Last chance to face the music;Jotter;News amp; Opinion

26th November 1999 at 00:00
WITH Michael O'Neill still in charge (until last Friday afternoon at least), music was inevitable at the annual bash of the Association of Directors of Education.

The children's chorus from the outgoing president's North Lanarkshire patch duly obliged with a couple of thematic numbers for hard-pressed directors - "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Somebody to Lean On".

"What a pity the best of the conference is now over," quipped incoming president Keir Bloomer. But O'Neill wasn't finished. His Powerpoint presentation ended with yet another ADES theme song - "Don't Worry, Be Happy".

Now it's all change. Under Bloomer, there will be "no more electronic wizardry, no songs, no displays of erudition of pop culture of the years before fire was invented. As the century draws to a close, the age of the middle-aged trendy gives way to the time of the geriatric techno-dullard."

But the technophiles are rapidly catching up, as O'Neill was later to point out. He has just had his first parental complaint fired in by e-mail.

But old habits die hard: in the best dictatorial (sorry, directorial) tradition, he e-mailed the complaint to another official.

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