Sorry, but that is just rude and self centred.
Thursday, 8 December 2011
I wonder how different the build up to Christmas will be in NY. Next week I will find out.
Saturday, 5 November 2011
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Happy days, it should be better soon.
Monday, 17 October 2011
FYI, the empty shelves are not really empty, I went to a Crop recently and have not put the papers back yet.
Friday, 30 September 2011
This morning at about 7.30 I was greeted by the sight of the sun rising over the Tower of London. The air was still and warm, you could still hear birdsong over the noise of the traffic, there was almost no one else about. It was as near to a perfect morning as I have seen on a work day.
Thursday, 29 September 2011
Very special. Look around you for other special sights.
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Could someone please let me know what is going on. I am getting confused and have no idea what I am meant to be wearing from one say to the next.
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
You don't take a photograph, you ask, quietly, to borrow it.
This set my mind going in a number of ways. Firstly, thinking about photos generally, do we ever ask if we can take, let alone borrow, a photo these days? Time was, and in some cultures still is, that taking a photo was thought as a way of stealing your soul.
Secondly, I have been thinking about the difference between 'taking' and 'quietly asking'. So many of us assume we have a 'right' to do a thing or have a thing, when did we last ask, quietly, if it would be OK to do so?
I shall have to think about how I can build that into my life and so more quiet asking.
(Sorry about the finger over the lens.)
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Friday, 26 August 2011
I rarely get the time to read a newspaper from cover to cover, but having been away with little to do and all day to do it in, I have had that pleasure. Unfortunately my paper reading coincided with the announcement of this year's GCSE results. This is usually a topic to get my blood pressure going in an upward direction; this year was no different, as the papers announced yet another year of increased pass rates and increased grades. How? So many youngsters that I have come across in my working life are incapable of using correct grammar, and I am convinced that were it not for Spell Checker, they would be using spelling that has only a very rough approximation to English. They change tense part way through a sentence, do not know when to use the singular and when the plural. It is often painful to read.
I am sorry, but GCSEs are NOT the same as O Levels were, they are set and marked in such a way as to allow more, if not most, to pass and pass well. How does that help future employers gauge which the best applicant is for a particular role. It does nothing for the child either, who will have spent their school life succeeding at everything, only to find that in the real world, they fail. Let me state here and now, there is nothing wrong with failing, as long as you learn from it. I know, I have failed often in my life, particularly whilst at school. In fact I was so good at failing at school that I had always assumed that I was not the brightest button in the box; I was right, I am not, but I am actually a lot brighter than I had thought while at school. Moving into the real world was wonderful for me, I suddenly started to succeed more often, not always, but certainly more often.
I should explain that I was a bright youngster and this meant that I was pushed into the higher class, meaning that I was always one of the youngest in my year and, once I hit 10 or 11, I started to struggle to keep up. For better or worse (and I hold that it was for better) I was allowed to remain in the higher year, but it did mean that I found school life quite tough.
In my later years I have excelled in my studies, most recently passing a Degree level Professional Course with Distinction. This is something that I never thought I would achieve, indeed, during the exam I was convinced I had failed!! How wrong.
So, why is this post headed 'Finally some sanity'? Yesterday there was an article in the Telegraph with the Headline - 'GCSEs: sloppy grammar will cost pupils one in 10 marks'. Finally markers are going to be allowed to deduct marks for bad grammar
GCSE exams in English and English literature, to be sat in 2012, will reserve at least 12 per cent of marks “for the use of a range of sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate punctuation and spelling”, said Ofqual
This will be followed with History and Geography in 2013, with Religious Studies possibly being included in 2013 also. The article suggests that bite sized modules, that pupils can resit until they get the grade they need, are also to be abolished; I had no idea they existed, but it certainly explains how we got to the position that we are now.
I appreciate that this Post may cause some to seethe, but trust me when I say I have been seething for some years now, it is someone else's turn. Roll on sanity, it will help us and it will help our children.
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
I am looking forward to three nights of pure pampering and indulgence. Not, as one of my colleagues suggested, a time to dry out and detox (this is not The Priory), just attentive service and pampering.
Why is it that three nights here is like a fortnight away somewhere? Is it as simple as having others running round looking after you, or is it something else
Monday, 22 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
So, today I am loving:
- The sunshine being back, even if it is only for a short while.
- The mist on the River Thames this morning as I passed over Richmond Bridge. It may be a reminder that Autumn is on its way, but it was still stunning.
- Today is my last day at work for two weeks.
- Tomorrow will be spent with friends, playing with paper and glue.
- I am blessed with good health, even though I feel totally shattered at the moment having worked close to 12 hour days all this week.
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Too many of us spend too much of our time with our heads down, determined to get to our journey's end as quickly as possible.
Stop. Look up. Be surprised by what you may see. I am sure most people would miss seeing this camel train above a bank in Great Tower Street, but there it is for all to admire.
Take the time today to look up and find the little pleasures that so many miss.
Saturday, 2 July 2011
These are the same layout, but one has been turned through 90 degrees
|Can you see it now?|
Friday, 1 July 2011
- I am really tired, but that doesn't matter because I have today off work
- The forecast for the weekend is really not too bad
- We have a good day planned, out and about and having fun
- Our National Trust Membership will be used again today
- Life is good
Monday, 30 May 2011
Friday, 27 May 2011
- I have today off work
- Father is home and progressing well
- We have a good week planned; time with friends.
- Our National Trust Membership pack has come through just in time
- I am in a good mood.
Friday, 20 May 2011
- The forecast for the weekend is good
- Father is due to go home on Tuesday, with luck and a fair wind
- We have a good weekend planned; time for us, time for family, time for self.
- Nature is a wonderful thing that produces some amazing sights
- We had our own, wonderful, strawberries for supper. Yum!