George’s story: To be creative, start with what you have

Recently I reviewed Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit. Creative ideas come from all sorts of places, very often emerging from whatever we are familiar with. This isn’t rocket science. A dancer is going to express his own emotional experience in movement. A writer is going to draw on her own life experience to invent …

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For teachers: A step by step guide how to impress your pupils

I killed a wasp this morning. Not a particularly remarkable feat. To be honest it didn’t present much of a challenge trapped between the window and a BBC Goodfood magazine. Wiping its entrails off the glass, I was reminded of warm September days when the classroom windows were still open, a wasp would fly in, …

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Trump protests: The personal, the political and the possible

This blog post first appeared on Slugger O'Toole on 20th July, 2018. For the record, I didn’t travel to London to protest at Trump’s visit to the UK. But when large scale protests are taking place literally within chanting distance of your hotel room, then I wasn’t going to miss the chance to join in. …

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