Monday, December 31, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012


“The countenances of children, like those of animals, are masks, 
not faces, for they have not yet developed a significant profile of their own.”  ~ Auden

Friday, December 21, 2012

That's Christmas 2012 wrapped up!

Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4, 11th December 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Fun in the Sun

“Death is the sound of distant thunder at a picnic.” 
~ Auden

Cool design, I said

...before I realised he was using spit

Friday, December 7, 2012

What time is it, J?

conceivably one of them could be noon, but certainly not all

Technically, school ends on December 21, but of course the teachers have already started to tell the children simply not to bother coming in. I found it hard not to contain my anger when V told me his teacher had the audacity to tell the students in class they were to have a four page test the following day, but if they didn’t want to take it, they didn’t have to come in. 

How to nurture respect for authority when our children are faced with such nonsense? What horrors are shared in the privacy of the classroom but not aired to the parents outside of it? And does anyone really care if (as is usually the case) most parents are as ignorant of such matters as their kin?
In a comic twist, J actually passed the year, whatever that means. In reality, it means that he is twelve years old, cannot read the time on an analogue clock, is functionally illiterate and the teachers can’t face the challenge of another year with him.

Ignorance, it seems, is the new poverty.

“Even if peace were declared tomorrow, how could this army of youth rebuild the nation, if they cannot read or write?”
Afghanistan: What does ‘school’ mean? 
UNICEF, April 1990

Thanks for the compliment, R

it felt funny too