Category Archives: Critique

A Future Full of Drones

Today I read about a new doll that will mimic breastfeeding and cry if it isn’t burped.  Do the manufacturers understand the three important stages of play? Do they appreciate that one of the vital components is imagination and they … Continue reading

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Say That Again?

The most bizarre story I came cross this week was the one of the woman impaling herself on her toilet roll holder.  I may have got that story slightly wrong, it may not have been a woman and it may have been … Continue reading

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Recommendation: Nation

I am not a Terry Pratchett fan.  I enjoyed Going Postal on tele but I just have never been able to get into his writing.  Just before Christmas I was encouraged by several students to try Nation: ‘It’s completely different, Miss’; ‘It’s … Continue reading

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re-Trash-ed

Trash by Andy Mulligan was the subject of my previous blog.  You will be pleased to hear that I have now read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was everything it promised to be.  Written for the children’s market … Continue reading

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Fragile Minds

As  most of you know, I work in a school library.  Now, aswell as having material to support the curriculum, we stock items that appeal and will broaden the pupil’s thinking.  We keep the Simpson’s books because they are visually appealing, quite informative, … Continue reading

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A digital rant

For years I (and all those around me) have been saying it is absolutely crazy that digital versions of hard ‘things’, be they books, films, soundtracks, prints…whatever, ought to be cheaper because the basic material and overhead costs are NON-EXISTANT!  iTunes then … Continue reading

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Great Inventions

BBC Radio 4 had a superb programme called the history of the World in 100 objects.  The book is out now and sits at No 1 on my Christmas list.  But there is one great invention that was missed off.  … Continue reading

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Blooming Minds

‘The Brain that Changes Itself’ by Norman Doidge investigates the  science of Neuroplasticity.  Now, most ‘regular’ everyday scientists would frown upon the whole idea of neuroplasticity – indeed they have done for hundreds of years, decried the power of positive … Continue reading

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+ve Discrimination

Lord Abersoch is considering proposals to impose a quote that would force companies to have up to 40% women directors: Sunday Times I have written about discrimination before.  Everyone discriminates and if you say you don’t then you’re a liar.  Quite often … Continue reading

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Protected

Happy Diwali and a very Happy New Year (Hindu) to everyone. Yesterday saw the culmination of a trial involving an Oxfordshire primary school teacher for sexual acts on minors.  When I say minors I do mean under 10 years old.  Now, … Continue reading

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