“Any teacher that can be replaced with a computer, deserves to be.” – David Thornburg

28 February 2017



(The Guardian, 3 Dic. 2015)

BB2 show: Mock the week

Unlikely Questions From This Year's Exams:

Unlikely questions from this year's exams.
Discuss the met physical meaning of the following poem.

Would you like this exam to be A, multiple choice, or not.

Discuss the following - the Nazis got all their ideas from the history channel.

Who's the chap in The A-Team who would not go on the aeroplane, was it A, B, or B, A? 

If a bank loses 60 billion pounds in a six month period, using numbers that you've plucked out of thin air, work out what the Chief Executive's bonus will be? 

Quantify N in terms of Q when Q is a positive interchur that dissects a parabolic curve. How's your lucky pencil case now, eh, eh, eh?! 

What's the name of that round thing that they throw in the Olympics? Discuss.

Poetry. Is it all a bit gay? 

Draw diagram of the genitalia of the male elephant. Use all 30 sheets of paper provided.

Biology. Without singing, what is the knee bone connected to?

Explain the use of juxtaposition in Macbeth, alternatively, write down everything you know about Macbeth in a blind panic cos you've got no idea what the word "juxtaposition"is.

Drama, question one. What was it that first made you want to become a waiter? 

What is your PIN number? 

Rejected questions from this year's exams:


If you go to New Orleans
You ought to go see the Mardi Gras
If you go to New Orleans
You ought to go see the Mardi Gras
When you see the Mardi Gras
Somebody'll tell you what's Carnival for

Get your ticket in your hand
If you wanna go through New Orleans
Get your ticket in your hand
If you wanna go through New Orleans
You know when you get to New Orleans
Somebody'll show you the Zulu King

You will see the Zulu King
Down on St. Claude and Dumaire
You know, you'll see the Zulu King
Down on St. Claude and Dumaire
An if you stay right there

I'm sure you'll see the Zulu Queen.

16 February 2017


Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation (The story)

New Zealand Travel Website

Sounds of NZ English
Learn to speak NZ in 45"

The media in NZ:
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand (videos)

Top ten NZ books of the decade

Hauntingly beautiful scenery: The Piano (1993)

The story of a mute woman's rebellion in the recently colonized New Zealand wilderness of Victorian times where people live rudely in the rain and mud, struggling to maintain the appearance of the European society they've left behind.

Truly remarkable!

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016): 

Taika Waititi’s follow-up to the (also great) What We Do in the Shadows, is a pure delight and the perfect antidote after a bad day or a steady diet of too many sad movies. “Bad egg” Ricky Baker has been bounced out of more foster care situations than he cares to remember until he’s given his last chance with a couple living on a rural New Zealand farm. After tragedy strikes early in the film Ricky and his foster uncle (Hec) find themselves on the run in the bush while a nationwide manhunt is initiated on their behalf. Hip-hop enthusiast Ricky and crusty, cantankerous Hec make quite the inspired pairing; this is a very funny film full of the deadpan humor that has become emblematic of Waititi’s work but it is also oddly touching and full of heart.

For more ideas on highly-rated, little-known movies:

06 February 2017


“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses”Bill Bryson

3D Key
A. True: 1, 3, 6; False: 4, 5; Not enough info: 2 
B. 2 by boat. 3 cruise. 4 traffic jams. 5 buildings. 6 negociate 
A. 2 freshly baked. 3 stunning views. 4 mouth-watering. 5 heart-stopping. 6 value-for-money. 7 breathtaking. 8 highly recommended 

My favourite guides: Rough Guides

The Travel Bug: A television travel programme

I also enjoy: Richard Quest, business traveller (CNN anchor and correspondent).

Fancy listening to a road trip song? I do love this one, don't you?