Category Archives: The stuff of daily life

Mr Gardiner

The return of cold and wet days mean it that it would have been unlikely that he would have passed down the road. On those strange few days in February when the temperature touched twenty degrees, it would have almost … Continue reading

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Gorf and teaching

A wiry built man, bald-headed and heavily jowled, he was probably in his early-sixties. Perhaps he had seen service in the Second World War, he was of an age of many teachers who had been war veterans. Perhaps there were … Continue reading

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Out of the mouths of babes

Year 8 students offer interesting perspectives on the world. The plain speaking ways of childhood have not yet been absorbed by a teenage diffidence, yet there is sometimes an awareness and a maturity in their insights that would have been … Continue reading

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Reading for teachers

It is the last schoolday of the half-term holiday. Of course, school doesn’t begin again until Monday, but Saturday and Sunday are weekend days, they are not like holiday days. Half-term has been a time for sleeping and trying to … Continue reading

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Drugs

The weather is deceptive; temperatures reaching the mid-teens disguise the fact that it is still February. Dampness in cold air can catch me unawares and leave me wheezing. A compartment behind the handbrake of my car is used for storing … Continue reading

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