Sunday, 5 June 2011


Play it again, Sam

Over the last few months particularly this old slogan from the wartime Ministry of Information has become a pervasive image across the United Kingdom, on mugs, posters, T-shirts, teatowels, tea-bags, and all sorts of bric-a-brac. I got some sticking plasters recently, contained in a bright-red retro tin – in which context the words seem rather appropriate.

For a proportion of the population perhaps this is in keeping with their mood in recessionary times – though for many others it is not. Perhaps it is just ironical.

In 2008 I gave a lecture in which I peered cautiously into a murky future to a financial crash that few believed could ever happen, and to its possible effects for the then familiar world of Conductive Education:

In 2011 we can look back on that timorous forecast with benefit of early hindsight. Many now wonder about the future of Conductive Education, or even whether it has one at all. Their reasonable concerns are often expressed in terms of the prospects for existing institutions but the future of Conductive Education has to be viewed as something more fundamental. Dinosaurs still stamp and roar about the Earth, though they may seem monthly less sustainable – but small warm-blooded mammals begin ever more boldly to explore possibilities within the emerging environment.

We still have Conductive Education. You must remember this. The fundamental things of life apply as time goes by.

We are only a couple of years into transition to a new era. Keep calm and carry on.


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Blogger Lisa Gombinsky said...

It's still the same old story, the fight for love and glory, a case of do or die...

Monday, 6 June 2011 at 11:31:00 BST  
Anonymous Andrew said...

You know how to whistle don't you,

Monday, 6 June 2011 at 16:10:00 BST  
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Saturday, 25 June 2011 at 09:20:00 BST  

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