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17th August 2012 at 01:00

THIS WEEK 11-17 AUGUST 2012

SATURDAY

MOBOT MANIA

A national hero, the face of the Olympics, an inspiration to a generation - call him what you will, Mo Farah justified all the love coming his way by storming to his second gold medal. It's all down to hard graft, he said.

SUNDAY

DROWNING WITHOUT SPORT

All good things come to an end. The Olympic closing ceremony attempted to finish on an upbeat note - but the Spice Girls are no competition for the obscure sports we've taken to our hearts.

MONDAY

EXERCISE BOOKS AT THE READY

With the Games out of the way, it's back to the classroom. Michael Gove's plans to reform the primary maths curriculum don't add up - charity National Numeracy said there's too much emphasis on rote learning.

TUESDAY

BIRTHDAY BEAR HUGS

Giant panda Yang Guang has been visited by more than 300,000 people since moving to Edinburgh Zoo at the end of last year. And today was his birthday. Keepers gave him a cake, presumably with bamboo candles.

WEDNESDAY

EXPLOSIVE COMPETITION

The competitive spirit still shines bright at the British Firework Championships in Plymouth, where this year six previous winners competed for an overall title. The two-day event, ahem, went with a bang.

THURSDAY

AND THE WINNERS ARE ...

Today was the day when sets of blonde twins and young maths geniuses all over the country picked up their A-level results. As usual, they were leaping for joy in all reputable local newspapers.

FRIDAY

A MUSICAL TRIBUTE

Teachers rock. Well, of course they do. But in the US a fundraising concert by the same name is being held to celebrate school staff. Nothing says gratitude for education like Dave Grohl rocking out.

NEXT WEEK 18-24 AUGUST 2012

SATURDAY

MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

The Premier League season gets underway with new rules in place that make racist abuse a sackable offence. The move follows the high-profile trial of Chelsea captain John Terry, who was cleared of all charges.

SUNDAY

THE FAST IS OVER

Eid al-Fitr will be held to mark the end of Ramadan. As well as attending a mosque for prayers, many Muslims will cook traditional food to celebrate the end of fasting.

MONDAY

ARRESTING MOMENTS

Part two of The Riots: in their own words, airs on BBC Two. It asks police officers about their experiences of last summer's violence. The screenings were delayed over fears they would interfere with a murder trial.

TUESDAY

OUT AND PROUD

Manchester Pride, the city's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival, continues. The parade on Saturday will honour codebreaker Alan Turing, who was prosecuted for homosexual acts in 1952.

WEDNESDAY

HOPING FOR A NEET TURNAROUND

With youth unemployment still running high, the Department for Education is due to publish the latest figures on the numbers of young people who are Neet (not in education, employment or training).

THURSDAY

THE RESULTS ARE IN

A levels are out of the way, and now it's time for round two in the summer exam results season. GCSE pupils today find out if they have made the grade, while their teachers look on nervously.

FRIDAY

PASSING THE FLAME

Olympics fever is set to be reignited with the beginning of the Paralympic torch relay. The first one will be lit in London today. Unprecedented numbers of tickets have been sold for the Games, which start next week.

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