Settling back in

I am settling back into my redecorated and renovated office space. The flood damaged most of the bookcases that lined the walls and I haven’t replaced them. It feels calmer and uncluttered without them. Two solid wood bookcases survived and were successfully restored by Roy Cave’s French Polishers. These are in the room, although they […]

After the flood… the rainbow

Things are busy down at our house. (For the benefit of those of you who are newcomers, it was flooded during Storm Desmond.) The floors are back in, we have interior walls in place and doors. In a week or two, after the plaster has dried, the decorators will be painting the interior of the house. […]

Spring greetings!

Today the clocks have sprung forward. Daffodils are flowering here in Northumberland. I thought I would share a photograph of the crocus in the walled garden of Wallington Hall. The Hall was the home of Trevelyan family, before it was donated to the National Trust. I remember reading G.M. Trevelyan’s ‘English Social History’ when I […]

So many books, so little time!

The past couple of weeks have been really busy and it has been fun working with some amazing new speed readers via Skype video calls. Sometime I teach clients who want to learn speed reading with a view to reading more great works of literature faster. The phrase ‘ So many books and so little […]

Turning over a new leaf?

Every Friday I review the previous week and plan for the next week. I find Mind Maps useful for this. If you are not familiar with Mind Maps, they are a graphic way of presenting information. Each Mind Map has an image in the centre which symbolise the topic. The difficulty I used to have […]

Mapping the way ahead

It has been a busy week. On the surface, not a lot has been done. This could be disheartening, particularly in the case of the house, which is still drying out after the flood. However, a lot of small stuff has been done to prepare for our eventual return and that makes me feel a […]

A word in your ear

Recently I had an interesting email about sub-vocalisation and speed reading from a gentleman who lives in Mississippi. He said his biggest problem is sub-vocalisation. He doesn’t move his lips but he hears the words in his head. His question was: ‘They say it is impossible to stop sub-vocalization, but if that is true how […]

Don’t just sit there!

Reading is one activity when it makes sense to sit still. Our eyes have the task of tracking across the page to read the text. Of course, this is more difficult if we are moving about. However, it isn’t all that great for human beings to be sat still for long. A sedentary lifestyle can […]

After the Flood

December 2015 was wet and miserable here in the northern England. Some sixteen thousand homes flooded, including ours. The past few weeks have been busy with clearing up, finding somewhere to live and starting to resume normal activities. One of the things I plan to do in 2016 is to celebrate twenty years of teaching […]