Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Monday, 30 May 2011
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Monday, 23 May 2011
Epstein-Barr virus (causes mononucleosis)
I was in Germany with the British Army on the Rhine (BAOR). I was a newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, seconded to 1st Armoured Division near Herford. My job was to lead (that's a joke; Ask any soldier what the most dangerous thing is in war. He'll answer "A 2nd Lieutenant with a map") a small detachment from my based-in-Britain regiment to a major CPX (a Command Post exercise on the large training grounds nearby)
Saturday, 21 May 2011
Friday, 20 May 2011
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
What is wrong with these people?
Are their ears and brain wired differently from the rest of (and I use the term loosely here) humanity?
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
As mentioned by Richard (of RBB) we had a survey after school yesterday. We were instructed by Ringo to make our way to a designated computer lab. and to complete a survey on the attitudes and methodologies prevalent in our school, with particular emphasis on bullying and victimisation.
Monday, 16 May 2011
The rain was so heavy on Sunday morning that we didn't go to the Wairarapa. I cancelled the booking at the Tirohana Estate, and gave my son the option of going somewhere else, or trying again for the Wairarapa next week. He chose to go to Wellington to try out La Boca Roca in Miramar.
This is a small Mexican themed cafe/bistro. We found it OK in Park St., but it was undergoing some renovation, and they only had 4 tables available, plus the long counter. The food was Ok, but not spectacular. My son chose an extra side of ceviche (raw fish in lime juice) which my beloved also tried. I didn't. I don't eat any type of animal raw. I'm a microbiologist. I know what can exist in raw meats.
Then we headed over to Lambton Quay and had desert and coffee at Bordeaux Bakery.
Then back home to a gentle afternoon of wine, rugby, and a good book.
About 6 o'clock, my beloved and my son began to feel a little nauseous and by 9 they were both throwing up.
Never eat raw fish.
Add in the intestinal explosion that was my ongoing post-Aussie parasitic infection and we were a very happy family.
I do wish however that we had another toilet.
My beloved wishes for it even more so.
It cannot be very pleasant throwing up down a toilet 5 minutes after I've finished spray-painting it.
I leave the details to the now-nauseated reader.
Back to school.
Sunday, 15 May 2011
My son has his 25th birthday tomorrow, and to celebrate, we're going over to the Wairarapa to have a quiet lunch at the Tirohana Estate near Martinborough. To non-Kiwis reading this, the Wairarapa is a mostly agricultural area to the East of Wellington, accessible via a very steep and windy mountain road over Rimutaka, and is visited heavily at the weekends by many Wellingtonians and other denizens of the Hutt Valley.
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Sometimes, like most jobs, being a teacher is great. We get to interact with a lot of enthusiastic children and help them develop into young adults. We work with a (mostly) dedicated professional team, who are always willing to go the extra mile to help both the kids and our colleagues. The nice long holidays are a major attraction, even if the pay isn't fantastic.
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Monday, 9 May 2011
Sunday, 8 May 2011
Friday, 6 May 2011
Thursday, 5 May 2011
When I got out of bed at 5:30 this morning, I had no idea of what was in store for me.
I was actually looking forward to the day. A light teaching load, some admin, some cups of coffee with colleagues, a little marking then home. Nice and relaxed.
I now dread today.
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
A typical drunk Australian
Over the years, I have travelled to many places by many means of transport and had many types of travelling companions, both good and bad. But none were as bad as the guy on our flight to Melbourne.