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Variety is the spice of life

I've had a very varied last week. I spent 3 days at the Hay Festival. It's always stimulating. I saw talks about HS2, early onset dementia, feminism, being in a coma, captaining a cricket team and OFSTED. Yes, I know. Paying £7 to witness an interview with Amanda Spielman was an odd thing to do. She says all the right things and wants to capture all that's best about schools but it appears that lack of funding means they can't really go much further than to let the data drive the system. I'm not about to start a campaign for more money for OFSTED but it is a pity that there can't be a deeper view of how a school is performing.

On Saturday I saw the Rolling Stones live in Coventry. Quite remarkable. 74 year old Mick Jagger bounces around the stage like he's 22. I'm now questioning my decision to retire. Well not really. Just looking more closely about how I can re-emerge as an energised force. Perhaps the first thing I should do is to track down Mick's doctors.

On Monday I spent some time at the home of the Leicester Tigers with some of the Farnborough lads. A long time since I was at Welford Road. Lots has changed over the last 30 years. And a great experience for the boys.

And next week the World Cup starts. Another World Cup? Is it really 4 years since the last humiliation?

Phil Crompton