Posts Tagged ‘#beconsiderate’


Over the years peopleโ€™s manners have become almost non-existent. There was once an unwritten rule that if you were trying to enter a public building or transportation that you would step aside and let the people trying to exit go first. This is not only polite but itโ€™s also common sense. That rule appears to be a thing of the past these days.

On many occasions I find that I am the only one at a train station that has the patience to let people off before I go storming on looking for an available seat. I understand that getting a seat is important to some people, but that seat is still going to be there after you allow people to get off the train first.

Whilst Iโ€™m on the subject of manners, it is also good etiquette to say thank you to somebody when they hold a door open for you. The amount of times I have been surprised at the lack of gratitude from people, is far too often. People behave as if I am employed to hold the door open for them, and even if I was, there is no reason why you shouldnโ€™t say thank you. Having manners and treating people a certain way helps to build a sense of community and unity. This should be a universal goal for all of us.

I want to share some simple rules that I was taught by my parents growing up. They have helped me to be a better person in society and I am hoping they can help you to.

  1. Always say please and thank you, it can never hurt.
  2. Always address your elders with respect.
  3. Allow people to exit before you enter. (Wait your turn)
  4. Share with and help others instead of standing back and watching people struggle.
  5. Treat others with respect donโ€™t be a douche bag.
  6. Clean up after yourself because nobody else wants to do it for you.
  7. Respect differences.
  8. Donโ€™t eat with your mouth open. Nobody wants to see that.
  9. Never use profanity or violence to make a point or resolve an issue. This can be hard at times.
  10. Admit when you are wrong and always be willing to apologise. Take responsibility.

There are a lot more I could have shared with you, but I believe if people can embrace just these ten rules then the world would be a better place to live.

I know a lot of you are probably unaware of your rudeness and are completely oblivious to your own ignorance, but itโ€™s not too late to change. Please teach and encourage young children how to behave and share my ten rules with them. Letโ€™s all try to make this world a place we all want to live.

Sebastian Bowen.

The Fishtank Podcast.


The amount of times I hear people moaning about teachers receiving too much holiday, only shows how little people know what is really required to educate a child.

Having grown up in a house with a parent who was a teacher and now as an adult I find myself living with another one, I can tell you nothing could be further from the truth.

The amount of time spent planning for the next lessons or marking books from the previous ones, seems like a never ending task. If the job is done right it should take a long time.

A teacher who actually cares about her pupils will take the extra time to ensure that they are able to engage and capture the attention of all of there students, no matter what their abilities may be.

My partner is a science teacher, a very good science teacher. She teaches at an all girls Catholic secondary school in London. Our evenings are not spent sitting in front of the TV watching mindless programmes. Instead she is busy designing interactive PowerPoint slides, planning experiments, marking books or answering an abundance of administrative emails.


A pupils school day may end at 15:30, but a teacher is lucky to get out of the building before 17:00. After returning home there is only time for a quick coffee break then it’s back to marking books and planning for the next day. This can take up to five hours every evening.

This is the same for the holidays. 75% of that time is taken up marking, planning and preparing to return to the classroom. I don’t think any teacher gets the opportunity to fully enjoy their breaks without stressing about the next term.

Imagine returning to work to face hundreds of new children waiting to be inspired and waiting for you to shape and mould their future. To many people that is a very daunting prospect.

Marking books correctly is more than just ticking the right answer and writing a score at the bottom of the page. You have to be able to give constructive criticism or deserved praise. That requires you to have a connection with your students and understand their unique abilities. Being able to identify when a child is underachieving or has made improvements.


The job is more than a job. It’s about nurturing and encouraging children to think and understand the concept of learning. Pushing them to the next level in a meaningful way so they themselves can look back and see their own progress. When the job is done right a child will know he or she has learnt something that day.

In this article I have focused on the imaginary ‘free time’ that people believe teachers have. I have not even begun to talk about the difficulties within the classroom dealing with difficult children, disruptive children and children with emotional instabilities coming from unstable households. All of this is just a fraction of what a teacher is expected to deal with on a daily basis.

So the next time you find yourself talking to a teacher, and you have the urge to say ‘I would love to be a teacher and get all that holiday’. Instead stop yourself, and ask yourself, do you actually have what it takes to be a teacher? Refrain from the usual condescending comment and tone and just say, Thank you.

I would like to thank all of the great teachers in the world. Keep on inspiring, keep on encouraging, keep on teaching. We all would be nowhere without you.

Sebastian Bowen.
The Fishtank Podcast.


Everybody has a horrible neighbour you don’t trust and would be happy to see leave the area. A few weeks ago I received this poorly written hand delivered letter in the mail.

It took me five minutes alone just to stop laughing at the way they spelled the word neighbour.

Dear nayba

My name is Jan from number 14. My son James will be doing a sponsered walk to raise awarenes for a charatee

His 2 mile walk will be taking place on the 17th of this month (next week) on the common. If you would like to sponsa his walk per mile or as a 1 amount please rite down the amount on this letta and return it to number 14.

Give whateva you can it does not have to be a lot a couple of quid will do.


My Response

Hi Jan,

Firstly let me congratulate you on finally motivating your son to do something with his life other than terrorising the neighbourhood. I am glad to hear he is putting his energy into more positive endeavours these days. There may be hope for him yet.

Unfortunately I will not be able to sponsor a donation on this occasion due to the fact your son still owes me money for vandalising the back of my property.

On another note two miles is not a distance that I would consider a challenge, I walk up to five miles a day just to and from work.

You also failed to mention any specific charity which is odd considering you are trying to raise awareness for it. So I can only assume that both the charity and the walk are imaginary and all proceeds will end up in either yours or James’s back pocket.

Also is there any reason why James did not take the time to write the letter himself. The way it reads gives the impression that James is a child. Although he may act like one most of the time, that’s just an unfortunate side effect of your parenting skills.

I wish you all the best of luck in the future your friendly neighbour at number 8.

Jans Response

Dear nayba,

How dare you fuckin talk about my son like that. James ain’t done nothing to your property. He may have ad some troubles in the past but he has calmed down a lot now. I am a great mom and I have raised him and my others to have respec for peeple. We all make mistakes in life nobody is perfect.

The charity is real and so is the walk. If you dont want to sponsa him you could have just said no instead of being a dickhead.


My Response

Hi Jan,

I am sorry that the truth hurts and your vision is so blurry. The troubles in the past that you speak of were just last week. On Tuesday on my return from work I witnessed James and a group of fellow idiots trying set fire to a letter box.

The only reason why he may appear to have calmed down from time to time is because you are witnessing the sweet satisfying effects of marijuana. If you want him to remain calm I suggest you keep him medicated.

It is true we all make mistakes in life and in your case it was your son James. But at some point you need to learn from those mistakes, but you didn’t you carried on and made four more children. I pray they turn out to be better human beings than their predecessor.

Anyway wish you all the best for the future from your happy neighbour at number 8.

Late that night I received this note in the mail

Your a fuckin idiot you betta watch your back.

My Response

Hi Jan,

I can only assume due to the similar poor use of grammar that this last note came from your residence. I just wanted to point out that it is impossible to watch your own back but I will keep it in mind.

I assume James did the walk on Tuesday how did he get on. I tried to show support by turning up at the common but the groundskeeper said there were no scheduled sponsored walks that day. I must have went to the wrong place.

Jans Response

Fuck you!!

To the delight of everybody in the neighbourhood the family were evicted two weeks later due to rent arrears.