Dark?

Jan. 25th, 2011 05:11 pm
mistletoe: (cookies)
It's not even half past four yet.



Today I am making curry. In other words chicken, mushrooms and a jar of tikka sauce. What? I have to cook the chicken and mushrooms first. Oh and an onion. I could make a curry from scratch but that would be better tomorrow and I am going out to eat then so quick and cheaty is the way.

Gasp! I was so lazy today. I could have gone to Durham and got a haggis for Burns Night and I watched The Player instead. Well it did look like rain and then it didn't rain, but it could have. And now it is so that's why it's dark early. Ha! I am prescient.

I wasted a lot of time yesterday reading a Bones fic that had promise but then the writer had such an execrable style I couldn't take any more. It was all simple sentences and, for variety, the writer would put the words of a sentence in random order. e.g. (not an actual sentence) Down on the seat she sat beside Angela. It was mainly to avoid starting every sentence with 'he' or she' but wearing it was by the 60th chapter (they were short too). Obviously the person has never heard of adverbs or compound or complex  or, you know, semicolons. No one knows how to use them properly these days. The writer said she never read other fanfic in case it tainted her ideas with others. Well maybe she could see the syntax instead. Never mind. By the time I gave up Booth was dying and had been for months, but nobody noticed. Good three sentences worth of information there. I wish I could write. I would show them. Type I would. Use a beta I would not. Brilliant I am. I couldn't even think like that never mind write 60 chapters and have no end in sight.

The amaryllis number one and the Christmas cactus have finished flowering, so I have to wait for amaryllis number two to show me what I've got. Hopefully, (see a different way to start a sentence) the snowdrops and daffodils will be making a show soon and it'll be Spring before we know it. Still time for snow though.

O_o Andy Gray has left Sky Sports. (The BBC report says he has been sacked with immediate effect in response to "New evidence of unacceptable and offensive behaviour")  Ha. This all stems from an incident on Saturday. He and his co presenter, the sycophantic Richard Keys who has been doing the job since Sky Sports started and still knows nothing about football, made derogatory remarks about the assistant referee in the Liverpool game being a woman. Women don't know the offside rule one opined. Kenny (Dalglish) will blow up said the other. This before the game had started. Clearly they expected her to fail because she was a woman and women have no place in football. These remarks were said while they thought their microphones were off (which they weren't) and came to light via a newspaper.

As it turned out she made a critical and correct offside decision in the build up to one of Liverpool's goals. In your face you two who spend a great deal of your time discussing offside decisions and admitting they don't know the new interpretation either. Male entitled idiots is what they are. The assistant referee has been withdrawn from the game she was supposed to be on tonight. That means her right to earn a living has been denied. If she were petty minded like those two she could sue. She is 24 years old, competent, qualified and fully backed by the FA. That's more than those two have ever been. One is a 55 yearold ex-footballer with a few stock phrases (e.g. 'Take a bow son, take a bow') and I have no idea how the other got his job because he is useless.

They were suspended for last night's live game (I didn't miss them) and now Gray has done the decent thing gone. I bet Keys hangs on though. He is too stupid to realise that referring to the business manager of West Ham as 'the lovely Karren Brady' (sarcastic emphasis on 'lovely') making sexist remarks in her newspaper was a tad hypocritical.

Here, singalong to this to cheer us up.


Dark?

Jan. 25th, 2011 05:11 pm
mistletoe: (cookies)
It's not even half past four yet.



Today I am making curry. In other words chicken, mushrooms and a jar of tikka sauce. What? I have to cook the chicken and mushrooms first. Oh and an onion. I could make a curry from scratch but that would be better tomorrow and I am going out to eat then so quick and cheaty is the way.

Gasp! I was so lazy today. I could have gone to Durham and got a haggis for Burns Night and I watched The Player instead. Well it did look like rain and then it didn't rain, but it could have. And now it is so that's why it's dark early. Ha! I am prescient.

