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Who writes the first version of rude lines?

Writing of Roger Luxton’s “rude songs” yesterday, I pondered where the Bratton Clovelly farmer might have heard the songs that he passed on to Sabine Baring Gould and which were revised because they were considered unsuitable for publication. Did Roger … Continue reading

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Not wanting to teach

The Year 10 students have all been withdrawn from Religious Education, the time saved is to be devoted to English, maths and science.  Maths seems a particular problem in schools, basic numeracy is a challenge for many of the students. … Continue reading

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A wet Saint Swithun’s Day?

In primary school days in High Ham, the approach of Saint Swithun’s Day would create a sense of trepidation. What would happen if rain fell on 15th July? Would a single shower on a single day mean that our six … Continue reading

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Selfie narcissists

The BBC report that a child was placed on a railway track for the parent to take a “selfie,” represents a further logical step in the obsession of many people with themselves. The emergence of the obsession was most forcibly … Continue reading

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Johnson grasps the nettle

The Prime Minister has finally accepted the principle of there being an acceptable number of deaths. This is not callous indifference or reckless politicking, in every sphere of public activity, there has always been an acceptable level of deaths, it’s … Continue reading

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