Updates about the website, what I’m working on and anything that could be of interest to my readership.
Just a quick one to say that a booklet with all the poems from the new GCSE selection (Songs of Ourselves – Volume 1, Part 5) is now available on the holding page.
This means I am underway and you can expect my first analysis shortly!...Read More »
Dear loyal readers,
Just a quick post to let you know that I am alive and active. Currently I am compiling the poems for both the next GCSE section and A2 and I will soon make them available on the site.
After that I am planning...Read More »
Dear loyal readership,
I hope you all had a splendid 2016 and are all set for an even better 2017.
This is certainly the case for me as I have gone from being a world drifter to a family manner with some degree of stability looming in the...Read More »
You’ve probably noticed by now that every time you load a page the design is completely different. I’ve changed the website theme and been fiddling with ways of making it easier to navigate and read posts.
Hopefully it is coming together and starting to...Read More »
You may have noticed a few problems with the site in the last few days/week. I can assure you that it wasn’t my fault, but one of the plugins for the site had a bit of a tizz and left us offline for a couple...Read More »
Just a quick post to let you know why I am so quiet at the moment and to outline my plans for the next year or so.
At the beginning of July I relocated from Uzbekistan to the Netherlands and this time I think...Read More »
So, we are now in the thick of exam season and where the hell have I been? Unresponsive to comments, website crashing for a day, no new posts for a few weeks!
I am sure this has been enough to drive you mad with...Read More »
Just a quick post to say that I am completely swamped at the moment with marking at work, planning and getting back into the rhythm of things since my lovely three-week break.
As such I am going to say that for the time being...Read More »
Apologies for my neglect, but I was awfully busy last week.
Babies are hard work and as I’d been away from my wife for months before going back for the birth, I wasn’t going to spend a great deal of time sorting things on...Read More »
Sorry for my silence, my baby boy was born on Thursday and I’ve had my hands full. Mum and baby are fine, but we are all a bit tired.
His name is Percy.
Thanks for your understanding,
Mr Sir...Read More »
I trust you are all well. Unfortunately I am not as I am still waiting for the bloody baby to arrive! Hopefully in the next couple of days.
Anyway, I’ve been busy with the site in the meantime with the Just an advanced warning that I may take some time to reply to comments and requests for advice for the next few weeks. I’m finally flying back home to see my wife and hopefully see my little boy enter the world… although I’m not sure I actually...Read More »
Sorry for the downtime, but I had completely forgotten about renewing my hosting and have been trying to get it sorted today. It is sorted, as you will no doubt have gathered if you are reading this post.
I hope this was simply an...Read More »
Let me start with an apology. I’ve been dreadful after my little spurt the other week and haven’t done anything on the site. I promise to be more attentive soon, but it will have to wait a week as I am off to see my wife and...Read More »
I’ve been a little quiet on the website, but rest assured I have been busy. I’ve now compiled all the poems for the next lot of AS students, which is attached to the contents page.
In addition, I have been busy...Read More »
I’m sure you are wondering what I am up to like Willy Wonka locked up in my metaphorical chocolate house of wonders. Well, I can assure you it isn’t half as exciting as making an ever lasting chewing gum.
As well as playing around...Read More »
Yes, yes, know I am horribly late with this, but better late than never!
2016 promises to be a year of two halves for me as my wife has left me (for six months) to go and have a baby in the Netherlands, while...Read More »
A little treat for you this morning, particularly those of you who haven’t purchased Songs of Ourselves: Volume 2.
Below you can download my booklet of all the poems formatted beautifully and with loads of space for annotations when printed.
Yes, yes, yes, yes! I love her to pieces, but I am so tired of writing mammoths posts and am really looking forward to getting back to the iGCSE poetry. Monna Innominata was my last poem from the collection, but I am aware that I’ve got a few...Read More »
Thank the Lord!
I’ve finally finished Goblin Market and it has almost killed me. It’s approaching 11pm in Uzbekistan and my wife has been in bed for a couple of hours, but… priorities!
It is a huge 8,300 words (give or take a few) and...Read More »
Just a quick one to any AS levelers, well done on getting through your exam today. Take this evening and give yourself a chance to recuperate, then one last slog through the weekend and you’ll be done and ready to celebrate in style with the summer holidays.
Just a quick one to wish GCSEers good luck for tomorrow’s exam. Make sure you read the questions carefully and make the right choice, don’t try to break down everything in the poem, instead focus on the most significant and interesting bits that help you answer the...Read More »
Loads of free time on my hands now due to a poorly advised second round of mock exams at my school. Quite peaceful though and you’ve probably noticed my post rate going up quite a bit recently: I’m aiming at popping out a proper post...Read More »
Just a quick one to say it is all done now.
I will try to get the comparison chart thingy done by the end of this week or next, but my plans have been disrupted a little bit as I need to go to Switzerland on a...Read More »
I’ve been pretty active today, trying to clear up odd jobs and things I’ve been meaning to get round to. This is basic stuff and new posts tend to be analysis or lesson resources I’d simply not got round to uploading.
However, I’m going to have...Read More »
Your latest comment has prompted me to make a broad appeal. This is particularly to Literature teachers, but students by all means feel free to chip in.
It is really useful to have one place where we can all go for resources, example essays or examination...Read More »
I’m back, or more exactly the site is back. It seems I forgot to renew my hosting and had 48 hours to find a credit card (difficult when you’re in Uganda stranded from everything) to pay or everything would be deleted.
All safe for another year now, but...Read More »
Just a quick one for any iGCSEers.
Following my post about ‘The Planners’ earlier in the week, I came across this lovely article about the transformation of Singapore that the poem concerns. Well worth a read, even if it probably won’t get you any extra marks.
Have had a little time to play around with the website today as I am off school suffering with tonsilitis. Nice! Anyway, added a couple of things, but most significantly I’ve finished the Comparison Grid for AS poetry.
Let me...Read More »
Hope the New Year finds you well. As you might have noticed the website has been a bit quiet of late, which means I’ve been busy or distracted. Work has been rather demanding of late and we had visitors over Christmas so tapping away on...Read More »
Thanks everyone for reading, I’m delighted to reach this milestone, but appreciate you probably don’t give two hoots!
AS booklet and final piece of analysis has been delayed by bloody reports – 150 sodding reports!...Read More »
It’s Friday! Thank the lord!
Big spikes in viewing figures this week, which I guess means that November exams can’t be too far away: best of luck to all of you who are sitting it!
With only one more poem to finish off the analysis for,...Read More »
Hi all (whoever bothers to read this non-analytical section),
Just a quick one to inform you that I’ve sorted out Composed Upon Westminster Bridge now (previously it had the notes to another poem attached) after the second or third person mentioned it....Read More »
Right, new term has started with lots of nice shiny pupils and a nasty looking timetable and NO PLANNER! Yet…
Anyway, we’ve discussed which texts are best suited to our kids and it’s looking likely that we’ll be studying ‘As You Like It’ and Christina Rossetti’s ‘Selected...Read More »