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Your mountain is waiting…

You’re off the Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way! Today I start a new job in West Dunbartonshire Council. I’m taking up the role of Education Service Manager for Education Development, which sees me leave Education Scotland after a period of five years. It feels like I […]

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… I started hearing the phrase “riding paniagua.” Sometimes it was delivered in a slightly depressed tone, as if the speaker were talking about riding a particularly slow and stubborn donkey. I might’ve finished higher, but I was riding paniagua. Other times, it was mentioned as a point of pride. I finished in the first […]

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Sharing your working

The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge. – Elbert Hubbard In the book ‘Crowdsourcing‘ by Jeff Howe, he quotes a wonderful example of the community of MATLAB users working to solve a problem: Contestants were required to solve what is commonly called a “traveling salesman problem,” […]

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The Road

“What’s the bravest thing you ever did? He spat in the road a bloody phlegm. Getting up this morning, he said.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road.  It’s odd to review a book that you’re actually in the process of reading, but I’m finding this one so compelling that I don’t want to wait. The Road, […]

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The Winter of our Disconnect

The information paradox- that the more data we have, the stupider we become- has a social corollary, too: that the more frantically we connect, one to another, the more disconnected our relationships become. – Susan Maushart I mentioned this book last week, so it seemed only right to say a bit more about it this […]

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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living […]

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If you’re reading a good book, you’re not wasting time.

At school I was taught English by a chap named Richard Maudsley who would have us start each lesson in silent reading with the phrase “If you’re reading a good book, you’re not wasting time”. He would then sit quietly working on something himself, whilst the class read the book they had each brought with […]

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