Thursday, 28 January 2021

Positive Songs For Negative Times #38: The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

It's been a quieter week at work than usual, and I've actually managed to get done some of the basic jobs that are involved with being a teacher. Basic jobs like marking, resource development and tracking progress. The things I've felt guilty for letting myself fall behind on over the past few months while struggling to keep my head above water with nonsense like Quality Reviews, hitting inflated enrolment targets, and arguing with senior management about why 17 year olds who don't want to study English at the best of times might be avoiding turning on their home computers to log into online lessons during lockdown when there are a million other things they'd rather be doing and very little we can threaten them with if they don't. 

As I said, I've spent the last few months feeling guilty about falling behind on the basics... until this week, when I finally got some time to start catching up... only to end up feeling guilty that I wasn't devoting my time to the aforementioned nonsense instead. It truly is a no-win situation.

As for lockdown... before Christmas, it actually felt as though there was a light at the end of the tunnel. 

Now though...

Well, we both grew up in Eyam 
And strange as it may seem
Neither of us thought we'd ever leave 
But the beak in Leek is weak
And she's moved in, so to speak, 
With featureless TV producer Steve

And now it's all Eva Cassidy and aphids in Picardy
And so I can only ascertain..

That the light at the end of the tunnel is the light of an oncoming train


  1. One of their best and the verse you've selected is brilliant especially the line about not leaving Eyam. Nigel should be poet laureate.

  2. Have I told you that I once shook hands with Nigel from HMHB?

    Sorry to hear of those hassles Rol. You'd think that in the middle of a pandemic, the powers that be wouldn't bother about Quality Reviews, but I suppose they have to justify their existence somehow and they're basically arseholes.


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