In My Own Time

31st August 2012 at 01:00
Douglas Chambers, Principal teacher at Oakgrove Primary, Glasgow


- On holiday I love to digest meatier books and have been trying to broaden my experience of classics recently, like George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. During term time, it can be hard to get into anything too heavy, so I reach for young adult fiction such as Mark Walden's H.I.V.E. books, Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series and The Long Staff by Clare Wilson. I tell myself they're for work, but that's not entirely honest. Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book I read in my teens that will forever have a place in my heart.


- In secondary school, following a cheeky retort to a music teacher, I found myself the recipient of weekly lessons in double bass and - when I'd paid my dues - the slightly less mortifying bass guitar. This allowed me to try various musical styles with jazz groups, orchestras and ceilidh bands. Since then I've enjoyed live music from the comfort and anonymity of the audience, and am looking forward to seeing Ed Sheeran, Ben Folds Five and Scissor Sisters this year.


- I am partial to a comic-book movie, especially Christopher Nolan's Batman films and the Marvel movies that culminated in Avengers Assemble. Fight Club and the Back to the Future trilogy are often revisited on rainy days. I love the escapism of movies and get to the cinema most Sunday nights. Generally, I'm not too fussy, but won't thank you for horror, dance or Nicolas Cage.


- I don't watch an awful lot of TV. Generally, I'll commit to a DVD box set or a show on Netflix instead. I'm a fan of Dexter and Six Feet Under.

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