Friday, July 31, 2015

Little Lunch

Have you watched any of this new show on ABC3?  The plots revolve around the ordinary going-ons of a primary playground.  It's very watchable and engaging.  As a once-I-was-a-primary-teacher, I think it's really fun.  Not made for an adult audience, obviously, but if you can find a primary student who is willing to watch it with you no one will guess you are enjoying it for your own sake.  Catch up on iview.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Homeless in Sydney

Sydney's Homeless Connect happened in the Town Hall in July.  The ABC site today has six portraits - currently homeless people in Sydney who share a bit of there story.  Here.

Friday, July 24, 2015

"I'm Gonna Love You Through It"

This is a beautiful gift from kids to their teacher.  Adriana Lopez was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  This is their surprise end-of-year song for her.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

There are no mortals among us

I'm at an outstanding education conference this week.  Lots to think about it.  Here's a taster: we were read this quote from C.S. Lewis yesterday. 

There are no ordinary people.
You have never talked to a mere mortal.
Nations, cultures, arts, civilization—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat.
But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.
C. S. Lewis The Weight of Glory 

It is immortals that I teach.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Finding out your going to be a grandpa

There are a plethora of videos of parents being told they are about to become grandparents. Cue the happy tears.  I like this one below because the grandpa-to-be plays it so cool... until he thinks he's alone.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Really clever clothes

How smart is this idea?  Clothing that fits whichever way you put it on (back, front, inside-out).  It is designed to help children and adults who have difficulty dressing independently by making it less of a chore. Whichever way you put the clothes on, it's right.  And no zippers. No tags. Here's two clips on the clothing line - Independence Day Clothing.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The holiday

So, the holiday. Perfect. Beautiful. Relaxing. Warm.

This is was our first ever family holiday that wasn't visiting relatives. It was just lovely. We were so blessed from start to finish. The place we stayed was wonderful and there wasn't a thing to do other than enjoy it.

This was the view from our room.

Lots of water-sports every day.

Lots of pottering around and looking for hermit crabs.

 One of our sons fell deeply in love with the resort donkey named 'Lulu'.  I'm surprised we weren't charged an extra fee for the amount of carrots he fed her from the hotel kitchen.

Next door to the resort was a local village where we were warmly welcomed for church on Sunday morning.

 The windows of this church look out to the sea. It was built by hand between 2001 and 2005.  They lugged sand up from the beach with wheelbarrows and even the steel rafters that hold up the roof were lifted without the aid of machinery.  Every pew was made by hand.  We didn't understand much of the service - it was in Fijian - but we got the vibe of the proceedings.  Thank you to the lovely Mary, who shared her pew with us and lent us her hymnbook so we could sing along. When she held my hands at the end of the service and wished all of God's blessings on me and my family, I felt very welcomed and a little teary.  My daughter enjoyed watching the elder's dog during the sermon.  He follows his master everywhere and comes every week and sleeps in one of the side aisles.

And as for all the other things we enjoyed - the buffets, the kava cermony, the coral viewing, the swimming pool, doing nothing in the sunshine and so on - I won't give you a long recount except to say it was everything I had hoped for and was utterly relaxing.  It was really lovely to just have our family together for a while without knowing anyone else. With no other responsibilities, we could just enjoy each other and have fun.  We had purchased an all-inclusive deal which meant that all our meals and drinks were already worked out.  So for the whole time we were there nobody asked me, "What's for dinner?" or "Can I have a snack?"  That, my friends, was the real holiday!!!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Living in a classy neighbourhood

Saw this at our local Woolworth's carpark yesterday afternoon while I was loading the shopping into my car.

Thursday, July 9, 2015


This was the view from our room for the past week.  Great holiday.  More anon.  Right now, I have serious washing to do.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Passing a semitrailer

Whoah.  That's an interesting idea.TV on back of the truck is getting a live feed from a camera at the front so drivers behind can see if it's safe to overtake.  Read details here.  Also possibly really distracting?  I don't know.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

A kind heart

We are often told that hippos kill more people every year in Africa than any other animal.  Here's proof they have a softer side too.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What freaks me out about social media

This article by David Murray sums up one of my keenest fears when it comes to the online world: the rapidity with which a stupid remark can become a life-altering mistake. Nobel prize-winning scientist Sir Timothy Hunt said something about 'girls' in laboratories at a conference. Social media went wild. As a result, he was forced to resign his position at University College London, the Royal Society and a number of other roles of distinction.  In short, one little quip ended his career.

There seems to be no moderation to the online world.  It's AWESOME or it's UNFORGIVABLE.  Nothing in between.