Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Teaching Power of Songs

The kids hate it when they're made to sing. And they don't like working out the area of shapes. This one is for Vas.

Circumference is Pi times Diameter
Pi times Diameter
Pi times Diameter
Circumference is Pi times Diameter
Pi times Diameter
Pi times Diameter
And Area is Pi R Squared

Monday, March 22, 2010

Conversation of the Day Vs Dream Diary

I changed from my heavy winter Navy Blue overcoat to my shorter, lighter, rust-orange jacket today and this greatly increased both the number of random strangers and the kids I met in the street who talked to me. Presumably this makes me much more approachable. However, as I wasn't wearing it at the time, it does not explain the following:

Pupil M: Last night I was dreaming I was watching Alvin and the Chipmunks and they were singing Don't Stop Believing and it was really good. Then they fell off the stage and I woke up.

This came out of nowhere as far as I can tell. As it happens, Youtube now has a function to turn 12 year-old girl's dreams into reality in beta.


As animated popstars go, Alvin Seville is okay I guess, but let's face it; he's no MC Skat Kat.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

I Predict A Shot

In news to on one at all, if I try and text the word pint, the predictive text offers riot and shot before pint comes up. What kind of impromptu visits to the pub does my phone expect?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

It's Just A Crush

When I saw adverts for Belinda Carlisle in the West End version of Hairspray I nearly spent money I didn't have on tickets I didn't have the time to use. I restrained my self. I guess I'm recovering from my early 90s Belinda Carlisle crush.

In an odd coincidence, she's been replaced by Siobhan Mccarthy. But not our Siobhan... is it?

Monday, March 01, 2010

Not Down With The Kids

[Written on the back of Pupil C's hand - I hate Katy Perry]

Pupil C: Do you know who Katy Perry is sir?
Me: Not personally.
Pupil C: No...
Me: ...because she's a popular music singer, who's sung about kissing girls and boys who can't make up their minds.
Pupil C: Um... Yes.

If only they'd asked me about a band I could have used the phrase Popular Beat Combo.

I Ask: The Music Industry Delivers

Endorsed by Night of the Hats individually, brought together by the Brit awards; once again I show my cutting edge and idiosyncratic music journalism by embedding a video from the country's most watched music awards show featuring two of last years best-selling artists. It's Mr Dizee Rascal and Ms Florence Welch on stage with 10 - count them! - 10 harps.

Who says I'm not down with the kids?