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Nov 29, 2015Posted by on
Lenny had grown up living with his mother’s parents and her older brother in a two-up two-down terraced house in Cross Street where his father had left them both when he went away to the war. Their arrival antagonising the older brother who had lost the right to a bedroom of his own but four occupants, whatever their relationship, didn’t make a house overcrowded in Cross Street. It was normal in the street for grandparents to share a house with one or more children of their own and where their grand-children often outnumbered the adults living there. The street had many absent fathers who, like Lenny’s father, had gone to fight in the war. A war that had begun the same year Lenny was born and five years later, having no memory of his father or of a life without a war, he rarely thought of his father coming home and expected to go war himself when he grew up. Read more of this post
Aug 16, 2013Posted by on
A recent post reminded me of a 1930 case before The Court of Criminal Appeal that was lodged by a canal boatman convicted of failing to send his children to school. In ruling on the appeal, The Lord Chief justice said:
“This case is simple but important. The appellant is a married man, having three children residing with him on a pair of barges whilst navigating the Grand Union Canal. He was summoned by the Education Authority of the County of Middlesex for failing to send his children to a school for their elementary education, and for which he was committed”. Read more of this post
Aug 13, 2013Posted by on
WHAT IS EDUCATION?
The Court of Criminal Appeal gave judgement in this case today, which arose out of the conviction of a canal boatman for failing to send his children to school.
The Lord Chief Justice: This case is simple but important. The appellant, Samuel Bloggs, is a boatman owning and navigating a pair of monkey-boats (erroneously described by Sir Ethelred Rutt as barges) on the Grand Union Canal. Mr. Bloggs is a married man and has three children, who reside with their father and mother on the two boats, which are loyally entitled George and Mary. Mr. Bloggs was summoned by the Education Authority of the County of Middlesex for failing to send his children to a school for the purpose of receiving elementary education, and he was committed. Read more of this post