Monday, 27 September 2010

Space Oddity (Ground Control to Major Tom)

You may have not heard a word about David Bowie, but he is one of the most influential musicians the British Isles have produced lately. This is "Space Oddity", David Bowie's first big hit back in 1969. Major Tom is a fictional character Bowie created. He is an astronaut, his departure from Earth is successful and everything goes according to plan, but he then cuts off contact with Ground Control. His last transmission is "Tell my wife I love her very much" and the response is that "she knows"...

After some archaeogogical search, I have found Space Oddity original video, with the very Bowie playing Major Tom. Or if you click here you will get to see an interesting vid too... Enjoy!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

BackToSchool (cont.)

No matter how hard you think going back to school is, it would be just 'a piece of cake' (a very easy task) if you compared it with Elizabeth Eckford's experience 53 years ago.

Elizabeth Eckford, Of The Little Rock Nine, Tells Her Life Story

It was a school night, and Elizabeth Eckford was too excited to sleep. The next morning, September 4, 1957, was her first day of classes, and one last time she ironed the pleated white skirt she’d made for the occasion. It was made of pique cotton; when she’d run out of material, she’d trimmed it with navy-blue-and-white gingham. Then she put aside her new bobby socks and white buck loafers. Around 7:30 a.m. the following day, she boarded a bus bound for Little Rock Central High School.

Other black schoolchildren were due at Central that historic day, but Elizabeth would be the first to arrive. The world would soon know all about the Little Rock Nine. But when Elizabeth Eckford tried to enter Central, and thereby become the first black student to integrate a major southern high school, she was really the Little Rock One. The painfully shy 15-year-old daughter of a hyper-protective mother reluctant to challenge age-old racial mores, she was the unlikeliest trailblazer of all. But as dramatic as the moment was, it really mattered only because Elizabeth wandered into the path of Will Counts’s camera.

You can read more about the history here.

photo by Will Counts/Arkansas History Commission

Friday, 10 September 2010

Back to School

A new school year is about to begin! Aren't you excited about it? Well, I know, going back to routines is hard after the summer, but looking at the bright side of it, these days also mean cooler weather, meeting new friends -and new teachers too, learning lots of interesting things... and after all, there is no way around it (resistance is futile), so we'd better keep a positive attitude!

Imagine how happy your parents will be once your start school, your mum will surely feel like dancing!

Believe it or not, we, teachers also feel a bit anxious about the beginning of each new school year, but it's our job and we are ready.


(Thanks to my dear friend Rosa for the ideas and images in this post)