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Pencils Down … January 15, 2013

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It is exam season – A time I remember with fondness. At this time I am glad I’m a supply teacher and my student days are behind me.

In what way do exams prepare one for the ‘world of work’? Not really as I haven’t taken a test since graduation. Yet whenever I’m asked a question the same thudding heartbeat rings in my ears.

“Miss, how come …”

Thought 1: I haven’t the foggiest

Thought 2: I really should know this

Thought 3: Why don’t I know the answer? Gasp! My brain has expired.

Thought 4: Who cares that I don’t know. If I were a genius I wouldn’t be doing this job 😛

I say sweetly, “That’s a great question. How about you google it when you get home. [insert famous Scientist here] life’s work was on this topic”

Accurate recall under pressure

Why do I miss this?

Possibly, I’m haunted by the trill of being high on adrenaline.

Mostly, fretting over uni exam is a minor stress trigger compared to rent, work, health etc.

Truly, I gained confidence by being able to share my hopes and fears with my classmates. That camaraderie is hard to find these days.


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’

At Zenith December 7, 2012

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Today's Pricture of the day http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap121207.html

Today’s Picture of the day

I recently began an on-line Astronomy course. I was and still am excited about it. However I have lately realised that my previous knowledge isn’t much. Slightly humbled I have spent time looking over the course material and jotting down notes.

Finding a star: Before I would open up Stellarium and match the up the stars. Now I understand the term ‘at its Zenith’ and that a star is at its highest (from an observers prospective) when on east to west journey it crosses the Celestial Meridian. Hopefully by Christmas I would be able to tell the time by looking at the night sky!

I do love the rush all this new information brings.  It’s like being a first year undergraduate – swollen with all this knowledge. I feel quite young again.

At this time of year the nights are clear so I am going to wrap up and put theory into practise.

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.


Hello,Vitayu,Bonjour Hola,Guten Tag November 21, 2012

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This is from a fellow blooger. As a young student I really admire his prespective of the world.










I would firstly like to apologize for the lack of posts over last month. 

Starting back into the swing of the things . I recently had the pleasure of participating in a EU youth exchange program (click link to our blog).On the Youth In Action program I learnt about so many other cultures especially about Eastern Europe that I never understood before the event. I was lucky to be with people from Ukraine, Latvia ,Belarus etc, language did present a little difficulty but was quickly overcome with an open mind. The Aims of the exchange in our case was to. 

  •  explore our identity and diversity
  • understand other cultures
  • Learn more about the EU

Highlights for me were

  • Games & Activites
  • Meal times
  • And  late night fun

I had a great experience and I truly recommend to other young people  between the ages 13-21 to apply ,join or participate in Youth /School exchange or take a gap year abroad and  get out…

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