Egyptian Protestors Defence Equipment …….2011

I have no idea where this originated, but it gave me a smile this afternoon.

It was very encouraging that the Egyptian army was sufficiently disciplined not to attack the protestors, unlike the Iranian regime which has been hanging at least one person a day since the beginning of this year…happily, we’ll never know how effective this armour would have been! Continue reading “Egyptian Protestors Defence Equipment …….2011”

Polls: For Bearsy

I’ve misplaced your e-mail address, Bearsy, but wanted to bring to your attention when setting up the poll for the 4th Photo competition, in the process of posting its link as a comment under that blog, it seems to have chosen Charioteers.org as my website, when quite clearly it is Boa’s. Have you any idea if this is what happens when you run a poll on a particular blogsite, or should I change it to coldwaterjohn.wordpress.com as my blog site? I am uncertain whether that will cause it to disappear altogether or not..

Fourth Photography Competition: Civil Twilight

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Rising before dawn is no great hardship at 57 Degrees North in the depths of winter – it is about 08:45 in the morning – however doing so will reward you with a very special time of day, when night changes through astronomical twilight, to nautical twilight, and gradually to the half hour before dawn – officially defined as civil twilight, when some of these images were taken. Continue reading “Fourth Photography Competition: Civil Twilight”

1895 School Final Exam – some of you may have seen this already?

This came in to me by e-mail from a retired US Deputy Head Teacher (old school!)
How many of us could pass this test? Remember when our grandparents, great-grandparents, and such stated that they only had an 8th grade education?
Well, check this out. – – –
This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina , KS , USA . It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina , KS , and reprinted by the Salina Journal. Continue reading “1895 School Final Exam – some of you may have seen this already?”

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark…

when a Peer can nominate a property as his main home by spending just one night a month in it. This is the ruling apparently of a Mr Pownall, who is in charge of policing Peer’s expenses claims. I suspect Lord Taylor’s fraudulent activities is but a very small tip of a very large ermine-clad iceberg. Does Mr Pownall understand what to be in charge of policing expenses’ claims means? I do wonder…

Matt cartoons witty political cartoons and satirical sketches – Telegraph

Matt cartoons witty political cartoons and satirical sketches – Telegraph.

Matt’s take on the fellow forced to resign at Sky for his “prehistoric banter”. I don’t think I would buy the DT if it wasn’t for the smile and sometimes outbursts of early morning laughter Matt brings to our breakfast table…

 

Civic Literacy Report – Civics Quiz

Civic Literacy Report – Civics Quiz.
It is horrifying to read that of the 2,508 Americans tested in a sample, the average score was only 49% and that College EDUCATORS scored only 55%.
As a non-American, although married to one, I comfortably exceeded the average online score this month which is 75.8%.
“You answered 32 out of 33 correctly — 96.97 %
Average score for this quiz during January: 75.8%”
What does this say about American education?
Can you do better than the online average?

I imagine something similar conducted in the UK on our own history, would probably produce equally dire results from 2,500 people picked at random…