Category Archives: Education

The Wasteland of the Learning Mountains

My 11 year old niece Maisie heard me doing typical teachery education-system-bemoaning to her parents the other evening. “Oh,” she said. “EVERYONE hates Michael Gove. Here. I did this with my friend Magda.” And she showed me this series of … Continue reading

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Bureaucrisis

Ever since I was at primary school I’ve always felt a little bit like this: Or this: It wasn’t anything dramatic or horrible. Nobody bullied me, I had friends and I don’t think anyone noticed. It’s just I didn’t feel … Continue reading

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Thank you, panic attack.

My panic attack was probably the best thing that ever happened to me. Humans have this capacity to carry on in horrible situations for unlimited quantities of time unless something forces them to stop. I was unhappy in my job, … Continue reading

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Is this going to be in the exam?

I wonder how many texts in the whole history of the world have begun with the phrase, “My grandmother used to say…” Probably millions. It’s probably a phrase that should be avoided at ALL costs. They probably run creative writing … Continue reading

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Suck: The System

Son 2 phoned today. The conversation went something like this: “I’m just informing you that I resigned from university this morning.” “Ah. I see. How did you do it?” “It’s easy; you just go online, click ‘I don’t want to … Continue reading

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Life is a five act play

I’m at the beginning of Act 4, I realised this morning on the train. That’s what’s brought on all this memory purging I’ve been doing: collating (and crooning over)¬†photos of the sons when they were small and writing down all … Continue reading

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