Category Archives: Family

My Father

My father died yesterday. A peaceful end to a long and eventful journey. I am overwhelmingly sad, tempered by a gratitude for what he gave us, and how we were able to be together at the end. Writing about it … Continue reading

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Dad knows best: informal learning across the generations

I’m heading to London on the 08.59 train. I like this one, it misses the commuter rush but still gets you there fast. It’s usually half empty, so finding a set and table to write at is easy too. Today, … Continue reading

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Martha Payne: The freedom to speak – exploring the challenges as social media invade formal spaces

Martha Payne is nine years old. She’s an active blogger who has gained a great deal of publicity and fame by posting everyday about her school dinners. For those of you who hail from overseas, i should mention that school … Continue reading

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Heading North: the joy of scrabble.

Scrabble is a strangely antisocial game. As the three of us sat playing, there was no conversation (except ‘is “jo” a word?), but rather intense concentration. Everyone focused on the board in the middle and their rack of tiles. Last … Continue reading

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