Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Vanity (or Narcissism*) of small differences

This is one of the great phrases that, once uncovered rolls around the mind and gathers stuff. As it’s half-term, dear reader, you’ll forgive me that indiscretion of listening to Radio 4 during the daytime. And sometime Monday morning, as I was … Continue reading

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‘Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.’ Rosa Luxemburg

Throughout the ages, philosophers have highlighted that man imprisons himself within his own petty conventions and behaviours. Plato’s original Allegory of the Cave has us picture slaves tethered to a wall and, in watching events pass by through the shadows cast on the … Continue reading

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What the Pope gave up for Lent…

…playing with Fire. This stunning picture recorded a few hours after the Holy Father’s resignation from the Holy See gives a ‘Dan Brown Novel’s take on proceedings.  For those of you not familiar with Mr Brown’s Oeuvres, he writes mystery who-dunnits … Continue reading

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Burns Night, traffic, neighbours and our localism policy – something about the beef!

The other Saturday, Burns Night was an outstanding success; not only because of the wonderful food, wine and company, but as a fundraiser for our sports tours – providing the auction prize cash comes in – we will have raised over £4,000.  Well … Continue reading

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G-Whiz – 6 years on the road and still travelling

It’s a dog’s life they say.  And 1 canine year = 7 human ones, so when man’s best friend reaches 6 years old, they’d just be entering early middle age (perhaps), turning 40 or thereabouts. My little silver electric beastie … Continue reading

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BETT 2013 showcase “Gone Google, what next?”

Here is the presentation I was invited to give at BETT 2013 from the Google stand in the Excel centre. The stars of my presentation were Chris Rowan, Joe Reeve and Barnaby Morton-Woodruffe, who as teacher and pupils showed where engagement and … Continue reading

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“vapid happy talk” – No, really…? Gove climb down!

Apparently, according to a major study by the Sutton Trust reported last month, Independent School applicants for University write better personal statements than their state-sector counterparts. Says the BBC “The Sutton Trust says pupils from independent schools are more likely … Continue reading

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