Social this and that Course (9th Feb 2016)

I’m on yet another Business Course run by The Business Growth Hub in Manchester. We’ve studied various social platforms and I’m now committed to using what I feel has been the most useful part of the course.   That is the ‘Social Media plan’ whereby you choose your platforms, Answer questions to find your strategy,Continue reading “Social this and that Course (9th Feb 2016)”

My Interview on Radio Manchester (13th Oct 2013)

Ps. The link’s gone now, but you never know, they might resurrect it one day! I was enjoying a lie in the other day when the phone rang and I was asked if I’d like to answer questions on the potential changes to driver training and testing. As somebody who always wanted to be aContinue reading “My Interview on Radio Manchester (13th Oct 2013)”

My wonderful job (9th August 2013)

What a wonderful job I have. Just had one of my pupils that has struggled with learning for various reasons and he’s passed third time. The family are absolutely over the moon. I was almost in tears…he’s booked Pass Plus as well . Having said that, I told him to text his mum on theContinue reading “My wonderful job (9th August 2013)”

Was business group failure or potential success? (July 2nd 2013)

When I first went about setting up a small working group, I did so with the view to, not only  helping people ( particularly the self employed ) in that they may have somewhere to go for support as well as being able to educate each other in a way that was advantageous to all,Continue reading “Was business group failure or potential success? (July 2nd 2013)”

Don’t lose benefits to poor accounting ( 15th July 2013 – but updated 9/5/20)

Since the writing of this is article, I now find myself  in the midst of the  Covid 19 virus crisis of 2020. As such, things are shifting around in the benefit world and should you be on Working Tax Credit, I am hearing  rumblings that it will replaced by Universal Credit. Be careful applying forContinue reading “Don’t lose benefits to poor accounting ( 15th July 2013 – but updated 9/5/20)”

Standards Check (& you name it…)(26th June 2013)

Following a meeting in Altrincham on the 25th June, I thought  the content might be of interest to other driving instructors reading this blog. I would like to point out that it was a particularly useful meeting and hosted by the DIA – the best bit was that the two course leaders stood up inContinue reading “Standards Check (& you name it…)(26th June 2013)”

Client centred teaching (and worship)(9th Sept 2012)

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Stockport Quaker Meeting House recently by a neighbour. My first thought was that I would have to sit still for an hour and that just waiting to be led by The spirit would result in little more than an uncomfortable, fidgety session that would see myContinue reading “Client centred teaching (and worship)(9th Sept 2012)”

HPI’s Guide to Eco Motoring ( and be a safer driver, too ) (2nd Aug 2012)

• Consider the type of fuel you use and your style of driving. Diesel is more energy efficient than petrol, but is less suitable for short journeys. • Clear your car of unnecessary clutter – on average, every 50kg of extra weight increases petrol consumption by up to 2%. • Check your tyre pressure isContinue reading “HPI’s Guide to Eco Motoring ( and be a safer driver, too ) (2nd Aug 2012)”

Teachers/Coaches – One For You!(22nd July 2012)

I’ve just been lifted reading a little book by Gervase Phinn – one of the Quick Reads from Heaton Moor Library – called All These Lonely People . Feeling like something short and light, it seemed the perfect choice and, sure enough, I found myself laughing out loud as the priest lets one of theContinue reading “Teachers/Coaches – One For You!(22nd July 2012)”

Parallel Parking(15th July 2012)

Note – this works well in my car for 95% of pupils. You will probably have to alter reference points and eventually, I expect pupils to do this without them, but it is a good system for promoting understanding of how the car responds. The Basics 1 Line up the car level with the doorContinue reading “Parallel Parking(15th July 2012)”