Step One: I’m an Addict.

Good luck with the writing!


Bad School! Baaaaaaaaaaad School!

Bad School! Baaaaaaaaaaad School!.

To an extraordinary 2013!

I will miss my students

I’ve left my wonderful students to start a new job at a new school and saying goodbye to them has been distressing, because despite my promises ‘Let’s keeping in touch!’ and ‘See you soon!’, I know that we will never again spend much time together.

They think I taught them but the reality is they taught me, how to listen, how to be patient, how to motivate, how to be truthful, how to teach.

Thank you guys! You’ve meant so much to me.

P.H. Davies – A Life of Plath


The 12 Biggest Coalition Cockups of 2012

Pride's Purge

So many to choose from but these are my top 12.

If you think I’ve missed any – feel free to let me know in the comments.

1) Emma Harrison from A4e blamed taxpayers for bullying her into paying herself a dividend of £8.6m from taxpayers’ money despite her firm’s abysmal record for the government’s Work Programme:

Emma Harrison: “Heartless taxpayers bullied me into paying myself £8.6m of their money”

2) The coalition government decided to subsidise massive corporations like McDonald’s and Tesco with taxpayers’ money by allowing them to use unemployed people as slave labour:

Did you know the government is subsidising McDonald’s with taxpayers money – your money?

3) The coalition government finalised its plans for the destruction of the NHS:

Cameron to voters – here’s two pointers why I’m going ahead with NHS privatisation anyway ….

4) There were crisis in supplies of fuel and pasties:

Don’t panic-buy and fill up on pasties, public urged

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How The Great Gatsby is Helping Me

I am going to use your ideas with my students to help them with their writing as I love how you have used description from Gatsby to inform your own style!


Should I be ashamed that, until last night (see my twitter, @ZJHitt), I had never even made an attempt to even start reading the Great Gatsby by the Great F. Scott Fitzgerald. Anyway, as it turns out, my brother owns a copy, so I decided to take a look.

My reading of it was not random. After taking in the first twelve pages of my fiction, he had the basic comment: “You need to work on some of this prose.”

At first I took it as an insult and I wanted to say, “Fuck you, this is brilliant.” But instead, I went with the droll, “how do you mean?” As it turns out, the exact thing he was talking about was the difference in adjectives and adverbs, which, if you’re not an English major, means the following:

An adjective is a tool we use to describe a person, place, or…

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The trouble with lying

The trouble with lying.

evening lights

I love Shapcott’s poetry and I love your blog! Thank you.


old town highstreet

A ‘ dark’ post  but appropriate for the time of the year.  Early evening in the Old Town High Street shows glistening puddles – it’s drizzling yet again, so very few folks out and about . . .  but quintessentially British.


At Schmizu, the window and the shop inside, look stylish – as always – beautiful display and the shop’s still open . . .


bells bicycles

. . .  equally creative are the windows of Bells. Many buildings – houses and shops –  have discreet festive lighting  – just visible. Curtains are left open at Christmas time, to allow the outer world to enjoy what is happening within . . .

discreet 1

discreet 2

discreet 3

. .  some shop windows are all about window shopping – dresses – yes, possibly . . .


dress 2

hendys 1

. . .  and such fragile memories from childhood show in the double frontage display of Hendy’s Home Store.

hendys 2

Pretty swags across George Street …

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