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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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  • 'Empireland'

    No one who watched the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday could fail to be moved by the sense of occasion, the precision with which everything was carried out and the genuine grief of so many, from the relatives and friends of the Royal Family to those who lined the streets of London and Windso...
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  • Flights of Angels

    Churchill said that democracy is the worst form of government apart from all the others that have been tried, and we may similarly wish to conclude at the end of an extraordinary few days since the death of Queen Elizabeth II that constitutional monarchy is also the worst form of government apart fr...
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  • Principal’s Prizegiving Speech – July 2022

    Good afternoon, everyone.
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  • It’s All Athenian To Me

    Once upon a time there were three kingdoms, all bordering on the same lake.  For centuries, these kingdoms had fought over an island in the middle of that lake.  One day, they decided to have it out, once and for all.  The first kingdom was quite rich, and sent an army of twenty-five...
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  • So Much To Share, So Little Time

    As regular readers will know, a few years ago I saw John Lloyd, the radio and television producer, give a talk at a conference.  One of his best known projects is QI, the long-running television series that enlightens us week after week with unusual facts and information about our world...
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  • Nice Guys Can Finish First

    There is just time for one last visit this week to the splendidly entertaining ‘Great Tales from English History’ by Robert Lacey, to consider two men who are widely regarded as national heroes, though each had feet of clay like the rest of us.  And then it is time to move on, consc...
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  • It’s The Fightin’ Temeraire, Guv

    We all like a good vote, as we have seen again this week, and we all like a Top Ten that we can agree with or disagree with as we choose.  Back in 2005, when the world must have seemed a simpler and rather better place, the Today Programme on Radio 4 held a poll for listeners to decide on their...
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  • Time for a Rethink?

    I’ve started a new book in the last few days called ‘Past Mistakes’ by David Mountain, the premise of which is that everything we think we know about the past may need to be reviewed, because it turns out that we are victims of other people’s myths and fake news, whether they...
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  • Who Chooses the Canon?

    The word ‘canon’ in this week’s title is not a misprint for ‘cannon’, thereby creating a question about who is selecting which late-medieval siege weapon to destroy the castle, nor does it refer to the Japanese multinational company that specialises in optical, imaging...
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  • We're the Sweeney, Son, and We Haven't Had Any Dinner

    The death of Dennis Waterman seems the perfect excuse to use a line from what I still regard as the best cop show ever made as the title for a blog.  My brother and I used to beg our parents to be allowed to stay up to watch Waterman and John Thaw in ‘The Sweeney’, with Thaw’s...
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  • In Flanders Fields

      Battlefields Tour – Sunday 3rd April If you want to read a proper trilogy about the First World War, I can wholeheartedly recommend the books of Pat Barker – Regeneration, The Eye in the Door and The Ghost Road – which are very well researched and engagingly written...
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  • We Will Remember Them

      Battlefields Tour – Saturday 2nd April 2022 After writing 1,200 words last week about the journey to get to France for our trip to the Battlefields of the First World War, I can now tell you what happened when we finally got there.  In the thirty years since I first visited t...
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