Whatever

One of the unlooked for joys of working with teenagers is watching them believe, with the utmost certainty, that they know better than you. It's not really their fault. Being so young they have no real frames of reference for the consequences of their actions and so their attempts to embrace the agency of adulthood …

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Merry Christmas

Having been a teacher for too long, I have seen many awful student performances. Many where either nerves or a gross overestimation of ability has led to those protracted silences that forces everyone in the audience to smile fixedly for the duration. You can see people desperately fighting the urge to look at their phone …

Ouch

There was the loud semi-hollow bang of face on radiator followed by the silent intake of breath that was pregnant with rage and pain. All parents know it as a precursor to a scream that can be heard in France. There was quite a bit of blood. This happened on a grey autumn Sunday and …

Off To School

Maybe it's the time of year. The skin is still golden, although it is only a matter of time before the very last hint of a summer spent largely outside will fade and only the memory will remain. The morning walk to the car requires a jacket. The wife's warmth in bed is now a …