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Next month, Londoners will congregate to celebrate their one true love: cheese.

Throughout May, the Academy of Cheese will be hosting a number of events across London; from cheese and wine tastings, to cheese and charcuterie masterclasses. This annual celebration of cheese shines a spotlight on the people and places that are driving the British Cheese renaissance.

The Academy of Cheese is a not-for-profit that seeks to promote learning and excellence amongst cheese professionals and the wider, cheese loving public. Events taking place during the month-long festivities include:

Spanish cheese and wine tasting with Brindisa, May 1

Here you’ll try six regional cheeses from Brindisa’s range, including Torta de Barros and Payoyo, each paired with brilliant Spanish wines. The event will take place at WSET School in Bermondsey from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Join the waiting list here.

British cheese and charcuterie masterclass at Camden Grocer, May 9

Join experts Dhruv Baker of Tempus Foods and London Cheese Month’s co-founder and cheese guru, Patrick McGuigan as you learn how to make the perfect platter. You’ll leave knowing how to nail those cheese and charcuterie combos. Get your tickets here.

Learn to taste like a pro at Paxton and Whitfield, May 15

Become a cheese pro with the Academy of Cheese’s Level One Associate course. You’ll gain accreditation from Britain’s leading cheesemonger and learn a ‘Structured Approach to Tasting’ with 25 different cheeses. Get your tickets here.

To find out more about London Cheese Month, head to their website

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The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup trophy will be on display in Broadmead on Saturday 4 May.

The ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour

The ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour, driven by Nissan, is currently on a 100-day tour of England and Wales ahead of this summer’s tournament. It visited Bristol in March and is returning on 4 May for a ‘Super Saturday’ event when shoppers will once again have the chance to see the trophy up close and personal.

It will be the final ‘Super Saturday’ of the #CWCTrophyTour and it promises to be a great event with cricket, music, dancing, and much more.

There will be an opportunity to get your photo taken with the Cricket World Cup trophy, as well as the chance to take part in cricket activities with some famous faces at the event.

ICC Cricket World Cup England & Wales

The tournament begins on Thursday 30 May when England take on South Africa at The Oval and the West Indies play Pakistan at Trent Bridge.

The final will take place at Lord’s, London on Sunday 14 July.

ICC Cricket World Cup fixtures in Bristol

Bristol County Ground will host three fixtures:

Afghanistan v Australia – 1 June
Pakistan v Sri Lanka – 7 June
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka – 11 June

Ahead of the main tournament, Bristol County Ground will also host some warm-ups. These take place on 24, 26 & 28 May – click HERE for further information.

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The bum rests in question — although these are on the Jubilee line. Image: Shutterstock. Scribbling: Londonist

It began with a question. A question on tube etiquette.

Posits Roundel Ramblings member Gemma:

The Victoria line has rather large ‘bum rests’ at each end of the carriage. I was resting my bum (well, my back, because I am quite short) against one on my commute home this evening. A lady got on the carriage and proceeded to rest herself right next to me, uncomfortably so.

Now, am I being weird about sharing my bum rest, and this is a standard thing which I hadn’t realised? Or was the bum rest mine, and she was being unnecessarily pushy? Is the bum rest a two person space?

Indeed, most tube stock has these ‘bum rests’ (of varying dimensions) at either end of the carriage. But was Gemma right to assume that her posterior had squatting rights on the entirety of one bum rest?

“What a cheek!” Exclaims one response, another suggesting: “Depends how busy your train was”. Good point. Turns out that Gemma’s carriage had plenty of standing (if not sitting) room. So surely that bum rest was hers, all hers?

That’s the view of some. “The bum rest is only for one however small the bum… cheeky madam indeed,” says Deborah, instantly siding with Gemma.

“How rude! Bum rests are for one bum only!” chips in Meryl.

Does this size crowd warrant sharing a bum rest? Or are the central line’s bum rests one person occupancy? Image: Shutterstock

However, the controversy flares up, with numerous people then suggesting that Gemma WAS being selfish. “It’s a two person space so you had to yield,” informs James.

“Of course you can’t have the whole bum rest — that’s selfish,” remarks a disgusted Margeaux.

