Why taking kids out of school is terrible (unless I do it) Part 2 – Or why Trump should have been taken to Rome more when he was a kid.

Okay, so whilst I can't say that our city break was a cultural tour de force that precisely justifies the decision to take our eldest out of school for a few days - I can say that I think it benefited everyone. I spoke before about how travel can broaden one's horizons and counter-intuitively shrink [...]

It’s the end of the world and I feel fine…

Exam season is well and truly in swing and up and down the country. Many of you will be nervously highlighting facts you'll instantaneously forget, trying to capture mnemonics in your brain, reciting Pythagorean theorems or struggling to recall quite what Ophelia ever saw in Hamlet in the first place. It is a nerve wracking [...]

Taking kids out of school is terrible (unless I do it).

As a committed and aggressively pro-Education hectorer I assayed a certain kind of moral superiority over those taking children out of school during term time.  Alas I too have now joined those shameful ranks and no more can I sneeringly judge those that do. In my slight defence mine was an error of timing not [...]

Scrapping tuition fees may not be the answer…

As the various parties jockey for position to paint themselves as the party of the people and increasingly ludicrous and often uncosted promises are wheeled out to entice the voter, Labour have announced a series of sweeping education funding reforms that would see the abolition of university fees alongside a series of cash injections from [...]

This is not what women chucked themselves under horses for.

It is often quoted that the 'only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing' which is why today's news is so disappointing. Not the usual depressing cavalcade of Trump based idiocy or the shocking revelation that North Korea aren't good guys, but rather that electoral registration amongst school leavers [...]

Top 5 tips for interview attire. Suit up! Or why quirky is not the new black.

“It is both delusional and stupid to think that clothes don’t really matter and we should all wear whatever we want. Most people don’t take clothing seriously enough, but whether we should or not, clothes do talk to us and we make decisions based on people’s appearances.” – G. Bruce Boyer When I was a [...]

What did the EU ever do for us?

The chickens are beginning to come home to roost. Although the blog is new, my feelings on the shifting political sands are well established. I always maintained that allowing a plebiscite that would engage the elderly, the bigoted and the racist and ignore the generation that would be most affected by the impact of that [...]

Money for old rope. Why CV writing services are the modern day flea circuses.

I'm sure there is a purpose for Nigel Farage, I've just never really been able to understand what it is. Similarly, the burgeoning cottage industry of CV writing companies must have some reason to exist but I'm really struggling with what that might be. It feels like a heady mix of the Emperor's new clothes [...]

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The Art of the Handshake.

Someone, let us call him Pontoon because of his oddly sized feet, has grown up isolated from the world, one day through a conveniently vague confluence of circumstances he somehow emerges into the real world. Indeed no less a place than the offices of Law, a large subtly named solicitors. Bob Law the owner, delighted [...]

Behave yourself, this is a place of work.

Gearing up for a pitching meeting is always a little like standing in the wings just before darting onto the stage with a flourish and announcing yourself with fluid iambic brilliance. You gird your loins, press your shirt and make yourself battle ready. Same as an interview, same as any meeting really. You want to [...]