Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Time and Maths

As Mrs Miles would say "and so to Bury". I love the way she writes, especially when she has visitors, "to tea three people" or "to tea Mrs B". I may adopt her manner of speaking for a couple of days. Anyway "and so to Bury", where I bought a T-shirt for Thomas' Greek costume, some steak knives, and some bits from the £1 shop. No books today, I still have half a dozen to get though.

On the way home I stopped at Tesco and bought a pizza with the base Thomas needs for his school project. I've also made a start on his tunic and sewn some gold banding on the sleeves. 
This was the remit sent home from school. The inexpensive bit isn't really true. I don't have a long gold trimmed tunic in my wardrobe, or gold bracelet things, or a piece of material to throw over the tunic, so by the time I've bought gold trim, gold paint/paper, t-shirt, material and a flipping pizza I don't really want, it's hardly inexpensive. Right rant over, goodness what a whingebag I've become about these dress up days.
A few weeks ago Amy asked if she could have a maths tutor just to give her a boost before her GCSE's. Unfortunately, they're not as easy to come by as you'd think. Anyway, last week her teacher recommended another teacher and he came round this evening to give Amy her first lesson. Tonight she mastered standard form and histograms. Please don't ask, because I've no idea. And my thinking is, if I've got to the age I am without having to know, then I probably don't need to find out now. 

I have a little project on the go for my time themed fireplace. It's very simple, I just need to print out the photos below, buy a couple of frames, choose a saying about time and they're done. This is the pocket watch that belonged to Mark's grandad and the two times are connected to Amy and Thomas.

This is Amy's, 7.13pm
And this is Thomas', 10.02am
No prizes for guessing, because you lot are far too clever (remember those Christmas riddles), and I know you'll get the connection straight away. 

Bet you can all do standard form and histograms as well :)

xxx







20 comments:

  1. times they were born? No idea, but what gorgeous photos they make.

    My favourite time related quote comes from Rupert Brooke (I think)
    Stands the Church clock at ten to three?
    And is there honey still for tea?

    Ha! Just had to bring tea into things didn't I?!

    Hmm. Experiencing Déjà vu with your Greek letter there. Last year when Violet's school had Roman Day we had a similar letter. They had a website link on the letter where we could buy outfits. £30 for something pretty rotten looking. I managed to get some gold silk fabric from Dunelm as an offcut for £6 and made a simple frock out of that. But it was nothing more than sheer luck, or it would have cost a whole lot more. Love that they do these things, give kids the chance to 'live history' as it were, but it can work out so expensive. Plus we had to fork out £10 for them to take part. Obviously some parents didn't bother to cough up, so the more elaborate plans didn't take place as they didn't have the cash, they had to spread out what they had.
    I don't mean to moan. It was a great day, Violet had fun, and that's the main thing.

    Looking forward to seeing your costume, 'cos I know it'll be a good one :O) xx

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    1. Spot on. They are the times they were born. I often wonder what would be made of Amy's birth time, by people who 'read' stars, times, dates etc with the lucky 7 and unlucky 13.

      I feel as though I've got off lightly now with the pizza base and costume. What did Violet's school do that cost £10 each? Not sure I'd have coughed that up myself - who am I kidding of course I would, begrudgingly. Just had a quick mental tot up and so far it's cost me £9.54 and I've still to get the material for the shoulder thing and some gold wrapping paper. And that's keeping it simple. There's £1.85 for pizza, £4 t-shirt, £1.69 gold ribbon and £2 for pillowcases because I don't have any spare white ones and I'm not cutting up my good ones to make the t-shirt longer. Like you say though the kids seem to enjoy it. I think I'm miffed because it wasn't long ago I was doing Viking Day and next month it'll be something for book day. At least the Easter Egg comp doesn't cost much, thank goodness.

      I had porridge with honey for breakfast this morning. Delicious. xx

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    2. Dressing up days at school get my 'Royal' Treatment. They do my 'king' head in. Once, Miss 21 wanted to go as Hedwig, that Royal owl fromharry potter. Pillow cases were used, and the Royal feathers inside. Royal feathers every Royal where. It was for Royal World Book Day. I've not escaped this. Staff have been ordered to dress up too, a character from Alice in Wonderland. Can I be bothered with this? No I Royal well cannot. I'm going to put my foot down and go as myself , in support of all those children who's parents ( quite rightly ) cannot be bothered!!!

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    3. Hahahaha, an owl from Harry Potter, that is so funny. But well done you for rising to the challenge. Hope you took lots of photos out so you can embarrass her in years to come. I'd just stick a load of playing cards all over me for Alice and go as, wait for it...... the deck of cards! Royal brilliant don't you think.

      I do love a good moan about dressing up days. Today I gave up looking for a scrap of gold material, bought a perfectly brand new cushion cover and chopped it to pieces to make the sash thing. All the time I was cutting I was thinking, this is Royal ridiculous.

      If I worked full time and had to mess around with all this I think I might seriously consider letting Thomas have a duvet day. Only of course he's not old enough to be in the house on his own so I'd have to have one too. Might get a job just so we can both play hooky next dress up day. xx

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  2. And I thought the times were to do with when the bus to Bury was.
    Love the idea. The pictures will be good!

    Our school can't plan to do Greek days etc without putting back ups into place for the inevitable families who can't afford anything!

