Posts by BenWilson

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  • Hard News: The Whankernui Factor,

    Mikaere (no offence Mr Curtis)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8801 posts Report Reply

  • Random Play: Welcome to this world,

    Still hurts to remember the actual game though.

    Like it was just yesterday. A twisting pain in my gut, which is ironically what most of the NZ team were feeling before the game, apparently.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8801 posts Report Reply

  • Random Play: Welcome to this world,

    It's jusy way too preachy and totally clunky.

    Not to mention that it fucks up the franchise.

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  • Busytown: For the (broken) record,

    I once made eye contact with Tiger Woods. I thought for a minute there was a connection, he had a nice smile. Then I realized I was just standing in his shot line, and if I didn't move, security would do it for me.

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  • Random Play: Welcome to this world,

    I've no expectations that the storytelling in going to be anything less than risible.

    I'm going to keep an open mind, avoid the spoilers and any other mediation, suspend my disbelief and just enjoy it. It's like being a child again, without the long queue to get a ticket.

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  • Random Play: Welcome to this world,

    Just for Craig, I'll bring a small bag of cheese to put on my popcorn while I watch it.

    I'm also going IMAX on Saturday. I missed out going last night because I got stuck in analysis paralysis deciding whether I wanted to do IMAX, or digital 3D, or Gold Class, and when I finally decided, the only seats left were in the corner of the front row.

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  • Busytown: For the (broken) record,

    Yeah, but if you want to get rid of anything that's too "difficult"

    It's not difficulty that makes me think modern should get more air. It's relevance. Got no problem with teaching old stuff, it's the groundwork, the basis, the context of the modern world. But it's the modern world we find ourselves in now. It's the modern world kids will be using their English in, hearing it, writing and reading in it.

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  • Southerly: Dr Lockwood Smith: End of…,

    The next-but-one to Emma's

    What poor bastard gets stuck in between?

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  • Busytown: For the (broken) record,

    This teacher influenced you profoundly?

    I'm not sure how gobbetization relates to modern vs archaic ratios. Will a lip curl convey all of this to me? If so, consider: this profound source you suggest is ... modern.

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  • Busytown: For the (broken) record,

    Internet Translation Issues here: I meant to say

    I understood you. Perhaps my telepathy came on ;-) But by 'dumbed down Shakespeare', I actually meant 'the easy Shakespeare' eg R&J, so maybe the telepathy's gone half-duplex.

    As for modern English, of course most of an English course should be spent on that. Still leaves some room for a bit of older English, and who else you gonna call on but the eternal bard, if there's only room for one?

    Keir, I sort of agree. I personally hated English as a subject, because they made us read shit I basically didn't like, then pore over it in ways that I didn't like, then discuss it with people I didn't like, then write about it in a format I didn't like. Or even worse, they'd make us read it out loud. Fucking HELL I hated doing that.

    My favourite English classes ever were with Mr Wells, an American teacher who pretty much goofed off with the rest of us, whilst weaving in whatever he could from the curriculum. It was fun, classes reminded me very much of PAS, actually. Long rambling discussions that went off topic constantly, dominated mostly by a few, mostly the cool kids, but with the occasional insight from the more timid, which were usually welcome when they came. Others listened and read, some of them just read whatever they wanted to read and wrote whatever they wanted to write. I don't really know why we always sort of felt guilty afterwards...well I do, actually - assessment. There was always this nagging feeling we were going to get poor marks, and that was bad because...dunno. No one has ever asked me, ever, ever, what grade I got in 6th form English, more than 2 months after the grades came out.

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