Last week didn’t cheer me up about Grimsby’s robustness in the face of recession.
Educational aspiration has been a theme in this blog before. One newspaper now reports the ‘learning gap’ between local authority areas when scored for the percentage of state school pupils gaining places in ‘the top thirty universities’ (although there is an obvious judgement call here). Reading (where I started ordained ministry thirty years ago) comes way out on top – the only place where more than half did so. Buckinghamshire (where I was brought up) comes third with more than a third. North East Lincolnshire comes in the bottom ten with a score of 6% (as does Hull).
Meanwhile, the nearest thing on which the picture looks down from the Cathedral in Florence is the hotel in which we stayed over the New Year.