In “Following Your Dream” a threshing barn dating back to the seventeenth century became a family home containing a longed-for pig killing bench used as a coffee table. The story of that bench intertwined with an account of the “Pig Clubs” set up to help war time Britain feed itself and the role it played... Continue Reading →
Bourdieu’s theory is written from a Marxist perspective, as just like Marxism, Bourdieu argues that what links the world is capital, which is accumulated labour in its materialised form, and it is this capital that, “makes the games of society not ideal and prevents anyone becoming anything.” While Marx wrote an economic theory, Bourdieu extended... Continue Reading →
How we take our tea and coffee has mattered before In the late 1990s I used to buy coffee from a small shop in my local town centre. Along one wall were containers of different roasted coffee beans that could be ground to your requirements before being wrapped tightly in brown paper. On one... Continue Reading →
The "Town Mouse and the Country Mouse" Aesop Fable has become an English idiom that recognises the effect on our character of where we are from, and to use another idiom how as a result we may sometimes feel like a fish out of water.
This blog forms part of an article published in the January/February 2017 edition of Staffordshire Living Magazine. Research and specialists agree that reading with your child is the single most important thing you can do to help with their education, so here are some ideas to help you with your momentous task. Never forget how... Continue Reading →
It is now one hundred years since the end of the Great War and its annihilation of a whole generation across Europe and the World. Its deadly scythe swept through families, communities, businesses, nobility, Empire and friends showing no mercy or respect. The veterans have long since passed on to join their forever young... Continue Reading →
Ford Madox Ford’s beautifully written novel Parade’s End is a masterpiece of comprehension through subtlety; the impact of The Great War on the generation destroyed by it captured in metaphorical moments, snatched conversations in symbolic settings and a juggling of time that boomerangs backwards and forwards, completing its’ frenetic journey at the story’s end and... Continue Reading →