Gabby Logan - British children now only play outside for an average of 49 minutes a day, compared to 127 minutes spent playing indoors. New research reveals the rise of the 'Indoor' child as kids, even as young as six years old, prefer to watch TV or play on a smartphone or tablet (61%) than spend time outdoors (22%), and parents are increasingly worried about how to entice them out. The study was conducted by Persil1 among parents and children aged 6 to 12 to launch 'My Messy Adventure', a new interactive adventure story enriched by the outside world, in collaboration with the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Quentin Blake. It reveals that almost half of children (41%) blame the weather for their reluctance to get outside with a fifth (20%) describing outdoor activities as 'too boring.' Typical outdoor activities are also on the decline as over half of children have never been on a nature trail (51%) or been camping (57%) and over three quarters (80%) have never tried orienteering. However, parents no longer see technology as a barrier to outdoor play as almost half (49%) believe their children would play outside more if technology had had an enhanced role, with 72% believing that technology can stimulate children's imaginations. 'My Messy Adventure' encourages families to use the power of technology, either a smartphone or tablet, to experience the great outdoors right on their doorstep. The interactive story allows every child to be the hero of their own Roald Dahl story whilst bringing together some of the best-known Roald Dahl characters, including James (James and the Giant Peach), Matilda and The Witches, in the same adventure for the first time, enhanced by the iconic illustrations of Quentin Blake. Luke Kelly, MD of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Roald Dahl's grandson, says: "My grandfather strongly believed that children should race outside to climb trees, study insects, jump in puddles, kick a ball around or just "muck about". He thou - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 18th June 2015
As an increasing number of celebs get caught for tax avoidance, an increasing number try and get their apologies in quickly
Gabby Logan – the prominent BBC sports presenter – has admitted to avoiding tax, like Gary Barlow, by investing thousands into Icebreaker, a company that claimed to support young musicians. A recent court ruling, however, ruled that the firm was "understood by all concerned to be a tax avoidance scheme".
Gabby Logan beat an angry press mob and issued an apology quick-time
"I was advised about a business opportunity six years ago (2008) and I invested in good faith. It was explained to me as a way of funding new acts in the music industry. Because of information which came to light in 2012, I decided the investment was not right for me,” Logan explained on her website, where she posted a press release.
Wow, that really told him. Tom Daley's mother Debbie is the talk of Twitter today after writing a comically angry letter to British Swimming chief executive David Sparkes for his criticism of Daley's media career. The CEO scolded the young swimmer for putting his television commitments ahead of his sport, while critics agree that his new ITV show Splash! is utterly dreadful.
The show - which sees celebrities attempt complex dives from scary-high platforms - premiered last Saturday, though it was described as car crash television. In fairness to Daley, the show was entertaining enough for the sheer haphazardness of it all. Presenters Gabby Logan and Vernon Kay didn't appear to know where they were, while the judges gave ridiculously polarised scores for terrible, terrible dives. However, who doesn't want to see a bunch of C-list celebrities belly flopping into a pool?
Anyway, the whole thing incensed swimming boss Sparkes, who is rightly thinking of Daley's preparations for Rio 2016. Tom's mother Debbie Daley does not agree. In the letter published in the Daily Mail, she told Mr Sparkes, "Tom was possibly one of the athletes who helped you retain your job. Others say that your performance was the worst of any CEO in British sport. You are worried about Tom's performances? Well, I am worried about yours." Tom seemed pretty proud of his fiery mother, tweeting, "My mum is AMAZING :Dx"
Continue reading: Splash! Tom Daley's Mum Totally Owns Swimming Chief In Open Letter
Danny Baker has lashed out at the BBC for cancelling his radio show The Treehouse. Baker, who uses the Twitter handle @prodnose posted a message on the micro-blogging site earlier today, to say “So. Just been told the BBC London Show - the Treehouse - is to be shut down after all. Saves BBC money apparently.” As if Baker doesn’t already feel betrayed enough by the BBC, he revealed a saddening twist in the tale, in his next post: “Also. I am being "inducted" into The Radio Hall Of Fame next week. Big honour. BBC salutes by cutting five sixths of my shows. #IronyNotLost.”
Just when the BBC is in a whole heap of trouble, with the Jimmy Savile scandal (not that we’re comparing the two, now…), it looks as though the organisation may have a Danny Baker-related scandal on its hands now, as Baker’s fellow entertainers have also taken to Twitter to criticize the BBC for axing the show. Rob Brydon, sarcastically, wrote “Glad that BBC are axing @prodnose Danny Baker's daily radio show. I've had it up to here with his wit, warmth and originality.” And the comedian Ross Noble couldn’t help but chip in and make reference to the BBC’s recent scandal, saying “How can the BBC axe our greatest radio talent @prodnose show. after recent events they should be celebrating what they do well.”
The Treehouse is Danny Baker’s show on London 94.9. They had asked Baker not to mention the axing but he refused to comply with their request, tweeting “BBC asked me not to say anything just yet about axing best show on British Radio. Why? Because it's embarrassing? Because they'll look bad?” Gabby Logan called for Twitter users to cause an uprising, much like the campaign that saved the once-threatened 6Music, saying “We saved 6music now we must save @prodnose - who is in charge? I nominate you @EmmaK67 ?”