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Principal's Blog

Radnor House parents receive a Weekly Bulletin of news information, highlights of achievements and details of forthcoming events, as well as additional communications from other departments and individuals as necessary.

Our Principal, Darryl Wideman, also writes a regular blog to share his thoughts about education and the world with a wider audience, which you can read below.

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  • Other Versions Are Available

    A second visit to the thoughts of veteran US politician Bernie Sanders is needed this week to round up some more of his ideas. Not for the first time, I was reminded of the line from Enoch Powell’s biography of Joseph Chamberlain when he said: ‘All political lives, unless they are cut of...
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  • Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Money

    A few weeks ago, I highlighted Jason Hickel’s book ‘Less Is More’, which argues that our obsession with capitalist growth is doing untold damage to our planet in the pursuit of economic prosperity for the few at the expense – and potential annihilation – of the rest of...
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  • A Final Farewell to Arms?

    This year’s trip with our Year 9 pupils to the battlefields of the First World War was probably as straightforward as any of the twenty or so I have been on over the years.  The journeys back and forth passed without incident, the customs checks took no longer than might reasonably be exp...
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  • Twenty-One Years in the Charente

    Way back in 2003, in what was either the most inspired or the most foolish thing we have ever done, our family flew to France in the February half-term break and bought a house.  This was not quite the random act it may appear, because we knew when we set off on our journey that a property purc...
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  • London Calling

    The compiler of the first English dictionary, Samuel Johnson, once said, ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.’  The London of 1777, when he made this remark, must indeed have been a place of great interest, but also no...
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  • Money Makes the World Go Round

    If, like me, you have subscribed to Private Eye magazine over several years, your view of the world almost inevitably takes on a similar slant to those who write and edit the articles.  It is called confirmation bias, and it happens to all of us.  It was the same reason my parents chose to...
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  • If It Doesn’t Hurt, It’s Probably Not Working

    We have a final visit this week to Mark Manson’s book with the asterisks on the cover, which is of course far more optimistic than the title suggests, albeit only after navigating some existential angst along the way, as you will see from what follows here.  I thought he was particularly...
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  • How Happy Are You Feeling?

    It looks like I need two more weeks to round off what I want to tell you about Mark Manson’s book – you know, the one with all the asterisks on the front cover that I’ve mentioned before and that is too rude to name here.  Like a fine wine or a mature cheese, the book gets bet...
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  • In Praise of Science

    A few weeks ago, I made reference to a book by Mark Manson, the title of which contains a rude word that even the use of appropriate asterisks cannot really disguise, but the gist of which is that everything has gone to hell in a handcart.  I confess that I was not entirely sure where the autho...
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    Even a cursory search of the internet quickly reveals how many ‘World Days’ occur each year.  In February, we have World Play Your Ukulele Day, World Hippo Day and World Bartender Day, to pick just three at random.  This week, however, sees the annual celebration of World Think...
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  • It's Goodnight from Him

    If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, it presumably ends with one as well.  If this is the first of my blogs you have read, or if you are someone who just dips into them from time to time, you will not have noticed how much time I have devoted in the last year or two to a...
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  • Better, Worse, Metaverse?

    We have nearly finished what we need to consider from David Goodhart’s ‘Head Hand Heart’, with just this week and then one more needed to tick off everything I wanted to tell you.  I appreciate that some people will have given up along the way, throwing up their arms in exaspe...
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