Author Archives: Ian

Kids knowing more about less

One teenager had not heard of EDF. The company engaged in a project costing £20 billion (or is it £25 billion?), a project in the same county, was no more than three letters that signified nothing to the person who … Continue reading

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Non-French cuisine

It was never clear why, but we had drinking glasses made by a French company at dinnertime in the Primary School in our village. School dinner each day was a two course meal served with water to drink (perhaps at … Continue reading

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Three old dears were locked in the lavatory!

“What was that song about three old dears?” “Which song?” “The one people used to sing at Ham school.” “Oh dear, what can the matter be? Three old dears got locked in the lavatory, they were there from Monday to … Continue reading

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Shaun Keaveny would have liked my Grandad

In times past, it might have been called “dead air,” that silence when a radio station is on air, but there is nothing audible to listeners. BBC Radio 3 used to have such silence at the end of performances of … Continue reading

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Effective discipline

One day, when my son Michael was about five years old, I was so angry and frustrated with him that I smacked him. Smacks were few and far between and this was one that not appreciated. He looked at me … Continue reading

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