Category Archives: Unreliable memories

Fifty-five years after Aberfan

It seems a long time ago that I last discussed Aberfan with anyone. In fact, I discovered that it is only two years. In the last school in which i worked, each week during tutor time we had a word … Continue reading

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Night walks

Leaving our school at night time meant avoiding the obvious route.  It would have brought you out onto the front drive and would have meant passing the office and numerous windows, through any of which you might have been spotted. … Continue reading

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Anally retentive rules for changing the sheets

The weekend is a time to get washing and ironing done. The rules of the apartment complex bar hanging any washing outside, so a change of bed linen requires having time to allow the wash cycle to complete and for … Continue reading

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Music, music and more music

A song by Bo Diddley was played on the radio. Its mood seemed timeless, rooted in its own decade, it seemed music that might be played at any time in an indeterminate future. No-one in our family was musical. In … Continue reading

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Eighteen year olds and ferrets

Some of those I teach have reached their eighteenth birthday before the school year has even begun. It seems odd that adults would be sitting at desks in a secondary school classroom. I am not sure when the English school … Continue reading

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