28th May 2010 at 01:00
For adult ears only amp; Hats off to Lady G

For adult ears only

FErret congratulates all who helped make Adult Learners' Week another huge success - how long before someone launches a qualification recognising the skills needed to plan and organise this enormous event?

The co-ordination of the week's thousands of events are surely worth at least a level 3 and that's not including the staging of the Niace national conference and the national Adult Learner Awards - well done to all winners.

But it wouldn't be Adult Learners' Week without the odd hiccup and this year's came courtesy of BBC Radio 5 Live.

The station had introduced Niace chief Alan Tuckett who was to speak about participation in adult education.

Unfortunately, listeners were then treated to a snippet from a man who wasn't Alan, talking about an unidentifiable civil war, in an unknown land. It may have been about Thailand or Sri Lanka or maybe even Iraq - FErret's informants could not tell, it was aired at 2am, after all.

Alan's clip was eventually played by the station at 5am. Nice to see that the Beeb thinks adult learning is worth a prime-time slot.

Hats off to Lady G

Labour may have been the only major political party to pledge internships pre-election as a way of increasing opportunities for the poor to enter professions like law and the media - which FErret prefers to think of as more of an art - but unfortunately it missed out on some star backing.

For it has emerged that Lady Gaga has applied for an internship with the famous milliner Philip Treacy. The American pop sensation apparently wants to learn how to make hats. Of course, we are not only talking how to put together a smart pillbox or a jaunty trilby since Treacy's creations for Lady G have included lobster and telephone-shaped titfers.

Still, it's hats off to Lady Gaga for promoting internships and advancing the cause of adult education. Wouldn't it be nice if all adults in the UK had the same opportunities for lifelong learning?

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