to be or nt 2 b

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/daily-prompt-future-2/

The band Busted once boasted of visiting the year 3000, a whole 900 years later than 2100.  What was their experience of the future?  That things had remained the same pretty much, except life had got a little wetter as we appear to share a fate with the lost city of Atlantis.  (They also seemed to appreciate the aesthetic appeal of my great great great granddaughter, which was a little creepy if i’m honest…)

They never mentioned any change in the language we speak, neither a deterioration or an improvement, so perhaps all will be well in 2100.  Then again….

when Busted wrote ‘Year 3000′, it would have been roughly 2003, 2004 time?  They could not have envisaged the pure horror of ‘YOLO’.  The written word now seems to be an inconvenience to people, seeing as how they are now stripping away certain letters to streamline communication, even going so far as to write in acronyms, because writing phrases is such a waste of about half a minute! 

I suspect in the future we will be using Orwellian newspeak, because spaces rthenxtfing2followntrmsofstppngdwnlngge…

bleak times indeed…

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To be or nt 2 B

The band Busted once boasted of visiting the year 3000, a whole 900 years later than 2100.  What was their experience of the future?  That things had remained the same pretty much, except life had got a little wetter as we appear to share a fate with the lost city of Atlantis.  (They also seemed to appreciate the aesthetic appeal of my great great great granddaughter, which was a little creepy if i’m honest…)

They never mentioned any change in the language we speak, neither a deterioration or an improvement, so perhaps all will be well in 2100.  Then again….

when Busted wrote ‘Year 3000’, it would have been roughly 2003, 2004 time?  They could not have envisaged the pure horror of ‘YOLO’.  The written word now seems to be an inconvenience to people, seeing as how they are now stripping away certain letters to streamline communication, even going so far as to write in acronyms, because writing phrases is such a waste of about half a minute! 

I suspect in the future we will be using Orwellian newspeak, because spaces rthenxtfing2followntrmsofstppngdwnlngge…

bleak times indeed…

Forking Hell!

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/daily-prompt-nonsequitur/

 

‘He tried to hit me with a forklift’

‘Yeah, well you got off lucky with that one, you should see what happened last time Klaus got his hands on one of them, bloody nuisance he is…’

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV64lW0CTwI – Warning, contains scenes of bloody violence, yet presented in a comedic context.  Those crazy Germans and their safety videos, enjoy!) 

 

 

Aside

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/daily-prompt-greatness/

Great prompt today! 

So, what does make a great teacher?

One who can teach the student more than how to pass their exams, one who can get their students to think critically and question, question, question.  

A great teacher also has to be one who can engage all students all the time, one who can keep their focus and entertain as well as educate.  Whether it be the first class Monday morning or the last class Friday afternoon, a truly great teacher will keep those kids focused and interested in the subject at hand.  Some will say teachers should not be entertainers but solely educators, but I for one believe that introducing a little laughter into classes is a surefire way to keep the kids invested. 

Passion for your discipline is also key I feel to a great teacher.  I was fortunate enough to have several great English/Drama teachers in high school, the reason I now hold a degree in English is down to the passion and enthusiasm shown by my teachers in their early days.  Those classes were always filled with laughter as well as plenty of learning.  Kids can tell the difference between a teacher who cares about their subject from a teacher who is just doing the job ‘for the holidays’ and those who don’t care are not great.  You need a certain emotional investment in the job to be great.  

Of course great teachers aren’t just in the classroom.  I feel parents can also be great teachers, by instilling into their children a sound set of moral values.  Great parents ensure their kids are respectful to all members of the community, steering them away from evils such as bigotry and violence.  Great teachers are those who can mould and shape our youth into adults we can be rightly proud of, intelligent, respectful and tolerant.  

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The Incredible Doctor

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/daily-prompt-wrong/

I do love a good bit of sarcasm me! My personal go to form of wit.  I’ll share with you a true story from just over a year or two ago.

I used to go to a running club every Wednesday evening with one of my housemates, everyone met up at 5 in the gym building and then we’d go out into the smog-laden splendor of Middlesbrough to run, usually we’d go from the University campus to the Riverside stadium and then back via the college.  In the summer we’d go the two miles around the perimeter of Albert Park. 

This one fine evening we had decided to go around Albert Park, the weather was fine, so I decided to wear shorts, which of course would expose my fake leg to the world.  Something which of course ordinarily would not attract attention from sensible people, because they are not simple minded tools.  Not this evening however, not this evening.  As we went past the duck pond, one of the eagle-eyed locals felt the need to turn around and inform me in no uncertain terms, that I was ‘missing a leg’ (I forget the exact words used, but it was something to that effect).  I felt an immediate rush of gratitude to the eagle-eyed doctor who spotted this malady! I had wondered for years why I felt a little light on the right side of my body, was a confusing 21 years of life until the good Doctor diagnosed me.  I no longer had to be confused as to why I went to the limb centre outside the Freeman Hospital anymore, you sure ended years of confusion there!  Finally I knew why I wore that fake leg! Clearly it was just a fashion statement which never seemed to go out of style.  Thank you, you hawk-eyed expert!  

I’ll never know why he felt the need to inform me of my mysterious missing limb, I’m less sure what he even expected to be honest.  That I’d suddenly notice and be unable to run? ‘Oh no, I AM missing a leg, guess I can’t run now, don’t know how I managed it for so long’.   Perhaps he intended it as an insult, but as an insult, pointing out a disability is confused at best.  Perhaps he meant well by it, as in, ‘woah! that guy can run on one leg’.  But still, the way he just pointed out I had one leg would be a confusing way to seem impressed. 

I don’t mean to sound cruel, I’m sure he was probably trying to be nice, but just the way he said it amused me.  I understand when children say stuff like that, cause they don’t know any better.  I even understand when mentally disabled adults do it, but I didn’t think the guy was mentally unwell, he just seemed like a gobby Teesside bloke!  There was something about his tone which I felt deserved my sarcastic cyber tongue-lashing.  

Nowt as Queer as Folk eh? 

 

The Grateful Living

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/daily-prompt-thanks/

I am thankful for the life which I have been given,

I am thankful for the teachers at school, who fostered my curiosity and nurtured my intelligence,

I am thankful for all the friends I have ever had

I am thankful for the opportunity to go to University to push my education as far as it could go

I am thankful for the Prothesists (fake leg makers) over the years who have given me the ability to walk, I would be nothing without them

I would also be nothing without the support of my family, who nurtured an independence and a fighting spirit within me

I am thankful for being born into a world of relative tolerance and freedom

I am thankful for alcohol and good times

But most of all, 

I am thankful to live.