Today, my university was running an afternoon seminar to introduce new candidates to the PGCE. I was asked to give a little talk about my experiences, so that they could find out what the course was like from the horse's mouth, so to speak.
I agreed to go along and help, keeping in mind that I would also use the opportunity to bring my folders back.
As I drove there and back, I listened to my latest acquisition, the Beatles 1967-1970 (The Blue Album) , which I found at an amazingly cheap price, considering that it usually retails at over £30.
I haven't heard the album in years (and never on CD) and so it was a real treat to hear the crystal clear sounds booming in my ears, as I faced the depressing London traffic. The thought struck me that as gifted as the boys were, I don't think they would have been as successful had they not been blessed with a producer such as Sir George Martin. Had, say Phil Spector or Jeff Lynne done the job instead, would the Beatles still be The Beatles. I think not. Sir George Martin really does deserve the accolade of 'genius' for the production of those songs. If you haven't heard the abum, get a copy, it far out-rates the "Beatles 1" album.
Where was I, Oh yes!
I drove there (without really getting lost this time) and gave a 20 minute talk. I thought it went well, although, in hindsight, I felt that I should have thanked the lecturers there for their support (or would that be arse-licking?) and told all those present that the programme of study had really prepared me for teaching. I had a few people asking questions, which was quite flattering! It also felt funny being treated a member of staff, if only for the afternoon.
When I got home, I found the house in a total mess, but that's another blog, for a different day...