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The Boyle Curriculum
The morning lessons had gone badly. Somehow our topic on ‘families’ had been side-tracked by little Tony Docherty who claimed that his older brother was a hijacker, which had made some of the other children cry. I knew full well that Tony Docherty’s older brother was in fact a steeplejack, and tried to get things under control by asking if anyone in the class could tell me what a chimney was for, but the children had just looked at me blankly. I’m ashamed to say that I deducted 76 house points for their ignorance, and from there the lesson degenerated into squabbling and name-calling. I think we all said things we regretted.  
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About nick parker

By night
Nick Parker writes his tiny tales, at an excruciatingly slow pace.

By day
He is a creative director of the language consultancy The Writer.

By some miracle
His words have appeared everywhere from the Guardian and the Independent, to the Literary Review, Director magazine, and BBC Radio 4.

By the by
He was once a repairer of electric doors, a cartoonist for Viz, and the deputy editor of The Oldie magazine. He wrote a book all about toast, which Waterstone's described as a 'cult hit'.

He lives on the outskirts of town.

Follow him on twitter: @nickparker.


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The cover image is a monoprint by Tadeusz Deregowski. He's a Scottish artist who lives in Brazil. You can see more of his paintings, prints and models over on his blog.

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Photograph of Nick by Abby Worth