Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Am I Crazy?

I talk to myself.

Well, I say 'talk' but to be honest it's more of an under-the-breath mutter. Usually something like, "where's my hairbrush?" or, "did I finish that cup of tea?"

I think this is a fairly normal thing to do (I might be wrong - leave a comment and let me know). I've always thought that, by saying something out loud, it's like I'm directly asking my brain to wake up, get into gear and supply me with an answer. (It usually replies with something helpful like, "wherever you left it" or, "yes of course you did, now go and make another one")

My brain talks in purple italics.

But recently I've become aware of the slightly more worrying fact that I can quite happily have entire conversations with myself. This, I think, is a fairly un-normal thing to do.

Maybe it's not. Maybe it's completely normal to chat to yourself while you plan lessons. Maybe this is something an entirely sane person does:
"So, last week we looked at noun/adjective agreement and most of them were pretty happy with it."
"But there were four of them away, so we need to make sure they're not left behind."
"Ok, so if we do a recap maybe some of the children who were in the last lesson can help to explain it to those who weren't."
"And then they'll be consolidating what they learnt last week too ..."

So, I ask you - am I alone in doing this? Am I crazy?

Sunday, 24 June 2012

I've Been Thinking

I didn't choose a Saturday song for a bloglet yesterday.

To be honest, I've kind of gone off the whole idea (of Saturday songs, not bloglets).

You see, it seemed like a good way of making sure I blogged at least once a week after all the excitement of the A to Z, but I've noticed that that's all I'm using it for - something easy to write about each week - and it's becoming more of a chore than a pleasure to choose a song.

I don't particularly like the idea of this blog being a chore to write (or read), so I am nipping things in the bud and putting a stop to Saturday songs. It might mean that I don't blog quite as often, but I think I need to concentrate on quality, not quantity for a while. I hope you'll still come by now and then.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

The Cookie Challenge

Remember when I mentioned I'd started video blogging with a friend and we were sending each other challenges? Well, I've filmed a new one. Do take a look if you're interested. I can't see why you wouldn't be interested in watching someone you've probably never met eat cookies ...

Side note: don't watch if you're eating - I'll probably put you off.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Saturday Song: Docteur Qui

Bill Bailey is one of my favourite comedians. He's also a very talented musician. This song is taken from his 'Remarkable Guide To The Orchestra' which was filmed at the Albert Hall a few years ago. If you like this, I've included links to more of his stuff at the end of this bloglet.

The Cockney Overture
American vs British News Themes
Cow Bells

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Saturday Song: This Is How You Load A Dishwasher

An instructional song about how to load a dishwasher.

I don't think it needs more of an introduction than that.

I love the vlogbrothers.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Looking Back

I realised recently that the vast majority of blogs I now follow and visit regularly are ones which I came across in the A to Z challenge. It's great that I have new bloglets appearing in my reading list on a pretty much daily basis, but I have to admit that because I've been spoilt for choice with all these new posts, I haven't really spent time reading the old ones - the stuff you wrote about before the challenge - and I suspect I'm not the only one.

So, I have a request.

I'd like you to choose one of your bloglets (blog posts) from any time before the challenge started and leave a link to it in a comment. I don't mind what it's about or when it was posted (as long as it was before April) - the choice is yours.

I shall start things off by sending you to this bloglet which I posted back in February. It has a video for you to watch and everything.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Saturday Song: Sing

This is a rather special weekend in the UK (and Commonwealth).

No, Eurovision was last weekend.

Unless you've been living in a cave or under a rock (or under a rock inside a cave) for the last few months, you've probably heard some mention of the Diamond Jubilee. This year marks the 60th year of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. Hers is only the second Diamond Jubilee in British history (Victoria was the only other monarch to reach this milestone - Elizabeth will need to continue reigning for about another 4 years to knock Victoria off the top spot).

All of this means that it's time for lots of bunting, a four day weekend and a MAHOOSIVE party!

It also means that it's time for Gary Barlow to write a song in honour of the occasion.

So good old Gary wrote his song and then went travelling round Commonwealth countries to find musicians to perform it. The result was this rather brilliant official Jubilee song.