Saturday (Paris)

Born of the sun they travelled a short while towards the sun, And left the vivid air signed with their honour. Stephen Spender, from I Think Continually In the park     La Joconde (Mona Lisa) The museum was extremely crowded and all those bodies made it almost uncomfortably warm. There was the usual crowd…

From a distance

Yuk. How many yuppy-duppy, mampy-pampy, fatty-lahiti’ girly-boy concoctions are we going to have to suffer through before we drink real coffee? David Bragg, as quoted on the BBC’s The Fake News Show Ramblings (Paris @ 35 & 37 degrees) The first two days of this Paris trip have been extremely hot. At the Rodin gallery:…

Saturday (Zalaegerszeg)

I know you know that I made those mistakes maybe once or twice By once or twice I mean maybe a couple a hundred times Julia Michaels, Justin Bieber, Justin Tranter, Michael Tucker, Sonny Moore   Sometimes the right singer makes the words right. I never thought I’d be linking to a Justin Bieber song,…

Emojipedia

I feel numb, born with a weak heart I guess I must be having fun The less we say about it the better David Byrne, The Talking Heads – from This Must Be The Place Are you as surprised as I that the Emojipedia exists? It promises to deliver, if one subscribes, the latest in…

Exams

A sailor’s wife had chestnuts in her lap, And munch’d, and munch’d, and munch’d:– Macbeth, I, iii So the students could either give a short talk for their final exam or do two quizzes and some self-assessment.  They overwhelmingly opted not to talk, and those that chose to give talks did quite well, and surprisingly,…

Enveloping

Look back on Time with Kindly Eyes He doubtless did his best. from The Envelope Poems [a concept attached to some of the writings of Emily Dickinson] Last week, without forewarning, without clues, without eavesdropping, the weather changed and no one needed a jacket, there were no sweaters. Students wore shorts, teachers wore shells. It…