Category Archives: Serious stuff

To dye or not to dye…..when I stopped asking myself that question.

I have been noticing a rather lovely thing lately. When I spotted my first grey hairs, I was ever so slightly shocked. They were something that old women had, like my mother and her mother! Why me? Why now? So … Continue reading

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Recycling the memories

Mathematics and recycling – two of our traditional strengths. I found this wrapped around something else as padding and I am taken back to the ‘dista khata’ or exercise books my parents made up for me to do sums on … Continue reading

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May 29th, 1953 – the first ascent of the Everest summit.

THE CROWNING GLORY: EVEREST IS CLIMBED More than 60 years and over 4000 successful ascents and around 255 deaths later, the climb by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay still remains an amazing feat by any standards, whether set now … Continue reading

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I thought I was getting a free bookshelf…

The other day I came to be the happy owner of a throwaway bookshelf. Not just any throwaway shelf but a Billy by IKEA; the kind that can be fitted with doors and baskets from the same source. Or with … Continue reading

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The first table knives or how to make sure your friends don’t bleed over your best linen

On this day in 1637, disgusted by watching his dinner guests picking their beef bourguignon out of their teeth with their daggers, Cardinal Richelieu finally ordered the blades of his steak knives to be ground into rounded shapes. Lo and … Continue reading

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Before Maya Angelou and the world of Facebook quotes there was Phillis Wheatley (First African-American female writer to be published)

Like many other hopeful female writers, I am convinced that I would have produced more than one masterpiece by now, if only; if only I had an undisturbed four hours a day to put my words down on paper or … Continue reading

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The people you love are never really gone

Some mornings are touched by the extraordinary and always when one needs it the most. My father opens my late grandmother’s Gita and out flutters a little page of ruled paper, browning all over and roughly ripped out of an … Continue reading

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Another kind of V Day!

In light of today’s Google doodle, happy V Day! Alessandro Volta(February 18, 1745 – March 7, 1827) When Volta heard about Galvani’s frog leg twitching trick, he was instantly curious. Now if he had been French, he would have merely shrugged … Continue reading

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Amp it up, Andre!

Typical day in a classroom in Southern Adelaide a few years ago, when I was still teaching Science: ~”How many electrons are needed to make a cup of tea?” Everyone looks at the teacher wondering whether all that jumping about … Continue reading

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Of Kente cloths, laughing Buddhas and German eagles!

My parents bring the most wonderful things each time they visit! This time these include two antique kente cloths from Ghana; gold and green and woven rather than printed like the cheap tops sold as souvenirs to tourists in Africa … Continue reading

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