resulted in this:
Cheers Will. Made me chuckle and that’s always a good way to start the morning.
Everyone else, please, no more invites!
Did any of you hear John Humphrey’s interviewing Henia Bryer yesterday morning? It was an incredibly moving interview about her life, her survival of the Holocaust and how her, and her family that remained, managed to live their lives together afterwards. Although it was extremely bleak in places, it was also, as Humphrey’s said, a remarkable testimony to the human spirit.
Here is the link in case you missed it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21191939
With Holocaust day on Sunday, her documentary is being shown at 10.25pm on BBC1. Things like this should never be forgotten.
Apologies for the lack of content recently. I’ve been having some technical issues with the blog and these have only just been resolved. I’ve had to move the content across to this new hosting and, unfortunately, have lost some of the tags and categories. I’m hoping to get this sorted over the next week or so. Please bear with me.
Today marks the end of my work for this year. At around 4pm today, the phone gets switched off, emails will go unanswered and work towards publishing deadlines put on hold until the 3rd January. Thanks for your contributions to the blog over the year. I hope you have found it a useful and informative resource. I’ve enjoyed using it as a platform to explore ideas. I’ll look forward to more blogging in 2012 but, until then, can I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Key note speeches are like buses. You don’t do one for ages and then two come along together. That was the case for me last week, with two key notes speeches for two very different audiences.
Firstly, the Centre for Urban Education’s creativity conference at the Manchester Communications Academy. Here, I spoke on the intrinsic link between the teacher and curriculum development, with a specific focus on creativity within the metaphors of a renaissance curriculum and a centrifugal pedagogy. You can read my notes here.
Secondly, I spoke at the Play Learn Live conference organised by Musical Futures and Roland UK. Having to follow an all singing (but no dancing) David Price was interesting, particularly as I was asked to give a ‘rant’ about the current state of music education in the UK. I’m not sure if it was a rant as such, more of an exploration of the impact of current Government policy which is resulting, in my opinion, in the privatisation of music education. Again, you can read my notes here.
Here’s Alfie, the latest addition to our household …
Alfie is a Newfoundland, so is going to become one *big* dog. But he has a superb temperament and is getting on fine with all and sundry. Fortunately, at the moment, he also does a lot of this (which is good):
Surrounded by animals here, but none of them do this:
We will miss Sir John Dankworth. There are going to be numerous tributes to his work over the following weeks. Here are two that I really enjoyed reading: Frank Griffith’s in the London Jazz; John Fordham in the Guardian. I remember a fantastic evening at the RNCM last summer when Sir John played with the RNCM big band. He played beautifully, told wonderful stories and coached/complimented/encouraged the other young musicians on the stage in such a humble and sensitive way.
Congratulations to Martin Fautley who has accepted the role of Director of the Centre for Research in Education and has also been conferred a Professorship at Birmingham City University. Martin and I have co-authored a couple of books and he is always a pleasure to work with. I’m delighted for you Martin. Many congratulations.
Writing at home today has its benefits. One has been trying to work accompanied by our new pet caique – Poppet! Needless to say, they are not conducive to work as they are far too entertaining and playful even at 3 1/2 months old (as Poppet is). Before anyone asks, they don’t talk a massive amount but they do pick up on loads of other stuff. Poppet does a great wolf whistle (who taught her that?) and we are working on the opening theme tune from the Simpsons.