Friday, 26 June 2009

School's out least for the summer. There will be no more classes to teach or papers to mark for another seven weeks, and after two-three extremely busy months it feels well deserved to get a long break. At the same time I am looking forward to the new schoolyear that will start in August, and plans are already cooking in the back of my head. The weather here in Oslo is amazing, the water in the fjord is warming up and I plan to enjoy the outdoors as much as I can. I am also looking forward to catching up on my reading. My first plan is to finish reading Brady Udall's The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, which tells the sad but yet funny story of a young boy, "half-Apache and mostly orphaned". Next on my list are Siri Hustvedt's What I loved and Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes, so nothing new. I am also planning to check out Vikas Swarup's Slumdog Millionaire to find out if it is suitable for reading in class the next schoolyear. If you should happen to stumble upon this blog in the next few weeks, I would like to wish you a lovely summer (especially if you are a teacher :-) Photo from Oslo, Norway and taken from flickr: De fire elementene

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Longing for summer

Today is the last Sunday I will spend marking papers (well, today I am marking my pupils' blogs from Norwegian class) this schoolyear. The weather outside is lovely and according to various mobile network operators I should be able to take my laptop and my work to the park due to the wonders of the wireless world. However, I have not yet encountered a laptop with a screen that can cope with sunlight, so for one more Sunday I am forced to remain indoors, and this poem by Jon Stallworthy is the closest I will get to parklife today. Enjoy:


Those daisies know too much!

Seeing that kiss, and now
touching what they touch
ought to have made them bow

their heads. You, pressing her thigh -
because you dared to look

your rival in the eye -

shall be pressed in a book.

Jon Stallworthy

Photo from flickr: Margaritas

Friday, 5 June 2009

Young man's plea for a healthy planet

At the international conference CC9 here in Norway powerful leaders gather this week to discuss solutions to the challenges of pollution and climate change. 13 year old Hermann Furberg impressed the powerful participants with this moving speech to the leaders of today from the young people who will have to handle the environmental challenges of tomorrow. It is really worth a look and a careful listen: The photo is from: