Northernheckler's Blog

A Yorkshireman's adventures in the big Smoke


Northern Heckler is a left of centre blogger.

I’m in my late 40’s and have spent my career as a teacher in special education – largely teaching children with severe learning difficulties.

I’ve been Head Teacher of two Special Schools

None of the opinions presented on this site represent the policies of any schools past or present where I may have worked,  their Governing bodies, any of their Governors, or their Local Authorities

Also please see my Comments Policy


  1. I read you blog all the time, but one thing has been bugging me, are you in your 40’s or 40s? Surely the latter?

    Comment by Walter P | December 13, 2009 | Reply

    • What do YOU want it to be Walter ? (because let’s be honest if we were being pedantic we’d say that I’m between the ages of 40 and 50 – sticking a letter ‘s’ or an apostrophe and a letter ‘s’ to a numeral doesn’t really indicate either a plural or a possessive does it ? So we’re speaking colloquially either way).

      Comment by northernheckler | December 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the piece on RAR and riots. It’s brilliant that more and more people are posting their memories of RAR gigs and carnivals online. One thing though: you say that RAR was an SWP front. It was not. I know because I was the first person to work for RAR full time, and was elected to its coordinating committee. There were of course some people from the SWP who were involved in RAR, but we were an autonomous organisation, entirely self-invented and far too anarchic to be under the anyone else’s control. Cheers, Kate.

    Comment by Kate Webb | November 1, 2015 | Reply

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