Category Archives: The stuff of daily life

Craving immortality?

The Year 7 students suggested that the list of things for which people crave included immortality. They thought people wanted to live as long as possible. Had I remembered to do so, I would have shared a story from Atul … Continue reading

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Titanic tales

Man-made disasters? The Year 7 students today gave quickfire answers. Buildings, bridges, vehicles, conflicts, “The Titanic,” said one. “Sir,” said another, “did you know it wasn’t really the Titanic that sank? It was her sister ship.” I said I had … Continue reading

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One dram below par

Pondering the return to a school burdened by Covid restrictions, the return to wearing a mask and rushing through corridors between lessons because Years 7 and 8 are expected to pass their days confined in single classrooms, to continuing to … Continue reading

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The last enemy

There was a BBC camera shot of the Queen at the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh that seemed a gross intrusion. The director and cameraman could have had no conception of the pain that was being felt, no understanding … Continue reading

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Medicinal compounds

Perhaps the habit dated from before the days of the National Health Service, perhaps every house had them, proprietary medicines that would offer miraculous cures at a modest price. Our house had more than most, my mother kept a whole … Continue reading

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