25 totally normal things I’ve never done
I should stress here that I have nothing specific against any of these activities. I’ve just never got round to them.
- Eaten a doner kebab
- Bought a car
- Watched The Wire, Mad Men, Breaking Bad orTwin Peaks
- Been to Ireland
- Watched a DVD as a date night
- Bought anything off eBay
- Eaten a steak
- Been to a theme park as a punter. I used to work at one.
- Watched Mean Girls
- Eaten a McFlurry
- Played a console game
- Eaten a Big Mac
- Made a successful white sauce
- Eaten ribs
- Played Candy Crush or Angry Birds
- Cooked a Sunday roast dinner
- Mowed a lawn
- Drunk a Frappuccino or flavoured coffee
- Baked cup cakes
- Watched any of the Twilight films
- Been to the horse races
- Bought a lottery ticket
- Been to a bookies or visited a betting website
- Played a role playing game
- Sung a karaoke solo
A Helpful List of women in music for BBC 6 Music
I am a huge fan of 6Music, the BBC digital music station. It plays an interesting mix of music, has championed women presenters- albeit mostly at the weekend, with the exception of wonderful Lauren Laverne- and while I’d like more non-western music and a more ethnically diverse presenter line up, I adore it, was devastated when it came under threat of closure and joined in the campaign to save it.
However, the lack of diversity in the Sunday lunchtime special programmes and the playlist shows is beginning to seriously concern me. 6Music has been at Glastonbury and is going to Latitude, where it curates a stage. In celebration there were playlist shows. All of them were hosted by male artists.
The only woman on the First Time show (sort of like Desert Island Discs, where an artist is interviewed and choose the first song they remember, first single they bought, first gig they went to etc) was Emily Eavis, who took over management of Glastonbury from her dad. I admire her, but could ^ Music really not find another woman?
A few months ago I tweeted Pete Paphides, who hosts Vinyl Revival, to ask whether women had been approached and not been available: he said that this was the case. However, no women. None have ever been on Paperback Writers.
This article in the Independent I think highlights a wider issue of women in radio, but demonstrates an issue with women’s recognition:
So to help 6Music, I have this helpful list. Thank you, @GypsumFantastic, @SaxyLizabeth, @ellibin, @sawatkiss and @here_comes_B for suggestions.
Suggested genres and authors for Primary teacher training students
By no means exhaustive! These are simply suggested authors.
Allen and Janet Ahlberg
Mick Inkpen/ Nick Butterworth
Art Spiegelman’s Maus
Stories with familiar settings
Folk/ Traditional/ Fairy tales
Nathan Kumar Scott
Oxford Collections (England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales)
Usborne collected fairy tales
Alexander McCall Smith
Mysteries and Adventures
Lauren St John
Fantasy/ Science Fiction
Diana Wynne Jones
Dick King- Smith
Lauren St John
In addition, look for good quality information books on the following commonly taught topics:
Romans in Britain The Seaside Homes and Houses
The Victorians Maps and Journeys Rocks and soils
Ancient Greece Local History The Earth in Space
Ancient Egypt The Great Fire of London Growth
The Tudors Forces Britain in the 1930s
Storify: #fedbkgrp chat: Children’s and YA books with positive portrayals of disabled characters
5 stages of tweets marking Charles Dickens Bicentenary
1. Happy Bicentenary Charles Dickens
2. Why is Charles Dickens trending?
3. I hate Charles Dickens
4. Will everyone STOP tweeting about Charles f’ing Dickens?
I have a series of posts on by blog about winter reads, including Arthur Ransome’s Winter Holiday, Clement Freud’s Grimble at Christmas and Terry Pratchett’s Wintersmith. You might want to read it: http://ali-fantasticreads.blogspot.com/
Big Green Bookshop’s Children’s Book Grop
We met on Saturday to discuss Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights. One of the joys of the group is that the books are brand new to the children; since they choose the books (despite gentle lobbying for a favourite from me!) they choose what looks interesting rather than what they feel they “should” read. Anyway, they LOVED Northern Lights. They were intrigued by Lyra: she does bad things, she lies, and yet in many ways she is admirable. We talked about favourite characters: Ma Costa, Iorek Byornson, Lee Scorsby as well as Lyra. We discussed what a daemon represents and what ours would be: a golden eagle, a humming bird and a big cat were some suggestions. We tried to get our heads round the nature of Dust. All in all, we gave the book 10/10. And I remembered what I love about working with children- their lack of cynicism, their enthusiasm and seriousness. We meet again at 10:30am on 19th November to discuss Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s Midnight Palace. Join us at Big Green Bookshop, Wood Green, London N22. We have squash and biscuits, and a chance to win the new Percy Jackson book!
I had a brilliant time at the Haringey Children’s Literature Festival on Saturday, at the Marcus Garvey library. I heard SC Ransom talking about her YA book, Small Blue Thing, which she kindly signed for me, and it made me eager for the two bookish events happening this week that I’m involved with: Bookswap Haringey and Children’s Book Group.
Bookswap Haringey is on Thursday at the Duke of Edinburgh, Coburg Road, N22 (off the High Road). Please bring a book you want to swap. It’s a good opportunity to chat to fellow Haringey readers (we may even let in some Enfield/Barnet/Hackney/Islington people!) and have a drink. 7:30 onwards. https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=259166740769732
Saturday is the Children’s Book Group at the wonderful Big Green Books, Brampton Park Road, N22, near the 02 shop on Wood Green High Road, Turnpike Lane end. We’re reading Katherine Langrish’s fantastic Troll Blood, but please come even if you haven’t read it and are 8-12 years old and like reading, as you can help us choose the next book. Parents are welcome to stay but don’t have to. We have a drink and (hopefully) some biscuits. Last month was Jammie Dodgers! 10:30-11:30am.
Hope to see you at one of these events.