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Dan Lyndon

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  1. More like a complete lack of funds left having blown it all on the first team! I have to play the long game as I won't have many opportunities to play about when I am in deepest India!
  2. I've signed up with a team called Arsenal (I didn't realise that you couldn't change your name after submitting otherwise I would have something more interesting!). My team is: Peter Cech Gael Clichy Martyn Skrtel John Terry Jonathon Woodgate Michael Ballack Nigel Reo Coker Stephen Pienaar Cesc Fabregas Peter Crouch Fernando Torres Reserves Ben Foster John Spector Nigel Quashie David Connolly Total Cost 100 million.
  3. The two films that I made for Teachers TV will be shown on May 19th at 15.00 and 15.15 and you can find out about them here
  4. That's very interesting John, I wonder if the army could suggest any reasons why there was no Black Officer in the Infantry before Tull (I believe there were 2 Black Officers in the Medical Corp during WW1). Surely it can't be because there were no other Black British soldiers before Tull who were capable of being in command of White soldiers.
  5. By a wonderful coincidence, I happened to be filming a lesson for Teachers TV about the death of Walter Tull on March 25th and it was only when one of the boys pointed out that it was the 90th anniversary of his death that I realised. We finish filming tomorrow and I will post up details of the two films that we have made as soon as I know any more.
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    Really!? when was that?
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    I totally disagree John, that was a block rather than a tackle and Terry broke his foot as a result of the impact of his own action rather than that of Eboue. And I am not sure what you mean by this Stephen what old boys network? I don't see how a bit of petulance is bringing the game into disrepute?
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    I hardly think that we are comparing like with like, a pathetic piece of idiocy from Eboue, which may have scratched Evra's thigh, with a leg breaker of a tackle.
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    I have to say that I find it absolutely astonishing that so many people have decided to have a go at Wenger and Gallas when they were simply reacting like human beings in the heat of the moment (Wenger retracted his statement in anycase, which is as usual overlooked). Is is just unlucky or just a coincidence that two Arsenal players suffer almost identical, potential career ending injuries? I am sure that those players and managers never set out to harm Edu or Diaby, but would it surprise me if they had it in their minds to rough them up? not really. Is that what football is about? No. Football should be played the way that Arsenal play it, not kicking the crap out of other players and the ball. As for Gallas, I saw a man of passion who was clearly very frustrated, as all Arsenal fans were, that we had dropped two points which should have been ours, and who was also aware that one of his teammates was in hospital. So what if he sat down on the pitch, no big deal.
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    I think that this is one of the most sickening tackles (or at least consequences of) that I have seen, at least since another Arsenal player, Diaby was kept out of the game for nine months. You have to question whether a 3 match ban is anywhere near enough for something like this, where a player clearly is not going for the ball and must know that he is going to injure his opponent. What a tragedy it would be for Eduardo if his career is over, as a season ticket holder who has seen most of his games, he is definitely a class act.
  11. It is also worth remembering the English players that Arsenal bought up in their youth system who are now playing at other Premiership teams as they were not good enough for us - Steve Sidwell at Chelsea, Harper at Reading, Pennant at Liverpool, Bentley at Blackburn, even Ashley Cole at Chelsea.
  12. There's a long way to go yet, but I can't be happier with the start we have made. I shall ignore Walker's jibes and look forward to our trip to Anfield in a few weeks time, scene of our famous victory in '89.
  13. "It's all gone quiet over there!"
  14. Always there John lurking if not posting ! The glorious run continues, Fabregas is becoming an absolute icon, Adebayor gets stronger every game and bear in mind that we should have beaten Blackburn if it hadn't been for Lehmann's cockup so I am confident our Northern bogey is over. The only downside is the form of Theo Walcott - he had a shocker yesterday, totally lacking in confidence, making the wrong runs and poor passing - he needs a good run in the reserves. Bring on the Hammers!
  15. Great result tonight 3-0 against Sevilla, the impressive run continues against one of the top teams in Europe.
  16. Indeed we have not yet met one of the 'Big Four', in fact we don't until the end of October, by which time we will hopefully have enough points in the bank not to worry - but don't forget that last season we had the best record of all the top four teams against each other and dropped points against the weaker teams ..... like West Ham. Revenge is a dish best served cold, or in Fabregas's case spicy hot!
