THIS WEEK 11-17 AUGUST 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.