• Look At Life: Growing Old (Dis)Gracefully 16 Jun 17

    If you believe the mainstream media, I should be feeling invisible. I’m on the verge of middle-age – I’ve begun the slow, inevitable decline into worthlessness and irrelevance. I’m... Read More

  • Look At Life: Food Excess 2 Jun 17

    Once upon a time, a sandwich was just a sandwich. Two rounds of bread and a layer of something basic: cheese, or ham, or egg. Choose a sandwich for lunch in a café or a pub and that’s all you... Read More

  • Look at Life: Too Many Books 19 May 17

    ‘Twenty five million books missing from UK libraries’, screamed (or should that be ‘whispered’) a newspaper headline a couple of months back. Er… I think a few of them may be in my home. Not... Read More

  • I Think, Therefore I Learn 5 May 17

    What’s philosophy?, I ask my twelve year old. Is it, um, fairy tales? he replies. Philosophy, it seems, isn’t relevant to young people. It evokes images of old men with beards, possibly... Read More

  • Look at Life: Adult Colouring Books 5 May 17

    RELAXING, I find, is very hard work. I envy the people who can just switch off, empty their heads of everyday worries and chill out. Even as a child I struggled to settle my restless mind. If I... Read More

  • Paw-trait of an Education 21 Apr 17

    When children arrive at Mandeville Primary School, St Albans, every morning, they’re greeted not only by their teachers, but also by another very special member of the school team. This individual... Read More

  • Look at Life: A Whiter Shade of Pale 21 Apr 17

    I’d been thinking about it for a while. That skunk-like stripe that kept stubbornly reappearing on my head was starting to intrigue me. It was so white… and I was curious to know how I’d look if... Read More

  • The Fourth Pillar 7 Apr 17

    A generation has grown up with the internet, and the way that they connect with friends and with the wider world is at best perplexing, and at worst unfathomable, to older members of society. Every... Read More

  • Look At Life: Handwriting 7 Apr 17

    ‘My pencil is my friend. Our letters curl and bend, and when ideas refuse to come, I chew the other end.’ So says celebrated children’s author, Julia Donaldson. And few would argue with the... Read More

  • Top Ten Tips for Teens 24 Mar 17

    1. GET PLANNING Before you do anything, sit down and work out a realistic revision timetable, with plenty of breaks and time for social stuff too. One way you can do this is divide however long you... Read More

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