Nari looked down at the splashback on his beige chinos and wondered how long it would take for the droplets to dry off. He shook his hands limply and another few drops materialised on his thighs. He sighed. No paper towels again. His phone buzzed in his pocket. A fly buzzed too close past his […]

Hello, Before the summer, a colleague surprised me with a gift copy of ‘In the Woods’ by John Yorke, an academic exploitation of stories, narrative, and the intrinsic human motivation behind narrative structure. A cursory glance soon turned into a full-blown highlight fest, and many an excited conversation as I regaled friends and family with […]

Twitter can be a serious distraction. I use it almost daily, largely to procrastinate but sometimes to explore new ideas and make useful connections (like #hiphoped, for example). Recently, I found myself retweeting a few tweets from an account I follow called @TopFilmTip. Essentially, @TopFilmTip provides excellent, pithy, entertaining micro-reviews of a range of films […]

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The threads and fibres that connect us. (Click here to read part I)   The Magic of Modern Sweatshop Slavery (part II) Obroni wawu – ‘dead white man’s clothes’   Our rumpelstilted second skins, Consigned to waste in bags and skip, Will undergo a second phase Of transformation, on the ships That cargo from our […]

If in doubt, always ask the kids. We’re approaching the end of the summer term, which means schemes of work drifting to an end and whole-school events interrupting a few more lessons than usual. With new challenges ahead, I’ve decided to focus largely on reflection and review – working out what happened this year and […]

Violence Burn the history books. Gouge the eyes Of your children: Don’t disguise. Your worthless values In roc-a-bye rhythms. Don’t decide: There is no given. Leave them blind. What you see Is what you saw: Leave them be. And if you can’t provide That pitch of darkness, Then slit their throats: To start the silence. […]

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