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Friday, March 4th, 2005
12:16 am
I hate libraries!!!!!!!
They make no allowance for the fact that those of us who are blonde tend to forget to take books back on time. I'm about to pay Brookes nearly £20 because some of the books are on a stupid short term loan thing and another has been reserved by someone else so I can't even renew it online. Aaaaargh!!!!

Current Mood: annoyed
Tuesday, February 15th, 2005
9:15 pm
The last time I tried to write anything the computer ate my entry so I stopped talking to it, but then I realised the other day that it is a ridiculously long time since I wrote anything and I can't hold a grudge against even a machine for that long!

It was great to see people at the weekend. Have been in London since rehearsing Tudory things and have come back to Oxford in order to leap forward several centuries and take 2 online skills tests for teaching and rehearse Barber and Schumann on a funny instrument called a violin with only 4 strings and no frets! Back to the dark ages on Thursday...

Current Mood: amused
Friday, December 10th, 2004
11:00 am
Would anyone like to sing/play in the Messiah tomorrow? (ie Saturday) Westminster Chapel on the Harcourt Hill Campus of Brookes (U1 bus from town) orchestra from 2pm choir from 3pm concert at 8pm. All welcome, especially men and cellists!!!! Pleeeeeeease encourage lots of people to come - it's Christmas, everyone should sing the Messiah!!
Sunday, November 21st, 2004
6:01 pm
Have spent a very enjoyable Sunday lunch in the Radcliffe Arms with lots of exciting people - very pleasant surprise to find half of them there! Then had tea at Meriel's, also very nice. Was reminded that I haven't posted anything for a very long time so am now remedying the situation.
Did very successful gig in London last night and in so doing have gained another venue for our concert tour next April, yay! Anyone like to suggest a sensible venue in Oxford? A college chapel maybe? Nowhere too big cos we're only a trio and a lute isn't very loud! How much is it to hire the Holywell these days?
Greatly looking forward to this week. It 'Community week', which basically means we get to spend the whole week going on school trips without taking any children!! We're going to the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers, Modern Art Museum, Oxford Walk, Botanic Gardens and all sorts, supposedly finding out about their education programs and assessing their potential for future school visits. We also get several afternoons off, which means I might actually do some work and not feel quite so much like I'm chasing my tail all the time! Have a couple of essays to write - doh - neither of them about anything remotely interesting!

Anyway, am falling asleep due to not going to bed til 2am, driving all over London to and from gig (too many lanes, too many cars, too many wombats driving cars, etc.) and then getting up in time to drive back to oxford for lunch today. Going to church, then going to bed!

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, October 19th, 2004
3:53 pm
It's about time I wrote something other than a lesson plan...!!!
It's no wonder they can't attract/hang on to decent teachers in this country. The number of pointless forms we have to fill in and bits of evidence we have to provide and mindless seminars and lectures we go to. Anyone with half a brain doesn't go near it! We had a 'professional studies' lecture this morning and one of the slides the guy put up was about asking questions that give children the opportunity to offer opinions and to think for themselves. So he had a list of questions we could use: 'what do you think about____' 'what do you think will happen if _________' etc etc. Then he gave a reference as to where he'd got the information from. People actually write not just articles but entire books on these things, and all they do is state the obvious. And then people who are supposedly intelligent read them and quote from them and make them out to be leading researchers, when actually anyone who's spent more than 5 minutes in a school could tell you any of it!!! How dim do they think we are!!! Here endeth the rant!
Have been in school for the last 2 weeks which has been great. A tiny village primary with about 50 kids in total and 15 in our class, except on Mondays and Friday afternoons when we get the class from next door as well so we have 25. Our teacher is lovely, the children are really nice and I get on brilliantly with the other trainee I'm with, so all in all we think we've done really well. She was telling me about a friend of hers who's in a class of 38 and 5 of the children have statements for behaviour!!! nice...
It's half term next week and then we're back in school doing quite a lot of teaching instead of observing so much. I get to do a whole morning on Tudors - bring out George and the various costumes, yay!! We get visited by a university tutor to observe us and ours happens to be coming on the morning when my partner's doing English and I'm doing PE - how amusing will that be!! Hockey on the village green! He he he!

