Monday, June 09, 2014

School V Education

School V Education is a blog full of interesting insights into education and the promise of much more to come. Whatever your stance on the education question, you will find much anecdotal evidence to support non-traditionalist leanings and quotations to save for that argument where you just want to be contrary.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

The 2012 Gold Challenge

The Olympics are round the corner...not just in time but in distance - just down the road from us here in The Paradise Zone Youth Centre in the East End of London.

Our team  is running/cycling/swimming/walking ...


to raise 


for our club activities.

Check out our progress here

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Killing's a Game

She shot the gun at a passerby
Her mother laughed from the bench nearby
The gun was orange and had water for bullets
But the girl was four and applauded for doing it

How far have we come from the caves of our past
From sticks, stones and fire, nailing colours to the mast 
Fighting violence with violence and shame with shame
And teaching our children that killing's a game

Monday, January 23, 2012

Blog Update

I still have not caught up with my blogging. I am 22 days into 2012 and have much to talk about - from Christmas in Poplar to Tenerife in the New Year... and before and after...

Below are some of the subjects to come...

  • Children in Need activities
  • 3 Club Christmas Parties in 24 hours
  • Sammy the Squirrel
  • Tenerife's Christmas celebrations
  • Christmas Eve Eve @ Poplar peeling
  • Snow globes & jam jars
  • Jon's cards and travels
  • Thanksgiving
  • Chinese New Year & the art of chopsticks
  • Julian Barnne's Sense of an Ending
  • My different names for different people
  • Someone elses award
  • Patrick's walk and talk
  • Rice pudding for the world
  • Guitar hero smiles
  • Christmas Fayre
  • Christmas Movie Night
  • Christmas art & cooking
  • Deaf Club


Thursday, December 08, 2011

Nativity (2011)

Here is clubs Nativity Factor Entry... for it here

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Poppies, Peace & Poplar

This week we talked about bonfire night and firework displays. We made chocolate covered apples with sprinkles. We talked about the statue of an angel that stands in our local Poplar Park where 16 young children lost their lives in the first ever daylight air raid in 1917. We talked about the poppy being a symbol, even in Ancient Greece, of life, death and rebirth - able to lie dormant in the ground for years and burst into life like in Normandy. We talked about the different types and colours of poppies and the meanings in recent times of remberance, peace and 'never again'. We talked about how sad it is to lose people like a grand parent, mum or uncle. We made different colour poppies with hearts for petals to show our love for those we have lost. 

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Jon in the Club Office

Those who think that Jon is away in India should think again. Here he is sitting at his desk today. I don't know why he has his hood on indoors or why he likes to wear marigolds at the computer but each to their own.

Me, Sue and Tara have had a scare or two when we have entered the office and seen him there when we didn't expect to seem him - he is supposed to be in India you know.

Oh well looks like Craig's plans to take his chair while he's gone aren't going to come to fruition!

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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Jarrow March 2011

Young People starting out from Temple
on the last leg of the 2011 Jarrow March

The more seasoned Hetty Bower (106 years old) marched
75 years after she welcomed the original Jarrow marches to London 75 years before

The granddaughter of an original Jarrow marcher.

That is it - Youth Demand a Future

All the Jarrow 2011 marchers at the end point in Trafalgar Square after 400 miles!

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Friday, November 04, 2011


After work today I got the 5pm train from Waterloo to Southampton, arrived around 6.20pm, walked in the misty rain in my flipflops and T Shirt (I had an umbrella in my bag) into town. Picked up my camera from a shop I had lost it in two months before. Walked back to the train station. Got the 7.30 train back to London. I arrived back home again about 9.30pm.

It was well worth it - I got my camera back and nearly four hours study! Sometimes I am jealous of commuters - they have so much reading time. I couldn't read the back of a cereal packet in the time it takes me to get to work- and it's probably not recommended if lamposts, pot holes and traffic are to be avoided!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cognitive Function Test

Recently I have been forgetting words, mixing up the starts and ends of word and in general showing what my daughter considers are symptoms of early onset Alzheimer’s, Tom thinks I just need more sleep. So to put her mind (and mine) at rest - this morning, before breakfast, in between putting a wash on and reading an essay I did a cognitive function test.

The results showed that for my age I have above average cognitive function - so it looks like I just need more sleep!

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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Block the Bridge

Westminster Bridge was blocked by NHS Cuts protestors

More photos to come...

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Saturday, October 08, 2011

Anti-War Rally

More photos to follow...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Postcard from London Arms Fair

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Life Long Learning

Today, Lil was excited to, for the first time in her 71 years on this earth got into a library, get a library card and come out with a book (one that she can read now after practicing her reading with Christine and David).

Now she plans to work on her writing skills.