Rest in peace Mrs King - I hope those of us left have the courage and energy to continue the fight.
Tuesday, 31 January 2006
Rest in peace Mrs King - I hope those of us left have the courage and energy to continue the fight.
Posted by Nogbad at 20:08:00
Monday, 30 January 2006
Both the EU and the US have said they will starve Palastine of humanitarian aid because Hamas, a militant group of thugs responsible for many of the atrocities in Isreal, have won the elections. Of course we're back to the "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter" argument - Menachem Begin was Prime Minister of Israel but as a member of Irgun planned the bombing of the King David hotel in which 91 people were killed and at Deir Yassin the objective was to evacuate an Arab village and then destroy it but 100 civilians were killed by forces led by Begin. The rhetoric of many Israeli leaders is not so different from the language used by Hamas and others now. There are countless other examples but the main issue is the hypocrisy of suggesting that imposing democracy on places like Iraq is the answer and then demonstrating that democracy is only valid if the people we like are the ones who win.
Posted by Nogbad at 18:08:00
Saturday, 28 January 2006
There have been persistent rumours in the agricultural community that, like badgers, Manchester United players spread bovine TB among dairy cattle.Don't you have to read something which contains that line??? I was pointed in that direction by Memex 1.1
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Friday, 27 January 2006
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Wednesday, 25 January 2006
Anyway! Last year a few of us missed out on a really cool job that came with a great company flat and country pad and wheels and loads of staff but Ratzinger got that so we've had to keep looking. Here it is then - a few million quid a year, first class travel around the world (but usually to nice places, we're not talking back streets of anywhere grubby), your employer will have far lower expectations than your customers - in fact your employers rarely have their sh*t in a pile so once you have your feet under the table you'll get away with all sorts of stuff. There are a few downsides, you'll probably have to spend time with some real idiots and they work for you. The press will be all over you all of the time and if you try going over the side the details will be printed and public before you've pulled your strides back on. The job becomes available sometime during the world cup - hopefully after the final but it might also be after the first round.
Posted by Nogbad at 20:31:00
Saturday, 21 January 2006
I'm not and never have been attracted to rent boys and I recognise that addiction to anything is a terrible problem but you have to admit that they do sound like the most interesting bunch to spend time with!
Posted by Nogbad at 20:20:00
An earlier Californian study suggested that those who drank beer tended to be less-educated men who with a higher alcohol intake.I've still to find any research regarding the academic status of those who don't drink or if anything can be inferred from whether people drink lager rather than Guinness (though I have my own thoughts). Overall, and without seeing the research, I think this is probably deeply flawed as it seems to make some big assumptions - does everyone buy everything they consume in the supermarkets sampled? Is everything we put in our basket just for us? I buy frozen chips but rarely eat them - they are here for when my children stay. I also buy wine and beer - perhaps it reflects my less-educated days as well as my reasonably normal days.
Go and check it out and be careful what you buy!
Posted by Nogbad at 08:05:00
Thursday, 19 January 2006
There were some webcast plenary sessions and all were very good - our very own Bluefluff watched one from home and emailed a question which was asked live, don'tcha have to love technology?
Anyway, in amongst all this there were also breakout sessions running in parallel so there were four options of 3 or 4 sessions at a time. Again I saw some great stuff but the one I'd like to share with everyone was stunning.
First up some numbers. There are about 63 million children of secondary school age without access to schooling in Africa. Read that again - the population of the UK is fewer than that all up. Also in Africa one million children each year lose their teacher to Aids, a teacher dies, on average, every two hours. In Lesotho the state started offering free education to all and now classes at the Thamae Lec school are in excess of 200 pupils, many of those teaching have no more than primary school education themselves. Many schools are nothing more than tents and they frequently blow down, even brick-built schools often don't have electricity or telephone lines.
The OU is working in collaboration with partners in the area (and from further afield) to help train teachers, in schools, using mobile phones as the main communication and delivery mode. Part of the OU's mission was always to be a public good and this is just one example of how it is using technology and near global reach to help with a problem that is described, in education terms, as being as big as HIV/Aids. The programme is called TESSA - Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa and is working with the DEEP - Digital Education Enhancement Project (I often wonder whether there is a special department dedicated to coming up with these acronymns??).
Take a moment to look at these sites and think about the educational advantages you and your children enjoy, I know I sat through this presentation thinking about the number of times my children had complained that their bags were heavy or that there were 30 children in a classroom and it was hot that day.