Current Mood: busy
Tuesday, September 21st, 2004
5:11 pm
Came home on Sunday after taking little sister to Cardiff to start uni (how scary is that?!) to find 2 traffic cones in my bedroom, both with soft toys sitting on top and Steve looking very pleased with hinself! Honestly...I go away for a week end... Saturday night was obviously a good one!
Our new housemate moved in last week and have discovered that she's a Christian, which is very cool. Always nice to find someone with a similar outlook on life! And she's nearly as useless as me when it comes to spiders, but she did rescue me from a butterfly yesterday. Why couldn't I deal with the butterfly? It was pretty. But it was in a kind of awkward place on the window sill and I couldn't quite see how to get the glass round it and I thought it might escape so I asked someone else to do it. You'd have thought that my various travels would have made me slightly less ridiculously useless with these things. Evidently not. It's ok as long as there's someone else in the house who I can call on, but otherwise I end up sleeping in the living room like the last time. Might try hypnosis...
Then again, maybe not...
5.20pm. HOMETIME!!!
Wednesday, September 15th, 2004
4:40 pm
I like Primary School!
Have just had an English seminar and learnt all abut a bear who lost his teddy in a forest.

Had THE MOST BIZARRE maths lecture today. The guy giving it was totally obsessed, and I mean TOTALLY OBSESSED, with tetrahedrons. He must have spent 20 minutes taking tetrahedrons out of a box to show us. There was a tetley tea bag, a smarties box, a pretty coloured plastic one, and so on. And then he cut a post office preferred envelope in half and made a tetrahedron out of that. Then he showed how you can't make a perfect tetrahedron out of an after eight wrapper and read us a letter his daughter had written to the after eight making people suggesting to them that they should alter the design of the wrapper so that it was possible to make a tetrahedron out of them. Then he asked us what we had learnt about teaching from the last 20 minutes. The first answer he got from a lecture hall full of 300 students was 'that we'll all be completely batty by the end of the year.' To which the reply was 'what makes you think it'll take all year?'

The comforting thought I took from this was that, given I think I'm completely batty already, that'll be one less thing to learn over the year...
Wednesday, September 8th, 2004
5:57 pm
How much work?!!!
I started at Brookes on Monday and can't quite believe the amount of work we've been set already! On the plus side we had a drama lesson today and spent an hour playing children's games involving parachutes and imaginay basket balls, so it's all ok really!!
Recording went well last week. It was very funny as the guys who were doing the technical side had worked on all sorts of big projects like Blackadder and we were wondering how they'd ended up with us, but then every time we brought out a new instrument to play one of them would point and say 'What on earth is that? Must take a photo!' And out came the digital camera! It also turns out that rather than being a one off programme it's actually a series of 10, but it's on the Discovery chanel before possibly being on terestrial. Anyone got Sky?!
Amusing story for the week: my sister phoned my granny to tell her her A level results and half way through the conversation granny says 'can you hear me ok?' Moo said 'yes. why?'
'Well I got my new hearing aid the other day and I wondered if you could hear me any better'
Friday, August 27th, 2004
11:08 pm
Where did the week go?!
This was my week with nothing planned but lots to do, and I don't know where it's gone! To be fair I have managed to get quite a lot of the things on the 'great to do list' crossed off, but there are still several things there!

An old school friend came to visit on Monday which was nice, and I've caught up with a work colleague from last year and met up with another school friend who is now living in Oxford, so it's been a good week in terms of seeing people. I even wrote a letter to someone else at home today - how organised is that?! The fact that I've been meaning to write it for about the last month is not the point!

I've also read the 1st chapter in a frightening textbook called 'Mathematics Explained for Primary School Teachers' and done the self test questions at the end of said chapter. When you realise that I haven't done any maths for approximately 6 years and can't even add up convincingly any more you start to see why 'frightening' was an appropriate word! And they've left me in charge of rent and bill payments for our house for this year... It was actually quite good fun, as was the Key Stage 2 science paper with its food chains and tests to see the effects of acid on teeth... primary school is going to rock!

