Will GCSE and A Level results 2020 mean anything?
Aug11

Will GCSE and A Level results 2020 mean anything?

In just a few days, hundreds of thousands of students will get their A Level results. A week later, around 700,000 young people, including my own younger son, will get their GCSE results. But, unless you’ve been living under a rock since March, you will know that not a single one of those students actually sat an exam. Results will be based on teacher assessments, including mocks and overall performance during the year. They...

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Silent Sunday 9.8.20
Aug09

Silent Sunday 9.8.20

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The Things We Left Unsaid by Emma Kennedy
Aug07

The Things We Left Unsaid by Emma Kennedy

The Things We Left Unsaid by Emma Kennedy was the last book I picked up in a lockdown panic book buying trip to Sainsbury’s. I can live without new clothes and shoes and various things around the house. I can’t live without books. (I also picked up My Brilliant Friend and The Two Lives of Lydia Bird.) I’d read a book by Emma Kennedy before – Shoes for Anthony – which I’d really enjoyed, so I felt I...

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Acne, Roaccutane and skin worries
Aug05

Acne, Roaccutane and skin worries

My acne has been going downhill since around the time lockdown started. It may have even been just before. To cut a really long story short, I’ve had moderate to severe acne since I was 12 and I’m 46 now. I’d used various treatments on prescription over the years, but I never had clear skin. When I was 40, I finally took the plunge and went on Roaccutane, the strongest acne drug there is. I had a really terrible...

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Really missing parkrun
Aug03

Really missing parkrun

The last parkrun before lockdown took place on 14th March. And we still don’t know when the next one will be. I’ve missed it all along, but somehow I’m missing it more than ever now. Right from the start, we’ve done our family non-parkruns, which became official (not)parkrun a few weeks ago. Doing that little run around the streets near home is one of the absolute highlights of my week. And it breaks up the...

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