Some Thoughts

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Fractions : Maths vs English

April 1, 2021 · 2 min read

I really enjoy maths and my son seems to have picked up this trait, one of the things we’ve enjoyed together is learning about fractions.

It’s one of those things that lots of people find really confusing and I’ve been trying to understand that.


Covid Remote Learning Tools

February 1, 2021 · 5 min read

Some Problems

In the current circumstances it seems like we cannot avoid failing our children in some ways: we are merely trying to choose which harm is least. In the emergency to get online education up and running many matters have had less scrutiny than would be normal.

I think it’s worth flagging up some compromises that have been made (even if only for the sake of clarifying my own thoughts).


On Covid Remote Learning

January 27, 2021 · 4 min read

Lockdown has thrown me deep into a very small part of the education system.

I’ve always had an interest in my son’s education and always had some concerns about the overly political nature of the UK National Curriculum as set by politicians and not so much by educational experts.

I’m just a Dad, a technologist, I went to school, I know some teachers but I make no claim to educational expertise.

Based on my experiences of Open Source Software and related projects and of seeing a rush to embrace technology in schools these are some thoughts on what I think should happen.



January 25, 2021 · 3 min read

We are all so very tired of the death count, of lockdowns, of homeschool, and of anxiety.

We are not all in the same situation.


12 Things in My Magical Rucksack

January 13, 2021 · 1 min read

by Bob

A rain drop as big as Earth,

the howl of a wolf and the sound of sizzling hot lava,

a razor sharp knife and a cloak of fire,

500 fossils of ice,


The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England

January 2, 2021 · 2 min read

My News years resolution 2021 is to watch less TV and read more books. Off to a good start with my Christmas reading.

This was a gift from my wife who heard me complain to many times about history books being all about Kings.

The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England


Good Enough

June 3, 2020 · 2 min read

Steve Jobs famously said

Good enough isn’t good enough

Despite being famous I’m not sure he actually said this.

It’s a popular idea but I consider it harmful.

Sometimes we should strive for excellence, but by no means always.


Website Tests

June 3, 2020 · 1 min read

Having got this website running fairly well I ran it through some tests to check it looks OK

These test for

  • security
  • accessibility
  • performance


Hugo Theme using Bootstrap

June 3, 2020 · 2 min read

I built the first version of this site a year ago - but couldn’t really find a theme that I liked and that works well for what I intend to be something of a stream-of-consciousness website.

Like many people I spend a lot of time reading news and social media.

I end up with lots of half formed thoughts that I don’t know quite what to do with - I’m hoping that the discipline of writing them down will help bring me calm.


Hugo Syntax Highlighting avoiding Unsafe Inline

June 2, 2020 · 1 min read

If you use CSP headers to add security to your website and you use Hugo with Syntax highlighting you may run into a problem in that by default Hugo generates inline styles.