WE DIDN’T SIGN UP FOR THIS

WE DIDN’T SIGN UP FOR THIS

I pressed send and closed my laptop. It was nearly 1am. Everyone else had retired for the night. Whatever radio station that had been left on started to play ‘Heavy Is The Head’ by Stormzy and reader, I must confess, I burst into tears. It had been a long...
2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

Some time in the period between Christmas and New Year I was having a bit of banter with some of our locals and I airily proclaimed that 2019 would be our Best Year Ever. I’m not sure what made me so assured of this fact but, I decreed, the next 12 months would...
LIVE TO WORK OR WORK TO LIVE?

LIVE TO WORK OR WORK TO LIVE?

It was a Saturday afternoon as we squelched through the muddy fields surrounding a local National Trust house. Ears muffled, scarves wound round our throats, gloved hands shoved into pockets. Thick grey clouds blanketing the sky; the threat of yet more wintery...
HOW (NOT) TO BE A MANAGER

HOW (NOT) TO BE A MANAGER

Never have I ever tried to disappear into thin air as much as during P.E. lessons at school. I hated sports, for sure, or breaking into a sweat or becoming breathless, but I really disliked being picked for a team. Or not picked. Or the worst of all: being the one who...
A MARTYR TO WORK

A MARTYR TO WORK

I lied to a nine-year old girl. She’d told me she had two weeks off from school for the Easter Holidays. I gasped in fake horror. “Two weeks?” I shrieked. “That’s crazy! Guess how long I’ve got off for Easter…” “A...
PUBS ARE THE NEW SCHOOLS

PUBS ARE THE NEW SCHOOLS

It’s been a tense summer of coursework, deadlines, results and applications for many of our staff. Some have stepped up to college and realised that life only gets harder the older you are; others have disappeared off to uni to wreak havoc as the nights draw in; yet...