Friday, December 23, 2005

Solid Advice

A sprinkling of tips to keep you safe this holiday season. Don't let a black cat cross your path, and if you draw the nine of swords, think very carefully about your next step.

"Do not mix products containing bleach with products containing ammonia." — Chemistry 30

"Any man under 30 who is not a liberal has no heart, and any man over 30 who is not a conservative has no brains." —attributed to Sir Winston Churchill

"Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom." — Phyllis Theroux, essayist, columnist, teacher and author


Sunday, December 11, 2005

Endurance Marching

Hello hello,

It's the grim time of year now, during which my only strategy is to keep moving forward and refuse to rest. If I sit down, I might not get up again. This year's unusually bad because all my exams have been concentrated at the beginning of the week. Fortunately, though, I have stayed on track with most of my marking, so only one course is looking actually threatening. All my grades should be handed in by next Monday and I will have nothing — nothing! — to worry about for three whole weeks.

In the meantime, I had another review published. Read it here. I also prepared a peer review for Children's Literature in Education earlier in the fall and a reader's report for Oxford University Press in the summer — all good for the CV: only four months until my ASAC!

Anyway, enough of all that. Back to the grind... I'll post again when I emerge.


Today's thought: Modern English is the Wal-Mart of languages: convenient, huge, hard to avoid, superficially friendly, and devouring all rivals in its eagerness to expand. — Mark Abley, journalist