# Personal Blogs

## Levels of Teaching

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The slur ‘Those who can, do; those who can’t teach' seems to have been originated with George Bernard Shaw in his play Man and Superman. Personally I’ve done lots of jobs and I learned something from them all.

Hospital porter
Postman
Off licence
Menswear shop
Die cast foundry
Computer (originally computers were people who did calculations)
Clerical worker (Inland Revenue, motor insurance)
Factory odd jobs
Building materials research

Anyway I digress. At the pub tonight a wiseacre came up with the old ‘Those that can etc.’ and that reminded me that back when IT was first making its way into schools I once had a job where I was teaching people who were going off to teach teachers how to teach IT.

This reminded me of a little verse:

No teacher I of kids, or smaller fry,
No teacher I of teachers, no, not I.
Mine was the distant aim, the longer reach,
To teach folk how to teach folk how to teach.

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## Disappointment

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I clutched the icy handrail,

but when I reach the top,

no one was there.

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## What’s the difference between a stoat and a weasel?

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The Woodland Trust says:

“The easiest and most reliable way to tell a stoat (Mustela erminea) from a weasel (Mustela nivalis) is the tail.”

A weasel is weasely distinguished,

But a stoat is stoatally different,

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My hanging basket caught in the security light.

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## Daffinition

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Joke definition (AKA a daffinition): History = Greet conservative politician with sound of disapproval

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## Hiding a triangle (solution)

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See

https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/oublog/viewpost.php?post=258608

for the problem,.

Solution

Suppose the origins equilateral triangle has sides of length 1. Then its three vertices are each 1 unit from the other two.

If we tried to cover it with two other triangles, then one of them would have to cover two vertices of the original triangle, because there are three vertices distributed between two covering triangles. So at least one of the covering triangles would have to contain points 1 unit apart, so it couldn’t be smaller than the original triangle.

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## Hiding a triangle

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Prove that you can’t hide an equilateral triangle behind two smaller equilateral triangles.
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## Chthonic Head on Lowestoft Beach

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This mysterious bronze sculpture is part of Lowestoft's First Light Festival and has been on the beach for a few weeks. It's not there permanently and will be moved somewhere else before long. We made a special pilgrimage to Lowestoft to see it. About 1.3 m tall, at high tide it's underwater and during the time it's been where it is it has acquired an attractive green patina.

Chthonic means living in or beneath the Earth's surface, or inhabiting the underworld, coming from the Greek χθονός, "of the Earth".

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## Standing Stones

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These stones are at Callanish on Lewis in the Hebrides. They have stayed pretty much as they are now for about 5000 years, although a Visitor's Centre has been added relatively recently. I find them very evocative, they have a sort of timeless quality. The tallest is about 5m by my estimation.

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## Gazanias

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These lovely flowers are Gazanias. I had a couple previously but the hard frost of last winter killed them, and these are replacements. I looked the plant up on Wikipedia and was surprised to find it has become naturalised in many parts of the world, including the UK, and in some places, such as Australia, is a weed.

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What border on a garment sounds like a polite cough? A hem.

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## Early To Bed - A Verse

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 17 Jun 2023, 01:05

Now I must leave you all, he said

I must go home, and get to bed.

For I must make an early rise,

And wish not sleepy in my eyes.

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## chicken joke

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Why did the chicken cross the airfield? To get to the other glide.

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## What a gorgeous rose!

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## A Space Makes All The Difference

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As far as  I can see, ‘inaction’ and ‘in action’ have diametrically opposite meanings.

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## My beautiful Clematis

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## The oldest recorded blackbird

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20 years and 3 months.

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## Watch Haiku

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My Apple Watch

Has been left behind by time.

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## When the cat's away...

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The joke is one I remembered from an old New Yorker cartoon ("Sorry to break it up, the cat's back") but the cartoon is what I got by asking DAL-E for a cartoon of a mouse jazz band.

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## Clematis

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This clematis is just coming out. I've had it since last year and as you see the flowers are spectacular.

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## A Country Cottage

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My friend took this portrait of a Cambridgeshire cottage.

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## Chicken Joke

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Why was the chicken sent off the pitch? For Fowl play.

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## Chicken Joke

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Why did the chicken cross the road? Because it was going on holiday.

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## AI Poetry Criticism

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I asked ChatGPT-4 to rate the haiku I posted just now. Here’s what it generated.

This poem is a lighthearted and playful take on the haiku form, using the image of a pigeon and its cooing as a humorous twist on the traditional Japanese poetic structure. While it may not be a profound or emotionally resonant work, it is successful in its goal of eliciting a smile or chuckle from the reader through its clever wordplay. Additionally, the brevity and simplicity of the poem reflect the minimalist aesthetic of haiku, demonstrating an understanding and appreciation of the form it parodies. Overall, as a light and entertaining piece, this pigeon poem succeeds in its intended effect.

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## Pigeon Haiku

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A family member wrote this, which I rather admire.

A pigeon poem
That has seven syllables
Is known as 'Hi-coo'

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