Gander: what is it?

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Right then. This being Gander’s first edition, we should have a go at explaining what we’re here for and tell you exactly why you should bookmark us, or just keep your Gander tab open until your computer overheats and starts smouldering. I don’t want to be too try-hard in this attempt to sell Gander, though. That is, I’m not going to boast that we’ll be lucid, or funny, … Continued

Miss Representative

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How a panicked, hairy woman realised her body’s teaching potential.  I will become a teacher in a far-flung part of the country in September. During my summer training, we – the trainee teachers and tutors alike – spoke about ‘setting an example’. The intent was to stress that we must be role models in our teaching, in our behaviour, … Continued

In defense of the ‘sensible one’

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Good times often look like total carnage – so who do we have to thank for the method in our madness? On a recent night out, while the rest of our party was either predictably AWOL or slumped semi-comatose in the corner, my friend leaned in and yelled over the dulcet tones of some 70s crooner … Continued

A youthful interloper

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Delicious musings from the youngest man on Sark. As you are reading this your humble correspondent is currently in quasi-exile on the Isle of Sark. For those of you who are unaware of Sark, it is one of the four primary Channel Islands. It is without high taxes, cars, air pollution or ready and easy … Continued

Let us off our leash

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Are we adults yet? When those that failed us now call us entitled, we need to assert who we are.  You know the worst thing about self checkout counters? Other than not knowing whether your potato is filed under B (baked potato) J (jacket potato) or P (plain old freaking potato)? It’s buying booze. Buying … Continued

Mary Berry and the Great Deceit

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Is Mary a witch? The dishonest editing of the Great British Bake Off definitely spells a televisual deception.   With a twinkle of those ice blue eyes and the rhythmic thwack of a wooden spoon in a batter of dreams, Mary Berry has us dazzled. I’m not calling her a sorceress; I’ve done enough cursory reading of media … Continued