We love this poem, food for thought…

The day that Twitter went down


That day I got things done.

I went for a long run.

Played ping-pong,

Wrote a song.

It got to number one.


That day I did a lot.

Tied a Windsor knot.

Helped the poor,

Stopped a war,

Read the works of Walter Scott.


It was such a day to seize.

I learnt some Cantonese.

Led a coup.

Climbed K2,

Cured a tropical disease.


That day I made headlines,

Became King of Liechtenstein,

Stroked a toucan,

Found Lord Lucan,

Then Twitter came back online.


Brian Bilston


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Report ‘n’ return Restorative Practice UK

2016 brings with it the first ever Restorative Practice Awards and we are looking forward to being able to celebrate some of the outstanding work that is being delivered throughout the UK by many inspirational organisations and individuals. We are also continuing to roll out restorative hubs in new areas and look forward to the positive impact this will have in transforming lives and communities.

Find out more about the awards at

Geoff Baxter, RPUK

The right to accurate data!
I’ve been reading The Department for Business, Innovations and Skills, Prior Qualifications of Adult OLASS (Offender Learning and Skills Service) Learners 2015 – Research Paper Number 206.


It backs up my own work on prisoners’ basic skills quite neatly by killing off another myth about prisoners, clearly stating that: The majority of survey respondents had a qualification of some level before they started their course (71%), with around four in 10 (43%) already having a (full) qualification at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE – grades A*-C) or above. If you see again the erroneous figure of 60% or 70% or even 75% not having qualifications do please correct this!

Brian Creese, National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC).

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