Archive for July 2013

The North End of the Possible by Andrew Philip: review

The North End of the Possible by Andrew Philip: review

Linlithgow-based poet, Andrew Philip, was much praised for his first collection, ‘The Ambulance Box’.  His second collection, ‘The North End of the Possible’, (Salt, £12.99 RRP) is a powerful volume of verse which subtly shakes any residual complacency from the reader. 

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Criminality or high jinks?

Criminality or high jinks?

There is a fear in society that without constant vigilance and punitive responses to all misdemeanours, anarchy will triumph. It is an obsession of the conservative and the under-confident.  The recent teachers’ union conference motion, condemning “the criminal behaviour of a minority of pupils on the final […]

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The Scottish slave masters

The Scottish slave masters

The Scottish slave-masters We never know who will appear in our genealogical research.  In researching my own family I unearthed two relations whose involvement in the West Indies slave system made me reflect profoundly on this Scottish connection. James McKill, a moderately prosperous tailor in late 18th […]

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Schools, sex and religion

Schools, sex and religion

A Freedom of Information request from Paul Braterman, a leading Scottish secularist and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, to the Headteacher at St Andrew’s Academy in Paisley raises serious issues on sex education in Scotland.   Pamela Stenzel, an American evangelical Christian and sex campaigner, visited […]

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Eve’s timely reminder

One of the joys of teaching is the capacity to learn from the learners. 

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