Monthly Archives: February 2016

Love Bites

http://www.nipic.com/show/1/16/5623608kb5c8baac.html Love Bites Naturally, being swatty doesn’t necessarily win you many friends. In the social structure of small school boys, popularity matters. And being popular sometimes means you just have to be part of the group, including being caned. Being … Continue reading

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Magic Theatre

“One day I would learn how to laugh.” Whilst Harry Haller acknowledges his epiphany following a visit to the Magic Theatre, many of his readers remain unconvinced. Is laughter, as promised by Pablo and Mozart, truly the key to transcendence … Continue reading

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Fireflies’ Firework

Image source: http://catalog.digitalarchives.tw/item/00/60/55/68.html Fireflies’ Firework Nothing is more magical than fireflies. Our eyes followed the intermittent green glow of those tiny creatures. We wanted to capture that magic. The darkness outside fell silent. Firework erupted in slow motion as we … Continue reading

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Strutting Your Stuff – Modelling Fail

  One particular piece of feedback I remember when I was training on the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) was about pitching. I was teaching a Year 7 group. During the feedback, my external mentor questioned the language that I used … Continue reading

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The Clown Spy

Image source: http://mypaper.pchome.com.tw/kuan0416/post/1281895770 The Clown Spy My life as a nine-year-old boy on an army estate in a provincial town in the early 1970s Taiwan was dominated by two maxims: studying hard and looking out for communist spies. Sine I … Continue reading

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Cicadas’ Chorus

(Credit: Bejim via Shutterstock) Cicadas’ Chorus And of course by afternoon the intrigue of the rumour became simply irresistible. A plausible pretext was needed. It all started at lunch break. An unusual buzz was hovering above the shimmering summer heat … Continue reading

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