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I think I should have realised years ago that turkeys are wild animals in the USA. Unlike here in the UK, they don’t  just live in a Bernard Matthews enclave, spending the whole year dreaming of Christmas. The first hint that I got about this alternative turkey lifestyle was on a trip to the supermarket. In a modest branch of Walmart (only twice the size of my local Asda) I found myself in the hunting section. The “entry level” hunting aisle was dedicated to turkey shooting. Clearly turkey shooting is a mild hunting activity. Only extreme sportsmen go in for…

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While watching the news last week my teenage daughter made a comment about Donald Trump having his finger on the nuclear button. It hit me that if this was on her mind then she must be feeling quite pre-occupied with the state of the world and she’s picked up on the thread of fear running through the news commentary.   Teaching each next generation When I was 12 we had a year-long topic in humanities about the nuclear holocaust. We learned about how people suffer and die in a nuclear blast, about radiation poisoning, about nuclear bunkers, the four-minute warning…

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  This Friday 20th January is the inauguration of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. Unlike his predecessors he did not give any press conferences for at least six months last year and instead communicated using Twitter. It doesn’t look like he’s going to stop tweeting any time soon. As a social media platform, Twitter is vast but it has essentially stopped growing. There has been talk of it being up for sale, and even talk of the end coming and closure. Advertising revenues were low, new users were few. Donald Trump has given it such…

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Several years ago my talented friend Karen the photographer invited me to join Pinterest. You used to have to have an invitation, way back then. I quickly became hooked on this visual social media platform with a link in every image to some fascinating fact or blog or website. I enjoyed curating my thoughts and bookmarks by pinning them to virtual pin-boards. Then I discovered that other people liked to follow me. It’s a bit addictive, like Candy Crush. A few months ago Pinterest changed their algorithm, their categorisations and their popularity index (repins). It’s not much fun anymore; people…

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People have got very irate about primary SATS this year. All the arguing has created a kind of “fog of war”. I’d like to give you some facts. Primary children take SATS tests in year 2 and year 6. There’s been some serious protest and argument about the year 2 SATS and this has rather taken the attention away from the mixed bag that is the 2016 year 6 SATS. I have a child in year 6 who is about to sit 4 days of SATS tests next week. Keeping Calm at SATS Time I do not think testing is…

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