An Open Letter From One Patient To Another

[A friend asked me for advice for her brother, who’d been recently diagnosed. So I opened a bottle of wine.]

Dear W,

I’m so sorry to hear the news – good luck with the operation. A has asked me to write to you with some advice.…

Very impressed

A student at my school called Mia has made a great website to show off her photography – please drop by and leave a comment! She’s spent two years coming to Coding Club and worked away teaching herself javascript and more.…


Really enjoyed Doubt. This parable definitely going to be reused with students.

“A woman was gossiping with a friend about a man she hardly knew— I know none of you have ever done this—that night she had a dream. A great hand appeared over her and pointed down at her.

I teach in Grange Hill

via the indispensable Mr DuPlessis this video shows:
a) a large slice of my childhood
b) the same school I now teach in (the playground hasn’t changed)

Oxford, Chainsaws and Trampolines

I found out on Saturday that a friend of my mother’s is in hospital at the moment with numerous cracked ribs and a punctured lung. How she got there is, somehow, wonderfully “Oxford”.

Her husband has been very ill and is now in a wheelchair.…

The Hospital Vicar

Yesterday, a little bit before being sent home, a reverend came round our ward. Two had gone to theatre so there were four of us: two cabbies called Pete and Rob, a thirty-something and me.

The reverend started with Pete and they had a long chat.…

Pericles, or Why the Ancient Greeks deserve study

Yesterday, I had another one of those conversations about classics. Anyone who studied Latin, Greek or both to any level will have had something similar.

“Really, ancient Greek? Wow. What’s the point of that? I mean, I’m sure it’s interesting but why bother?…