Friday, 24 February 2012
I heard them talking on the radio. Then someone mentioned them on Twitter. I went to their website to read up about it, then realised I'd actually met them through GSE, who is a friend of theirs. (I remembered him especially because he used to work at Cambridge University, and he told me that schools didn't realise that Cambridge interviews all students who apply, no matter what their grades, and if they like someone they'll give them a place even if they don't get the grades. I didn't know that either.)
Clever, clever people. I know next to nothing about science and technology, but I know something about poor families and about education. This does sound like a genius idea which will have an incredible, democratising impact. It almost makes me wish I was back in school so I could introduce it... Almost.
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Thursday, 16 February 2012
Barcelona b, a set on Flickr.
I left my camera at home, and the first day we went out I even left my phone at home, bah. These were all taken on my phone, so not the best quality.
The theme of this trip seemed to be Looking at Stuff. We looked at Stuff in junk shops and the museum of the barking mad Victorian collector Frederic Marès, who is like the Catalan version of John Soanes or Henry Wellcome. We skipped the downstairs rooms, which are creepily room after room of life size crucifixes.
Thanks to Em and Dave for hospitality and fine food.
In other news, I have messed up my ankle bad. It's been hurting for months, I thought, if I leave it alone it will go away. Now I can't walk on it at all. I was hopping and shuffling down the streets of Barcelona. It might be achilles tendonitis, which is something that runners often get through being over-sporty. How can I be damaged when I never do any sport whatsoever? And sporty people, how can you fix a knackered achilles tendon?
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Why is the world full of interesting stuff which is unpaid? I hate the lottery winners who say they are going to stay at work and that nothing will change. STOP BUYING BLOODY TICKETS THEN, AND LEAVE THE MONEY FOR THE REST OF US.