samedi 8 août 2020

Boris Johnson 'would close pubs before schools' in local Covid-19 lockdown

Prime minister says it is a ‘national priority’ and ‘moral duty’ to get all pupils back into classrooms

Boris Johnson has spoken of “a moral duty” to get all children back in class amid indications he would force pubs, restaurants and shops to close ahead of schools in the event of severe coronavirus flare-ups.

The prime minister is understood to favour only closing schools as the last resort after scientific advisers warned more restrictions may be needed to reopen classrooms in England next month.

Related: Keeping England's schools open 'must take priority' in second wave of Covid-19

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from Children | The Guardian

The mother load: Lisa Taddeo on parenting in a pandemic

Teacher, worker, carer, cook ... family life has gone back to the 1950s for many women. The Three Women author on why it’s time to let go of the tyranny of the ‘good’ mother

Never in my life had I been so high.

I’d just given a reading in Amsterdam after which the gracious hosts of the evening took me out for drinks. Three young women asked me questions about sex and love and desire as though I were an expert and it was nice but I was tired and unused to being considered an expert in anything but panic.

I've heard so many mothers say how much more they panic now. The pandemic is a good excuse to let that panic roam free

The same mothers who called Lina a bad mother are now telling me that they understand why she considered killing herself

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from Children | The Guardian

vendredi 7 août 2020

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Venipuncture activates the cerebral cortex in children with intellectual disability

Nintendo Lego sets: two childhood titans slot together perfectly

Digital and analogue modes of play combine in a new nostalgia-infused toy collection that will have all generations entranced

If there are two things that defined my 1990s childhood (apart from Disney) they would be Nintendo and Lego. Like many millennials I have never entirely grown out of either. In a cabinet in my spare room sits a perfect Lego Simpsons house, miniature cityscapes of Berlin and London, and a blocky Mini. As for the video games, well, I’ve turned them into a career; I’ve been a games journalist and critic for more than 15 years, and own more Mario games than I’m comfortable admitting.

All of which means I am an absolute sucker for the Nintendo-themed Lego sets that came out this month. Aimed at younger Lego fans, the Super Mario sets (a starter set is £49.99, with an eye-wateringly expensive array of expansions, from £3.49 character packs to an £80 Bowser’s Castle) offer bright bricks that can be combined to make real-world Mario levels, and an electronic Mario toy who comes to life to jump around them.

Related: Paper Mario: The Origami King review – a hilarious postmodern delight

Related: The 25 greatest video game consoles – ranked!

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from Children | The Guardian