Links with YouTube

I haven’t been writing for a while. I’ve just had a thought that you might be interested in my youtube activities. So here are two of them. Please don’t attach to me the items on youtube that follow mine. Just me; that’s all I want you to notice. 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75JqZSj_Glo 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRAoGZsVsyo Thanks for yourContinue reading “Links with YouTube”

On This Matter Of Phonics

The old demon of oversimplification is back again with the teaching of reading. Of course phonics is a useful word attack skill but it is not the centre of the universe. Reading is a very complex task – perhaps more so than ever before in this contemporary world. Phonics alone simply cannot deal with it. ThereContinue reading “On This Matter Of Phonics”

My Latest Book

Dear Friends, sorry to have been away for a while. I have just published this book with Amazon: An Advanced Survival Guide For Dishonest Political Bastards. I started the book with a review by a fictitious senior lecturer from Sydney University writing (fictitiously) in The Sydney Morning Herald. I thought the “review” might be readableContinue reading “My Latest Book”

Memories of a Second Class Cricketer

A Good Innings I Because cricket was for many years my chief escape from what are sometimes  laughingly called serious affairs, I promised myself I would never write about it. This is the seventh book I promised never to write. Benny Green A History of  Cricket  Barrie and Jenkins, London, 1988. For my agnostic father Alex,Continue reading “Memories of a Second Class Cricketer”

Gateway

My Time With Gateway This is a little story about a university group. It is a tale of adversity, determination and, in many cases, ultimate triumph. The students who joined that group had experienced life the hard way. Some had been floored by drugs, there were several divorcees with children, one candidate had MS andContinue reading “Gateway”

On Testing English

Words are loaded pistols according to J P Sartre. You certainly can shoot yourself in the foot with those unruly, dangerous little things. Some political power-seekers are showing  prodigious naivety when they claim a one-off test of English skills will be a valid and reliable measure of acceptability for new citizenship. This Fallacy of the Crucial Experiment, theContinue reading “On Testing English”

Incompetent Scientists Trumped

Creative Commons Is Our Image Source Vale Global Warming AKA Climate Change NOTE WELL:The Hogwash, Bilge, Claptrap And Hooey Are Over AT LAST OUR REALITY IS VERIFIED, VALIDATED AND ENDORSED All Hail to Post Truth! Now we can put the lies of 98% of the world’s scientists in their rightful place. Look at this example of what we can now castContinue reading “Incompetent Scientists Trumped”

On The Matter Of Unjust Laws

Obedience to the Law is on our Australian minds just now. Fascinating questions on a recent  ABC’s 7.30 Report concerning cutbacks to penalty rates and obeying the law as a duty. Just thinking… Saint Augustine: An Opinion A law proven unjust is no longer a law. Now here is a law passed by a democratically elected government:Continue reading “On The Matter Of Unjust Laws”