30/08/2012 The One Show


Matt Baker and Alex Jones are joined by the singer Alfie Boe. Lucy Siegle's at the Olympic Park and Educating Essex's Mr. Drew teaches us about summer schools.

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Hello. Welcome to the one one show. We are back in the warm staued yo


after a great day out in Sheffield. It was raining all day but still


crowds came out to see us and we were grateful to everyone who


turned out. The crowd was a highlight, singing away. That


moment when the confetti came down. We are joined by a man who is used


to huge crowds, he has starred in It's Alfie Boe.


That sent shivers down my spine. You were just saying, We were stood


on the royal balcony over looking the Mall. It's been a busy summer


because you recorded the anthem for the GB team and Olympics and


Paralympics. We did one vision. From a performers point of view,


what did you make of the opening ceremony last night? It was amazing


to see such a spectacular. The lighting was fantastic. It is


wonderful to be able to celebrate such wonderful Olympians. People


have been pouring into the Olympic Park for the first day of


Paralympic action, many without a full idea of what they were about


to see. Lucy has been to Stratford to see what the public were looking


forward to on day one. Welcome to the Paralympics. It's


day one of what promises to be one of the most popular Paralympics


ever and the first wave of an anticipated 2.5 million ticket


holders is making its way into the Olympic Park here. We wanted to


come and absorb the atmosphere. We watched the Olympics and wanted to


experience it. It's the dream come true for those


people who can't run like me or you. They can run faster. They can run


faster. It's beautiful. With these tickets we can get into the copper


box, which is the goal ball. What do you know about that sport?


much, we want to see what the rules are. I have been in a wheelchair


for three years so it helps me feel like if they can do it, I can try


to do it. We are going to see wheelchair


basketball. We don't know anything about it. It looks like a fast game.


It can be quite violent, I am intrigued how it works. I have


track cycling. I can just almost take those from you. You are not


having them. It is the first time we have been to a big thing like


this. I want to see Olympic records broken. I like to see people


competing at the highest level. I think this is what we are going to


see today. With 21 different sports for us all to enjoy over the next


two weeks and the possibility of 103 Team GB medals it looks like we


will be celebrating a whole new batch of sporting heroes. Team GB!


It's been a busy first day of action with 28 gold medals


available over five sports. Tanni Grey Thompson has been following it


for Radio 5 Live. What have been the highlights? It's been a


fantastic day for cycling. Sarah Storey won the first gold of the


Games in the 4 K pursuit. She was amazing. Mark Col borne won a


Silver Medal, a good start to day one. Judging by the number of


tickets sold, it is the biggest Paralympics ever, does it feel like


that at the Olympic Park?. It feels really exciting. I have the


Aquatics Centre behind me, and we can hear the cheers. There is an


amazing atmosphere. I met people today who had tickets just to the


park and they were just soaking up the atmosphere. What does it


compare to the Olympics you have competed it? Barcelona was a good


games but the rest didn't have a great turn out. Beijing, all the


tickets went but in reality a lot were given away. There is a


difference when people have paid money to come and watch. There is a


different type of support and what the British athletes are going to


get, same as the Olympics, there will be massive massive support


which will push them on to perform at a higher level. The word


reclassification has hit the headlines for one swimmer who


wasn't eligible for the games but now is back in, can you clear it up


for us? It is confusing. She swims as an S 6 with Ellie Simmons and


there was a feeling she might get moved but generally you get moved


up or down one group and she was actually completely declassified.


They said she wasn't disabled enough to compete and she's come


back in as an S 6. I don't think we are going to hear the end of it.


The Paralympic team will be protesting. It might take a couple


of days to sort it out. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?


Athletics starts tomorrow. I will be at the track from 10.00 and that


is where I will be for the next few days. Get some rest. We are going


to be celebrating Team GB's success during the Games on our special


medal boards which are over here. Alfie is going to be doing the


honours for us. You have faces we are going to pin on. Sarah Storey


was our first gold, the 34-year-old won the first gold in the C5


pursuit. She has her eye on another three gold medals. Mark Col born,


silver Silver Medal winner, time trial.


Silver Medal winner Hannah Russell, 16-years-old. It's been a busy day.


