The Problem with Self-assessment

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In the UK cars over three years old must pass an annual test to ensure that the vehicle is roadworthy.  The test covers 20 different aspects of the car and if something as small as a lightbulb is broken the car will fail.  Incredibly over 40% of cars do fail on their first attempt.   What would undoubtedly improve the … Read More

Don’t be Cinderella

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

It was 10pm and my youngest daughter called me to say that she was on her way home from a party in London.  The only problem was that, like Cinderella, she had left it too late.  She had to catch a bus and then a tube, and she simply didn’t have enough time to get to the station before the … Read More

Nothing there?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In CS Lewis’s famous tale. ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live with an eccentric professor in order to avoid the bombing of London during the Second World War.  His house is large and rambling with a seemingly endless number of staircases, corridors and rooms.  Exploring the house on … Read More

I was not lost

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

“I was not lost and did not need to be rescued.”  So said British adventurer Benedict Allen after being rescued from the jungle of Papua New Guinea.  He had missed his flight home, was suffering from the effects of malaria, and had recorded a video message in case he wasn’t found.  While Benedict was supremely confident in his ability to … Read More