Author Archives: James Murphy

The Search for Research Literacy

“Sit down awhile; And let us once again assail your ears, That are so fortified against our story . . .” – Hamlet ‘Research’, like any other word, can acquire and shift meanings. In the last few years we have … Continue reading

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How Whole Language Lost the War

Ere I could make a prologue to my brains, they had begun the play. – Hamlet. On an otherwise empty table, under a bare electric bulb, the machine sat squat and solid. Impregnable, inscrutable, the keys ranged along its front … Continue reading

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To everything, a season

And he . . . Fell into a sadness, then into a fast, Thence to a watch, thence to a weakness,  Thence to a lightness, and by this declension Into the madness wherein now he raves, And all we mourn … Continue reading

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Of one who went before

“He was a man, take him all in all. I shall not see his like again.” – Hamlet Mr Bremner was unusual for a teacher in a rural New Zealand school in the 1960s. He drove a French car, a … Continue reading

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Mastery and all that

Yea, from the table of my memory I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records, All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, That youth and observation copied there – Hamlet Mastery is once again being debated. This is a good … Continue reading

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Dangerous Conjectures

“’T were good she were spoken with; for she may strew dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds.” – Hamlet I raised an eyebrow when I saw the tweets about the traditional / progressive debate being ‘boring’. A little further investigation revealed … Continue reading

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Not all who wander are lost

“O woe is me, to have seen what I have seen, to see what I see!” – Ophelia, Hamlet The journey home from Research Ed at Swindon in the November twilight slipped into night, the tail lights of the traffic … Continue reading

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Vested Interests?

“Madam, how like you this play?” “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” – Hamlet A popular tactic in arguments is to attack the person bearing a displeasing message. This ad hominem response works by slapping emotive labels on opponents in an … Continue reading

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Five reasons to be anonymous on the internet

‘Ay, sir, to be honest as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.’ – Hamlet People whose staple response is ad hominem get really frustrated. Which is why they attack anonymity – they are … Continue reading

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A question of rigour

“Sure, he that made us with such large discourse, Looking before and after, gave us not That capability and godlike reason To fust in us unus’d.” – Hamlet There is a scene that recurs in action movies, usually towards the … Continue reading

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