Category Archives: Education

Unlocking a Gate

In looking to see if Rochelle had posted a new picture prompt for a hundred-word story, I found the one below and mistakenly took it for the latest.  I furiously scribbled a story, arising from reading about the hardships suffered by … Continue reading

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Really Awful Connectivity

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected.” Here you’ll find I have selected Things quite diff’rently connected; If I’ve put a wire in wrong, With a short, they won’t last long! And, because the above are all … Continue reading

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Haughty and Cultural in a Small Way

 I have had my normal life (not that I ever have one of those!) disrupted since Thursday, and this will continue until 17h00 tomorrow. On Thursday, after kid collection, I had to load various things we needed for the Durban … Continue reading

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Should health warnings become compulsory in books like the Bible and Koran?

Because of serious risk, cigarette packages have to bear warnings regarding the potential dangers of smoking, and liquor advertising is similarly regulated. Surely it is becoming time that religious writings which appear to make it OK to go discriminating against … Continue reading

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  Are infinitives to safely be split? That is quite a question; To carefully be considering it Leads to indigestion – Should any adverb come to follow ‘to’ Which sets out the manner In which intended action one should do? … Continue reading

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POETIC METRE-GREETER – a really awful guide to prosody*

When groups of beats in poems are put, Then each such group is called a foot; ‘IT ADS’ for naming feet you seek: – I am fits in with I am beak,                               [Iamb; Iambic] To-row-key, make To-row-cake,              [Trochee; Trochaic] An’-a-pest … Continue reading

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Of botany, bats, horticulture, swimming, frogs, and Japanese excursions.

  The weather was pleasantly steamy over the weekend, and I was in the pool as soon as I got up.   The grandchildren have been missing their mother while she spent a work-related week in Japan, and were literally … Continue reading

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Really awfully proud.

My granddaughter the eldest Did ‘A Levels’ this year, That she would not do well – best! – We’d not the slightest fear.  Until she got ambitious, In taking courses on, And made us superstitious Too many would mean none.  … Continue reading

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In adding to my little tip (No, ‘refuse tip’ would not be hip) It seems that some may not well know Where for that dropdown thing to go – So here it is to plainly see I hope your version … Continue reading

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  You know the little flaggy thing On top, to dropdown comments bring? Well, if you get an empty square When you select the top ones there, With just the cursor spinning ‘wait’, Do not bemoan this awful fate; Just … Continue reading

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