Prince Chula of Siam

My dad Donald, and his brother and sister Sidney and Joan, grew up in the Portland Arms Hotel, in Cambridge. Their parents Rue and Maud took it over in about 1924, when Donald was five, Joan six and Sidney eight. Donald always had so many stories to tell us about the pub and his life there, wonderful stories […]


The great debate

When I was teaching as part of the English syllabus, students had to debate and discuss.  I tried to choose topics which they would find interesting and engaging and have some opinion on. I tried all the usual topics, capital punishment, abortion, student grants, religion… I tried local issues, what should happen to the Tropicana, should Weston have a skate-park, should they build the Severn barrage… I tried […]