"I have concerns like all headteachers, not about change, but about the pace of change and the degree of uncertainty because what we are doing is budget-driven and that's not the best driver." - Rory Mackenzie, who retired last week after 16 years as head of Edinburgh's Balerno High
"The request seemed to come from a completely different era. I thought there must be some mistake and Opera North would support me by finding a way round this completely outdated hysteria." - Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, whose opera Beached was pulled after a primary school objected to references by a gay character to his sexuality.