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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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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