The Virus

You shouldn’t feel enthusiastic about anything because it is meaningless; it simply reveals your basic human egotistical function. You should not write with words because they do not represent communication of any true form. Communication is a myth. You should not attempt to communicate yourself at all for it is against laws that do not […]

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The ‘shouting down’ brigade.

  Nigel Farage recently exclaimed that we should not to be afraid to talk about terrorism, a topic that occupies news and media discussion almost more than any other. Yet people for whom this notion appeals – the feeling that they can’t talk about something must overwhelm the reality. ‘Not allowed to talk about’, ‘silenced’ […]

Prevent: A rant.

‘Prevent’, the policy, is a verb masquerading as a noun. Prevent is short hand for ‘preventing violent extremism’. Its problem is that it appears to attempt to prevent a lot more than that. Prevent is a negative. It expresses what needs stopping not what needs starting. Prevent is lost in fear. It leaves a vacuum […]

How far is Sports Direct from the ELT industry?

Most of us in U.K private language schools work zero hours contracts and at an hourly rate that covers teaching hours only. This pay is said to ‘cover’ other unwaged duties like administration, marking and class preparation. However, the extent of these duties has no defined cut off point and at various times, and particularly for the […]