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2013: My Literary Resolutions December 29, 2012

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Now the Millennium is a teenager! I’m ready to face the growth spurts, raging hormones and GCSE’s.

Surprisingly, I was able to keep my three 2012 resolutions. This could be because I keep them short and precise. They were similar to STOP. LOOK . LISTEN. Next year I’ll be more adventurous in my hopes and dreams.

I have a few of books I must read this year. 

  1. The Simarillion by J R R Tolkien
  2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  3. The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence: There are eighteen books altogether. I have read five already

I also hope to continue to blog  regularly on Science, Books and Teaching.

Have a wonderful New Year!

Below are the links to my best  2012 posts

But you’re a scientist

Of men and of angels

A path worth following

The Young Tender Tween

An Ode to a ‘Supply’

A Morning to be Good on… November 26, 2012

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It’s Here! Well, almost

After a year of anticipation the Hobbit is coming to a screen near me. Yay!

I was read the Hobbit quite late in life. I was twenty-one and looking for a summer job. I had heard about this story but never read it. Not even after discovering Middle-Earth through Lord of the Rings. So that summer board and jobless I began my own unexpected journey.

Today is also the first anniversary of this blog.

 

OctoberFest: 1-31 October October 1, 2012

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OctoberFest 2012

Redbridge Libraries are the place to be this autumn

Redbridge Libraries are proud to present ‘OctoberFest’, a month of fantastic performances, poetry, music, mine, drama, storytelling and author events taking place across the Borough.

http://www.redbrige.gov.uk/octoberfest

I am excited about this time of year! Apples of different colors and crunch abound and I can have hot chocolate again! You can tell I’m an autumn baby. 🙂

I will be posting about the workshops, guided tours and storytelling I’ll attend.

Moon cakes* and Sunshine September 21, 2012

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Every day my alarm goes off at 6.30. This week it’s been a struggle to get up as it no longer light at this time.

What does this mean? The autumnal equinox is tomorrow (14:49 Universal Time). It’s officially the first day of fall.

The website EarthSky.org gives this explanation

Because Earth doesn’t orbit upright, but is instead tilted on its axis by 23-and-a-half degrees, Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun’s light and warmth most directly.  We have an equinox twice a year – spring and fall – when the tilt of the Earth’s axis and Earth’s orbit around the sun combine in such a way that the axis is inclined neither away from nor toward the sun. 

Earth’s two hemispheres are receiving the sun’s rays equally now.  Night and day are approximately equal in length.  The name ‘equinox’ comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night).

As the leaves change colour and the final days of harvest draw near. I hope you enjoy the delights of this season.

*In China during the equinox, moon cakes are shared hence the title.

The Science of Girl’s things June 28, 2012

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A few years ago I put together a series of lesson to looking at careers in Science. At the time I found several resources that I adapted to suit my students and the time allocated. Earlier today I saw the video for the EU campaign . I thought that video would have been a great discussion tool and was surprised by the outrage this video sparked.

Maybe I’m missing something obvious but I believe this gives a basic and clear message. Science isn’t something obscure and out of reach.

http://science-girl-thing.eu/