Buying a teacher gift can be a nightmare. If you're a parent you want to avoid replicating things. And do they like even like chocolate or wine? If they're your partner/sibling/parent/friend, you don't want to have to deal with them … Read More
On Sunday journalists were spat at outside the Conservative conference in Manchester for doing their job. At the same time, in the same place, I moved around the protest without experiencing any of this. In fact, I'd already written the … Read More
TV appearances are exciting, but they have a major downside: people can see you.
This is good, because it means the brand you are representing (yourself, or an organisation) is getting exposure. But if you're not prepared for the fact that … Read More
Written February 2017, after the terrible year that was 2016
Twenty-one and a half years ago my English teacher, Mr McGee, gave me a gift.
It was autumn 1995 and he made our class write about the summer holidays. But, he said, we … Read More
Amazon ran a competition to re-invent A Christmas Carol as a 1,000-word children's story. For fun, during a tube journey, I decided to write an entry on my phone. What fell out has a difficult message, and made me cry … Read More
Buying gifts for teachers is tricky. If you're a parent you want to avoid replicating things. (And do they like chocolate/wine, etc?) If they're your partner/sibling/parent/friend, you don't want to have to deal with them judging you against some internal mark … Read More
SHAME"! by Rochelle Hartman - http://bit.ly/2tc3tCj
In recent weeks journalists have spent an inordinate amount of time beating themselves up for not guessing the outcome of the General Election. This is bizarre. Journalists are contestants on Catchphrase: we say what we … Read More
Over the past week or so I’ve disappointed a lot of people. I know this, because they’ve tweeted to tell me.
The problem was that Labour announced two policies, and I have issues with both.
The policies are:
Free school lunches for … Read More
In a tradition that now spans three education secretaries, it's this year's Education Secretary Christmas Reading List. (Gosh, aren't we all getting old).
This year we have a new overlord, Justine Greening.
She's actually really smart, and interesting, and seems 'nice', if … Read More
Miss Watson emailed me recently. Miss Watson!
She was my form tutor in year 9 and 10, and the only woman who taught me anything about how to break a wild class. She had poker straight hair, and huge glasses, and … Read More