I wasted a lot of time yesterday reading a Bones fic that had promise but then the writer had such an execrable style I couldn't take any more. It was all simple sentences and, for variety, the writer would put the words of a sentence in random order. e.g. (not an actual sentence) Down on the seat she sat beside Angela. It was mainly to avoid starting every sentence with 'he' or she' but wearing it was by the 60th chapter (they were short too). Obviously the person has never heard of adverbs or compound or complex  or, you know, semicolons. No one knows how to use them properly these days. The writer said she never read other fanfic in case it tainted her ideas with others. Well maybe she could see the syntax instead. Never mind. By the time I gave up Booth was dying and had been for months, but nobody noticed. Good three sentences worth of information there. I wish I could write. I would show them. Type I would. Use a beta I would not. Brilliant I am. I couldn't even think like that never mind write 60 chapters and have no end in sight.

The amaryllis number one and the Christmas cactus have finished flowering, so I have to wait for amaryllis number two to show me what I've got. Hopefully, (see a different way to start a sentence) the snowdrops and daffodils will be making a show soon and it'll be Spring before we know it. Still time for snow though.

O_o Andy Gray has left Sky Sports. (The BBC report says he has been sacked with immediate effect in response to "New evidence of unacceptable and offensive behaviour")  Ha. This all stems from an incident on Saturday. He and his co presenter, the sycophantic Richard Keys who has been doing the job since Sky Sports started and still knows nothing about football, made derogatory remarks about the assistant referee in the Liverpool game being a woman. Women don't know the offside rule one opined. Kenny (Dalglish) will blow up said the other. This before the game had started. Clearly they expected her to fail because she was a woman and women have no place in football. These remarks were said while they thought their microphones were off (which they weren't) and came to light via a newspaper.

As it turned out she made a critical and correct offside decision in the build up to one of Liverpool's goals. In your face you two who spend a great deal of your time discussing offside decisions and admitting they don't know the new interpretation either. Male entitled idiots is what they are. The assistant referee has been withdrawn from the game she was supposed to be on tonight. That means her right to earn a living has been denied. If she were petty minded like those two she could sue. She is 24 years old, competent, qualified and fully backed by the FA. That's more than those two have ever been. One is a 55 yearold ex-footballer with a few stock phrases (e.g. 'Take a bow son, take a bow') and I have no idea how the other got his job because he is useless.

They were suspended for last night's live game (I didn't miss them) and now Gray has done the decent thing gone. I bet Keys hangs on though. He is too stupid to realise that referring to the business manager of West Ham as 'the lovely Karren Brady' (sarcastic emphasis on 'lovely') making sexist remarks in her newspaper was a tad hypocritical.

Here, singalong to this to cheer us up.


mistletoe: (yawn)
Not very good so far. The Dutch are acting like Wimbledon: no skill; plenty of shocking fouls and poor attacking football. Alan Green is not impressed and neither am I. The game has been cynical and poor. No football involved at all. Poor Howard Webb has had to book virtually all the Dutch team and some Spaniards, but the Dutch havemade no attempt to use skill. I hope Spain win now on this showing.

This is a sound indictment of this World Cup which is the worst I can remember - and I go back to 1966. The negativity from the majority of teams has been very disappointing. Big names, both teams and individuals, simply did not turn up. I can remember nothing much of any game except the Paraguay penalty shootout v Japan, Ghana v. Uruguay and Argentina v. Germany. The following teams might as well not have bothered turning up:
Italy
France
England.

Going away with heads held high:
Ghana
Paraguay
Uruguay
Argentina
Germany
Japan
USA
New Zealand

Flattered to deceive:
Brazil
Portugal

Where were they?
Kaka
Messi
Ronaldo
Rooney
Torres

Good show:
Teves
Muller
Ozil
Sneijder (except for a cynical foul in the Final)

What was good?

The African people.
The stadia
The fact there has been no trouble or hooliganism reported
The little boys who have come out with the teams. Some of them were tiny and gorgeous
Some of the National Anthems
Chris Waddle's rant after England lost to the Germans.

What wasn't?
Vuvuzelas. They ruined all the national sounds for different teams - never heard the Dutch band or the Brazilian samba or singing. Every game sounded the same.
The football. Maybe two goals have been scored from free kicks in 64 games.

Whoever wins this Final it will not have been a memorable tournament, but they will still be World Champions.
Alan Green has moaned and whinged about every game he has been at
mistletoe: (yawn)
Not very good so far. The Dutch are acting like Wimbledon: no skill; plenty of shocking fouls and poor attacking football. Alan Green is not impressed and neither am I. The game has been cynical and poor. No football involved at all. Poor Howard Webb has had to book virtually all the Dutch team and some Spaniards, but the Dutch havemade no attempt to use skill. I hope Spain win now on this showing.

