On this day…


Throughout history, October the 28th has been a generally unremarkable date. Evelyn Waugh was born on this date in 1903, as was Francis Bacon in 1909, and Julia Roberts in 1967.  ‘Black Monday’ was on the 28th October, a day in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, and of course who can forget that in the year 97, Emperor Nerva was forced by the Praetorian Guard to adopt general Marcus Ulpius Trajanus as his heir and successor. Well, that’s what Wikipedia claims, anyway.

October 28 is the 301st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 64 days remaining until the end of the year. And that’s pretty much it.

There are, however, two highly significant events that have occurred on this date. The first, in 1962, was Russia’s announcement that it would dismantle its missiles based in Cuba, ending the Cuban Missile Crisis. And yes, you guessed it, the second, in 2009, was the launch of All Change Please!

Over those 4 years there have been over 19,000 views. Thunderbirds Are Gove! remains the most popular, with last December’s The Gove of Christmas Present claiming the Number 2 spot, and, for some reason All Change Please! can’t quite fathom, coming in at Number 3 is Invisible Learning – a strange term for so many to search for.

Meanwhile All Change Please!’s favourites of the year, in case you missed any of them, have been:

The Alternative Guide to Learning

Can I see tea?

The Master Plan

Horses for Courses

It’s… Michael Gove’s Flying Circus

E.T. Phone Home

Going for Old

Oh No Minister

and of course, The Gove of Christmas Present

So, with its October break already a distant memory, All Change Please! enters its fifth year ready as always to continue broadcasting its thoughts on the need for major change in the world of education.

And to help it on its way, here’s a song about Ofsted from Fascinating Aida

Photocredit:  Racchio  http://www.flickr.com/photos/racchio/948513691/

4 comments on “On this day…

  1. Probably your biggest fan perhaps, in a kind of non-stalking, don’t mention it kind of way; after all I did come to watch a lovely Shoreditch apologia for a debate…; so what is your rock bottom post, (with another three to catch the spirit of 4 years), on being virtually alive?

  2. Hi James!

    Thanks for your comment. For some reason WordPress does not seem to be able to accurately record the number of views of earlier posts very accurately – some seem to get less as they years go by! The figures are also distorted by the number of people who view posts from the home page (ie not a specific post), and of course landing on a page does not not mean they actually end up reading it!

    However, as far as I can tell, the new posts that have had the lowest number of views over the past twelve months have been: The Master Plan, Can you tell me how to get to…BEANOTOWN? and Shower Power.

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