Monthly Archives: October 2014

The day I kissed a dead man

Somewhere in the depths of a Parisian cemetery there is a tombstone with my lipstick on it. In fact my lips weren’t the only ones to touch it. It is smothered in red from people all over the world who wanted to kiss a dead man. When I found Oscar Wilde’s resting place on that […]

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The F word: Why friendship can be the best relationship you ever have

Every single year on the fourteenth of February I receive a love note. Yes, even the years when I have been more single than a McCain’s-meal-for-one I have received a Valentine on Valentine’s Day. They began as cards, then letters, then they morphed into emails, texts and Facebook messages. But every single year they come, […]

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Three reasons every teacher should become a student

Teachers spend a lot of time telling other people what to do. They organise, instruct, facilitate, demand, cajole and convince. There is a lot of… Students stand up. Sit down. Open your books. Look this way. Listen. Follow me. Do your homework. I said sit down. Yes, there is a lot of that. And most […]

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Memoir Monday: A Poem

This week’s Memoir Monday is a little different. It’s not a diary entry or snippet of reflection. It is, instead, a poem. Occasionally, for some reason unbeknownst to me, a poem finds me. I very, very seldom write them but I found this rather miserable treasure deep in my electronic files this morning and thought […]

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