This is a sound indictment of this World Cup which is the worst I can remember - and I go back to 1966. The negativity from the majority of teams has been very disappointing. Big names, both teams and individuals, simply did not turn up. I can remember nothing much of any game except the Paraguay penalty shootout v Japan, Ghana v. Uruguay and Argentina v. Germany. The following teams might as well not have bothered turning up:
Italy
France
England.

Going away with heads held high:
Ghana
Paraguay
Uruguay
Argentina
Germany
Japan
USA
New Zealand

Flattered to deceive:
Brazil
Portugal

Where were they?
Kaka
Messi
Ronaldo
Rooney
Torres

Good show:
Teves
Muller
Ozil
Sneijder (except for a cynical foul in the Final)

What was good?

The African people.
The stadia
The fact there has been no trouble or hooliganism reported
The little boys who have come out with the teams. Some of them were tiny and gorgeous
Some of the National Anthems
Chris Waddle's rant after England lost to the Germans.

What wasn't?
Vuvuzelas. They ruined all the national sounds for different teams - never heard the Dutch band or the Brazilian samba or singing. Every game sounded the same.
The football. Maybe two goals have been scored from free kicks in 64 games.

Whoever wins this Final it will not have been a memorable tournament, but they will still be World Champions.
Alan Green has moaned and whinged about every game he has been at

Shocking

Jun. 27th, 2010 05:09 pm
mistletoe: (World Cup)
I assume that was what Alan Green said because we were. Shocking. I am not in the least surprised and the only saving grace for me is Darren Bent was not stufffed for next season by being involved in this debacle. And that is what it was. Capello is now completely lying through his teeth by saying we played well. We never played well. There is no excuse saying the goal not being allowed made a difference. It would have been 4-2 not 4-1. We were useless. No technique, no skill. Chris Waddle is beside himself with anger. Most of this team is finished. And rightly so.

I could go on but it is pointless. No one can say any other than but we are just not good enough.

Shocking

Jun. 27th, 2010 05:09 pm
mistletoe: (World Cup)
I assume that was what Alan Green said because we were. Shocking. I am not in the least surprised and the only saving grace for me is Darren Bent was not stufffed for next season by being involved in this debacle. And that is what it was. Capello is now completely lying through his teeth by saying we played well. We never played well. There is no excuse saying the goal not being allowed made a difference. It would have been 4-2 not 4-1. We were useless. No technique, no skill. Chris Waddle is beside himself with anger. Most of this team is finished. And rightly so.

I could go on but it is pointless. No one can say any other than but we are just not good enough.
mistletoe: (World Cup)
So England are all upset about being booed. They don't know what's gone wrong. I'll tell you what's gone wrong. Capello. O_o NZ have just scored against Italy!!! New Zealand beat Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Bahrain to get there. Pah! They got their first point ever in a World Cup finals last week. But they have scored because they had the belief. England players believe they have a right to be in the team and showed no passion under pressure. They are in the comfort zone and have been for some time. Trouble is, they have forgotten how to fight, for a place, for the game, for a goal. Capello has treated the finals like the usual get together for a game. Those last for 4 days. This is 6 weeks and he has not changed his approach one iota. When a team needs to practise moves and set plays, he isn't even telling them who is playing in the game until the last minute. What's the point of that? I could tell you the team for the first game 3 weeks before it happened and I was right. So what is Capello trying to achieve with secrecy? It is not keeping players on their toes because the key members already know they are in because they always are whether they are playing well or not.

Personally, I would drop Lampard, Heskey, Rooney and Carragher based on form. That was what Mr Capello used to do and his go to players were able to perform. However, what does he do when they are out of form? Apparently, he continues to pick them. My midfield would be Gerrard (simply because he is captain), James Milner, Gareth Barry and Joe Cole. That is based on form. I would have Crouch and Defoe up front because they play for the same club. At the back I would have James, Johnson (for lack of anyone better), Terry, Upson and Ashley Cole. This is based on form. It's not ideal, because we are light in defence, but they couldn't do any worse than who Capello picked.

