Why waste my time, Yahoo?

Thank you for your email concerning information about your terms of service and privacy policy. When I click on “here” below I find no information but pages of self-congratulatory advertising and a greeting of sorts. Why do you not put … Continue reading

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Free English Tuition on Mersea Island, UK

Free English Tuition on Mersea Island, UK I want some help to test an English text book that I have written. To do this I am offering four one-hour lessons, free, before the summer examination season begins, to young people … Continue reading

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Parents and education and schools

Peter Inson – Parents and education and schools – published in Nanotechnology Perceptions Professor Jeremy Ramsden, editor of this journal, found a letter of mine published in The Times twelve years ago and invited me to submit a paper; this is … Continue reading

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Smashwords “dunno” ebook bargain – March 4th-11th

dunno tells of a teenage boy’s struggle to grow up and won an Arts Council award. Go to https://www.smashwords.com/ebookweek This is what readers have said about the book. A book to really make you think. Saw a review in the Mersea … Continue reading

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Literacy for Everyone

1) You are reading this. No doubt you rarely give any thought to now to your ability to do this. 2) What about people who cannot do this? What about those people who cannot write clearly and confidently? 3) Concerns … Continue reading

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Drunk tanks – not for the NHS

I’m watching proposals for recovery rooms for drunks to save congestion in A and E units. Presumably they will be paid for by the NHS. It was left for one medic, interviewed on BBC tv, to point out that they … Continue reading

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Literacy for flirting

A friend once showed me a business card that he had just had printed. It contained a simple message. I am a shy and timid sort of person. I hope you don’t mind my mentioning this, but I would really … Continue reading

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Christine Keeler – RIP – The loneliness of the long-distance celeb

Christine Keeler – RIP  The loneliness of the long-distance celebrity – what we still need to learn about loving our children In the summer of 1963 I had just left school and was working on a farm next door to … Continue reading

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Cycling helmets and road safety

I was reluctant to wear a helmet until my brother-in-law was knocked from his bike by another cyclist. He fell backwards onto the ground where he struck the back of his head with considerable force. The helmet he was wearing … Continue reading

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Misgendering, mathematics and a misdirected mission

On Monday, November 13th a Times leading article warned of a confused debate about gender which threatens to harm young people. In the same edition there is a report of a teacher being suspended for “misgendering.” The teacher had referred … Continue reading

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