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Loving Delta and the Bannermen since 1987

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Last updated on Friday 17 May 2024.

Just finished my third week of Term II, and the half-yearly examinations are on their way. Lots of work to do this weekend, but I’m in the mood for getting things done.


Usual thing: eat, sleep, rave, repeat. Work continues unabated. There’s six weeks of school left before the holidays, and the first two weeks of the holidays will be the Classics Tour of mainland Greece and Crete. More of which later. I expect it to be as much fun as the last two, but I’ve got a lot on right now, so I haven’t really had time to look forward to it.


Term II is famously busy, with exams and reports and things, but, let’s face it, that’s what I signed up for. Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata continues to be an exciting new thing, but I need to schedule more thinking and planning time to ensure that we teach it as effectively as possible.


The first season of 500 Year Diary finishes this Sunday with a discussion of the first episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures. I’m really happy with how it’s gone. Plans are underway for a second season early in 2025.

Untitled Star Trek Project has now covered 1 in 8 episodes of Star Trek, with a new episode released every week. When the next episode of Startling Barbara Bain comes out in a few weeks, we will have completed 1 in 8 of those episodes too, but with much less effort.

And the new season of Doctor Who is, as is now customary, accompanied by new episodes of our Doctor Who flashcast The Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire, which will be coming out every Monday for the next five weeks.


I’m still tweaking and playing with all of my podcast websites. My new thing is trying to extract all the podcast functionality into a plugin, so that I don’t have to rewrite everything eight times. The process has started already — I’m hoping it will culminate in a public release and some documentation before the end of the year.

What I’m enjoying

New Star Trek: Discovery and new Doctor Who, of course.

My pick of the week this week is The Swinging Christies, a podcast about the writing of Agatha Christie in the 1960s. It’s funny and informative, and the hosts have a breezy expertise that keeps me listening even though I’m not familiar with the source material. Highly recommended.