Now Paraguay. Two Sunderland players so they are my second team after Chile. Today, they beat Slovakia in a game 5Live commentators were very dismissive about. Pah! Italy have just been given a penalty for nothing. There were the USA team getting rived all over the place and got nothing, not even the goal they scored while it was happening. Anyway, Paraguay won 2-0 and Christiano Riveros (Sunderland) scored the second from the edge of the box. Here he is:

It was an excellent goal. Paolo Da Silva acquitted himself very well in defence and it looks like they might go through because they just have New Zealand to play. Should beat them. Aaaaand the French team have gone on strike, refusing to train because of an 'on field dispute'. Nicolas Anelka has been sent home for insulting the coach. Raymond Domenech, who is not a popular figure, has clearly lost the dressing room.

In other news, my filled tooth cracked yesterday and part of it fell off, so that means another visit to the dentist this week. I have trapped a total of three mice over three consecutive nights but the trap was empty this morning.
mistletoe: (World Cup)
So England are all upset about being booed. They don't know what's gone wrong. I'll tell you what's gone wrong. Capello. O_o NZ have just scored against Italy!!! New Zealand beat Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Bahrain to get there. Pah! They got their first point ever in a World Cup finals last week. But they have scored because they had the belief. England players believe they have a right to be in the team and showed no passion under pressure. They are in the comfort zone and have been for some time. Trouble is, they have forgotten how to fight, for a place, for the game, for a goal. Capello has treated the finals like the usual get together for a game. Those last for 4 days. This is 6 weeks and he has not changed his approach one iota. When a team needs to practise moves and set plays, he isn't even telling them who is playing in the game until the last minute. What's the point of that? I could tell you the team for the first game 3 weeks before it happened and I was right. So what is Capello trying to achieve with secrecy? It is not keeping players on their toes because the key members already know they are in because they always are whether they are playing well or not.

Personally, I would drop Lampard, Heskey, Rooney and Carragher based on form. That was what Mr Capello used to do and his go to players were able to perform. However, what does he do when they are out of form? Apparently, he continues to pick them. My midfield would be Gerrard (simply because he is captain), James Milner, Gareth Barry and Joe Cole. That is based on form. I would have Crouch and Defoe up front because they play for the same club. At the back I would have James, Johnson (for lack of anyone better), Terry, Upson and Ashley Cole. This is based on form. It's not ideal, because we are light in defence, but they couldn't do any worse than who Capello picked.

Now Paraguay. Two Sunderland players so they are my second team after Chile. Today, they beat Slovakia in a game 5Live commentators were very dismissive about. Pah! Italy have just been given a penalty for nothing. There were the USA team getting rived all over the place and got nothing, not even the goal they scored while it was happening. Anyway, Paraguay won 2-0 and Christiano Riveros (Sunderland) scored the second from the edge of the box. Here he is:

It was an excellent goal. Paolo Da Silva acquitted himself very well in defence and it looks like they might go through because they just have New Zealand to play. Should beat them. Aaaaand the French team have gone on strike, refusing to train because of an 'on field dispute'. Nicolas Anelka has been sent home for insulting the coach. Raymond Domenech, who is not a popular figure, has clearly lost the dressing room.

In other news, my filled tooth cracked yesterday and part of it fell off, so that means another visit to the dentist this week. I have trapped a total of three mice over three consecutive nights but the trap was empty this morning.

Dear Lord

Jun. 18th, 2010 08:51 pm
mistletoe: (World Cup)
If we win this game it'll be a bloody miracle and totally undeserved. They have completely bottled it.

