From Read After Burnout

The winds of war had been blowing across the classrooms and corridors since the second day of the week. As the spite of rain whipped across the car-park, and the unseasonably cold blast ripped down the temperatures, the student body (still kicking) reacted appropriately. Vendettas emerged where only a harmless void had previously resided. Fights... Continue Reading →

Stealing and Positive Role Models…

I cried at the ending of The Song of Bernadette. I just sat and wept my young eyes out whilst my elder sister watched on, somewhat disturbed by my outburst. When I was a child, such outpourings of emotional excess were embarrassing, especially for a boy. It’s a good job that my father had not... Continue Reading →

On History

History is cyclical. It is also a story. Graham Swift had his protagonist in Waterland declare that history was a fairy-tale, a succession of fairy-tales that helped to quell our anxiety with the real story, the truth, whatever that could be. The truth is out there and there are many different versions of it. This... Continue Reading →

Approaching Life The Salted Caramel Way

It’s official: we can never get enough salted caramel. A 2016 study at the University of Florida found that we eventually tire of foods that contain only one main recognisable flavour component – no matter how scrumptious. But the salty, sweet and fatty elements of salted caramel create a more complex taste that subtly changes... Continue Reading →

From Zero…

You are the first. Could be that I'm starting to go all 'Game of Thrones' on your blogs and immediately descend into talking about the first of your name, the night being dark and full of terror, or the obvious being that 'winter is coming'. Well it ain't necessarily so. What is so is the... Continue Reading →

Why Read After Burnout works…

"But the book as a whole has a great deal to recommend it, not least the carefully considered and generally well executed content which I found to be very suitable for the target demographic. The references to your time in the Met, your teaching career, and struggles with mental health, allow the reader to see... Continue Reading →

Climbing or Failing

There are times when the sight of a climb, stretching out before you, defeats ambitions without ever having to engage in combat. There is some smart advice out there for cyclists who wish to conquer hills: don't rush into them, don't sound the charge and empty all your intent on the opening slopes. If you... Continue Reading →

Man Is Born Free…

But everywhere he is in chains. Jean Jacques Rousseau It is a universal truth that mankind likes to have boundaries. We need laws, rules, and expectations. We need codes and conventions, rights and wrongs. We need punishments and discipline. We need codes of conduct and commandments. We need an ironclad God, gods, tyrants, or merely... Continue Reading →

Thought-less

The sun is out. I am awake. There are no thoughts in my head. I sit down, duty-bound, to write. I had a dream last night. A couple of students did not want to enter my classroom because I was boring and useless. I had woken to let the cat out and was wondering at... Continue Reading →

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