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Friday column: Exam results and scary holidays

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 24th August 2018

It was a day I’d been dreading. The lease on my son’s rented house came to an end this week and he asked me to help him move out. He’s fiercely independent and would have done the move by himself – except he’s got mountains of stuff, a turbo trainer and several bikes. He doesn’t have a car and the insurance on hiring a van would be sky-high. But when ...keep reading

Afternoon tea at the Old Parsonage in Oxford

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 20th June 2012

It was my birthday yesterday and the last day of my son’s exams – so what better way to celebrate than afternoon tea in Oxford?   And what better place to choose than the Old Parsonage? One of the best-known hotels in Oxford, it’s housed in a pretty 17th century building and boasts a shady stone terrace that’s just perfect for afternoon tea. No wonder the place is so popular ...keep reading

Exam time in Oxford, carnations and Inspector Rebus

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 6th June 2012

Just before nine each morning I spot hordes of anxious-looking students hurrying along the pavement below my office. It’s exam time in Oxford and the undergraduates are on their way to the exam hall up the road. The Starbucks round the corner is full of them, all drinking endless cups of black coffee and poring over closely-typed revision notes. Forget the old saying about policemen seeming absurdly young as you ...keep reading

Sweltering in the sunshine, revision and The Great Gatsby

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 26th May 2012

Phew, what a scorcher… I’ve wanted to write those words ever since my newspaper days. But deep down I wish the azure blue skies and sweltering heat hadn’t arrived quite yet. Why? Because every teenager I know is revising for exams right now. And while the papers are full of annoying articles declaring that A levels and GCSEs have been dumbed down (not true, they’re just different), a generation of ...keep reading

The annual French exchange

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 8th May 2012

As the exam season kicks in with a vengeance, my student daughter hit on a brilliant idea to revise for her impending French oral. She and her flatmate booked a budget flight to Lyon and spent two days immersed in speaking French. It was a far better (and more fun) idea than the usual method of improving teenagers’ language skills – the dreaded French exchange. Apart from my schoolfriend Sarah, ...keep reading