Dear Lord

Jun. 18th, 2010 08:51 pm
mistletoe: (World Cup)
If we win this game it'll be a bloody miracle and totally undeserved. They have completely bottled it.
mistletoe: (wtf)
Well now, today has been a red letter day in education in England and a, what, black letter? day in my classroom. First, the good news. After the debacle of the marking fiasco in the summer from which we have still to get our results, the Government has decided that England is scrapping SATs at age 14. Thank the Lord. It was a ridiculous test in English, artificial and absolutely no use as preparation for GCSE in that absolutely no coursework was required, whereas 5 pieces are needed for GCSE language and literature. In addition, two of the GCSE exams (out of three) have a poetry section and a prose section. Students could have reached this stage in their education with a Level 7 (the highest grade available) never having read a poem or a book, let alone been examined on their analysis of them. Also. Shakespeare study, which is a coursework element in GCSE, consists of comparing two scenes from one play in a one hour exam at SAT level. It takes for ever to prepare the kids for 45 minutes writing about two scenes. There is no Shakespeare question on the final GCSE exam, but there are questions on two modern poets, a bank of pre-1914 poetry and Poetry from Different Cultures, assuming that everyone who does the exam is English, white and middle class. Stupid.

Speaking of which, the black letter day revolved around a Year 10 girl who spoke of John Agard, whose picture I had on the board, as 'that Paki'. 'What you got a picture of that Paki on the board for?' John Agard is a renowned performance poet of Afro-Caribbean descent. Not according to this girl. He had no business living in this country 'cos he's not English. Another girl expressed her hatred of Poles. A boy remarked that black people looked like monkeys and why shouldn't we call them niggers; they called us milk bottles. It's just as insulting to be a milk bottle apparently. Not as bad as white trash though. They are incapable of understanding irony of course.

Where we live is primarily white. There are two girls of mixed race in a school of 700 students, no Asians, no one from the Middle East and no 'Pakis'. So where does this hatred stem from? All blacks are criminals was the common belief. I now have to try to teach these children about cultures which have struggled to leave slavery behind; who are still dealing with the legacy of apartheid and civil war; who have settled in countries alien to their culture and have tried to hang on to their roots or at least try to work out where their roots lie. I have taught these poems for 6 years with no trouble after an initial shock. I have no idea how to combat the racism and intolerance of these ignorant students; students who in year 9 are treated to a multi-cultural day exposing them to races, creeds and colours from all over the world. We are all one, as long as we are white and English. Everyone else is just inferior. I despair.
mistletoe: (wtf)
Well now, today has been a red letter day in education in England and a, what, black letter? day in my classroom. First, the good news. After the debacle of the marking fiasco in the summer from which we have still to get our results, the Government has decided that England is scrapping SATs at age 14. Thank the Lord. It was a ridiculous test in English, artificial and absolutely no use as preparation for GCSE in that absolutely no coursework was required, whereas 5 pieces are needed for GCSE language and literature. In addition, two of the GCSE exams (out of three) have a poetry section and a prose section. Students could have reached this stage in their education with a Level 7 (the highest grade available) never having read a poem or a book, let alone been examined on their analysis of them. Also. Shakespeare study, which is a coursework element in GCSE, consists of comparing two scenes from one play in a one hour exam at SAT level. It takes for ever to prepare the kids for 45 minutes writing about two scenes. There is no Shakespeare question on the final GCSE exam, but there are questions on two modern poets, a bank of pre-1914 poetry and Poetry from Different Cultures, assuming that everyone who does the exam is English, white and middle class. Stupid.

Speaking of which, the black letter day revolved around a Year 10 girl who spoke of John Agard, whose picture I had on the board, as 'that Paki'. 'What you got a picture of that Paki on the board for?' John Agard is a renowned performance poet of Afro-Caribbean descent. Not according to this girl. He had no business living in this country 'cos he's not English. Another girl expressed her hatred of Poles. A boy remarked that black people looked like monkeys and why shouldn't we call them niggers; they called us milk bottles. It's just as insulting to be a milk bottle apparently. Not as bad as white trash though. They are incapable of understanding irony of course.

Where we live is primarily white. There are two girls of mixed race in a school of 700 students, no Asians, no one from the Middle East and no 'Pakis'. So where does this hatred stem from? All blacks are criminals was the common belief. I now have to try to teach these children about cultures which have struggled to leave slavery behind; who are still dealing with the legacy of apartheid and civil war; who have settled in countries alien to their culture and have tried to hang on to their roots or at least try to work out where their roots lie. I have taught these poems for 6 years with no trouble after an initial shock. I have no idea how to combat the racism and intolerance of these ignorant students; students who in year 9 are treated to a multi-cultural day exposing them to races, creeds and colours from all over the world. We are all one, as long as we are white and English. Everyone else is just inferior. I despair.

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