Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye. At 14.00 on this the 26th day of August in the year of our Lord 2020, I finished first draft of Dan III, hereinafter to be known as Dr Dan Moves On. Which means this is going to be a two-book year! Who’da thought. This evening I’ll mark the…

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In an attempt to make up for lost classroom time, there is talk in the UK of dropping the poetry element of English Literature in next year’s GCSE exams. Who knows, trigonometry may be next for the chop. The school curriculum has no shortage of subjects that can seem pointless to a 14 year old.…

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I have had many places of employment. Shops, cafes, offices. I once did a stint in a factory canteen, ladling out chips with everything. Like most students in the Sixties, I worked for the postal service during the Christmas rush, though I was deemed too small to carry a bag of mail and got a…

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