The only person I know who regularly uses 'sanguine' in conversation is my mother. Her Ilford County School for Girls education seems to have served her very well for vocabulary. On one occasion, she was summoned by excited cries from the biology mistress: Come quickly, girls! The paramecia are conjugating!
Sorry, not blue at all. I was distracted by the volcano.
What is most challenging for parents (I reckon) is when your children know more than you do about certain things, w
I find that awesome rather than challenging. I have long ago ceded authority in new Zealand history, bird identification and knowledge of the subtleties of test cricket to my lad (13).
I believe the Albert Park foral clock’s hands were removed as people would attempt to ride the hands, damaging the mech.
Inspired by The 39 Steps maybe?
Just putting sitzpinkler out there as it's a word that deserves wider usage ..
On the subject of 'failing in writing':
Within a short space of time, my Year 8 lad received the following assessments of his writing:
'Below expectations' from one teacher.
'At expectations' from another teacher a short while later (having moved schools/cities).
And a Distinction pass in the ICAS exam for writing run by the University of New South Wales.
It makes me really, really angry. I'm not for a moment suggesting that we should be looking to some overseas system for validation, but just pointing out the wild inconsistencies. And it was horrible to see the confidence sapping effects of that poor assessment.
Meanwhile the Press wades in with more obnoxious sniping at the profession.
It also requires a lot of commercial sponsorship and doesn't seem to ever make a profit.
I thought it was the only major stadium in the country that did run surpluses.
Robyn - a couple of personal favourites to recommend:
Awesome Aotearoa - a collaboration between MM and Trace Hodgson resulting in a very funny and inspired NZ history for young readers. With the added recommendation that it offended Radio Rhema. Heh.
Mahyem is fabulous. Kind of a synonym of rumbustification. Love your photo too.