Saturday, June 23, 2007

Things that have made me smile this week

A few things over the last week or so have contrived to make me smile.

1: I saw this on Dave's Cartoon Church website: He was deciding whether he should confuse Pentecostal Christians by leaving these messages written on leaves at a conference centre type place. The whole thing made me chuckle out loud for minutes. Do take some time to look at his website, it's very funny. Particularly his reasonably affectionate battle with Times Religion columnist Ruth Gledhill.

"These are some leaves I wrote on and left on a bench for the Pentecostals to discover. I enjoy leaving messages for Pentecostals. You should try it."

2: I just finished reading a book by Tom Holt who is an author I like very much. The book is 'You Don't Have to be Evil to Work Here, But it Helps'. It made me smile a great deal. I like Tom Holt because he takes familiar myths and legends like Faust, Beowulf and King Arthur
(in the spectacularly named Grailblazers) and twists them in a very humorously English way.


3: I passed my PGCE and I'm now a proper teacher and everything, which has made me very happy indeed! I think this course has been the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, which only increases my satisfaction at passing. Last week we had our end of year get-together at our course tutor's house. It was a very enjoyable evening but it was a little bit sad to reflect on some of the people who hadn't made it to the end of the course. There was an alternative awards ceremony as part of the evening, which was rather fun. We had voted in advance in a variety of categories and I was most gratified to be awarded Most Ethical Trainee and Most Creative Trainee.






Better than an Oscar!

Amusingly, I received a few other nominations, the most inexplicable being Most Handsome Trainee. Luckily, justice prevailed and I didn't win that one, I think there are clearly some Newly Qualified Teachers who need a trip to the opticians...
Just need to sort myself a job now...

Movies
Children of Men *****
The Red Violin ****

10 comments:

Dan said...

Congratulations on passing... Sir!

9/10ths Full of Penguins said...

thank you sir....

Welcome to my blogosphere old chap.

Nat said...

Ethical, creative, and certified! Congratulations on all counts!

Valerie said...

Hee hee.. I like those leaves too.

CONGRATULATIONS on the PGCE! How very exciting and what a relief to be finished.

9/10ths Full of Penguins said...

thanks nat and valerie!
It is something of a relief to be finished!

patroclus said...

Ahh, congratulations on your ethics, creativity, handsomeness and qualified teacher status! Very well done.

Also been meaning to say, I was listening to one of your and Eyan's podcasts the other day and was enjoying it very much, although I didn't get as far as any actual music...must try that one again...

9/10ths Full of Penguins said...

thank you very much!

Apart from the first and last 10 seconds we had to edit out the music from the podcasts for copyright reasons!

However, there is plenty of drivelling nonsense...

daz said...

Hey Bro,

Congrats on passing, hope your ok and happy. Take care.

daz

bye bye bellulah said...

Congratulations on your PGCE.

You don't know me, I don't know you, but you are 20 mins or so from where I grew up and you like Penguins and my Grandma (she's 97 you know, and I love her very much) knits jumpers for oil slick penguins in New Zealand, so Congratulations x

9/10ths Full of Penguins said...

Thank you very much and welcome!

Well, this is the magic of the blogosphere you know. I admire your Grandma for her penguin knitting activities. I tried knitting a jumper for a penguin once. Sadly he was very ungrateful and just moaned about it being too long in the arm...