Whoosh! There goes another year (almost).
I really can't believe that it's May and next week I'll be off up to the big city for my annual jolly - the Film Studies marking conference. Was it only a year ago I was sat in a swanky London hotel being "entertained" by a solo organist? How much water has swept under how many bridges since then?
As we stand on the brink of an uncertain future, I find time rushing by like a puppy with two willies in a forest. That was an epithet that took about two seconds to think of - one of which was whether to use a more common synonym or not. I must admit that having spent most of my life "swearing like a trooper" as my dear old mum used to succinctly put it, I have tended to be careful about my language on this blog. Ssh! you never know who's reading . . . I kid thee not. All these kids (and older ones who should know better) who fill their social networking sites with photos of their debauched escapades don't seem to realise that employers are watching and taking note. Big Brother is not only here but he didn't have to do much more than wait for Google to turn up.
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, "Time Past and Time Passing" as good old Michael Chapman says. We (that's my colleagues and me) are facing an uncertain future due to the fact that we are about to become an Academy - that last gasp of stupidity by a morally and intellectually bankrupt government. Our school will close at the end of August and reopen the following morning like a butterfly emerging after a long dark sleep wrapped in its cocoon. It will emerge into a bright new future of excellence for the local children and along the way attempt to jettison old, expensive lags like me asap.
Ah well, let's enjoy the moment. Early summer ( and NOT an "Indian Summer" as the Independent called it this week - that is an extended summer in Autumn) and the joy of being here and now.
Last night I went to see Tim Vine live - good with the one liners and visual stuff, not quite sure really about the songs and surrreal stuff - and Mrs Dave and I are off to see Ade Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds on Saturday which should be fun. We also went to see Thor last Saturday. Who would have believed that Kenneth Brannagh would make such an excellent fist of a super-hero film? Good fun. All this and marking too. What an exciting life it is.