Friday, 26 March 2010

A Dilema

For the first time ever a post that directly relates to the previous post. The mood within the place (see previous post) was at times not good and we were sometimes disheartened. We, (at least some of us) conjured up various distractions to lift morale. The following letter is politically incorrect (for which I apologise,) but must be judged in context of twenty five years ago. (Though I would phrase some things differently now.)

Diary entry Monday 25th March 1985
Endless discussion and argument at school concerning the merits and reputation of our school. Number of teachers away today reaches double figures. One suggestion is that 'our' school is hardly an academy for the genteel, a sentiment that the following letter, purporting to emanate from a parent will encourage.

27, Denstone Court,

4th March, 1985

Dear Mr Smith,

I write this letter in the hope that you or your fellow teachers can help with my problem.
I have three children, one of whom, Sean is in form 1K at Noel-Baker School. Sean's older brother, Kevin, is in the Riverside Special School because of minor misdemeanours involving various farmyard animals. My unmarried daughter has three lovely children, one of each. Two are half caste and one is half cut. Life is not easy and the father of my children refuses to marry me in spite of living off my earnings. My brother would help but is unable to do so, being incarcerated in Dartmoor Prison for arson and rape.
Nevertheless I am close to real happiness. Recently I met Albert, a self-confessed transvestite but a dear friend who lends me many of his dresses. We wish to marry and I'm sure it could work out. The trouble is, Albert knows nothing of my awful secret. Please, please advise me. Dare I risk my future happiness. Should I tell Albert that Sean is a pupil at Noel-Baker School?
Yours sincerely
Clarissa Morley (Miss)


the fly in the web said...

Wonderful! Send this to bloody Molly Potter!
And await training insrtucton.

Sueann said...


A Mum said...

marvellous. loosening our pc straitjackets a little does lend a little humour and elevate spirits. perhaps we should do it more often?

The bike shed said...

My father in law was a long time Head (taught in Derbyshire at one time too) and in his seventies is still chair of governors of a very large school. He will like this and your previous post.

But I shall have to print and post them to him!

Happy Frog and I said...

Hi Ken, so enjoying your blog, brilliant! x

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Award for you over at mine!

MrsS said...

Hahahahahahaha. Excellent Ken. xx

Clippy Mat said...

good 'un.

Gill - That British Woman said...

oh so not pc!!! It made me chuckle........

Gill in Canada

cheshire wife said...

How the other half lives!

Kitty said...

Ha! It made me smile anyway Ken. Thanks for that :) x

Grumpy Old Ken said...

fly in the web
Amusing comments. Does molly know!

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Hi and thanks.

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Thanks and I couldn't agree more.

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Love to know what he thinks and where he taught.

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Happy Frog
Thanks and glad you enjoy it.

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Hadriana's treasures
Hi and thanks for thinking of me.

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Mrs Successful
Thanks for the visit and kind comments.

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Clippy Mat
Ta very much!

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Hi and thanks. Nobody seems to have taken offence, (Yet!)

Grumpy Old Ken said...

cheshire wife

Not typical I hope but it's not Cheshire you know! Posh we are not. Cheshire even sounds posh, where are the bad bits? My son in law even moved nearer Cheshire to get a better clientele.

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Glad you liked it.We needed a smile too, 'it were a bit rough' at times!