 BMW erratically while blaring Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’ from the car stereo, City of London magistrates heard. A witness saw him almost crashing into her daughter’s car as he attempted a reverse bay park in Portland Road, Notting Hill, where a friend… This Content is for Mem

Everest: The world’s highest graveyard

Why is Everest back in the news? May 2016 has seen five people die on Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, with a sixth person missing. Indian climber Sunitra Hazra narrowly avoided becoming Everest’s first victim in June, being rescued near the summit by British ex-serviceman Leslie Binns and his team of Sherpas (Nepalese who act as guides up the mountain). Last month’s deaths were the first in over a year on the mountain, if only because Everest has only recently seen a return to a r

A Day In The EDL

Not Racist. Not Violent. So goes the slogan of the English Defence League. Any movement that carries such a disclaimer is bound to arouse suspicion, and the various banner images on EDL social media pages depicting angry white men with faces covered does only bolsters the organisation’s reputation as quasi-fascist. Since co-founder Tommy Robinson’s acrimonious departure from the movement in 2013, the EDL has been seen by many as on the ropes, for the recent documentary Angry, White and Proud  Ja