Wednesday, August 10, 2011

It gets worse...

The first person facing the magistrates at Highbury this morning in connection with the rioting and looting earlier this week is 31 years old and works in a Primary School. That sets an example for the young, doesn't it?

Tuesday, August 09, 2011


I can't quite believe what is happening in our cities at the moment. I am not naive enough to believe that a 15-25 year old man growing up in a sink estate shouldn't feel aggrieved over some of the crap that he may have been dealt, but this isn't rioting aimed at changing a system that doesn't work. This is out and out lawlessness, destroying things for thrills and stealing items that other people work hard to save up for. At a supermarket in Salford that was being looted, whole families were allegedly turning up in cars looking to drive away with a hefty load. I could weep at the senselessness of it all. Why?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

It's June already?

Where is the year going to? Today is Fathers Day, the third Sunday in June. How did we get to be here? I've written my reports and just got back from the Year 6 residential trip (tired but it went very well!) but the end of the year is hurtling toward me at an alarming rate. I think it must be my age - I'm now loosing whole weeks...

Friday, April 15, 2011

In Memory of Sarah and Victoria

Some of you may have been reading me long enough to remember the post I wrote two years ago today. Others may know about my 365 Day Project, a photography project I'm doing through Flickr. For today's photo I had a very strong urge to incorporate a photograph of Sarah's grave into my shot. The problems with this idea are many. Photos of Sarah's grave are to be found on the web but using them would infringe copyright. To avoid this I would really need to take a photograph myself, which would mean visiting her grave. Sarah is buried in Allerton Cemetery, only a 45 minute journey from my house, and actually less than half an hour from where I was this afternoon. However, Allerton Cemetry is huge, easily the largest cemetery I have ever visited in the UK and I had no idea where the grave was. I phoned Liverpool Council and spoke to a very kind man who told me that the record office could tell me the plot number and which section it was in, but that the turn-around for this would be within 48 hours. It seemed like a doomed mission.

However, I decided to go anyway. Cemeteries are calming places that sooth my soul when I am as restless as I was today. I have passed it before but never been in. I drove up the main drive and parked my car near the central chapel, with absolutely no idea where to go. I spotted a grave under a tree festooned with Liverpool scarves, but it was for a serviceman killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009. I wondered around in a large circle for maybe 30 minutes and spotted an urban fox, trotting through the cemetery towards the woodland area but nothing else. As I circled back again towards the chapel, resigned to giving it all up as a bad job, I saw the soldier's grave again and then, across the grass saw a tree with much older scarves hanging from it.

Amazingly, I had parked my car less than one minute's walk away.

RIP Sarah, Victoria and the other 94.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Jolly Holidays

All the Education Authorities in Merseyside have signed up to a common term format starting from this year, in an attempt to standardise terms. No half term shall be less than six weeks and no week shall have less than three working days. This means October half term will always be the third week, February half term will always be the second week and the Two week holiday between the Spring and Summer terms will always be the first two weeks of April, regardless of when Easter is. This means this year, of course, the end of April is very bitty, with four Bank Holidays in the first three weeks of term, thanks to the Royal Wedding adding to the mix with Easter being so close to the May Bank Holiday. Meanwhile, Cheshire are sticking to the traditional two weeks around Easter, so my holidays are very quiet - I've not been off when schools are in like this since I became a teacher. It's peaceful, but rather strange and leaves April as a very messy set of short weeks... Ah well, some you win, some you lose...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Fond Farewell

I have just sniffed and gulped my way through the last ever episode of Lark Rise To Candleford. In true Lark Rise fashion, all loose ends have been tied up, but nevertheless I will miss it sorely. Being an Oxfordshire girl (albeit the other side of the county), one descended from Agricultural Labourers to boot, it resonated strongly.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a good might and I wish you all a Happy New Year. May 2011 treat you well. I'm off for a bracing walk along the beach shortly, but I give you with the funniest shot from last night - one of my sister-in-law's cats trying to get his food... Yes that is the picture rail above the door!