Bronze Medal, Ben Quilter. That was for judo. With the target of 103


medals, hopefully these medals will be overflowing with faces.


From our heroes of the Paralympics to our flying heroes of World War I.


The pilots of the Royal Flying Corps were the first Brits ever to


fly into battle. Joe Crowley visits the airfield in Wiltshire where


these brave men first took off 100 If anyone with the slightest sense


of history, this is an awesome sight. That gent is 89-year-old


Doug, a World War II pilot, he is doing pre-flight checks. Today his


plane is taking off from an airfield near Salisbury and flying


around eight miles north-west to a special place called Larkhill to


salute the centenary of the Royal Flying Corps. Larkhill became a


centre for the development of aviation.


We are surround by what was then office land but was made available


to the early air noughts to use for their experimentation. A pilot


built a hangar to set up a small aviation company. In those days, no


trees, no buildings, so nobody to to complain about the noise. Here


in Britain the government was slow to see how these new flying


machines could be of benefit. 1909 the war office issued an


announcement which said they weren't prepared to invest any more


money in experiments with planes because they considered it a


useless and expensive fad. About that time Germany had invested


�400,000 in aeroplane research alone. Clearly they could see it


had a future. But the enthusiastic lobbying helped to move aviation


forward. When the Royal Flying Corps was founded in 1912, this was


an obvious location for the first squadron with military aeroplanes.


The lack of both machines and men was a problem. Not helped by the


fact the first recruits had to pay for their own flying lessons. They


did get a refund but only once they had joined up. The Royal Flying


Corps had an army wing and naval wing which split apart but both had


a Hoch poch much second hand planes mostly French built. What we needed


was a good British aircraft. So one of the first events at Larkhill was


a competition, to find an outstanding machine for the corps


to fly. Anybody in Europe who was interested in aviation would have


wanted to be here and most of them were. All the famous French,


Italian pilots were here and they had the public, they were allowed


to come as well. The man who won it was Samuel - Samuel F cody and


produced an impractical aircraft, with a massive engine so he could


outperform anybody else. The aircraft was made of bamboo and


with fabric. Although he won it wasn't a very practical aeroplane.


Cody's winning machine never actually made it into service, but


when the First World War broke out British aircraft developed rapidly.


One of the most successful was the SE 5 A, a a much stronger and more


stable biplane. This one is a fully accurate replica, flown by the


World War II pilot Doug Gregory. You thought in the Second World War


and you have an incredible amount of experience, what do you make of


the early pioneers in the in the World War I pilots I take my hat


off to them. Wonderful bunch. Going off into the unknown and generally


wondering if the jolly thing is going to stay together. I think


these chaps, keen to find out, keen to explore, wonderful, I wish I had


met some of them. The Royal Flying Corps was our first air service but


lasts just six years. Then on 1st April 1918 a single service was


formed. The royal air forms. Where the Royal Flying Corps began with


so little, by the end of the First World War the RAF was the most


powerful air force in the world with more than 20,000 aircraft and


nearly 300,000 personalel -- personnel. Larkhill is where it all


began 100 years ago. Doug deserves some respect going up


with that plane. Brilliant. We were saying your brother used to be in


the RAF. He wasn't a pilot, he was in the Royal Air Force police, so


spent more time in the pub than in a plane. But he was a in there for


30 years and we used to visit him on the RAF camps and get to see a


lot of those sort of planes. Speaking of your brother, there


were nine of you all together, you have written about your family in


your new book My Story and it tells the story of how you became the


singer in the Boe household. My mum and dad were into music in a big


way. My father was into lots of different types of music, not just


the classical tenors, there he is, not just the classical singers, he


was into country singers, folk singers, Glen miller stuff and so


his taste passed down to me and I have that sort of same feeling


towards music, I don't see any boundaries, it is one big world.


is a fascinating story, your life. You weren't like a stage school kid.


