Gazette column: Is turning off the street lights really that bad?

It’s “Thursday Thoughts” where I post my weekly Gazette newspaper column to my blog so you can have a read…

This week my column for the Gloucestershire Gazette is about night time street lighting, crime rates and how the fear of the unknown is often worse than the actual reality.

To read it, simply click to my Column page.

What do you think? Should street lights be left on at night or not? Do you think no street lights = increased crime rates? Let me know.

**Look out for  Wednesday Wafflings next, well, Wednesday, where I post the latest entry in My Diary of a Hopeful Author**

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Gazette column: Pick up the poop, dog owners

It’s “Thursday Thoughts” where I post my weekly Gazette newspaper column to my blog so you can have a read…

This week my column for the Gloucestershire Gazette is about dog poop, or, more specifically, the picking up of it right outside a school.

To read it, simply click to my Column page.

What do you think? Let me know.

**Look out for  Wednesday Wafflings next, well, Wednesday, where I post the latest entry in My Diary of a Hopeful Author**

Gazette column: Say thank you for all those blessings

It’s “Thursday Thoughts” where I post my weekly Gazette newspaper column to my blog so you can have a read…

This week my column for the Gloucestershire Gazette is about saying thank you, and why we should say it more when it comes to being grateful for the services we use.

To read it, simply click to my Column page.

What do you think?Let me know.

**Look out for  Wednesday Wafflings next, well, Wednesday, where I post the latest entry in My Diary of a Hopeful Author**

Diary of a hopeful author: How schools kill creativity

It’s “Wednesday Wafflings” when I post the latest entry in my Diary of a Hopeful Author…Photo of a Diary

I remember my school days. Do you remember your school days? And how where they for you? Fun? Deeply profound? Or mind numbingly boring ala the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in the scene where the kids are asleep on the desks, dribbling, as the teacher’s mouth hangs open like a carp, saying, ‘Bueller….Bueller.’

School’s a funny thing. It’s like educational marmite: you either love it or hate it. Call me a nerd, but I loved school. Not the horrendous who’s friend with who bit – you can leave that stuffed in a locker – but I mean the study bit. Come sixth form, and I may have gone off the rails a tad (I went to a college run by nun’s..), staged a small teenage rebellion, but I still loved a good study.

Thing is, as a writer, I think the big question is, does school do the job? In terms of encouraging creativity, how do schools perform and could they do any better? Take that one step further, and how, once you have left school and you are dumped by  the busy motorway of life, does school equip us to be creative?

So this week, as I put the final finishes to my book before it goes off to Adam the Agent, I’m taking us back to school. But don’t panic. This back to school is via TED talks and Sir Ken Robinson with his formidable, thought-provoking, hilarious  talk on how schools kill creativity – and what they should do to win it back. You don’t have to have anything to do with a school to get some handy thoughts out of this one.

Bell’s gone. End of lesson. Cue Sir Ken Robinson…

Does school kill creativity? How did cool play a part in your career, in your writing? Let me know. 

Out tomorrow “Thursday Thoughts” where I post my latest Gazette newspaper column to my blog…**