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Saturday, 14 January 2006
Lovely day today meeting some new OU tutors and chatting with people from the regional office. Terrible phone reception in the school so I had to pop out to get a signal every now and again but I finally saw the HT score and then, a little later, saw what I thought was the FT score - it was 16:30 when I got in the car and heard the final score properly.
If anyone doesn't know what I'm on about hit that link to read the match report. Blue Moon over Manchester tonight!
Posted by Nogbad at 20:53:00
Four jobs you've had in your life: Nice easy one to start, just soooooo many to choose from! Children's Entertainer on a holiday camp, chef, Operational audit and Communications manager (put that in because I like the way it trips off the tongue, business cards were A4 sized), Open University tutor.I'm not going to tag anyone but I'd love to see what GW, Bluefluff, Morning and Kat would make of this.
Four movies you could watch over and over: Shawshank Redemption, Casablanca, All that jazz, Wayne's World
Four places you've lived: Another long list to go at! Loose (Maidstone, Kent), Scarborough (North Yorks), Munich (Bavaria), Manchester - where I was born and dragged up.
Four places you've been on holiday: Andros (Greek Island), Preston Brook (the Trent & Mersey canal), Vienna (Austria), Portugal.
Four websites you visit daily: BBC, Open University, Smart Mobs, Echo Mouse :-)
Four TV shows you love to watch:BBC News, The West Wing, Match of the Day (sometimes), Later with Jools Holland (Struggled with this - TV is often on but I don't really watch much)
Four of your favourite foods: Salad Nicoise (bet I've spelt that wrong), Tournados Cordon Rouge, chocolate, Guinness
Four places you'd rather be: Erm! Tricky this one as I'd usually be where I am but........... Munich (in Zum Donisl on the Marienplatz having a nice cold Helles and watching the world rush by), having a coffee on the KuDamm in Berlin, New York, Anywhere with my children
Four albums you can't live without: Blood on the tracks (Dylan), Beethoven's 9th (Berlin, Christmas 1989, Bernstein conducting, words changed to "Ode an Die Freiheit"), Holland (The Beach Boys), Born to run (Springsteen)
Ask me again in five minutes and that list will have changed!
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Tuesday, 10 January 2006
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Sunday, 8 January 2006
As long as your team is in the hat for the draw in the next round the third round of the cup is always special and this year there are still some replays that may provide shocks, non-league Nuneaton earned a replay at Middlesborough. Nuneaton are a typical non-league side made up of part-timers including teachers and social workers so it's great to think that they will have a chance to play at a Premiership ground. The magic of the cup!
Posted by Nogbad at 16:11:00
Tonight's TV viewing is decidedly blokey too. From 6:30 we have live footy on BBC1 (I only have PMT - Poors Man's Telly, no Channel 5 or Sky) and then a brilliant film - "Con Air". Something to distract me from this marking :-)
Posted by Nogbad at 15:39:00
Saturday, 7 January 2006
I do think it's ironic that their Satanic Majesties have been booked to perform, all over the place people were having an attack of the vapours when Janet Jackson showed her breast at the Superbowl yet they've now got a group who were banned by many radio stations and who are one of the raunchiest acts in the history of music. I know it's only rock and roll.................
Posted by Nogbad at 14:52:00
Friday, 6 January 2006
Tonight my son and I are going to the pub though - and he'll be on Diet Coke :-)
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Thursday, 5 January 2006
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Wednesday, 4 January 2006
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Take the growth of political pamphleteering as a potentially informing example. When the printing press became a public instrument in the mid-seventeenth century, the autocratic voice of England's King Charles I could no longer remain discrete, inexorable, or unchallenged. Pamphleteers could sound off to their allies and adversaries alike in the form of one-cent* printed flyers created with Gutenberg's moveable type. This free (relatively speaking) flow of expression gave birth to the British Civil War.This is from a really interesting piece about the cultural repercussions of the print and digital media and can be found here. It's been oft stated that the web was the next step in empowering anyone with access to the technology but now everyone, even those who can't hack a bit of HTML, can publish and be damned using blogging software that takes out the need to know a tag from an attribute and an absolute to a relative reference. Can we change the world, if only just a little, using blogs? Will articulate bloggers suffer by being drowned out in the Tower of Babel that is the blogosphere? Will we learn to find and trust reliable commentators for the 21st century? Will we ever teach the Americans to spell? :-)
* It's very unlikely that the people paying for pamphlets in 1641 used cents though we did have a dollar and a half-dollar from the 16th century!
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