Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Chaucer's tales become rap songs

BBC NEWS | Education | Chaucer's tales become rap songs
This depresses me. Why does everything have to be made "relevant"? The excuse given here is that Chaucer's language is difficult to understand. Yes, it is. Get over it. These children will go away saying they've "done Chaucer" - but they haven't, no more than someone who's seen "West Side Story" has done Shakespeare. Chaucer - in its original form - has been taught successfully to generations of children. Now, we have to dumb it down though.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Blogging again

This blog has just returned from a holiday spent far away from internet access for the most part, and all the better for it. Boris the Topsyturvydom mascot cat seemed to enjoy his stay at the luxury cat hotel, but, like me, is glad to be back, as is his companion Phoebe, who makes her debut here today.