Cheap has a price

As a family, we used to play the board game risk. When things weren’t going to plan, one of the children would just fold the board up and throw all the pieces in the air.  It feels a bit like that now. “How did you go bankrupt? Gradually, then suddenly” The sun also rises. ErnestContinue reading “Cheap has a price”

Everyone wants to be a chef

One of our local schools is recruiting for a chef. The queue of applicants is out of the door. Another school is recruiting for a deputy head. There is no queue. Why is that? Maybe it’s the narrative. Teachers, and particularly head teachers have enormous workloads, are assessed continually, have restricted budgets and get caughtContinue reading “Everyone wants to be a chef”

The Inefficient Library

Over the years, I’ve learned to read for insight as much as knowledge; allowing the mental space to make connections through what I read as much as absorb it. Right now, I’m enjoying David Weinberger’s excellent “Everyday Chaos”. He makes an interesting observation. It takes $150m a year to run Harvard’s Library, but every yearContinue reading “The Inefficient Library”