Tuesday, May 22, 2007



I happened to believe that Grammar Schools are a good thing, I never went to a Grammar School nor did any of my children so I have no axe to grind. To me it makes sense that you separate those who are more academically minded, that doesn’t make those who did not go to Grammar Schools inferior, it makes them different with different needs. I have coached Judo etc for 37 years in that time I have directed pupils in different directions Good Fighter become competitors, those who can teach become coaches, those who have an eye for detail become referees and so on all those put together make up the discipline of Judo. To suggest you need to go to a Grammar school to succeed is rubbish.

The one thing I totally disagree with is the concept that you should have choice in the State education system; all that choice has done is create good schools and very bad schools. State Schools should all be good and I would welcome the return of Catchments areas. When I went to school in the 60’s if you live West side of Park road you went to Westlands, East Side St johns and Rowena and although I left school at 15 to take up an apprenticeship I came out with a good core knowledge as did nearly all my compatriots. Why? Because every school was expected to be good and no excuses.

So let us learn from the past the Comprehensive has been a dismal failure so let go back to Secondary Moderns and Grammar school under strict disciplinarian regime, with two accept ion let them control their own funding and increase the power of the school Governors.

It can not be any worse then the mess the so called liberated educational elite have left our schools in, its time the proper teachers had a voice.

Martin Clarke

Friday, May 04, 2007

Folkestone/Dover Appeal


FOLKESTONE/DOVER EARTHQUAKE APPEALAn earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale hit Folkestone & Dover in the early hours of Saturday Its epicentre was in Folkestone. Victims were seen wandering around aimlessly, muttering "Faaackinell"The tremor decimated the area causing approximately £30 worth of damage. Several priceless collections of mementos from Majorca and the Costa del Sol were damaged beyond repair.Three areas of historic burnt out cars were disturbed. Many locals were woken well before their giros arrived.Southern Radio reported that hundreds of residents were confused and bewildered and were still trying to come to terms with the fact that something interesting had happened in Folkestone. One resident - Tracy Sharon Smith, a 15-year-old mother of 5 said, "It was such a shock, my little Chardonnay-Mercedes come running into my bedroom crying. My
youngest two, Tyler-Morgan and Victoria-Storm slept through it all. I was still shaking when I was skinning up and watching Jeremy Kyle on the Monday morning."Apparently looting, muggings and car crime were unaffected and carried on as normal. The British Red Cross has so far managed to ship 4,000 crates of Sunny Delight to the area to help the stricken locals.Rescue workers are still searching through the rubble and have found large quantities of personal belongings, including benefit books, jewellery from Elizabeth Duke at Argos and Bone China from Poundland.HOW CAN YOU HELP?
This appeal is to raise money for food and clothing parcels for those unfortunate enough to be caught up in this disaster.
Clothing is most sought after - items most needed include:Fila or Burberry baseball caps
Kappa tracksuit tops (his and hers)Shell suits (female)White sport socksRockport boots and any other items usually sold in Primark.
Food parcels may be harder to come by, but are needed all the same.Required foodstuffs include:
Microwave meals, Tins of baked beans, Ice cream, Cans of Colt 45 or
Special Brew Or If you can help as many 1 litre bottles of White Lightning as you can afford.
22p buys a biro for filling in the compensation forms.
£2 buys chips, crisps and blue fizzy drinks for a family of 9.
£5 buys a 20 packet of Richmond cigarettes and a lighter to calm the nerves of those affected.
***Breaking news***Rescue workers found a girl in the rubble smothered in raspberry alco-pop.'Where are you bleeding from?' they asked, "Aylesham" said the girl, "wossit gotta do wiv you?"Please don't forward this to anyone living in Folkestone/ Dover - oh, sod it... they won't be able to read it anyway.