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Lessons New Year Resolutions 2010

November 10th – November 16th

Wednesday

I learnt how a XOR goat cardboard model works.

Thursday

Koch described the snowflake curve in 1904.

Friday

There is a train from Bridgwater to Taunton at 1.07 am on Saturday morning.

Saturday

I learnt the identity of South Park’s Mint Berry Crunch (Bradley Biggle brother of a goth kid).

Sunday

The bolt in Frankenstein’s monster in the film is actually connections for electrodes, not to keep the head on.

Monday

“Now is the winter of our discontent” was from Richard III. Roy Orbison died the same year English pound notes stopped being legal tender.

Tuesday

Prince William will have a father in law called Mike (assuming all goes smoothly etc.)

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First Week of 6 Weeks of Lazy Summer Lessons (12th – 18th)

So I am having that 6 weeks off that those lucky teachers get. Have found I learn less when I am having a lazy time, but still something new every day…

Monday

The sound of the star wars doors opening was actually some paper being slid from an envelope.

Tuesday

it costs £10.40 for an off peak day return from Taunton to Bristol.

Wednesday

S4C sometimes show Glamorgan twenty20 cricket matches.

Thursday

Michael Jackson’s favourite song was “smile” by Charlie Chaplin

Friday

There is no butter in peanut butter. There are peanuts though.

Saturday

Pandas have a digestive tract more suitable for meat eating, and will actually eat meat if offered.

Sunday

Eric Cartman’s middle name is Theodore. Something I had not noticed until today, probably ignored it.

Do We Learn Anything in June? Of Course We Do (1st-6th June)

Tuesday

Today I clarified what the batsman scores in cricket if the fielder catches the ball and touches the boundary (or crosses). As I thoought logically it is a six.

Wednesday

I found out that not only is Keifer Sutherland not at all american (canadian more like) he was born in London.

Thursday

World cup squads must have 3 keepers who are not allowed to play anywhere else but in goal. North Korea have only named 2 keepers and have a striker who is only allowed to play goalkeeper instead of a third keeper. The chuckle brothers have won both opportunity knocks (in 1967) and new faces (in 1974).

Friday

Yesterday was  Fronleichnam, a holiday in some parts of Germany, mainly catholic parts. It is the feast of corpus christi or the “Solemity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ”

Saturday

Cricket is becoming more popular in France, and in France you can be out jdg (jambe devant guichet). Incidently French cricket is probably not played in France.

Sunday

In the final episode of the final series of 24 the clock counts from 3 to 0 indicating the end of some sort of era probably.

Penultimate May Lessons

Monday

I learnt about the process of radio therapy and its possible side effects.

Tuesday

I learnt that my great great great….great grandfather was a sea squirt, and so was yours. If you cannot admit it you are truly are a spineless individual (unless creationism is correct)

Wednesday

I learnt where the A level maths exam is being held and how long it takes to draw a map. And that it means a missed train when I do. I also now know Aardman Animations were involved in the Sledgehammer video

Thursday

Delia Smith made the cake for the Rolling Stones album cover, Let It Bleed

Friday

For some reason during Korean elections people dance for their chosen candidates. I personally like the policies discussed in this political debate…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0OgRr9y8fA

but my vote may well go to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVTjrjf0Di8&feature=related

Saturday

There is a Brazilian Grill in the O2

Sunday

First Great Western not only run on what was once called Gods Wonderful Railway but they apparantly have the worlds first on-train entertainment system (a bit like on planes)



More lessons to learn around the Maypole (10/5 – 16/5)

Monday

The axolotl never grows up and will not undergo metamosphosis in its natural state. However a cheeky iodine injection can make its balls drop and bring it into an adult form.

Tuesday

The Oxford English Dictionary since 1911 has incorrectly dephined a siphon as something that moves liquid using atmospheric pressure. (Gravity has been doing all the work and getting none of the credit).

Wednesday

Today was the first day that I could picture Nick Clegg in my mind, without needing to see a picture of him. More useful is probably the knowledge that Van Helsing’s first name was Abraham.

Thursday

The RSPB was set up to protect the great crested grebe. Also parakeets have set up home and living in the UK wild and free from BNP politicians.

Friday

Nick Clegg once burnt a professor’s cacti when an exchange student in Germany at the age of 16 and had to do community service.

Saturday

In cricket if the ball hits a helmet on the way to a boundary you score 5 runs only, you do not score 9 (5+4). I knew about the 5 runs but was not sure about whether like wides and no balls you would get a further 4. Also Boobby McFerrin’s voice is the only sound you here on a certain track of his, no instruments. So “Don’t worry, be happy”.

Sunday

Until today England had never won an ICC world cup of any type. Now they have won one. I found out the name of the Schengen agreement, which is suprisingly the Schengen agreement. I also found out what Montgomery Glands are.

