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Thursday December 06 2007

I’ve had a bit of a cough lately, and I think I got it from teaching one night at week at that top-up school I teach at one night a week at.  I think I got the cough from a small boy who is younger than the others, whom I regularly teach one-to-one, and I got the idea of writing about this circumstance for this education blog of mine from Tim Evans (pictured there reading Tennyson’s Ulysses at last night’s Golden Umbrella Awards), who now has a small daughter.  He told me that the infectious nature of schools for small children is a fact well known about by parents.  “It’s the kind of thing they don’t tell you about until it happens to you.  Your child goes off to infant school, and instantly you all go down with all the bugs doing the rounds in the south of England.”

This reminds me of Jared Diamond’s book Guns, Germs and Steel, which is about such things as how we Westerners wiped out the defenceless original South Americans with our germs.  Good to know that Darwinism is still at work, keeping us all up to the mark.

In addition to having a cough I also went to visit my very elderly mother today, which I now realise may have been a mistake.  So that’s your lot here today.