20 pages long, the booklet endorses organic farming. Children learn that organic farms are where special eggs come from that are “mixed into yummy cakes and cookies”, and where happy hens peck away.
Activities contained inside include cartoony guides for making a cress-head eggshell character; growing your own potted basil; and playing “garden detective” by identifying a plant by touch and smell alone. Alternatively, you can make your own apple candleholder (“always ask an adult to light the candle for you”), or invite friends over to play the autumn memory game. Those wishing to create “an organic food restaurant for birds” know where to turn, as do people wishing to make a “freezing cold sun catcher”; basically a block of ice you hang from a tree.
If you want to know who to blame for the protracted planning stages of the Building Schools for the Future project that cost taxpayers a massive £250m before any building had actually been done, it might surprise you to learn that you should – apparently – look no further than our friends at the European Union.
Tim Byles, chief executive of Partnerships for Schools, has told the Commons Education Committee that the EU’s overly complex, bureaucratic processes were so demanding that the project was always likely to haemorrhage money as those at the helm strained to satisfy the exacting procurement standards.
Before the fingers start wagging, I'd like to make it very clear from the outset that in no way do I condone the words of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef when he called for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to 'vanish from our world'.
My gripe with the good old BBC however lies with the fact they seem all too keen to jump on this story featuring a Rabbi who has been known to make controversial statements in the past. By all means report on the issue, but where are the BBC stories about the hundreds of millions of pounds, dollars and euros that are pumped into the Palestinian territories everyday? The hundreds of millions of pounds, dollars and euros that are helping fund 'hate education' and radicalising a new generation of Palestinian children - hindering the peace process for decades.