Author Archives: Ian

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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Hardy’s countryside

Visiting Dorchester recently brought memories of the world evoked by the writing of Thomas Hardy. Hardy writes with an extraordinary eye for the detail of rural life. It is not hard to imagine the scenes he describes. In Far from … Continue reading

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Primary school sunsets

Primary school teachers are among the most important people on the planet: to be honest, it is hard to imagine anyone more significant in the shaping of generations of people than those who taught them at primary school. Primary school … Continue reading

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Happy high-pitched sound

At five o’clock each Friday afternoon, on BBC Radio 2, Steve Wright closes his 45 minutes of┬áSerious Jockin’┬ámusic with a sound familiar to discogoers in the 1970s: feedback. Feedback at the end of the evening was that high pitched tone … Continue reading

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