I took Stan and one of his mates to Thorpe Park on Sunday. It was pretty wet but we had a great time. Here’s the evidence…
A quick howto… in case anyone else is struggling to work out how to update their blog’s thumbnail image on Technorati.
The thumbnails are served by Snap.com, so you have to get them to update their snapshot of your blog home page. This can be done by going to question 14 of the Snap.com FAQ and plugging in your blog URL.
A couple of you will have noticed that I’m not very quick at moderating comments on this blog.
Why? Because my spam to comment ratio is very high and I have, up until now, had to moderate all comments manually.
For the record, I’ve finally gotten round to moderating everything to date. I’ve also added Jeff Barr’s little trick of asking people that are making comments to type in my first name as part of the process. This should, I hope, weed out most/all of the spam.
We’ll see… I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
Finding it amusing and yet slightly disturbing that I recite the Patapon beats to any instrumental song I’ve been listening to lately.
Couldn’t resist stopping at an open house on my way home. Cute 3/2 a block from my place in noe. $1.2mil
waiting for train nj. Have to attend a wake for a member of my sister-in-law’s family.
ok - spinning way too many plates - anysecond one is gonna slip and crash
Great minds thought alike. That’s all I’m going to say on the matter.
ok, its redbull time. im going to be up for the next three days straight.
And with that, I am off to save the world.
Bummed. Found out that a friend passed away. I should have made more of an effort. : -(
*achoo!* Ok, so maybe I’m not *entirely* over this cold thing yet..
“I like llamas because of the way you spell their name” - yep OK, I admit, that was one of mine, how did you guess?
The Dutch are absolutely out of their minds. It’s awesome.
Ok. Now what?!
Space travel’s in my blood / And there ain’t nothing I can do about it / Long journeys wear me out but / I know I can’t tweet without it
I occasionally use kiva.org to make small loans to people in developing countries. Seems like a nice thing to do. What follows is the text that Kiva suggests to its members to send to people via email. Rather than spam people I thought I’d just share it here…
I wanted to let you all know about a cool non-profit that is doing great things: Kiva
Kiva is a non-profit that allows you to make a small 0% loan to low income entrepreneurs in the developing world (microfinance). Individuals like you can help provide affordable working capital for the poor — money to buy a sewing machine, livestock, etc. — and empower them to earn their way out of poverty.
The way I see it, I get a higher return on $25 helping someone build a future than the interest my checking account pays.
Thanks for reading! And feel free to spread the word!!
Bath and North East Somerset hold a dance festival every year, aimed primarily at schools, though there are also some dance clubs taking part. This year’s event happened on Wednesday evening this week. As a chair of governors I get invited along and I always try to make it. It’s a fun evening, even if my own kids haven’t taken part for some years.
If nothing else, the excitement and enthusiasm of the children taking part is amazing.
This year’s best dances, IMHO, were Widcombe Infants and both the Newbridge Primary offerings (though I guess I’m biased in choosing the latter). Whatever, the Newbridge upper-school dance looked to me to be one of the most well rehearsed and together dances of the night.
Well done to all concerned.
Sara and I went out for a meal afterwards to Yak Yeti Yak, a Nepalese restaurant in Bath. Lovely food and not bad prices either. The dahl and watercress and spinach curry were both especially good.
According to the NASUWT I am unlikely to be “fit for purpose” in my “well-meaning” role as chair of governors of my local primary school. They might well be right - certainly in the general case. Schools, particularly the larger ones, are complex organisations with a complex set of funding, pedagogic, staffing, social and political pressures to navigate. Keeping on top of it all in your spare time, while also trying to do the day job, is a non-trivial undertaking.
The union wants the government to look at other modes of governance, e.g. that used in the UK health service.
I have to confess that I don’t quite know what that means… but, it seems to me quite likely (to badly paraphrase Winston Churchill) that using “well-meaning untrained volunteers” to help run schools may well turn out to be the worst option, apart from all the others.