A bit of housekeeping

Firstly, my apologies to anyone who tried to use this site in the last couple of weeks and found it difficult to navigate. An automatic update left me with no menu, no header and various other problems. Since I’ve been a bit busy and haven’t looked at the site, I didn’t notice that there was […]

Rebooting my language learning with Duolingo

What happened when I went on holiday to France for the first time in about 3 years? Obviously I had a very nice time visiting interesting places, enjoying the local cafes and generally relaxing – but I’ll tell you more about that over the next few days. I also discovered that I had forgotten a […]

Thought for the week

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

attributed to Seneca (via Lifehacker)

How true. I’m hoping that my hard-working Y11 students make their own luck when they take their GCSE Mathematics exams this week.


I had forgotten that I had written this post. Given what happened since […]

Wirksworth Festival-Part Two

Where was I? Some visitors turned up, so I’ve been a bit busy with other  things 😉

Anyway, here’s a few more bits and pieces from Wirksworth:

We went to see Niall Young, who was dotting away on Rainbow Warrior – I forgot to take a photo, but came away with a very nice print. […]

Wirksworth Festival–Part One

The Art & Architecture Trail is easily the highlight of the Wirksworth Festival, with a wide variety of buildings becoming galleries for the day and playing host to an amazing number of artists. We spent most of Sunday visiting churches, gardens, the library, tiny cottages, large houses, schools, shops and even the railway station. The […]

My thought for the week

Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.

Mason Cooley (via Lifehacker)

I’m very aware of just how fortunate I am to get such a long break over the summer. As usual, I started the holiday with a list of things to do that would take months to complete, so I set some […]

Thought for the day

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

Theodore Roosevelt (via Lifehacker)

Book review: n Mathematical Quotations (where n ~ 100) by Colin Beveridge

I like maths. I like quotations. Obviously this book appealed to me.

I was expecting a standard book of quotations, but was pleased to discover that this wasn’t quite what I had anticipated.

There are, as the title suggests, around 100 mathematical quotations from people as diverse as the hoopy frood Douglas Adams, Nobel […]

Dancing with Death

Picture the scene: a real ale pub on the night that a convention/festival of morris dancers was in town. Those of us who thought we had the night off had received frantic phone calls and emergency taxis to get us to work. It was quite busy. Actually, it was insane, but in a cheerily joyous […]

Economics, as I understand it

I never studied economics at school, so I sometimes feel a little bemused by the workings and terminology used. I have noticed a few things though:

When the price of oil goes up, the price of petrol goes up.

When the price of oil comes down, the price of petrol goes up.

When tax goes […]