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Post40Bloggers - child's hand and colourful Easter eggs
Theresa May has condemned the National Trust for omitting the word “Easter” from its annual children’s egg hunt, saying she was furious both as the daughter of a vicar and as a National Trust member. Church leaders criticised the National Trust for “airbrushing” Christianity out of its chocolate egg hunt, after a rebrand...
Post-40 Bloggers - old female friends flat sharing
This could be from living alone most of the time, but I'm not sure I'd be able to flat share now that I'm in my 50s. Although, truthfully, it's not something I opted for when younger either. On the two occasions I did take in flat mates, the first...
Post-40 Bloggers - George Osborne in school, image credit The Guardian
What has got the teachers storming into their teacups this time? Well they are now facing the future of working in an academy - like it or not. The issue of academies, according to this article, seems to divide the profession. My experience, however, has been an overwhelming fear...
EU Referendum cartoon, image credit Chris Riddell
Switzerland – Chapatte Chappatte is a Lebanese-Swiss cartoonist who draws for the International New York Times and has taken a suitably lofty perspective in this cartoon. It is one of my favourites – concise, well composed and straight to the point. Leave Europe and Scotland leaves the UK. I wouldn’t blame them. Chappatte’s elegant,...
Charlie Brown
For adults, the only certainties in life were death and taxes. For kids like me and Charlie Brown there was a third one – our constant companion is, and will always be, worry. I loved Charlie Brown for his insecurity, for admitting that he was unfit for the game of...
Clear internet history
Highly controversial plans to allow the police and security services full access to everyone’s internet browsing history have been abandoned by ministers. Amid fears in government that it would be unable to force new laws through parliament because of concerns over civil liberties, the Home Office said it had dropped...
Black teacher teaching black students
In a week where Home Secretary, Theresa May, expresses the notion that mass immigration threatens society's cohesion, the head of a teaching recruitment agency deems it necessary to travel to the Caribbean to find teachers to work in British schools. Niki, Education Editor Among the tourists sheltering in the Courtleigh...
Films for Autumn 2015
Keen movie-goers won't want to miss this Autumn's upcoming line-up. I have yet to see the much acclaimed 45 Years with Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtney (not reviewed). Have you seen it? Better yet, have you reviewed it? Let us know for a chance to have that review featured...
Hot buckwheat noodle salad with peanut tamarind sauce, photo credit Yuki Sugiura for The Guardian
I know, I know, it all sounds rather counter-intuitive, salad in winter. Although when I think about the Thanksgiving and Christmas excesses to come, there are days during those holidays when I practically crave a good salad. I'm particularly liking the sound of Hot Buckwheat Noodle Salad with Peanut...
Little girl in classroom
This article really resonated with me this week as I regularly cross the lines between that feeling of being too strict and tying extra knots in the apron strings to feeling guilty about not being there enough for them because I was working full time. I often feel that...
Stressed male teacher
As summer arrived I was overcome with a feeling of relief. I’d made it. I’d actually made it through my NQT year, despite the many times when reaching that point didn’t seem possible. Settling into a relaxed holiday mode hasn’t been an option for me, though. With the start of...
Dismaland, photo credit CNN
Banksy says in rare interview: ‘I think a museum is a bad place to look at art.’ What is Dismaland? In essence it’s a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism. A place where you can get your counterculture easily available over the counter. A theme park for the disenfranchised, with franchises...