David Reynolds

Super Black Racing releases a theme song


Super Black Racing has released a theme song.

The song, entitled ?Super Black? is sung by local New Zealand artist Emme Lentino and was produced by double APRA Silver Scroll and ISC finalist Bryan Bell.

Meanwhile the team seems to be getting the hang of the car?with improving times around the circuit.

Wild card entry Super Black Racing is on track with its Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 campaign, despite the #111 having an incident in one of yesterday?s practice sessions.

With Andre Heimgartner steering the Ford Performance Racing-prepared Falcon in yesterday?s exclusive co-driver session, the Super Black Falcon speared off the circuit at McPhillamy Park, interrupting the session with a red flag.

?We had a bit of a bad tyre send us,? Heimgartner explained to v8supercars.com.au.

?I was struggling a little bit and pushing pretty hard and obviously just pushed a little bit over the limit, got on the dirt line and once you?re on the dirt line you?re just a passenger from there.? Read more »

The future with Chris Hipkins as education minister?

Toby Young blogs The Telegraph about PISA and Wales (note this is a major news media outlet with “bloggers”):

The poor showing of Wales in?the Pisa international league tables published earlier this week?is a reminder of just what a mess Labour has made of the Welsh education system. In 2006, Welsh schoolchildren were ranked 30th in maths, 29th in reading and 22nd in science. In the latest tests, they fell to 43rd in maths, 41st in reading and 36th in science. Wales isn’t simply the worst performer in the UK, it’s well below the OECD average.

The blame for this pitiful state of affairs can be laid squarely at the feet of the Labour Party, which has been in charge of education in Wales since 1999. The education reforms that successive governments have introduced in other parts of the UK in that time have left Wales largely untouched. League tables were abolished in 2001 and not a single academy or free school has been set up. As the Economist points out in?this?damning analysis, parental choice in Wales is limited to deciding whether to send a child to a school where lessons are taught in English or Welsh. The country?has indulged in what David Reynolds, an educationalist at the University of Southampton, describes as ?producerism’s last hurrah?. Hardly surprising, then, that?26 per cent of the Welsh population over 16 have no recognised qualifications, according to?the 2011 census.? Read more »