News and Updates

  • How cold are you prepared to be next winter?

    Talk is cheap; wild rhetoric even cheaper.  Thus, talking green and making demands of other people are easy; it’s facing up to the implications of being green that’s hard.  We should all know this, and maybe we shall come to...

  • To be sold, a fine negro boy, ...

    JH Plumb quotes (p.159) the following advert from the Liverpool Chronicle (15 December 1768) in his England in the Eighteenth Century: a study of the development of English society (Pelican Books): “To be SOLD, A FINE NEGRO BOY, of about 4 feet...

  • Natural History GCSE consultation launch

    I attended the online launch of OCR’s consultation into creating a Natural History GCSE.  There were live inputs from Mary Colwell, whose idea it was, and from OCR's Jill Duffy and Tim Oates.   There was also a string of...

  • Would you listen to Shell on Climate?

    I see that the NAEE update recently drew attention to a Spectator podcast on the ethics and politics of carbon off-setting.  It had a contribution from Shell which clearly paid for the whole thing. Dear me; the Spectator and Shell!...

  • Teaching the Future: knowledge, concern and taking action

    I'm keeping an eye on what Teach the Future has been doing recently – making good use of the covid-19 crisis to re-organise itself by the look of it.  It's now got a core (or should that be cadre?) of...

  • Orderly pangrams

    Strictly speaking, a pangram  is a sentence that uses all the letters of the alphabet.  One I remember from learning to type is: "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog". This has the great virtue of making sense...

  • Skyways England

     Initially, I thought that this was an April Fool from the Department of Transport.  I mean, just who exactly thinks that skywriting adverts in a clear blue sky is a sign of social progress?  Is Chris Grayling back in charge?...

  • Recycling postcode Catch 22

    It's tough on the recycling front line.  Wiltshire Council, having now re-opened its household recycling centres, has a sensible policy of asking residents to go to them on specific days according to their postcodes.  For example, this week, I am...

  • Has George Monbiot discovered CP Snow?

    Re-discovered more like.  I cannot really believe that George Monbiot (Stowe, Brasenose, & The Guardian) hasn't read Snow's two cultures exploration of how deep divisions in England about culture (and what it is to be cultured) continue to scar education...

  • Walking into the CAP

    I had one of those interestingly wayward meeting last week (zooming, of course).  I say wayward only in the sense that I found myself talking about unexpected things.  The best sort of meetings. The conversation turned, unexpectedly and unwontedly, to...