• Stuff I Like

    They Eat Horses, Don’t They? The Truth about the French/Book Review

    I bought this book a couple of weeks ago as I am learning to speak French and I want to find out as much as I can about visiting France. It really is only a short train journey for me on the Eurostar and then ‘Voila’, I’d be there quicker than you can say ‘Je suis ici et il est temps!’ I cannot believe I’ve never actually been to that wonderful country, with its amazing history and culture, but this year I will definitely get there. Anyway, this interesting book is written by an English woman who has lived in France for the past 15 years, so understands the misconceptions…

  • Flashbacks,  Random

    Were You a Child of the 70s?

    My son and I were discussing his primary school the other day and how times have changed. I showed him an old photograph I had of a classroom from my junior school, many moons ago, and he couldn’t believe that our teachers used a blackboard. I remember my childhood very well and have fond memories of my time at Junior school in the 1970s. I do work in schools, and when I compare the differences from then and now, it is quite significant the way lessons and school life has changed; often quite dramatically. With this nostalgic frame of mind, I had a good look on the web the other…

  • Eatables

    Chocolate Splodge – The One You Used To Eat For School Dinners.

    My good friend is a ‘Dinner Lady’ (please note the captitals – they are Very Important), and this Chocolate Splodge is the best. Full of nostalgia and gooiness! (Please note the ‘i’. Do not mistake it for a ‘d’. There is none of that.) You will need a pastry case (bought prepared). Unless you fancy making one, but I can’t be bothered.  1.5 oz margarine 3 oz castor sugar 1 oz cocoa powder 5 oz powdered milk 2-3 oz hot water Cream together margarine and sugar. Then add powdered milk and cocoa powder, a little at a time, whilst adding the hot water gradually.  Pour into pastry case and leave to…

  • Mental Quirks

    My Menopausal Meltdown

    Meltdown: Free Dictionary Definition: A severe overheating of a nuclear reactor core, resulting in melting of the core and escape of radiation. A disastrous situation, failure or collapse. An emotional breakdown.   Menopause: Collins English Definition: The period of natural cessation of menstruation, usually occurring between the ages of 45 and 55. OK.  I’ll begin describing my menopausal meltdown, because that’s what it feels like. I’m looking at the definitions above as I’m writing this, and trying to decide which one best fits my circumstances at the moment. Without doubt, it definitely feels like I am constantly overheating in my core to a melting degree,  so that nearly every night…

  • Random

    My Bucket List-Valley of the Kings

    The Tomb of Seti l   When I was 10 years old I was given a book by a family friend called ‘The splendour that was Egypt, by Margaret Murray. She was an Egyptologist, archaeologist and a historian and became the first woman to become appointed as a lecturer in Archaeology in the United Kingdom. She was an authority in her field, excavating temples and being the first woman to unwrap a mummy publicly. Toward the late 19th century, the interest in anything Egyptian was gaining momentum; therefore, she wrote several books aimed at the interests of a more general audience. That’s why I found the one I was given…

  • Unqualified Bias

    Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman! – Book Review

    I was given this book as a birthday present last year by my friend who is a physics teacher. I was slightly concerned upon receiving it, because I have no knowledge of physics and couldn’t see how I’d find it interesting, so I approached the book with caution. I needn’t have worried though – this book is an easy recommendation, which should probably be required reading for everybody… It turns out that Feynman didn’t actually write the book – it’s a collection of transcribed stories, taped by a friend of his. All are real stories, told with precision, primarily because they are fun, and there’s a lesson or a laugh…