• Reading Kids Like a Book 19 Jul 19

    One of an author’s key aims should be to encourage reading for pleasure. And there’s no audience – for my money at least – more important to try to get reading books than the young. I set... Read More

  • Look at Life: Is Family Stereotypes 19 Jul 19

    At a time when TV channels are being urged to produce programmes that better reflect the society in which we live, why are so many unable to accept that there doesn’t need to be a baby in order... Read More

  • New Beginnings 5 Jul 19

    Having grown used to ruling the roost in their current education setting, 11-year-olds across the country are facing up to being the littlest in the school, once again, when they move on to... Read More

  • Look at Life: Festivals 5 Jul 19

    Festival season is in full swing – and people are divided equally between fascination and indifference. Some, like me, were glued to the extensive BBC coverage of Glastonbury, while others... Read More

  • Climbing Trees, Not Walls 21 Jun 19

    ‘More children can identify a Dalek than an owl’; ‘more children are now admitted to British hospitals for injuries incurred falling out of bed than falling out of trees’ and ‘the distance... Read More

  • Look at Life: Houseplants 21 Jun 19

    I don’t like spiders and snakes. But I do like spider and snake plants. And so, it seems, do many others now. Sales of houseplants are increasing like a rampant vine, according to the Garden... Read More

  • Look at Life: Funerals 7 Jun 19

    After the deaths of my parents, I received many messages of condolence, but the one piece of advice for which I will always be grateful is this: there are no rights or wrongs in bereavement; when it... Read More

  • A Mature Approach 17 May 19

    Never did I imagine that a pen and paper could have such impact – but reaching for these items drew positive gasps of astonishment from fellow students on my recent Diploma Course at Oaklands... Read More

  • Look at Life: To Do Lists 3 May 19

    “We like lists because we don’t want to die,” claimed 20th century writer and philosopher Umberto Eco, a trifle dramatically. He believed they were a way for humanity to ‘make infinity... Read More

  • Testing Times 19 Apr 19

    A hamster. That was what my son turned into during his A Levels. A hamster, with earphones and constantly bulging cheeks – filled with everything except the wholesome snacks and... Read More

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