A table laid with mince pies and Christmas decorations.

The Worst Christmas Food You Ever Had

I have two horrid Christmas food stories, both at work: The Sprout Incident Imagine a Christmas lunch. What's the least relaxing place you can think of where you could hold one? Yep, surrounded by 400 kids. Oh, and it was cooked in a school kitchen. Dire, springs to mind. Now, I hate sprouts at the best of times, but even if I didn't… the following … Continue reading The Worst Christmas Food You Ever Had

We need a world of geniuses.

Sliced bread? The internet? Paper money? Televisions? Telephones? Teleprinters? Glasses? Candles? The wheel? Would inventing any one of those things make me a genius? How about passing all my GCSEs, A-Levels, a degree and a PhD? Nope. Well, I don't think so anyway. See, geniusness isn't about discovery. Nor is it about having a good memory, or a sudden flash of imagination. It's about intelligence. … Continue reading We need a world of geniuses.

A boy sits on the floor, alone.

‘If you leave your house, I’ll shoot you. I’ll kill you.’ #bullying

I’m walking across the school yard outside the science labs when this kid comes right up to my face. He has one hand in his bag. I must have looked like I was about to pass out with fear, because that’s how I felt. “I’ll be watching you this weekend. I know where you live. If you go out of your front door, I’ll be waiting for you with my gun, and I’ll shoot you. I’ll kill you. Got it?” I believed him. Continue reading ‘If you leave your house, I’ll shoot you. I’ll kill you.’ #bullying

Manchester: peaceful, defiant, a united city.

Today, I was in Manchester. So much of what I saw this afternoon was ordinary people, living their ordinary lives. I hope I’ve captured just a little that quintessentially British mood of  ‘keep calm and carry on’. Yet at the same time, so much was strange and seemed horribly out of place. The armed police; the touching tributes; the quiet, respectful mood in St Anne’s … Continue reading Manchester: peaceful, defiant, a united city.