You were a mechanic in a garage. Yes. How did you make the


transition from the garage to the stage? When you are a kid, you get


told to get a trade behind you and then you have something to fall


back on. That was what I was told and I started looking around my


local area and got a job working for a car factory as a body


mechanic. It was one particular day I was working on a car and this


customer whose car I was working on said you have a good voice, you


should do something with it. Why don't you go down to London, there


is an opera company auditions for people. I took the day off work,


went down, sang to them, got taken on, came Back To Black pool and


handed in my notice and went on tour as an opera singer. I wonder


if that customer knows? I don't know. If you are out there, e-mail


us, it would be lovely to hear from you. I hope he has bought my


albums! And my book! In the book, it is obvious you


suffer with quite a lot of self- doubt, there are lots of ups and


downs. Was there a point when you thought I can make a living from


singing. I think when my bank balance started to get better.


Inevitably in this industry, you never know how it is going to be.


You don't know what is going to happen. There were times that were


really struggles for me and you just have to try and believe that


you are doing the right thing, that it is going to happen, get better.


But sometimes you weaken and start looking for other options. I did, I


looked for other careers and a couple of people offered me a job


as a trainer, as a physical trainer. I got advised about going and


developing my cookery, because I love to cook. It is a hobby. I


would have been useless at it professionally. But I knew singing


was something I couldn't give up. We are glad you didn't give up on


it. There are endless stories, it is a fascinating read. My Story is


out now. Most children in England are still on hol day, 65,000 pupils


are back at the government's summer schools. The extra lessons are for


kids who are predicted to struggle from going to primary to secondary


school. 11-year-old twins as tonne and tar


rin are enjoying the last few minutes of their summer holidays.


They start classes at their new high school today. I am eager to


find out what they think about having their summer holidays cut


short by a fortnight. Is it nice having new kit, getting ready for


school? Yes. Why do you think it will be good to have these extra


lessons? We will get used to the work. The boys are part of a new


�50 million summer scheme targeted to help children who are more


likely to struggle academically. Their Mum thinks it's great. Have


you been worried about their development at school? Yes, more


maths than English. They need that constant extra help. Do you think


the summer holidays are the right length of time?. They are too long.


There are so many places you can do and if the weather is not nice then


you can't. Does it put financial pressure on you? Yes, because extra


food shopping, extra money for days out. We are getting to the point


where it is right, we are ready now, ready for school now. Almost 2,000


state summer schools are running across the UK and here at westly


high school 32 pupils are coming to school two weeks earlier than their


classmates. The scheme is totally voluntary. Pupils don't have to


attend. It is offered to children qualifying for free school meals


because research shows it is these pupils who regularly fall behind


and would benefit most from a shorter holiday. What are the main


reasons you have chosen? 11-year- old cody has chosen to come to


summer school. At home she helps care for her younger brother John


who has special needs. I play with him, I look after him, I stop my


brothers getting in arguments. you annoyed your summer holiday is


going to be cut short?. No, because at the end you start getting really


bored. Why do you get bored?. There's nothing to do. Cody's


father is John's full-time carer. He's keen for cody to attend to


take advantage of the extra support. I thought it was a great idea, a


bit of academic learning before she starts full-time. Hopefully it will


give her a bit of a boost and she will be ahead of the others when


they start in September. Do you think it will help going to summer


school? Yes. Why do you think it will help? When you are at the


summer school, it can help you with your learning. Teachers always


focus on you, not having to focus on lots of children. The school


runs six hours a day, with the main focus on numeracy and literacy.


Headteacher John Banks believes a shorter holiday will make a big


difference to the children. Can two weeks really make a difference?


think so. Some of the students do tend to under perform. We have a


dip in performance when you get children coming from primary school


to secondary school. To start them off early will help them because


after they finish the two weeks summer school they start high


school straightaway. Would you like to see summer holidays shortened?


Yes. Why? It is a long time to engage students and particularly


when they have just finished primary school, to reengage into


learning it is a long break. There is a lively debate about whether or


not the school holidays are too long. In some areas of the UK


education authorities are even considering cutting the break to


four weeks. The kid in me feels sorry for the kids having their


holidays cut short but six weeks is a really long time and I can see


from today, they are really engaged and they have loads of activities


and for those children who need more support this can only be a


good thing. One man who is looking forward to


the start of term is the one one shows's favourite teacher Mr Drew.


Since Meatloaf gave him interview tips in the studio, you have gone


on to become a headteacher. You only turn up when you have singers


here. Absolutely. Did they mention Meatloaf in the interview at all?


