November 2014, no 76: news and comment

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News in Brief
Edition 86. Arts and libraries, effective health message, New York and Swindon, play, palaces and people, new reports and latest recommendations. A quick dash through the sector's breaking highlights.

La Flamme Rouge
The Leisure Review diary
Edition 8. Reports from planets near and far. Football, wealth and monarchy appreciated and dissected. Artists, activists and egomaniacs valued and vaunted. Editing, equity and oil acknowledged and accosted. Mrs Smith puts her faith in the cleansing power of pure vitriol.

The letters page
The Leisure Review letters page: a determinedly old-fashioned approach, bringing thoughtfulness and discernment into the process of debate. Of course it will never be popular but we beat on, a boat against the current.

How I Escaped My Certain Fate
The Leisure Manager's Library
Your guide to Stewart Lee's account of the life and deaths of a stand-up comedian, offering comprehensive answers to the key questions of: what's it about; what's it got to do with leisure; and why should I read it?

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November 2014

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Sport and/or health: the future of local authority sport and leisure services
With no sign of an end to the mantra of austerity, Martyn Allison considers the future of leisure in the public sector and offers some radical challenges for those looking to maintain a role for sport, leisure and culture in the UK.

Horticulture on high: the implications of
chartered status

After a small celebration to mark a new era in horticulture, Andrew Gill, president-elect of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, spoke to the Leisure Review about what such elevated status might mean for the organisation, its members and the wider horticultural sector.

Leading the way: the first five years of the Leading Learning Programme
Sue Isherwood and Melita Armitage explain the origins and the future of sport, leisure and culture’s own leadership programme, and why it continues to transform careers, challenge perceptions and shape the sector.

Under the microscope: pool management practice found wanting
A unique study of pool management practices has provided hard evidence of critical shortcomings. Robbie Phillips reports on the findings of the report and argues that it should be read as a major wake-up call for the industry.

More sport for all: vision or dream?
Wayne Allsopp responds to the Labour party’s policy review of the state of UK sport and offers thoughts on school and community sport, along with some suggestions on improving the structure of specialist sports coaching.

recent features from The Leisure Review

Putting the legacy upfront
With the Rugby World Cup 2015 less than a year away, the Leisure Review spoke exclusively to Steve Grainger about what the tournament will leave behind and why the RFU decided to get their legacy in early.

Leadership in sport: a local authority perspective
The Leisure Review on leadership
Mark Allman, head of sport and active lifestyles at Leeds City Council, explains why strong and intelligent leadership is a prerequisite for driving change and meeting the challenges of delivering excellence.

Yesterday: the deadline for management change
The Healthy Comment column
The Commissioner argues that traditional concepts of leisure management have become redundant and that the time has come to embrace change to transform our sector and its chances of survival.

Parks funding: the next generation
Sid Sullivan considers the potential of the Heritage Lottery Fund report and explains why it signals a need to change attitudes to parks funding and leadership within the parks sector.

Safe play means maintenance
Michael Hoenigmann of the Association of Play Industries explains why regular maintenance and repairs are an essential aspect of safe play.

Play matters: responding to this century’s biggest societal challenge
There has never been a greater need for active play and Michael Hoenigmann explains how the Association of Play Industries (API) is working to make sure this message is being heard.

Le Tour: signposting a better way
With the Tour de France returning to the roads of Britain, Peter Treadgold considers the lessons that the professional peloton might offer to those working to make cycling a greater part of the national transport system.

Active transport: the case for action
The Active Transport for Healthy Living Coalition looks at the implications of creating an environment conducive to active transport and explains why the time is right to make the most of the opportunities.

Rothko revisited
With one of the Rothko Seagram murals now back on display after a long restoration, Jonathan Ives returned to Tate Modern to revisit a modern masterpiece that inspired a lifelong fascination with art and galleries.

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