More April Lessons 19th – 25th

Monday – I learnt that there is a new organisation the YPLA (lets hear it for the YPLA! Young Persons Learning Agency) that replaces the LSC. Possibly the dullest lesson of the year so far, A toxophilite being an archery lover is a far more interesting fact.

Tuesday – It takes about 9 months to get to Mars and rockets need to leave the earth at a minimum speed of 17000mph

Wednesday – Franck Ribery has been accused of inappropiate activity with an inappropiately aged call girl – so it looks like he is Chelsea bound. Also if the voting in the general election makes the lib dems have the most votes, the conservatives 2nd and labour 3rd it will probably result in the reverse when it comes to seats (I think I suspected this anyway). Also nice guys outperform nasty guys in tasks (apart from women attracting possibly as they are often less exciting!)

Thursday – I learnt zebras arent good subjects for limericks due to the various pronouncitaions

Friday – Shakespeare may not have been born on St George’s day

Saturday – Robbie Savage was a trainee at Manchester United before moving to Crewe  Alexandra

Sunday – Reneee Walker will not be in any future series of 24. I am surprised that my addiction to finding out what happens before it does in a lot of tv series didn’t make me learn about her death earlier (i.e. I will read a spoiler if I come across one)

Sunny Lessons April 12th-April 18th

Monday – Exciting news as I learnt something from someone aged 2. Peppa pigs brother is called George. I also learnt how a windmill arm action can help you to balance on a trampoline and how to bounce back up from a sitting position.

Tuesday – The actor who played Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar is better known for his work in Pornographic films as both an actor and director.

Wednesday – Xeme is a type of arctic gull

Thursday -Little’s theorem that I assumed was a sort of obvious probability theorem in queueing theory is called Little’s theorem. I apologise to Little for not knowing the theorem was his.

Friday – Plato was named because is head was flat (like a plateau). Pet passports were originally a monster raving looney party idea (I knew votes for 18 year olds was already).

Saturday – Rochdale Football Club before today had not had a promotion since 1969 so congratulations to them

Sunday – I learnt that tambourine and timbrel essentially are the same thing (despite the protestations of those Britains Got Talent hopefuls).

More lessons April 5th – 11th

Monday –  Tony Hancock comitted suicide by overdose in Australia and his ashes were flown back in first class.

Tuesday – Learnt a method for cleaning frying pans with food stuck on them

Wednesday – According to Plato man and woman were seperated by angry gods, this is the reason that we are always searching for our other half… (btw according to Dawkins we ought to forget all this and just be proud that all our ancestors procreated).

Thursday – Unilever who own marmite have their registered office in Leatherhead, where I used to go swimming when I was younger. Also newspaper is good for cleaning windows, as is vinegar.

Friday – Outside Flook House in Toy Town the toilets are now closed. Apparantly people have taken to protesting about this by using the grounds just outside flook house.

Saturday – A hand = 4 inches

Sunday – Wetherspoon pubs will soon be open at 7 am in the morning, for breakfast – maybe soon for more than breakfast enabling the old drunks to start their day even earlier.

The first April Lessons…

Thursday – Bree Van De Kamp is a desperate housewife. In a way I think we all have a bit of the desperate housewife in us, even us unmarried men. I think it is the desperate bit, and maybe the house. homeless men just have the desperate part probably.
Good Friday- The UK has a space agency…wonder what on earth it does (or what in space it does). There are 11 species of wobbegong and the wobbegong started swimming about in the Jurassic period.
Saturday- When in a live sky sports football match is shown in the second half they scroll the teams across the bottom of the screen (this I already knew). What I discovered today is that players on a yellow card have their names helpfully written in yellow instead of white. Not sure whether this has always been so or whether this is a new thing. Also Randy Newman wrote “Miss you” about his 1st wife while married to his second.
Easter Sunday- Donkeys can live over 50 years

Last Lessons of March (29th – 31st)

Monday – A ten gallon hat holds 0.75 of a gallon. There is a collective noun for unicorns?!!!! Apparantly they are a blessing. Also “walla” is US for “rhubarb” in the UK and “rhabarber” in germany when referring to mumbling in the background of a scene by extras. I also learnt the plot of Carmen, she was a slut in my opinion. On the whole a very educational day.

Tuesday – There are 4 types of kidney stones. Calcium is the most popular as the body tries to make sculptures in the kidney with scrap calcium not used for bones. Uric acid stones can be formed by manic meat eating it seems. Magnesium and ammonia can combine to make a struvite stone and finally if a family has a talent for it they can produce a cystine stone.

Wednesday –  I learnt that I have had a phlebotomy more than once in my life.