Learning from other professions

I’ve been reading a book recently about learning to teach in primary schools.  Not because I have any desire to be a teacher (primary or otherwise), but for tips on managing large numbers of children.  I was originally focused on the chapters on classroom management, planning and keeping children interested. But I have trouble only reading part of a book, so I read the rest … Continue reading Learning from other professions


Time. It’s something we all have (but never enough). It speeds past when we’re having fun (but drags when we’re not). It is the most versatile resource we have (but it is so very easily squandered). One of the themes of the Girlguiding 2020 Vision is “Capacity” – that is, “working collaboratively to improve our processes and decision-making”. That’s an odd phrase, and I’m glad … Continue reading Time

The Mystery of Alice the Camel

Camels are part of the family Camelidae, whose other members include llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos. They’re in the order Artiodactyla, or even-toed ungulates, whose weight is borne by the third and fourth toes. Horses are from the family Equidae in the order Perissodactyla, or odd-toed ungulates. Their weight is borne by the third toe alone. Therefore, if Alice the Camel loses all her humps, … Continue reading The Mystery of Alice the Camel

The Division Exec – it’s not all hard work!

Guiding… it’s all about the girls. Sometimes, the girls are older than others. Long-time readers may remember that I’m the Division treasurer for my area.  Among other things, this means I go to meetings with the rest of the Division team once or twice a term to discuss all the many things that are going on in the area. In January, we had a Division … Continue reading The Division Exec – it’s not all hard work!

Remembrance Parade

Warning: this post starts out as a story about my weekend, but quickly degenerates into philosophy.  I say some controversial things.  If you don’t like it, feel free to say so, but please be polite about it. Yesterday was Remembrance Sunday. In common with a lot of other people around the country, I attended a short service to mark the occasion.  The Royal British Legion … Continue reading Remembrance Parade

The Story of the Girl Guides, by Rose Kerr

This book was originally published in 1932, but I read the revised and updated 1964 edition. The book tracks the movement from its very beginnings to the formation of the World Association, ending in 1963, when there were 5.25 million girls in 68 countries involved. It contains, all through, anecdotes and quotes from magazines, letters, and minutes of meetings, some of which would not be … Continue reading The Story of the Girl Guides, by Rose Kerr