Tag Archives: learning

BBC – Capital – The compelling case for working a lot less

In New Zealand we, on average, work long hours; and we have major problems with depression, anxiety and suicide. But our economists worry that we are not productive enough. The conflicting ideas and values are clear. For me, looking toward … Continue reading

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Wild scientists: academics in their natural habitat – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

I’m jealous, wish I was still a scientist.  Tamara Dean follows researchers at work. It’s great. Scientists are certainly my heroes. Tamara Dean captures Australian researchers on the ground and in the field (not to mention water, caves and bush) … Continue reading

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Friday essay: the legend of Ishtar, first goddess of love and war

This is a fascinating account of the earliest goddess of war and love. It is also tells that the first recorded poet was a Enheduanna a priestess of the Moon God thought to have lived in Ur about 2300 BC. … Continue reading

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What I have discovered this week: Science Writers and Magic lessons

Three times a year between terms I find myself dreaming a passion for science story telling. I love the stories, I’m a PhD in science and a teacher, but I seek to learn and do more. But, how? This week … Continue reading

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Laura Mvula warns school cuts will leave music as preserve of the wealthy

This is a thoughtful piece from the Guardian by Laura Mvula on the need to continue supporting and encouraging a broad base of subjects in school.  Especially music. Those of you who know me will know, I play the guitar, … Continue reading

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‘It’s not about your age, it’s about your ideas’: the teen power list

I think this article from the Guardian builds on my book review. Young people are amazing innovators. The best point here is that the areas of impact are across: science, art, media, culture, …. STEAM in all its glory. Wonderful; … Continue reading

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How space for creativity opens up young people’s minds

This article from “The Conversation”questions the attitude that the arts and humanities are a waste of time and useless.  Actually, arts and humanities are essential for well functioning individuals and societies.  This article emphasises how personal creativity builds confidence and … Continue reading

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Everything you wanted to know about your body (but were afraid to ask)

This is from New Scientist, a list of answers to questions about your body.  It is good fun and I learned stuff.  Please enjoy. Why does loud noise hurt? Do you lose weight if you break wind while on the … Continue reading

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About 20 years ago I joined Toastmaster, the international speaking and leadership training organization.  Toastmasters was an important part of my life, that is how I met  my wife; in a library as she was researching for her second Toastmaster’s … Continue reading

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