In which I force myself to complain

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tumblr_lbwyf8TfKe1qzkrg9Perhaps the clearest sign that I am utterly burned out as an educator is the fact that tomorrow is the last day of the first round of ISTEP testing and I haven’t even been able to muster up the energy to complain about it.  Today was impressively rough; our principal is out of town, and literally the first words the AP said to me were “Get in here, we’ve got a problem.”

We’d just gotten a call from transportation that they were going to be two hours late picking up some of our kids– kids who had already been waiting at their bus stops for up to half an hour, and some of whom had apparently called the school to tell us that they didn’t have keys to their houses and couldn’t get back in.

This is a fuck-up of astronomical proportions before you get to the part where we’re…

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Remembering the Garden Festival

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Another guest post with newly discovered photographs today from John Viggars.Garden Festival01This time John takes on a subject that, even thirty years after the fact, can still cause arguments when two or more Liverpudlians are gathered together.

It’s the early 1980s. We’ve had riots, mass unemployment, factories closing down by the day, you’ve seen how it is down at the docks, our democratically elected council is soon to be surcharged and banished from office – and what do we get to fix it all?

Well truth to tell many things are tried. Some work, most don’t. And there’s also the Garden Festival. So let’s hear about it from John – who had a season ticket!

“After my previous writings on here about time spent on the  North and South Liverpool docks I began looking through more of my old transparencies to see what other Liverpool related stuff I had bothered…

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In Leeds: Talking up the North

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On top of the Industrial Revolution. On top of the Industrial Revolution.

It will be a day of top quality glass rooves, and we’ll be back to that one later.

First though, to Lime Street for the Trans Pennine Express. First though, to Lime Street for the Trans Pennine Express.

At the same time as me, others from around the North are getting on trains too.

As planned, I arrive in Leeds with plenty of time for a walk round town, as you’d expect.

Another top roof, the Corn Exchange. Another top roof, the Corn Exchange.

Sorry to see they're still looking for a tenant for their 'Flagship' space. Sorry to see they’re still looking for a tenant for their ‘Flagship’ space.

Walking around after a sudden shower. Walking around after a sudden shower.

Street food, its a thing isn't it? Street food, its a thing isn’t it?

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