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Blossoms and Severe Writer’s Block April 18, 2013

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Repeatedly, in the last two months, I’ll sit in front of by laptop, open up my WordPress dashboard, click on add new post and …nothing.
Or I’ll be at the dining room table tap-tap tapping on the surface with a gnawed pen. It was a horrible experience as I seemed drained of all my creativity.

I believe it’s linked to the protracted cold weather we’ve been having in London. Now Winter is my favourite seasons but no much of a good thing isn’t good.
Or maybe its just laziness. ideas for this blog have come easily before. Now I earn it through blood, sweat and tears, emphasis on the tears.

A few evenings ago I was walking home from a friend house. It was about 10:30 pm. I rounded a corner and on the green was a huge tree laden with blossom. It was so startling that I stood in wonder. Spring is here to stay!

Night blossoms

The sunshine, warming temperatures and lighter evening hadn’t convinced me until I saw that tree. I began clapping and laughing out loud. Then this post’s title hazily formed in my mind.  The block on my creativity faded away!

Since then I jotted several ideas which I’ll blog about in the near future.

If the sun is shining where you are, step outside for a few minutes. Enjoy!

Todays Google Doodle (2) February 19, 2013

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Today is Nicolaus Copernicus 540th birthday.Quiet Monumental!

Today is Nicolaus Copernicus 540th birthday.
Quite Monumental!

The first time I heard about the work of Copernicus was in a History of Science class in University. I really enjoyed the journey through time looking at Science. Recently, I did something similar with a Yr7 class. We looked at the history of the magnets and magnetism. The students had a lot of questions and we finished with the making a compass practical.

Any subject could be Scientific!

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.

An Ode to a ‘Supply’ October 17, 2012

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I’m not a poet so this is technically not a poem.  Most of the time my posts are inspired by my work and this is no exception.

It was 7:26am

Ms Locum stood by her front door

She went through her mental check list

Two dozen pens – Check

A baker’s dozen pencils – Check

A piece of fruit, dried soup and a sachet of hot cocoa – Check

Ms Locum is a supply teacher

 

It was a crisp autumn day

Cool blue skies with tints of sunrise red

She walked quickly toward station

Then sprinted when she the thunder of an approaching train

Ms Locum is a supply teacher

 

It was a typical old style building

Ancient red brick, pipes along the corridor wall

‘I could be in any decade’ she thought

As she tailed the office staff to the classroom

Ms Locum is a supply teacher

 

It was year nine class

There would always be a year nine class

In they came, high on crisps and sweets after morning break

Some greeted her cheerfully

Some swore, startled by the new face

Others jostled and shoved

One or two slammed the door against the wall

Ms Locum is a supply teacher

 

It was a trick she learned from another teacher or maybe a book

“Good Morning” She said directly to each student as they came in

Her smile was wide and inviting

The wave of hostility receded

Then she stood in the front waiting for silence

Her smile vanished

Ms Locum is a supply teacher