Category Archives: News

The Culture Show

I should have gone to bed at an early hour last night, but I stayed up to watch this edition of the Culture Show on BBC2 and I’m so glad that I did. Inspiring and humbling stuff. Sam Mendes: A … Continue reading

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The Rivals by James Naughtie

I’m enjoying this unofficial biography far too much. One of the many passages which caught my eye gives an amusing yet critical insight to the nature of the relationship between the PMO & the press: The 2001 General Election Campaign… Two … Continue reading

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Cars 2 (unreviewed)

Xmas TV viewing is often a compromise. This year I’ve just steered clear of most televisual fare, but my husband promised the girls that we would ALL sit down together and watch something that wasn’t Merlin (more on Merlin’s series … Continue reading

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Zero-tolerance approach

Last October, Rupert Murdoch gave the inaugural Margaret Thatcher Lecture at the Centre for Policy Studies during which he said: “A free society requires an independent press: turbulent, inquiring, bustling, and free. That’s why our journalism is hard-driving and questioning … Continue reading

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Hacking Holiday

I’m beginning to crave going back to work. Early mornings aside, I think working suits me. Term ended only a few days ago, but I already miss the structure and the lack of interruptions of the working day. At home, I’ve … Continue reading

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Doris50

I received this lovely message from Doris50 and I just had to share it with you. It’s definitely one for the 419 Eaters. I find that the following sounds lovely when read out in a West Country accent. Enjoy! Hello … Continue reading

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Under starter’s orders

It’s Oscar night and I’m going to bed. I LOVE films, but awards ceremonies are a chore. Although I’d love to stay up and sit through the staging, the routines, the costumes, the air kissing, the grimacing, and the general … Continue reading

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Weekending

I’m spending the weekend marking homework (YR10 & YR13) and writing a film treatment, whilst caring for a sick child and entertaining a lively one. Having recently discovered, or should I say, admitted, that I am not very good at … Continue reading

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In the classroom continued…

I’ve now been able to rearrange the furniture in my classroom thanks to my HOD who took all the English department boxes and left them in a tidy pile in the corridor. Suddenly, my room is HUGE. There are 12 … Continue reading

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Skye

I’ve never been to a place where every time I opened my eyes I was presented with a view of outstanding natural beauty. Falling in love with the location and the peace and quiet it offered was inevitable: there are … Continue reading

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