Monthly Archives: March 2014

Consensus or conviction

Arguably the greatest Russian composer of the 20th century, Dimitri Shostakovitch, was once asked which of his musical compositions he loved the most. His reply was that he loved all of the music he composed – otherwise he would not … Continue reading

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Out of order

It is common knowledge that many of those who occupy important positions in the present British government, including a substantial number who are currently engaged in determining the Conservative Party’s manifesto for the next national election, are male and former … Continue reading

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More than words

During my sixteen years as a secondary school teacher, it was the accepted dictum that if you got an education then you got a job. This was especially the case if you were a university graduate. This was a powerful … Continue reading

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This sporting life

The news has just come through that the “visually-impaired skier Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans earned Great Britain their first ever gold medal at the Winter Paralympics.”  This news was accompanied by the further announcement that “the gold was … Continue reading

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