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Published: Jul 13 , 2018
Author: Sam Macbeth

“At least there aren’t so many flags this time” – said my, slightly surly, Scottish colleague. He was referring to the number of St George’s flags flying from car windows on our way to an English course venue – it is, of course, World Cup time. I tried explaining that in years gone by with the various ‘Golden Generations’ the English media had been very adept at whipping up an optimistic frenzy based on us beating sides that were either very unlucky, argued incessantly between themselves (on and off the pitch) or were the lowest of the low in terms of their rankings. Once the England team had lost, this would normally be followed by the inevitable media witch hunt. This has been my experience for the past, nearly 50 years.

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Published: Jun 19 , 2018
Author: Alan Smith

We are right in the middle of A Levels, probably the most stressful time in the lives of our youngsters in my humble opinion. These are the big ones. The ones that set up your future in many ways as they help put you on a trajectory of job choices and university courses that may decide to some extent the rest of your life. Let’s not get into a debate about how qualified an 18-year-old is to make such choices, as Oscar Wilde said, I wish I was young enough to know it all! I say all this with some trepidation as frankly...

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Published: Jun 07 , 2018
Author: Stephen White

Some years ago, I inherited from an elderly uncle a scruffy handwritten family tree of my father’s forebears. Intrigued and interested I did some research and expanded it, including my mother’s family, and then my wife’s family. When the technology became available I used a web-based programme to put it online and make it accessible to others. As a result, distant relatives I didn’t know existed contacted me and the tree grew even taller and wider. Genealogy had turned into one of my hobbies. In this endeavour...

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“At least there aren’t so many flags this time” – said my, slightly surly, Scottish colleague. He was referring to the number of St George’s flags flying from car windows on our way to an English course venue – it is, of course, World Cup time. I tried explaining that in years gone by with the various ‘Golden Generations’ the English media had been very adept at whipping up an optimistic frenzy based on us beating sides that were either very unlucky, argued incessantly between themselves (on and off the pitch) or were the lowest of the low in terms of their rankings. Once the England team had lost, this would normally be followed by the inevitable media witch hunt. This has been my experience for the past, nearly 50 years.

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