More stuff about the BBC? It doesn’t seem very popular: even Old Stokie can’t be bothered to come along and witter on. Perhaps I’ll bring up his comment about what happened when he came up before the beak as below, save myself a bit of work and try drumming up a bit of interest all at the same time. OS once wrote a good bit of autobiography called Orange Peel and Candle Wax, by the way; candles seem to be a recurring motif in his life. There will be seventy of them on his cake on Sunday.
The headmaster decided to have karma time at skool. So, all the skool sit in their classrooms staring at a candle and doing deep thoughts. Thomas and his mate, Afzal, decided it would be fun (while the teacher wasn’t looking) to see what would happen if a piece of paper was held over the candle. Afzal held the paper; Thomas pushed his arm, and together they created a great flame! It got too hot to handle, so Afzal dropped it, and it set fire to a brand new fireproof carpet that had only been fitted last week. Of course, it wasn’t Thomas’s fault (or so he insisted) because he didn’t drop the paper. 😦
Anyway, I was called into the Beak’s office on Friday afternoon, along with Thomas, Afzal and his mother (who doesn’t speak a word of English so they had to call for an interpreter) and the Beak and Thomas’s teacher and another teacher.
The Beak droned on and on, and to be honest, I wasn’t taking much notice of him… until he said ‘we’ would have to pay compensation. So, when he’d finished his diatribe, I asked Thomas to leave, and when he had, I told him the only compensation he would get from ‘us’ was Thomas’s monthly allowance of £15 quid from me, and that was just to make him aware that playing with fire has its consequences. He seemed a bit put out, but I reminded him that he had insurance for such events. He sort of laughed it off that he didn’t really mean it. It’s a good job he did! I think it was beginning to sink into his head that the kids must have been unsupervised for them to be able to do it, and unsupervised 7 yo’s and naked flames are the last thing one should have in schools. I think he got the message, because he said that in future, they would be using fake candle light.
Anyway, Thomas has not been punished other than he can’t top his mobile up this month. Instead, he’s been educated on the dangers of fire. Oh, I did tell the Beak that only I understood Thomas. When he asked why that was, I told him that Thomas is my clone, but if anything, I was worse than him, so he should count his lucky start that he was teaching Thomas and not me. 😉 I don’t think he was impressed with that. 🙂