Greeting the Spring: Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival

A few years ago when we lived in Huddersfield, the Husband and I used to go to the annual Imbolc Fire Festival in Marsden, a small town south west of Huddersfield, on the edge of the moors.  We haven't been for a long time but it was taking place this last weekend, so we decided to take … Continue reading Greeting the Spring: Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival

The importance of being cute

Am I the only person who hates Facebook's "You have Memories to look back on" feature? For starters, it makes that little red notification appear, getting me all excited thinking that maybe someone's commented on my blog or a long lost friend has got in touch - only to discover that it's just Facebook rehashing old … Continue reading The importance of being cute

On the Arts and Humanities

Couldn’t agree more with this post, so I’m re-blogging it on my own site.  Lit.Gaz is one of my favourite blogs to follow – a great source of information about books and literature!


I hope that this post doesn’t turn into too much of a rant – I’d like to remain calm, but every so often the morons who are charged with education policy in this country enrage me, and recent remarks on the supposed superiority of mathematical and scientific education, and deprecation of the arts and humanities, has made me see red again.

Basically, education, and particularly higher education, is supposed now to be seen only in terms of enhancing the future, immediate employability of students, and, of course, everyone wants to employ mathematicians and scientists and nobody needs those useless arts and humanities graduates, for what can they really, actually DO?

It’s become increasingly evident over the last generation that HE is now basically big business, not only for universities who now have to compete in the holy marketplace, but also for the spivs and chancers who can now get richer…

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Wuthering Heights again – Does Anyone Read Joseph’s speeches?

This post has been amended to include the little dots on top of the last letter of Emily Brontë's surname - thanks to Erin of Bubbles and Beebots for telling me how to do this! I've been thinking a lot about Wuthering Heights and English Literature generally in the last few days.  11YO has dipped into … Continue reading Wuthering Heights again – Does Anyone Read Joseph’s speeches?