“Multiple occupancy space.” says Ian, bluntly.

Gemma yields, saying:

Thank you all. I shall work on my own attitude towards the situation, and not use the rest until I am ready. Or just use the ones on the Central line, which are clearly one bum wide.

Except is Gemma yielding prematurely? Because maybe other factors come into play.

“I suppose two very thin people could share one, but I have always thought of them as only really being big enough for one,” observes Christopher.

Similarly, Rocio says: “All depends how big are the two bums.”

And perhaps Gemma isn’t being stubborn enough in her endeavours to score her bum the VIP rest she thinks it deserves. Says James, “You need to learn how to use your elbows better. I’ve sharpened mine for this reason.”, adding, “always carry a rucksack as a space claiming device.”

That’s very naughty, James. And a whole other conversation to be had…

Care to weigh in? For transport chat — bum rests or otherwise —  join our Facebook group, Londonist Roundel Ramblings.

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Fairfield High School (FHS) in Bristol has been given a Bronze award for its work to ensure students don’t miss out on an education because they are young carers.

The Young Carers in Schools programme helps primary and secondary schools improve outcomes for young carers and celebrates good practice through the Young Carers in Schools Award.

Keely Holloway, Learning Mentor at FHS comments:

“We are really pleased to be recognised by the Children’s Society for the work that we do to support young carers at FHS. We offer drop in and group sessions to listen to and support young people with caring responsibilities at home. As a group we aim to meet twice a term to give our students a chance to socialise and to support one other through any difficulties they may be experiencing. It is important that they feel that they are not alone and have someone to turn to if they need to.”

Young Carer and student Archie comments:

“Fairfield has given me the opportunity to learn about mindfulness which has been a great help in helping me relax and manage my time effectively. I attend a young carers meeting where we talk about stuff going on at home and support each other. There is also support with homework for all students in all departments. I’ve made new friends and learned new ways to tackle the stresses of caring. We play games and generally socialise and everyone is really nice. Fairfield and young carers at my school is really support and this award is greatly deserved.”

Young carers are responsible for emotional, practical or physical care for a parent, sibling or other family member who has a physical disability, mental health issue or substance misuse issue. The 2011 Census statistics revealed that there are just over 166,000 young carers in England, but research reveals that this is just the tip of the iceberg. The true figure could be closer to 700,000 young carers in England, equivalent to one in 12 school children many of whom are unrecognised and unsupported.

Research carried out by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society shows that, on average, young carers miss or cut short 48 school days a year and often have lower levels of self-confidence, mental wellbeing and significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level, because of their caring role. Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework states that inspectors will look at how well schools support young carers.  While some schools are doing this really well, others struggle and this causes real problems for young carers.

To help schools support young carers, the programme offers a step-by-step guide for leaders, teachers and non-teaching staff, with practical tools designed to make it as easy as possible for schools. Staff can also receive training through webinars and events and the programme also features a newsletter each term highlighting relevant policy developments, spotlighting good practice and giving updates on the programme’s successes.

To achieve its Bronze Award, FHS has demonstrated that it supports young carers in many ways, including homework clubs and drop-in sessions with a member of staff who is responsible for this vulnerable group of pupils.

The programme is open to all schools in England and to sign up schools just need to visit

Giles Meyer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, today congratulated Award-winning schools, explains:

“The Young Carers in Schools programme is helping to transform schools and support staff across England. Schools play a vital role in a young carer’s life, as many care for relatives without their teachers even knowing what they do. On average young carers will miss a day of school each month as a result of their caring role, so the steps schools take to identify and support them can have a huge impact on their learning, wellbeing and life chances.”

Helen Leadbitter, national young carers lead at The Children’s Society, is delighted that the Young Carers in Schools Programme is bringing about national change.

“Hundreds of schools across England are participating in the Young Carers in Schools programme, using the tools and resources to improve their support systems, and ensuring that no child need miss out on educational opportunities because they are a carer. 74% of schools who have achieved a Young Carers in Schools Award have noticed improved attendance among their young carers, and 94% have noticed improvements in their wellbeing and confidence.”

If you would like to find out more about FHS please visit


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