Monthly Archives: December 2018

An historical artefact

It was the humanities teachers’ Christmas dinner and the conversation turned to television. “I remember Channel 5 starting,” said one of the younger members of the department. “I remember Channel 4 starting,” commented a teacher who was a smidgen older … Continue reading

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Not at the station

At the site of the old railway station in Burnham-on-Sea, there is a plaque that purports to date from the days of the Somerset and Dorset Railway. Reading the inscription might prompt the more sceptical to question its authenticity. However, … Continue reading

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Making loaf

The bread van passed me on the motorway at five to seven this morning. I know it was five to seven because, on┬áRadio 6, Chris Hawkins was handing over to Shaun Keavny for the final time, Shaun Keavny leaving the … Continue reading

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Early risers

“Two weeks until Christmas, sir.” A mood of eager anticipation seems to exist among most of the school community. One student, describing themselves as “the Grinch” complained that it was just a time when the family could fall out with … Continue reading

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Antipodean confidence

A jigsaw puzzle of Australia. Perhaps it had come as a Christmas present. Unlike most jigsaw puzzles, it was not square or rectangular, but was the shape of Australia itself. For a primary school-aged boy, the shape made the puzzle … Continue reading

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