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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary, should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
However, since she is a writer only in the conceptual sense, I have undertaken to fill these pages on her behalf.
If not by her, these pages will certainly be about her, and other important matters of the day

Leslie Monk, the long suffering.

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Would-Be Diary

25 Feb. 2004 Claire Short
Saw Claire Short on a realty TV show being a geography teacher for one week. She entered the school with a set of beliefs about how a teacher should teach, and to her credit, by the end of the week she had changed her mind. This is how it went.
Stage 1: Claire Short observes a real teacher at work, a moderately assertive disciplinarian. Claire Short with some measure of arrogance and ego-inflation dismisses this method and declares that she will, "reason", with the children. How Claire Short is that?
Stage 2 Claire Short is cruelly exposed by comparison with real teacher.
Stage 3 Claire Short accepts the importance of maintaining discipline. Top marks.
Sara says that there are some real teachers who actually teach the Claire Short way.
Surely not.

26 Feb. 2004 Thursday
More Claire Short.
The old ego was on display once again, this time blabbing away state secrets about wiretapping at the UN. Turns out that it wasn't such a secret anyway since everyone knew it was going on, but that didn't stop Claire Short talking out of turn once again. A delayed matter of conscience, apparently. It will take Blair and Geldoff's African aid project off the front page. How Claire Short is that?
I'm not so sure that we will get to Stage 3 on this one.

27 Feb. 2004 Friday
David Blunkett said on the news at 1pm that he has got a more advanced security access than Claire Short, and that no he had not seen any such wire taps. ....... mmmmmmm.