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    1. I expect some people genuinely can't afford these days but I remember when Amy was in reception there was a dress up day for World Book Day. I used to help out so was in class when one little boy turned up with nothing to wear. Mum definitely hadn't forgotten she just couldn't be bothered. Anyway, the teacher cobbled together a costume from the dressing up box so he wouldn't feel left out. In assembly each class walked around the hall and there was a prize for the winner. Guess who won. Yep, the boy who'd turned up with nothing to wear. Not his fault of course, or the Head who was judging and didn't know, but it really annoyed me. You could tell the other parents had gone to a load of time and effort. When his Mum picked him up she was ecstatic that he'd won. I'd have been ashamed but not her xx

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  3. Mrs Miles? You've lost me there. "And so to Bath" [not Bury] was a book by Cecil Roberts (few people have heard of him these days, but he was quite a prolific author in his day).
    Margaret P

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    1. Mrs Miles is the book I'm reading at the moment, it's her diary that she kept during WW2 and she talks/writes in such a lovely old fashioned way. I've not heard of Cecil Roberts or "And So To Bath" but I'm off to look him up now. xx

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    2. Cecil Roberts also wrote such titles as And So To America, and also And So To Rome ... he also wrote five volumes of autobiography (which both husband and I have read.) We really have no idea what he was really like but he seemed to mix with the great and the good of the day; he was either the biggest romancer (as my mother would call someone who told tall stories) or he was held in high esteem by a lot of people, so much so that they went out of their way to cultivate his friendship. He was also a novelist, but while I had a couple of his novels, I parted with them in one of my regular book culls.
      Margaret P

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    3. I have to admit ignorance Margaret, I thought when I looked up the books he'd written I would know who he was, but I don't. You've just reminded me that my Nanna called people romancers. Sounds so much nicer than big fat liar doesn't it.

      I pass most of my books on to charity when I've read them. As much as I'd like to keep them I have nowhere to put them, especially the amount I get through. To be honest I don't really read anything that's worth keeping anyway :) xx

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  4. The only time the kids have to dress up here is for Halloween and not all the schools do that. Rather than costumes they get the kids to make the props for whatever theme it might be. Much cheaper!! Some schools do multicultural day-they have over 50 languages spoken in some schools! For that they get the parents to bring in one of there traditional dishes and have a big potluck lunch.
    I'm so glad I don't have to do today's math, although a lot of it we did do 'back in the day' but they've given it a new name.
    Your time display is going to be really nice. Looking forward to seeing the completed display.

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    1. When I said props for whatever theme I didn't mean Halloween I meant whatever it is they are studying. My typing isn't keeping up with my brain!

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    2. Yes, Halloween is a bit easier because everything you need is in the shops but it's very hard to come across a Greek or Viking costume when you need one!

      Goodness, 50 different languages, how do the teachers cope? Mind you, having said that I bet we're the same over here in some schools. The pot luck lunch sounds fun, not sure if schools over here would allow that. On party days we had at the school I worked all the food had to be bought from shops or come from the school kitchen.

      Maths is not my thing and I don't really get involved as it's one of the few things me and Amy can butt heads over. Best to let somebody else be the big bad maths teacher. xx

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    3. Funnily enough Thomas took an umbrella into school this morning. The teacher was reading a list of things out and asking pupils to put their hands up if they could bring them in and he volunteered to provide the brolly. No matter how much I pressed him he has no idea what it's for. xx

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  5. Blimey, the school is expecting rather a lot in terms of those costumes. Shame you're not a member of an am dram group. I was useless at maths. Come to think of it, I was useless at most subjects.

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    1. Firstly, thank you very much for the book and the chocolate. You are definitely my sort of diet buddy:)

      I'm afraid am dram isn't quite my thing darling, but my friend used to belong to a group and they were really good. Maths, urgh, not my thing either. As long as numbers are involved I'm OK but start with angles and graphs and whatever else and that's me done.

      No sooner will Greek Day out of the way than World Book Day will be upon us. It's never ending at schools these days. xx


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  6. I'm just reading and thinking Thank God dress up days are a new thing and I didn't have to do them for my lot on the 80s. Would have driven me to despair I reckon!

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    1. They really are a pain in the backside but I should thank my lucky stars there's a big enough gap between Amy and Thomas that they're both not in primary together otherwise I'd have to come up with 2 costumes! One Mum at Thomas' old school had 4 children there. She worked full time, her husband worked away and anything like this used to drive her nuts. Understandably so. xx

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  7. Regarding costumes that a school expects being made, I recall many years ago when our younger son (now in his 40s) came home from school bearing what looked like a moth-eaten yellow fake-fur piece of fabric and said he had to go dressed as a bear the next day! I'm useless with needle and thread, but husband (in his working life) was an engineered and he managed to make a costume overnight for the lad. Why do schools do this? Madness! It tests the parents skills, not those of the children!
    Margaret P

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    1. If it wasn't for that iron on wonderweb stuff I'd have been stuck on quite a few occasions.

      Well done to your husband, there's not many men I know who can master a needle and thread to sew a button on, let alone create a costume.

      I have no idea why schools do these things. What's wrong with just taking your favourite book in on World Book Day and why do you need to dress up as a Greek or Viking? I honestly can't remember one occasion when I was at school where I had to dress up. The only big event used to be the Christmas Party where everybody dressed up in their best clothes. A lot of the boys at the old school used to turn up in their football kits, but the Head at this school specifically says they're not allowed. Quite right too. (Because Thomas hasn't got one haha). xx

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