Advice · Home life · Learning

Things you should know before you go to secondary school

The school holidays are upon us. My 11-year-old daughter has finished primary school, something that has been anticipated in various posts throughout the academic year, like this one about her most recent sports day. In September she starts at secondary school (senior school, or High School if you prefer). The last three terms have mainly… Continue reading Things you should know before you go to secondary school

Trivia · Word of the week

Word of the week: monotreme

Here’s another Word of the Week prompted by TV quiz shows, like earlier examples capercaillie, quotidian and Cadillac. Those last two words were on recent episodes of “The 100k Drop”, and so was “monotreme”, in the following question: “In biology which of these words refers to egg-laying mammals?” Options: Monotreme / Cetacean / Marsupial The… Continue reading Word of the week: monotreme

Memories · Notes from West London

Lyons, Wimpy, Burger King, Carluccio’s, Empty

If you live for long enough in the same village, town or city you will see many businesses come and go: shops, restaurants, bars, petrol stations. Having spent most of my life in the same part of West London I can trace the history of some of these multiple local changes without difficulty. Other places… Continue reading Lyons, Wimpy, Burger King, Carluccio’s, Empty