Poem #16

I wave goodbye to the moon.

And greet the rising sun, bathing in its golden warmth.

I close my eyes and loose myself in a moment.

Today is a day for falling through the cracks.

Starwars

In 1977 I left my hometown cinema and looked to a star filled sky in a very different way.  That sense of wonder has stayed with me for a lifetime.  

I never thought then, that at any point in my future, I would be sharing that wonder and awe with my children.  But here we sit, waiting with anticipation, for the next story‚Ķ Rouge One.  We are Jedi!

Southbank Street Art

Lovely Father’s Day in London’s Southbank.  Did the London Eye. Sea life and Cod & Chips at The Wharf.  Magic day with my family! Thought I’d share some Street Art with you.

 
      
 

It’s been awhile!

It’s been awhile! I took up a new part time job in October last year.  Life began and had to be very compartmentalised, with uni stuff early in the week and practice stuff at the tail end of week!

It’s been non stop prep and teaching to a great crew but incredibly enjoyable and fulfilling.  

Post London City Marathon this year my student did amazing work with Team Mental Health Foundation, providing post event treatment and advice.  Feedback from competitors was awesome.

It’s a proud moment for any teacher whenother people praise the skill of your students.


 

A brave man!

Saw this on TED and was moved. A brave individual who’s story is an inspiration to all free thinkers!

We are not tied to the dogma of our past. Nothing is without, or above question!

I’m bored therefore I blog!

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Saw this on my London lunchtime walk around. It’s a provocative caption and made me think.

So the issue as I see it is that rich people normally are well educated, get jobs in specific fields that command a certain salary. Why shouldn’t they live in a nice property. They are likely to have worked consistently hard most of their lives through secondary and 3rd level education to acquire their position. Education affords them opportunities to be upwardly mobile.

The flip side is the polar of the above. People in low socioeconomic groups are less likely to be upwardly mobile and will likely not have had the same emphasis placed on education or opportunities to participate.

So in essence education equals opportunity and increases social mobility. We can’t all be rich but we also shouldn’t have poverty.

Education is a basic human right and should be for all, potentially addressing the imbalance that gives rise to this individual’s sentiment.

Poem #10

I have crossed the line.
Swam in cotton castles.
Seen the northern lights
And made angels in snow.
I have lived,
And died a thousand times
In dreams.
I have fallen from grace
And reveled in the freedom of non belief.
Been lost…
And found.

I am all with you
And nothing without.

Storm!

As a child I sat on a humid, hot, cloudy day on a footpath near Kitty O’Keeffr’s corner shop eating an ice lolly. I stopped and sat because my lolly was dripping all over my hand due to the stifling heat!

As I sat my skin and hair tingled and almost felt like a sting. Out of the corner of my right eye I saw a flash, heard the fizz, followed by the deafening crack, and an indescribable smell.

Lightening struck twenty feet away from me. Since then I have been fascinated by weather and it’s awesome power and violence. It’s taken me years to capture an image of lightening, but something I have wanted to do since that moment all those years ago, that has sparked a life long fascination with weather. I hope you enjoy this moment!

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Tuesday Routine!

Last Tuesday was one of those rare occasions when I took the day off sick! Being ill is a complete disruption to your routine, to some maybe a welcome one, but for me, I like the variety in my week, the late’s, the early’s and the weekly trip to the metropolis!

So in essence I happy to be dipping into the city today. I get to see and spend time with some remarkable students and great colleagues. It’s a privileged position to be in!

I enjoy the walk up Borough High Street to the teaching clinic. The sights, sounds of cafe life and the hustle and bustle of weaving in and out of people and bus cues. There doesn’t seem to be any etiquette just a chaotic free for all of meandering, side stepping and overtaking.

I not the biggest fan of Costa but when faced with the choice of that or Starbucks, give me Costs in a heart beat! I’d rather have a Nero brew but their in short supply on my jaunt up the high street. In the 3 yrs I’ve been a passenger in this routine I’ve gotten to know the coffee girl well! She’s a inboard with me habit and we exchange pleasantries.

I wonder how much of this description of my snapshot is common to you? Are their parts of this picture mirrored in your day?

Enjoy your day, stop to smell the coffee and take a moment for yourself!