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More Starting School

As my Facebook and Twitter timelines are currently swamped with people posting about their kids starting school, I am throwing in a post of my own on the subject. I’ve already written about my own times starting school (here). I … Continue reading

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31 May 1982

Mon May 3XXXI V. Foggy this morn. School boring. I don’t remember having a lot of fog in Auckland. As I have alluded to before, every day was, in my memory, dry and sunny. I guess that is a good … Continue reading

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8 January 1982

Friday Jan VIII Went to Lancing. Train Very Late Departing and Very Crowded, ‘though most people got out at E. Croydon. Train Brighton-Lancing Not So Crowded. Thick Snow Last Night. Mr Fords Funeral. Day II Skiving Off School! There you … Continue reading

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France – Part Deux

This is a little bit of a different post, because I don’t recall the school trip to France that I began the story of on Wednesday with so much clarity that each incident will make for a post in its … Continue reading

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A Limp End to the School Day

Believe it or not, from the age of about 6 I used to walk home from school by myself. Nowadays the child care gestapo who haunt every county hall would probably have whisked me into care as soon as my … Continue reading

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Girls’ Games Are Dangerous

When I was growing up, school sports were run on very clear gender lines. Boys played football (that’s ‘soccer’, for any Americans tuning in) and rugby during the winter and cricket in the summer. Girls played hockey and netball during … Continue reading

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The Sad Story of Simon

Every school has a Simon. The sort of kid who doesn’t quite fit in, who seems to be in a permanent daze and whose conversation appears to be completely at a tangent to whatever anyone else is talking about. Simon … Continue reading

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Naming the Namers of Names

I’ve always been fascinated by names. I don’t really know why, though I suspect it comes from a combination of having an distinctly Celtic surname that most people cannot spell (including some members of my own family) and being one … Continue reading

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What I Hated About Birthdays

I’ll be completely open and honest about this. Today’s memory is late because yesterday was my birthday and I was too busy enjoying myself to write anything. This wasn’t always the case, of course. For a chunk of my childhood … Continue reading

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Back to School

I was never the sort of child who dreaded the end of the summer holidays. I don’t know why, because school was certainly never my favourite place to be. I think I regarded it as being just another thing that … Continue reading

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