Just a quick thought about leadership.

March 30, 2014

This morning I was treated to a Mr Hopley sermon. These are usually well thought out, structured for ease of understanding, and often include maps and spatial or timeline elements which help to explain and educate the congregation. Mr Hopley is a well respected teacher of Humanities. You can tell.

This morning’s message concerned the end of Moses, who led the Israelites through the desert to the Promised Land, but was not permitted to enter it himself. Only one thing stuck with me from the whole sermon, and it’s this:

Leaders are human.

I hate being in charge as much as I love it. The feeling that I can do something and make a difference is quickly balanced with the responsibility which weighs on the person at the top.

So we open our Bibles (being well brought up church types) and we find (among others):

  • Noah the drunkard
  • Abraham the wanderer
  • Jacob the thief
  • Joseph the braggart
  • Moses the murderer
  • David the adulterer
  • Gideon the coward

So no matter how bad we feel about our leadership, we’re hardly the worst example. As a bloke, it can be a bit daunting to realise most of the strong assured and dependable leaders in the Bible seem to be women. Or called Jesus.

I’m really not going to get into a slanging match about women priests (bishops, archbishops, popes, whatever) but it makes me think sometimes.


Independence Day for Books in Walsall

March 25, 2014

How many independent book retailers are there in Walsall?  Not many I can think of, although I’m certain there are some somewhere. That’s the trouble if I’m honest about this. I don’t have the time to go looking for shops unless I know they’re there, and I usually just look up a book on Amazon if I want it. I’m not given to browsing through shelves of books. It’s a dying art when my phone can tell me everything about the book (well, the bits that make it to Wikipedia, anyway).

Great news for people like me who are bookish but not bookshoppish. A NEW ONE IS COMING! Read the rest of this entry »


Notable development

March 22, 2014

Yes, I’m going to get all self-promotional and a touch ranty for a moment, but this is important to me.

Music education is a difficult balancing act between artistic development and summative assessment. By this, I mean that different people develop at different rates and have differing strengths which require addressing on an individual basis. Sticking every pupil through the same exam is a valid way of normalising progress and setting a bar to be reached.

My problem is just that. We set the test around those things that are easier to assess – performance, listening skills, memorising scales and reading music from the page at first sight. These things tend to be right or wrong – binary choices we can score against a total. Read the rest of this entry »


Aldridge School of Creative Parking

March 22, 2014

Wave your hands in the air like you don’t care, then prove it by parking like this.

 

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What’s not to like about this? Read the rest of this entry »


Intellectualism and Free Will

March 11, 2014

Not that I’m prone to over thinking these things, but you have to love the way a simple Twitter query can raise the whole nature of the cosmos into question.

Question: What is the scientific basis of Free Will? Read the rest of this entry »


The Sow and Pigs. It’s not unusual.

February 28, 2014

Dischord are playing a gig tomorrow night, at the Sow and Pigs in West Bromwich.

More details can be found on the Facebook Event page or you could just come along at half eight, get yourself a beer, sit back and enjoy yourselves.

It would be great to see folks there. We have even found a drummer for the occasion. It should be great fun, and entirely devoid of septuagenarian Welsh singing legends on swivel chairs comparing our singing to long-dead and/or eccentric people he worked with a long time ago. Sorry, Tom, but we play by our rules.

Rule One: Make it up.

Rule Two: Make it good.


I’m really not a runner, but I’m going to Tri.

February 22, 2014

It’s time to admit my true nature and come out. I’m an aspiring Triathlete. Read the rest of this entry »


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