Monday 05 March 2012


Went to GBK with some people from work tonight. I’m a little bit unsure of the G in GBK. Last time I went there the B had been rubbish.

As a burger restaurant – I am talking about Gourmet Burger Kitchen right? – they need to step up their sides. I had onion rings but they were the shit, big, crispy kind you get in shit places. Other people in my party had other fries options so I was able to see what I had missed out on. It was not a lot – the thick fries were your standard rubbish pub chips, the kind you might be slightly disheartened with at a Wetherspoons, even if you had quite low expectations. And the thin cut…well I never. They were too thin. The bad thin. Not the thin you associate with someone losing weight and looking good. The kind of thin you associate with someone having been dead for a month or two.

I’ll tell you something for nothing though if you get a Spinningfield card you can get 40% off your food. 40% FORTY PER-CENT. If you struggle with math when it’s in terms of numbers and complicated phrases like per-cent then imagine this: it is nearly half-price. And even though there were nine of us and only two of us had the cards, everyone got the discount.*

*I was not paid any money nor received any discount – other than the excellent one offered to holders of a Spinningfield card – for this paragraph.

TES or Act

Sometimes you look at the front of the TES and you think, ‘yes – thank you TES because you too often do articles about niche elements of teaching and sometimes it is good to focus on broader subject matter like this’.

You could say I was being as brazen with my sarcasm as the TES is being with its editorial policy. The article is more about how you discipline people from a crime/gang background rather than specifically about how one should teach someone whose dad is the local crime boss. (“So your dad needs three crews to rob three different banks at the same time. He wants the three crews to be split evenly in number. He has 12 men. How many men in each crew?”)

I don’t know if this sensastionalis approach to the cover/story was meant to bring in new readers but I can’t help but feel there would have been a more direct attraction to teachers who have to teach members of inner-city gangs if the article had been pitched to the reader as an article about the problems of controlling inner-city gang members and solutions to these problems.

Don’t get me wrong, part of the three page story is about a young lad whose parent was a local crime boss. However the main thrust of it is about gangs and the problems of disciplining people who don’t really have boundaries when it comes to discipline because they are so street it’s fucking mental. Quite a bit of the article is shit though.

For example, it decalres, “In a development that mirrors the plot of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather..” before describing something that does not mirror the plot of The Godfather; it descrobes something that has some vague comparable elements (i.e. involves people, ISN’T about an octopus race demoloshing Earth and uses language to convey meaning) to The Godfather.

I also had issues with two quotes. One, from a teacher, says that two boys came to school ‘literally covered in gold’. You would think I might grow tired with being frustrated by the mis-use of the word literally. But I haven’t.

The second quote is one reporting how an angry, aggressive gang member’s mother came into school on the warpath after her son was disciplined for being a little shit. The article says she said, “I’m going to get my gang members to come and run you over and smash you up,” to the headmaster. I hope she did use those exact words. And I am sure she did as that is exactly how gang people speak – I would know.

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