Monthly Archives: January 2021

The Last Acrimonious Word

A wife got so mad at her husband she told him to get out. As he left she yelled, “I hope you die a long, slow, painful death.” He turned around and said, “So, you want me to stay?”

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Educational Achievement and Disadvantaged Children: towards a Paradigm Shift

“When children do well at school it’s because they had great teachers. When they do badly it’s because they’re disadvantaged.” Staffroom comment Background Covid-19 has heightened awareness of disadvantaged children. Firstly, Marcus Rashford’s free school meals campaign galvanised support. Secondly, … Continue reading

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Selected Quotes: Covid-19 Debate 6th January 2021

Boris Johnson (Con) We are in a tough final stretch, made only tougher by the new variant, but this country will come together. The miracle of scientific endeavour, much of it right here in the UK, has given us not … Continue reading

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Anti-Vaxxers satirised

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Book Review: Michael Connelly ~ Black Echo (1992)

It’s always interesting to read the first of a series of books. Why has this character become captivating? Why do the reading public want more of it? It’s difficult to know and indeed if one did know then the recipe … Continue reading

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Why doctors should be avoided

“Check-ups are, in my experience, a grave mistake; all they do is allow the quack of your choice to tell you that you have some sort of complaint that you were far happier not knowing about.” John Mortimer, Rumpole and … Continue reading

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The Curious Death of Corporal Punishment in British Schools, 1996

Background Corporal punishment in British schools wasn’t regarded as ‘assault’ until the late 1970s when political and social momentum built up against it. Two Scottish parents supported their children’s refusal to be beaten with a tawse. The case finally reached … Continue reading

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Social Workers change a light bulb

They empower it to change itself! The light bulb is not burnt out, it’s just differently lit. They set up a team to write a paper on coping with darkness.

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Book Review: Peter Pist’anek ~ Rivers of Babylon (Translator Peter Petro) (1991)(2007)

I never imagined I’d warmly recommend a Slovak novel but here we are. The storyline relates to the break-up of communist east European countries in the late 1980s and the emergence of gangster-capitalism. As British people know full well the … Continue reading

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