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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Troublesome children – mis-directed anger

Shock and outrage – too  much for children, too little for parents Last Friday I listened to Professor Phil Scraton of Queen’s University, Belfast on BBC Radio Four’s Desert Island Discs. He was describing a punishment he had witnessed while … Continue reading

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Boris Becker just can’t help himself

Boris seems as profligate with (other people’s) money as he was with his sperm. I just hope that the settlement with his daughter’s mother is tied up securely – about $6 million I seem to remember.

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GCSE results; why get so anxious. Just grow up.

Teenagers do not deserve so much pressure over their GCSE results which are used by politicians to bully their teachers. There are many other  important things in which young people should take an interest: work (illegally If necessary) travel, volunteer … Continue reading

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Fathers who walk out – recommended comment on The Times web site

The Times August 8 2017 Find the lost boys before the extremists do Rachel Sylvester was writing about boys who are drawn into criminal gangs or radicalisation and rightly referred to a disconnect between one generation and the next, particularly … Continue reading

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Four legs good, two legs bad.

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Four legs good, two legs bad. The Times should really have something better to publish in today’s Times 2 than its nonsense about an hourglass figure. This picture reminds me of Ongar Young Famers’ Club where I was trained to judge … Continue reading

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Acid attacks – accountablility

Owners of dangerous dogs who allow them out can face prison. How  much more dangerous is a violent teenager; why are their parents not held accountable, especially those who have walked out?

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Sign my petition. EU Divorce Bill. No more payments without proper accounting

Sign my petition https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/UK_Government_EU_Divorce_Bill_No_more_payments_without_proper_accounting/ Alarming figures of £50 billion and £100 billion have been bandied about. We were tricked by Ted Heath into voting to remain in an unelected super‐state rather than a common market. Should demands such as these … Continue reading

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