Is it me or do schools close much more frequently than in our day?

What is it with modern teachers?

Nowhere near as robust as they were in my day!

Overnight, we had an inch of snow – very picturesque – but guess what – the Head teacher decided that for reasons known to herself, the school should close – WHY?

Is it Health and Safety gone mad?

Is it down to our need to drop our little pride and joy’s right outside of the school gates, rather than park a little away where the roads are clear and (drum roll please) walk from the car to the school gate!

It would be very interesting to study the effects on the economy of these decisions.  Often it appears at the will of the Head Teacher. Lost productivity will run into hundreds of millions of pounds, not great when we are teetering of the edge of a double (or is it triple) dip recession.

What’s the answer? I say, let’s hold the Head Teachers to account and invoke the Dunkirk (Oh god I’m showing my age) spirit. Let’s teach the kids that it’s fun to walk to school in the snow, Let’s stop this mamby pamby state that we are creating and get some back bone into society.

It’s 21:50 now and I’m trying to work out whether we will have a repeat of today tomorrow – god I hope not!

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New Leadership is Required – again!

“There are a few fertile fields in which there has been a decline of leadership, and in which the new type of leader may find an abundance of opportunity.

First – In the field of politics, there is a most insistent demand for new leaders; a demand which indicates nothing less than an emergency. The majority of politicians have, seemingly, become high-grade legalised racketeers. They have increased taxes and debauched the machinery of industry and business until the people can no longer stand the burden.

Second – the Banking business is undergoing a reform. The leaders in this field have almost entirely lost the confidence of the public. Already the bankers have sensed the need of reform, and they have begun it.

Third – Industry calls for new leaders. The old type of leaders thoughts and moved in terms of dividends instead of thinking an moving in terms of human equations! The future leader in industry, to endure, must regard himself as a quasi-public official whose duty it is to manage his trust in such as a way that it will work hardship on no individual, or group of individuals. Exploitation of working men is a thing of the past. Let that man who aspires to leadership in the field of business, industry and labour remembers this.

Fourth – The religious leader of the future will be forced to give more attention to the temporal needs of his followers, in the solution of their economic and personal problems of the present, and less attention to the dead past and the yet unborn future.

Fifth – In the professions of law, medicine, and education, a new brand of leadership, and to some extent, new leaders will become a necessity. This is especially true in the field of education. The leader is that field must, in the future, find ways and means of teaching people how to apply the knowledge they receive in school. He must deal more with practice and less with theory.

Sixth – New leaders will be required in the field of Journalism. Newspapers of the future, to be conducted successfully, must be divorced from ‘special privilege’ and relieved from the subsidy of advertising. They must cease to be organs of propaganda for the interests which patronise their advertising columns. The type of newspaper which publishes scandal and lewd pictures will eventually go the way of all forces which debauch the human mind.

These are but a few of the fields in which opportunity for new leaders and a new brand of leadership are now available”

So, what do you think – do you agree that everything that I’ve printed above is an accurate reflection of the state of the Britain and the world in 2012?

Your comments are most welcome.

One thing that I should point out though is everything that I have written above is take from the book – “Think and Grow Rich”, written by Napoleon Hill and published in 1937!

Isn’t it amazing that history repeats itself time and time again!

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Just who is Robbie Burns???

Just off to a Burns Supper – an annual feast that all true born Scots love and crave for.

So, as a born and bred Englishman, why is it that everywhere I look, Burns Suppers are happening. Is it a case of the Scots slowly but surely taking over our green and pleasant land? Is it a case of the English, not having anything similar to celebrate, have to make do with celebrating other nation’s successes?

Am I really bothered? No, not really. As long as we can all have a really great time and chill out from all of the ‘depressing news’ of late, then I’m certainly happy to become a ‘wee lad’ for the night!

I should point out here and now that I have lived in Scotland for over 8 years of my life so I do share some history here – I even have two Scottish born children. However, being the philistine ‘sassenach’ I also need to point out that a know little or nothing about the infamous Bard!Robbie Burns

The least that I could do is to find out a little about the background and history. The research was easy – key in Robbie Burns into Google and you get back 425,000 links. One of the best that I found was www.rabbie-burns.com, where I found that the man was;

– born in Ayrshire in1759

– he was the eldest of 7

– he penned his first ode at 15 – ‘My Handsome Nell’

– he had over 400 songs and poems published

– he had many liaisons with women resulting in many illegitimate children

– he died at the age of 37 of heart disease

On the anniversary of his birth, Scots both at home and abroad ( and as we know, many English also) celebrate Robert Burns with a supper, where they address the haggis, the ladies and whiskey.

A celebration that would undoubtedly make him proud!