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The Long and Winding Road

September 9th, 2011 · 1 Comment · education, lucy, oliver, reflections, school

Way back in October last year, I wrote a post about picturing my daughter in her school uniform going to the same school as her big brother. It was a battle cry, asserting my dream and my intention to grasp it whatever it may take. This week, the dream became reality and I had the […]

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Learning to be Agile

November 23rd, 2010 · 3 Comments · education, work

I had an exceptionally enjoyable day at work today, not that any of my usual colleagues knew anything about it. That’s because I was on a training course at Manchester University. I got my degree at Manchester University and 20+ years ago attended some lectures in the same building that hosted today’s event. Is it […]

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Apple-picking (2010)

November 14th, 2010 · No Comments · education, food, health, laughter, lucy, oliver, photo, video

Last year’s apple-picking trip to my Dad’s house was much earlier than this year’s. I was wondering whether our 6 week delay would mean that the birds would have plundered them all by now, but no, there was a good crop left to be had. Both kids helped with the harvest: Oliver shaking branches and […]

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Fair?

November 11th, 2010 · 2 Comments · education, finance, news, politics, poverty, work

On the radio this morning I heard a report of yesterday’s student protests in London against the increase in university tuition fees, protests which started peacefully but ended in violence. A listener to the program sent in a message to say that the students should take this new price hike as their first lesson in […]

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Hold on tight to your dream

October 1st, 2010 · 6 Comments · education, Fatherhood Friday, finance, lucy, moving house, oliver, politics, school, stockport

I am picturing a little girl. She has blond hair and blue eyes. She is wearing a polo shirt with her school’s emblem on its breast. Holding a picture she has drawn for me, she shouts “Daddy” as she runs towards me from her classroom, the same classroom in which her brother spent the previous […]

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The end of an era

July 28th, 2010 · 4 Comments · education, nursery, oliver, play, report, school

Today was Oliver’s last day of nursery. His pre-school days are effectively over. I felt rather sad last night when I realised. I considered taking him there for the last time this morning, as I mentally counted the pitifully few times I had had the pleasure of escorting him. Once I walked with him as […]

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Now hear this

June 8th, 2010 · 7 Comments · education, health, hearing, medical, oliver, parenting, speech

About a year ago I took Oliver to an ENT consultant about his hearing. The consultant said he may have “glue ear” and that he may grow out of it. Then a few months ago I noticed his hearing was definitely a problem. At night with his right ear on the pillow, I could talk […]

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The S word

October 16th, 2009 · 2 Comments · education, lucy, oliver, school

When Oliver was born our lives changed forever. His arrival alone was cataclysmic enough to make every day feel like a journey in its own right, filled with joy, tears and just occasionally some sleep. The adventure ahead was so huge that every milestone seemed far off. With a year before he would walk and […]

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BBC NEWS | World | Americas | US boy takes car in school dash

January 8th, 2009 · No Comments · bbc, education, news, parenting

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | US boy takes car in school dash I know it’s terrible that he was allowed to do this, but you have to take your hat off to him, if only for his burning desire to get to school!

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BBC NEWS | Education | Violence: Schools seek police aid

December 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · bbc, education, news

BBC NEWS | Education | Violence: Schools seek police aid Despite the positive spin given by some, it’ still not a happy state of affairs.

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