Little League for Kids Football

Why is there no Little League equivalent for kids football in England? A reputable umbrella organisation for kids football, with links to tournaments, players, coaching, coaches – with a outlook that is child- and parent-friendly. Not the FA.

Its website would make success easier to share and celebrate (pro scouts could find new talent), it would be social, hyper-local, and promotes health. All good things. The downside is it gives pushy parents any place to shout about their prodigy. Other than that, loads of content supplied by users, stats galore, constant updates and an ideal family audience for brands.

Artful Retraction

You make a mistake, you get duped. Apologise quickly and wholeheartedly, and move on. Nice work from This American Life in retracting a a recent Apple-related story (one I’d enjoyed). Press release on Friday, hours before the show broadcast, full admission, no excuses. The tone of the show was great; the lying Mike Daisey didn’t come out of it too good, but I had a sliver of sympathy for him. A fine example of how to make good a bad situation.

Six Tea Towels

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Not 60 towels. From the V&A shop, tied in with this summer’s post-war British Design exhibition. £5 each, candidates for framing. Pics & pegs, c/o the Guardian.

Manchester Panorama

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Drawings of Manchester from City Tower, scanned, digitised, scaled-up and coloured, by Neil Dimelow. Love them all. To be viewed at Mall under City Tower, from March 23, with prints available to buy.