From the Headmaster's desk
For nearly six years, my Friday afternoon has included writing a Pilgrims’ Way article – but, given that next week we will reproduce my Prize-Giving speech, this is the final in the series. In extremis, I have written the c.400 words in alcoves in the Cathedral and on trains, a plane, and in a motorway service station. Given that they appear at the top of a newsletter, my aim has not been to recite the happenings of the week, but to give a Pilgrims’-relevant message that, ideally, permits reference to specific school events.
Thank you to Karen Pacey for her proof-reading – that is, mainly, the removal of lines and paragraphs (and sometimes whole articles) that would have unnecessarily divided opinion. Editors Rhian Little and, currently, Angela Slater have been wonderfully tolerant of habitual last-minute delivery and my own final sweep of the Pilgrims’ Way and a zealous imposition of the ‘z’ spelling (no, it is not an Americanism!), Oxford commas, [there’s one for you] and imperial measurements (though even I balked at writing five furlongs after every mention of the recent ‘1km Challenge’). On occasion, Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage has settled disputes.