Can We Be More United?

26. July 2016 Politics 0
It turns out that while I was sleeping a new political movement was formed. Not a political party (we really don’t need more tribalism in the mess we laughingly call British politics) but a kind of non-partisan grouping of like-minded individuals, some of them politicians but most of them not. It’s called ‘More United‘ and was ...

Talking to Teachers.

Last Saturday I spoke to teachers about learning and emotion at a ResearchED event in York. I’m always amazed at how motivated teachers are, having given up their Saturday to attend an event about education and research. Last year I spoke at a number of similar events taking place across the country, all held on ...

The Referendum: Some Thoughts

28. June 2016 Politics 0
It’s becoming clear that the decision to leave the EU wasn’t really about the EU at all. And, while some are accusing Leave voters of being racist, I don’t believe it was about race either. It’s heartbreaking to hear about the growing racial tension and abuses on the streets of the UK but these appear ...

Facial Hair and Wonky Faces

24. May 2016 Bit Random 0
Over the past few months I’ve been experimenting with facial hair. Since my late teens I’ve rarely been clean shaven and in the 80’s I attempted to grow a moustache. I ended up looking like a member of Shalamar but it helped me to get into pubs without ID. My dad always had either a beard ...

Can I Make a Living as a Freelance Writer?

25. January 2016 Writing 0
I’ve been asking Google this question for over a year now and the responses have certainly been mixed. I get the impression that many freelance writers have several income streams, some of which don’t involve writing, so it’s certainly worth looking at other opportunities like Blogging and running courses. In January 2016 I decided to ...

Teenagers: Moody, lazy and pretty amazing.

06. December 2015 Parenting, Psychology 0
I’ve been teaching teenagers for over a decade. Sure, they can be moody, unpredictable and even aggressive at times and they certainly drive you mad. That said they’re still pretty amazing. I know you’ll probably take some convincing of this, after all they sleep in until noon, stay up playing computer games into the wee ...