The latest really exciting news, and I'm not quite sure how we've got it, is that Passamezzo get to spend next Wednesday in a recording studio in London recording the sound track to a TV programme Vic Reeves is presenting about highwaymen in the 17th cenury, or something! Typically it's in the middle of our family holiday in the Isle of Wight, but it was deemed to be too good an opportunity to be missed so I'll be getting a hovercraft at some unearthly hour of the morning to get to the studio for 10am. I'm terrified we're not going to be good enough! We have no idea what the music will be like as it's still being written and we don't get to see it til the day, so hopefully the composer will have had the sense to make it playable and we'll be fine!

Current Mood: content
Sunday, August 22nd, 2004
10:31 am
It's 10.30am on Sunday morning and I'm in Dudley writing in my livejournal, whereas actually I should be in Oxford helping with Sunday club at church at the 10am service. Due to an exceptionally blonde moment (or a couple of combined ones) I failed to make the last train back to Oxford from New Street last night! Who decided that the last train should go at 21.03 anyway?! I thought you could get anywhere from New Street at any time? Clearly not.

I'd been in Birmingham having a costume fitted for early musicy things and met up with Sarah. We decided we really ought to eat before heading home as lunch had been kind of early and...well to cut a long story short, we arrived on the platform just as the train doors were locked and the little man blew the whistle. Typical! According to another little man at the customer help desk it was completely impossible to get to Oxford any other way so we decided I should stay at Sarah's. So we head for the next train to Sandwell and Dudley and arrive just as it pulls out of the station. So we head for the next one, get half way there and the man in the announcement box (he must be really little to get in there) says the platform has changed to the one we'd just come from, so off we go again!! And as you can't get to Oxford before 10.20am on a Sunday and the service started at 10, I'm still here.
It's going to be a very funky costume though ;)

Current Mood: ditzy
Sunday, August 15th, 2004
8:00 pm
Got to the course fine in the end (didn't even need freak snow storms!) and had a fab week. Must have played viols for about 12 hours a day every day and boy am I tired! It was kind of nice to be in the middle of nowhere in a manor house with very little mobile reception, no internet and no TV.
Everybody there played every species of viol under the sun and they all owned loads of instruments which they were very happy for other people to play, hence I played some VERY nice bass viols and poor George is feeling somewhat outclassed. Fortunately for him (although less so for me) VERY nice viol equates to VERY expensive viol, so I think George is safe for a bit. Might investigate a new bow though...
Had a couple of very funny moments when we found bits of recognisable work from later composers in the middle of Renaissance stuff. They do say that whatever one writes nowadays has alreay been written by someone else previously, but I didn't expect to find the opening motif of Beethoven 5 in the middlre of a Jenkins Fantasia, or the Hallelujah Chorus in a piece by Peerson from 1600 ish!
Hey ho - back at home with my family now eating and sleeping lots, then back to Oxford on Tuesday for what likes a pretty busy week (look out for familiar buskers on Cornmarket!) The week after looks fairly quiet though... wonder how long that'll last...

Current Mood: content
Friday, August 6th, 2004
10:30 pm
Am at home!
Yay! I like being at home - people cook food for you and play scrabble sitting in a tidy garden til it gets dark and have computers that aren't powered by steam and so forth!

Have just spent a lovely week in London sorting Passamezzo stuff. Met up with Matt Purves on Tuesday who says hi to those who know him. He's very well, working in the Department for Education and living in West London (which was nearly under water earlier in the week - good job I can swim!)

It was Tam's birthday on Thursday and she had a kind of open-house-party for which we made the biggest tirimisu in the world! It was great! Then I went fabric shopping at Goldhawk Road cos I'm getting a new costume made. Very exciting as am always borrowing ones that don't quite fit, so I bought lots of black silk and some very fancy red and gold bracade.

Anyway, next week am going on a viol course (to make viol music!) at Charney Manor, which I've finally discovered is somewhere near Wantage but nowhere near the bus route... any bus route... to anywhere...
Oh well - I'm going to get as close as I can and then hope someone might give me a lift. No, I'm not going to hitch hike! Not with George!

