Chalk Talk: A tour with Blondie? That's top-notch work experience for students

 

Some experiences that you notch up as a student you just can't beat.

While universities around the country are stressing the value to their students of getting some work experience before they graduate and set out on the search for a job, some students from London's Institute of Contemporary music performances have had the kind of experience that money just can't buy.

Four students at the institute – Vic Jamieson, Jack Haigh, Max Melia and Jay Lewis – have been spending the past few weeks on tour with Blondie as she struts round the UK. The gigs were in Liverpool, Carlisle, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle in late June and early July. They are making up the backing band for an up-and-coming group, Lexy and the Kill, and have previously played as support to Paloma Faith and We Are Scientists.

Beats hanging around and making the tea in a solicitor's or accountant's office for three months during your university vacation.

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Good to see the National Association of Head Teachers taking the moral high ground over The Sun's Page 3 girls. It has voted to support the "No More Page 3" campaign, and its general secretary, Russell Hobby, and president, Bernadette Hunter, signed a petition aimed to bring about this end. The union, believed to be the first teachers' organisation to back the campaign, is joining more than 100,000 other people who have signed the petition.

"School leaders understand the importance of protecting children and young people from inappropriate adult material, whether online, on television or within the pages of the popular press," Mr Hobby said.

"Our members have told us about the problems the easy availability of pictures like these cause, as children, especially very young children, can find such images confusing and embarrassing.

"Most adults recognise the importance of the watershed and online parental controls for computers and games consoles – most also appreciate the need to restrict the publication of pictures like those seen on Page 3 to adult-only publications."

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