No, it was like the elephant in the room. What do you make of summer


schools?. Generally summer schools have got to be a great idea, young


people from primary to secondary school, they can get used to how


things are going to be different. The big fish in the little pond to


being the little fish in the big pond. It's got to be a good thing.


It is a big move for those children. But what about other pupils that


aren't switching schools, those summer holidays are long for all


children. They are long, but you are only young once and there is a


mixed bag of research on whether having so much time off means you


have to start all over again or whether young people need that time


for a chance to be a child. We also forget we have two weeks ago, it


takes us a while to get going when we come back. You spent most of


your summer holidays working. I got a job when I was 11 and I


always worked during the summer holidays to fill up my time. Would


you think about putting opera into your classes? I would hope any


secondary school would be including the study of opera. If you are


studying music you have to study the full range of things. The skill


involved in an opera singer's voice is something all young people can


learn about. There are a lot of young kids and adults who are


intimidated by classical music, think they have to be educated, but


it is for everybody to listen to. Putting music into schools, it


shouldn't just be classical music t should be lotss of different music.


Walking past music classrooms, you hear everything from African music


to opera, to rock, to everything, children are learning a wide range


of skills. Good luck with the new job and the new term.


We would like to hear your stories of your first day at school. Were


you scared, were you happy, what scrapes did you get into. Send them


in to us. The tiny village of Ratcliffe-on-


Soar doesn't get many tourists but it has a loyalist group of visitors


who come every summer. Throughout the year millions of


birds migrate to the UK. Choosing ideal locations like estuaries and


river banks to nest. But one species has turned its back on


traditional sites and prefers a more industrial landscape. Here at


Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire. This power plant


produces electricity for around two million homes. By burning around


four million tonnes of coal a year. One of the biproducts is tonnes of


ash and for the last three decades these mountains of ash have become


the ideal nesting sight for sand Martins. Keith marshal is the


logistics engineer. Isn't that wonderful.


You can see all the holes in lines across the top. Between 100 and 150


pairs. They are beautiful birds. You have been working here for


decades. How are they doing this year. They were very late arriving.


Normally 1st April they arrive. This year we didn't see any until


5th May. We were concerned they weren't going to turn up at all.


You would never expect that, such a wildlife friendly habitat in the


middle of this. It is stunning to find. Just so unusual. Sand


Martin's are the smallest member of the swallow family. They are one of


the first spring migrants to appear in the UK. For a small bird, it


makes a massive journey every year of over 3,000 miles, crossing both


Sahara desert and Mediterranean sea. They usually nest in Sandbanks


along rivers but here in Britain, those can be at risk of flooding.


So this ash pile is a perfect high and dry alternative. The birds will


dig back creating a tunnel of about 35 centimetres and right at the


back will be their nesting chamber. They will line it with grass and


feathers and lay the eggs there. The amazing thing about this ash is


it is a really similar consistency to sand. It is soft enough to be


able to dig out, but hard enough so it won't collapse on their heads.


With the female laying around four to five eggs, both parents help


with incubation and feeding the chicks. It is about a month before


the chicks are independent. Keith and his team ensure there is an ash


pile for the birds each year, but it does take a bit of housekeeping.


What we found in the past is, where the birds have been here for two or


three years on the trot, we had a major collapse of the face. So we


now form the face every year for them. The birds come back year


after year. They do, they are back here this year in sim wlar numbers


to what we have seen. It's such a lovely sight. They are enchanting


birds. They will stay here until late summer. Why do they bother


coming at all, when they could stay in sunny Africa all year round.


That is down to the abundance of insects we get in spring and summer.


Eventually the chicks will fledge and with their parents they will


then fly all the way back to Africa. I hope he's recovered from the


cutlery game yesterday. You have migrated back and forth


between the States and UK for the last two decades because your wife


is American. Yes. Where do you call home now? I was hoping I could kip


down here for the night. It's crazy, I think England is definitely where


I will always have a home, I do a lot of work here, there is a lot


Matt Baker and Alex Jones are joined by the singer Alfie Boe. Lucy Siegle's at the Olympic Park to see how the first day of Paralympic action is going, and Educating Essex's Mr. Drew teaches us about summer schools.

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