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Pitying Wilshaw for his Tuneless Playing?

September 22, 2012


Today I had my second guitar lesson (with my daughter as my teacher, in an effort to test the maxim that the best way to learn is to teach). I tweeted a few audioboos of my efforts to precious little critical acclaim. Here’s an example so you can see what you think. Johnny B Goode […]

Time to Mobilise our Professionalism?

September 16, 2012


I have found myself on the highest horse imaginable this morning. And it's all because of the so-called 'Gove Levels' that seem to be the latest Lib Dem line in the sand to have been obliterated by the incompetent and ideological populist right wing of the Tory party. And the problemq is that I'm getting […]

The boy who saved my life (in teaching)

September 11, 2012


Eddie was his name. As incongruous in 1996 as it is now. And he was a fairly incongruous manboy: fully grown moustache to put my facial hair to shame; built like the proverbial brick shipyard’s toilet; trapped in the last year of compulsory schooling, like Ted Hughes’ Jaguar: “On a short fierce fuse. Not in […]

Why I’m a Daily Genius

September 6, 2012


I’ve deliberately chosen a title that makes me sound arrogant, for no other reason than to flush an opinion or two out. I’m not an oppositionist in real life. I rather dislike the arbitrariness of some people’s stance on issues because much of it is posited on a notion of all ideas in life being […]