Hopeful towns around Cambridge – and how to make them

TL:DR – A substantial report demonstrating the complexity of social policy, the Hopeful Towns Report by Chris Clarke, Rosie Carter and Chris Fairley for the Hope not Hate Charitable Trust highlights a number of risks posed by the rapid housing growth in the towns and villages around Cambridge – as well as some hints onContinue reading “Hopeful towns around Cambridge – and how to make them”

Cambridge – still protesting on multiple issues despite the Covid-19 lockdown

TL:DR – 18 months ago I wrote about Cambridge being a protesting city. What’s changed? The above-mentioned blogpost is here. Unlike last year, I can’t get out and about filming due to shielding. With Romsey Town next door being the latest place to record a spike (however small) in cases of CV19, I can’t takeContinue reading “Cambridge – still protesting on multiple issues despite the Covid-19 lockdown”

Building design is broken – but what to do about it?

TL:DR – Can architects and building professionals work with local communities to come up with new designs that don’r resemble identikit minimal cost could-be-built-anywhere architecture? The former leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, these days no longer on this side of town, echoed comments of others on the proposals for the now defunct Pemberton Arms.Continue reading “Building design is broken – but what to do about it?”

Cambridge without our arts, music and theatrical venues is missing its beating hearts

TL:DR I don’t know what the answer is, but there’s something soulless about the town centre with its performing arts venues all locked down due to the CoronaVirus. I’m particularly gutted for the school and college students who had to go through this year – especially those taking public exams and having nowhere to celebrateContinue reading “Cambridge without our arts, music and theatrical venues is missing its beating hearts”

What could a day college for adults in [South] Cambridge be like?

TL:DR North Cambridge has Cambridge Regional College, but south of the city doesn’t really have an equivalent – and the city itself does not have anything like CityLit in London Formerly the City Literary Institute in London, the college provides a series of daytime short courses for adults. Given the recent, current, and proposed growthContinue reading “What could a day college for adults in [South] Cambridge be like?”

How are you coping without live music?

“If money can’t buy happiness, I guess I’ll have to rent it!” Words to that effect by Weird Al Yankovic from a time gone by spoofing a time gone by before even then. Though I always imagined the music video to have been far more upbeat when I first heard the song. Because we areContinue reading “How are you coping without live music?”

If ‘exams’ are the answer, what is the question?

TL:DR – The concept of exams in the 21st Century is now up for debate following the A-level results shambles. And Williamson is still in post.  This stems from Sonia Sodha’s column in The Guardian, where the headline (which is never written by the columnists in newspapers) states The fake meritocracy of A-level grades isContinue reading “If ‘exams’ are the answer, what is the question?”

What will it take for a minister to resign on principle?

TL:DR – I don’t know why the Education Secretary is still in office either. I’ve lost count of the number of high profile voices going after the Education Secretary and the Prime Minister over the shambles of the A Level Results for 2020. Boris Johnson four days ago: “Let's be in no doubt about it,Continue reading “What will it take for a minister to resign on principle?”

The shortcomings of a linear education of the pre-internet age

TL:DR Responding to a call from the Children’s Commissioner on the purpose of exams, ministerial assumptions that university learning is primarily for future employment, and Dr Jana Bacevic’s musings on an online University for the Left. A number of us, myself included were taken aback to find that one of the most highly regarded politicalContinue reading “The shortcomings of a linear education of the pre-internet age”