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English Literature

January 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

At my school, all students were entered into the English Literature GCSE. What this meant was that a couple of times a week, we would take out copies of ‘English Literature’ – things like The Crucible, A Passage To India, various Shakespeare plays, poems – and take turns reading them out.
There is nothing that kills [...]

Tags: adrian · book · edu · mefi · theatre

The Videogame Straitjacket

August 25th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Like many others, when I was kid, two of the games I had the most fun with were Lego and Meccano. It would be trite to go into the reasons why, and it’s enough to say that construction kits like these offer kids a unique place to use their imagination to build anything they want, [...]

Tags: adrian · arg · edu · games

All Souls: The toughest test you’ll ever take

August 24th, 2007 · 20 Comments

If you’ve ever visited Oxford, chances are that you’ll spend some time in Radcliffe Square, admiring the University Library and the round Radcliffe Camera building. Along the east side of the the square is a long wall with a black metal gate set into it; people often poke their heads in to see an immaculate [...]

Tags: edu · oxford


February 25th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Interesting article from today’s New York Times, What a College Education Buys:
Moreover, if you’re not planning on becoming, say, a doctor, the benefits of diligent study can be overstated. In recent decades, the biggest rewards have gone to those whose intelligence is deployable in new directions on short notice, not to those who are locked [...]

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Lack of imagination

August 22nd, 2003 · 1 Comment

Once again we are at that special time of year when the GCSE and A-Level results are announced for secondary school students here in the UK. There’s almost no point reading the newspapers since they always run the same stories. If the results for an exam improve, that’s because it’s getting easier. If they get [...]

Tags: cambridge · edu · oxford · politics · science

Word Limit

April 9th, 2003 · 1 Comment

“… You should aim for a total text length of 6000 words. Other than in exceptional circumstances, you should not exceed 8000 words.”
That’s a typical guide for a dissertation at Cambridge. When I read that, I think to myself, ‘Okay, in that case I should aim to write around 6000 words.’ Seems straightforward enough.
But apparently [...]

Tags: cambridge · edu · writing

Merseyside in Space

March 26th, 2003 · No Comments

International Space Centre for Merseyside – bit of a bizarre idea, putting it in Wallasey, and I’m not sure how many visitors it’ll get, but on the whole I think that more space centres are always a good thing.

Tags: edu · museum · space

The Great Library

March 3rd, 2003 · 2 Comments

If and when I ever leave the world of academia, I will be very sorry. Not because of the usual reasons, but because I will no longer have free access to thousands of academic journals on the Internet. It’s simply a wonder to be able to go over to Pubmed, type in any keyword, and [...]

Tags: edu · science

Webcams for schools

February 24th, 2003 · No Comments

Putting webcams in classrooms to catch problem pupils – seems like a great idea to me, you wouldn’t believe the number of parents who think their kids can do no wrong. As for privacy concerns, I think maybe some kind of key escrow agency might be a good idea, wherein (say) at least two out [...]

Tags: edu · politics · tech


November 23rd, 2002 · 3 Comments

Is ragging – making new initiates/players/students perform pointless tasks – the key to forming a strong community?

Tags: arg · cambridge · edu · games