  17. I am off to the home of football on Sunday for the third time this season (Fulham and Sparta Prague were the other 2) and I have been very pleased with our start. Compared to last year when we were dropping points left right and centre, we are now much more solid, and getting a bit of luck too. I hope that Wenger doesn't pick Lehmann for a while, Almunia is looking much stronger and gives the defence a lot more confidence. We also need Walcott to get more confident about taking defenders on and getting to the byeline. Our new signings have certainly impressed, Sagna is great and Eduardo is going to be a star - great passer of the ball and scored a lovely goal on Wed. All in all it just goes to show that 'Arsene knows' and you don't have to shell out obscene amounts of money to play lovely football and win games. Come on you gunners!
  18. I almost choked on my soup in the staffroom at lunch time today when one of the History teachers said that this apology stuff is nonsense, they should be thanking us for stopping the slave trade. I couldn't bring myself to argue with him, particularly as we have to co-exist and have been down a lot of controversial journeys before - he had been apopleptic (?) with rage when I wore my white poppy!
  19. I think that is an excellent article John, and thanks for posting it as I missed the Saturday Guardian. I am very concerned, as are many colleagues of mine in the Black and Asian Studies Association (BASA) about the way in which the Bicentenary is being commemorated. The emphasis on Wilberforce to the detriment of all others is totally unacceptable and belittles the important contributions that African made to their own liberation as well as the mass movement that sprung up against slavery in this country, as the article rightly points out. The worst example I have come across so far, was ashamedly from my own Local Authority where I teach, Hammersmith and Fulham, who put out a pitiful attempt to 'celebrate' the Bicentenary with an essay competition to be run in two schools (both of which are inner city comprehensives where the uptake for such a 'competition' would be derisory and deservedly so). When I offered to run a competition across the whole borough to design a memorial to commemorate the end of the slave trade, including an offer to INSET all history teachers in the Borough, I got no response other than to change the competition to writing poetry instead of an essay. Pitiful.
  20. My sentiments exactly! If you want to see some extracts from the show, you can see them here
  21. It certainly will be! And thanks to John's email there could be 40 extremely fortunate Year 9 students going on an all expenses paid trip for 3 days to the First World War battlefields in France and Belgium. You will have to watch to find out if we are successful! The journey to the last 100 (who were filmed for the programme out of the 2000 that applied) was an interesting one. After John emailed me, I just knocked off a quick email to Amy outlining my proposal, and she rang back instantly, literally within 15 seconds of the email being sent. Amy invited me to an audition the following saturday in a hotel in Russell Sq where I had a minute to make my pitch. However I couldn't make the date so instead one of the production team came to school and we filmed the pitch there. This was followed by a further email asking me to fill out an application form. A phonecall asking me for dates that I was available for a recording was followed immediately with the disclaimer 'but it doesn't mean necessarily that you are on the show'! Eventually I was told that I was through to the last 100 and could I bring some students to help with the pitch. So about six weeks ago myself, Tony Cotton, one of our learning mentors and 6 boys set off for the 3 mills studio in Bromley-by-Bow. We arrived at about 3.30 and were ushered into a corridor with all the other hopefuls. Fortunately we managed to get a room and the boys were happy enough to eat the chocolate biscuits and crisps that were provided. We were called for a dress rehearsal and told where to stand, and then made our way to one of the spare studios for a final run through and more crisps and chocolate biscuits. At about 7.30 we made our way into the back of the studio, watched the contestants in front of us get hammered by the panel (they were twin illusionists who wanted £15,000 to invent a new illusion - they didn't get the money) and then it was our turn....
  22. I would also like to add my support for Richard, whose passion and expertise in the teaching of history is inspiring. Since working with Richard over the last few years, my own teaching has been enhanced significantly by the sharing of good practice and the use of fantastic materials that he has developed on the IST History website. Every year I teach my GCSE pupils using the Reichstag Fire Roleplay that Richard developed and it is one of my favourite activities. I use the IST students, that were videoed as a model for my own pupils and we also produce a short film based on the role play. Richard is widely recognised as one of the leading exponents of using digital video in the classroom and I am indebted to him for changing my own practice in this direction. It seems to me a traversty that one of the most valued teachers in the school has been released.
  23. I have been asked to appear on Radio 5 Live tomorrow night between 11 and midnight, to represent the history teachers who seemingly have 'failed' to teach a 'proper history'. I would be interested in any comments that people post up here. There is a similar debate about this topic on the schoolhistory forum here
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