Monday, 17 August 2009 London Lite Police: Cricket helps cut gang rivalry on estates IowemylifetoNHS,saysBarackObamasstepmum Health drama: Kezia Obama suffered kidney failure streetmattress.com There is something poignant about an abandoned mattress; this site has more than 20,000 of them. Admire the thoughtfulness of whoever wrote Dont Take!! might have bugs on a New York mattress that was so filthy, even a vagrant would turn their nose up at it. worldtaximeter.com This site calculates how much a taxi fare will cost you in the worlds major cities. enter the city and select your points of travel, and you will get the price. Not just interesting, but rather useful -- and it may help you when haggling in strange countries. funbureau.com iTs a global phenomenon that affects us all. The Bureau Of Missing socks claims to be the first organisation solely devoted to solving the question of what happens to missing single socks (as you have possibly guessed from the name). Could this be an end to odd socks hell? KELLY ARMSTRONG EMAIL YOUR TIMEWASTERS TO: wasters@thisislondon.co.uk/lite Timew@ster What to browse when the boss isnt looking by mark blundenTEENAGERS from rival gangs have learned to overcome their hostilities by playing cricket. A scheme to encourage children in deprived parts of inner London to take up the sport has cut antisocial behaviour and improved school discipline, teachers and police say. The programme, StreetChance, has seen 7,000 young people in 10 boroughs take up cricket. Research from Loughborough University found it fostered co-operation and helped immigrant children to learn English. Teenagers play with a tennis ball covered in tape, modelling the game on the informal tape-ball matches played by children in Pakistan. Past and present Test cricketers including England batsman Ravi Bopara and West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh have helped with coaching. Loughboroughs Institute of Youth Sport said it changed atti- tudes of disruptive teenagers. Youths on two gang-related estates -- St Johns Estate and Aylesbury Estate in Southwark -- put aside their rivalries to play cricket. The scheme is part of the Cricket Foundations Chance to Shine school cricket campaign and was backed by the Met. Teachers said the sport has improved child behaviour. James Titley, from Tower Bridge Primary School, Southwark, said his pupils were not able to work together before. A 13-year-old girl who took part said: You have to learn to get on with one another so that you can play the game well. nEngland batsman Ravi Bopara learned his shots in games of street cricket when he was growing up in east london. His old school, Brampton Manor in newham, is one of 60 involved in the StreetChance programme. Bopara, who has played 10 Tests for England, used to break into the school as a 10-year-old to play cricket with friends. We used to get caught quite a lot by the caretaker, but he became a mate of ours, the batsman, 24, said. Id have loved an opportunity like this. BaRaCK OBaMaS British stepmother has told how she would never have seen him become US president had it not been for the nHS saving her life. Kezia Obama suffered kidney failure during a summer trip to Britain seven years ago. The 66-year-old, who was then living in Kenya, was visiting her daughter auma, 49, and her granddaughter akinyi, 12, when she was taken to hospital. She had life-saving surgery at Westminsters St Thomas Hospital and was also treated at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough. Mrs Obama, who now lives in Bracknell, Berkshire, said the nHS had been her saviour. She spoke as President Obama was on the verge of a climbdown over his $1trillion health care reform. Critics in america have attacked it by comparing it to the nHS. Skills honed inschoolyard: Ravi Bopara index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html