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Friday, 29 September 2006

Education and dynasty...

This blog entry - much like many before - is just bits and pieces, really... I should have written at least one entry earlier in the week, but that's the way things go.

First off (and this is thanks to Jon's assurance that they were broken!) comments are finally working again. Annoyingly, they were only broken for genuine contributors - I have been getting twenty to thirty spam comments a day, which is why I thought it was OK!

Luton bits
There are some interesting changes afoot in the Luton education system, involving Family Support Co-ordinators and family rooms in schools. On the surface it seems like a good, well intentioned idea - hopefully with a good attendance and sustained funding.

Reading the Guardian article was strange - I hadn't realised that Luton was still such a deprived area...

Barry's Dynasty
For my own reference, really, here is an unofficial family tree of the descendents of Barry, the aloe vera plant that I bought for my desk a couple of years ago. You may notice that I have decided to use the Icelandic naming convention... for no better reason than I quite like it.

(It's on something of a tangent, I know, but there have been quite a few competitions just lately to win holidays in Iceland. I think it must be because of the whole Narnia thing...)

Anyway.. the lineage runs thus:

Barry (in the studio)

Allegra Barrysdottir (at work)
Daventry Barrysson (at work)
Brandenburg Daventrysson (now with Beth's Mum)
Henry (I think) Daventrysson (donated to a work colleague)
Helen Barrysdottir (at work)
-- recent cuttings --
Happy Plant Barrysson (in Christopher's room)
Eleanor Barrysdottir (in Eleanor's room)
Lou Barrysson/dottir (with Mother)
[TBC] Barrysson/dotir (intended for Beth's Grandma)


These plants are voracious, so please let me know if you'd like one of the offspring! I'm afraid international shipping might be tricky, though..!

I saw a link to this blog entry and immediately thought of Christopher - it's a wonderful piece of eccentric engineering and art...

"Blow with all your might into the bean stuffed straw." It's strange what some spam email says... that's all there was to it. When I typed it into Google I wasn't any better informed. How odd.

We're off for a brief trip down south tomorrow, then I'm in charge of videoing the vicar's last service at our church; that's just one of the reasons I've been perched in front of the Mac for a good proportion of the last couple of days - I wanted to learn how to use iMovie and iDVD before I need to use them in anger! To be honest, iHave-no-idea-what-I'm-doing.

Have a good weekend!

Posted by james at September 29, 2006 9:35 PM

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