Current Mood: relaxed
Monday, August 2nd, 2004
9:28 pm
My brain hurts!
And I'm meant to be on holiday! Am currently in London again staying with another member of our Early Music group having an 'admin' few days. Basically, all 3 of us kept a few days free as we were waiting to hear from Hampton Court about some work there which they eventually told us they couldn't offer and we figured we'd make the most of the time. Have spent the day practicing and writing letters to various people who may (or may not) want to employ us which has made my brain hurt because you have to think of just the right way to word everything. We got loads done though so it's been a good day.
Really enjoyed the gathering at Dom's last week. It was so nice to see eveyone and spend time lazing about on Hampstead Heath!
Went busking in Oxford with our quartet on Saturday morning in the covered market which turns out to be very enjoyable and fairly profitable so we think we'll do that again. Then we played at a wedding in the afternoon and I ache from head to foot as a result! I knew time was going quickly but I didn't realise I hadn't played the violin for a fortnight!
Anyway, it may only be 9.45 but my brain's worked harder today than for most of the last year and it's tired! I'm also typing on a keyboard with a dysfunctional 't' and I have to keep going back and adding 't's into words! I dread to think how some of our letters read...
Tuesday, July 27th, 2004
11:51 pm
Why is it that holidays so often end up being busier than non-holidays?! It's a kind of relaxed and cheerful busyness though, which is really nice.

The end of term went very well - we took some of the kids bowling and the child I was in charge of dropped the ball on the line so it kind of wobbled down the alley and she looked thoroughly unconvinced so promty set off after it! Trouble is, these bowling alleys are highly polished so she took about 3 steps and sat down, so I followed, took about 3 steps and also sat down in an untidy heap. So there's 2 of us sat cross-legged in the middle of a 10 pin bowling alley and eventually I managed to convince her that we really wanted to be back at the line and it wasn't a good idea to run down the lane because it was slippy and dangerous, so we crawled back on hands and knees. Very amusing!

Have just spent a very enjoyable weekend in Wales at an old Tudor house called Tretower in the middle of nowhere playing music and wearing silly clothes - very civilised. One chap who was looking round found the website for the dance group we were with and emailed asking how he could contact the musicians, I quote, 'led by Tamsin and her recorder-wielding friend' aka 'me'! I've never thought of myself as recorder-wielding! Not sure it's quite as impressive as Charlie's grim reaper thing (can't spell it's proper name!) but it sounds quite good!

Looking forward to Sarah coming tomorrow and then coming to Dom's on Thursday - can't wait!

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, July 15th, 2004
3:46 pm
It's nearly the end of term!!!!!!!
2 days to go, and on Monday I'm going 10 pin bowling and on Tuesday we finish at 1! I like the end of term!

We had our leaver's assembly today and some of the kids sang bits from Oliver which we've been doing at lunchtimes for the last term. True to form, we had a great rehearsal this morning and then when it came to it Mr Bumble forgot to move, they all forgot the actions and we had about 50% of the words instead of the usual 65%! Never mind - they all enjoyed it!

Classic comment of the day: On discovering that one of our class had gone missing I went to see if she was in the cloakroom. I walked in and said "Rebecca are you in here?" To which the reply came "No!" Hmmmm... I promptly returned to class and went to look somewhere else, of course...

Current Mood: giggly
Tuesday, July 6th, 2004
3:57 pm
It's that time again, the time when I think I really ought to write something else in this not-very-lively journal!

It's actually been a pretty quiet day as lots of the kids are out on a residential week in wales - having said that, the ones that are left more than make up for those that are missing!

Ooooh, exciting news! I knew there was a reason for writing an entry today: Tuesday 27th July, 9pm, BBC 1 or 2 (can't remember which) Restoration. Keep an eye out for the 2 tudor musicians wandering round Sheffield Manor Lodge which is being featured on the programme. You might just recognise one of them (without glasses, wearing a silly frock and with hair tied up under a hat!)

Well, they've installed new air conditioning in the ICT because it was always so hot in here, and now it's freezing cold - typical! So here endeth the next entry in the diary of Ali.

Current Mood: cold
Tuesday, June 15th, 2004
4:06 pm
I figured it was about time I actually wrote something in my journal: SOMETHING.
That pretty much sums up today thus far - nothing particularly exciting has happend. We designed football strips this afternoon which was quite entertaining, and then one of our class took it upon himself to commentate on the proceedings, wandering round the classroom talking into a tube of poster paint.
I need to do some fiddle practice. Actually, I need to look up a recipe for growing extra fingers so that I might actually achieve something in said fiddle practice.
Here endeth my first journal entry.

Current Mood: content
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