Saturday, 26 October 2013

Educating Yorkshire: A Tribute

Educating Yorkshire's Mr Barton

Mr Burton: you rock
An inspirational English teacher who shows he cares by systematic teasing which tames the hardest of pupils and motivates them to reach their full potential.

Mr Shear: you are awesome
With the unenviable task of raising achievement in Maths and rescue the ones struggling on the C/D borderline frontier. You win some and you lose some but you leave all the students with the self confidence and belief that they have the ability to achieve and aim high.

And that just leaves a few words for this teaching guru:

Headteacher, Mr Mitchell: you are the best
You nearly had me in tears many times at your humanity and love for the students who you cared for and disciplined with, tough love at times, but the support and consistency they so desperately needed.

And finally the real stars: may you leave Thornhill, as "decent human beings" (Mr Mitchell quote) who will fulfill your full potential in every way...
Tough job: Headteacher Johnny Mitchell stars in Educating Yorkshire along with some of his charges

Thursday, 24 October 2013

The Story of Ian and Larissa

This is a beautiful and very poignant story of a couple who are truly loving each other in sickness and in health. Have a box of tissues nearby...

video clip

update, one year on

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

PMA Result

Worked a treat.....on the whole!

Living With The Uncertain

Another situation came into my life, left from centre, completely unanticipated.

My reaction to it made me think about my craving for certainty and getting everything all boxed up and sorted out...yesterday! I am learning that there are a lot of things which you have to leave unresolved at this point and you are often left with very little you can do to change them at this point. But as things unfold often the things you most dreaded don't happen and there can be some pleasant surprises too...

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Getting Into The Zone

Just so aware that the thing which can change so many situations which are difficult or challenging for me is me and what is going on inside me. And the only thing which can truly change me is God's grace. He knows how much I fail and mess up and made every provision for that when he sent Jesus to die for my sin.

So, in those situations where your patience is tested to the limit and where you feel that, humanly speaking, you just can't be the sort of person you ought to be....well, that's where God's grace can do the impossible.

PMA Implemented

Been a really good few days off living life in the slow lane.Or should I say the coffee shop lane? Haven't achieved very much at all but then that's the best sort of holiday really. Batteries recharged ready to go back a perkier, brighter and generally more upbeat colleague.

Well that's the plan.....

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Cabin Fever

Today could have been worse and been good to be able to recuperate even if been a bit tedious. But hoping can do a bit more tomorrow and access at least one coffee shop. One of the building blocks of a good holiday...


Part of being an adult is deciding the best course of action all by yourself in a given situation. Sure you can seek the counsel of wise friends but, in the end, the decision is yours to make. And the consequences are yours to live with, for good or bad.

Blog Readers

Thank you for reading. Can't tell you how much it thrills me when somebody tells me they've read my blog even if just now and again. Every blogger needs readers otherwise they're blog-less! 

One Day

You never know quite what is going to happen between the moment you wake up and the time you (finally!) drift off to sleep. But, if you're a Christian you can be confident that each moment of the day is known to the Lord and all the details of your life are safe in his hands. When perplexed or just downright confused you can safely take these things to him and know that he'll work out every detail just as it's meant to be.


What a Friend We Have In Jesus - Mary Mary