August 30th, 2003


Yes, that's a week

Of course, sheaj34 is right - it is unusual for a week to pass without me writing anything, but in fact we have been fine, pretty much. Viv's voice is recovering, the rest of us are tired but otherwise well. In fact, Viv is otherwise well too!
Let's try to get through the week day by day, and see how we go.
Monday - a very ordinary day for me. Viv took Matthew over to Lyall Bay, where his team came second, with Matthew scoring 5.5 out of 6 for his team. This was a very good performance for the Gifted Kids programme team. The evening saw Viv go back to Toastmasters.
Tuesday - a usual day, with a BAINZ committee meeting at luinchtime and a Vestry meeting in the evening, while Viv had a school meeting at Stokes Valley School. An exciting Vestry meeting, but a short one. This was also the day that The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers video was released and that made for a late night.
Wednesday - the weather as gloomy, as I went to the Diocesan Office to get tickets for the Synod dinner (which will also be the centenary celebration for the Anglican Chinese Mission in Wellington). While there, I also talked to the Diocesan Administrator about a variety of issues.
Thursday - The Toastmasters Area International contest - following some lively discussions, this contest took place and was won by Wayne Buck, who will go on to represent the Area at the Division contests on October 4. The rest of the day at work was the buildup to Daffodil Day, the National Bank's major charity day of the year.
Friday - an early start for Daffodil Day. Surprisingly, not many raffles and fundraisers around the building, but across Wellington there were a number of branches and business units running sausage sizzles at lunchtime. I set off round the city with a pocket of coins and a disposable camera to record my adventures.
  • Cambridge Terrace call centre - Commended

  • Courtenay Place - no sizzle

  • Manners Street - gold standard

  • ASB Tower - IT's sizzle - gold standard

  • Featherston Street - commended

  • 188 Lambton Quay - no sizzle

  • The Terrace - silver standard

  • North Lambton Quay - silver standard

  • Molesworth Street - gold standard

You really needed to know that, didn't you? I also managed to take a snap of one of my favourite signs in Wellington, which I will post on my wesbite shortly.
And so that brings us to Saturday morning.
Radio 4 is still a fine thing to listen to, but calculations tell me that even on a dial up line, listening to it solidly for a month would incur ten gigabytes of traffic. Hmmm, that's quite a lot, isn't it?
Coming soon: the Friday Five and a couple of other reflections.
  • Current Music
    one of the boys playing the piano

Friday five

1. Are you going to school this year?
No, I'm too old for that. But my "continuing professional development" includes attendance at meetings of many organisations, so I pick up the points I needs one at a time over the year.

2. If yes, where are you going (high school, college, etc.)? If no, when did you graduate?
I went to Birkenhead School from 1972 to 1979, Keble College, Oxford from 1979 to1980 and The University of Liverpool from 1980 to 1983. I gained an honours degree in Computational and Statistical Science with Pure Mathematics, which was surprisingly in the Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies. Yes, I am in fact a social scientist.

3. What are/were your favorite school subjects?
Mathematics and General Studies.

4. What are/were your least favorite school subjects?
History and geography. These are almost entirely the fault of poor teaching. I now have an interest in geography, but not in the things they tried to teach me. I struggled with history because it was not then apparent to me why it could possibly be of any interest.

5. Have you ever had a favorite teacher? Why was he/she a favorite?
At school, Mr Smith was the favourite. More than anyone else, he was the one who inspired my interest in mathematics. In the sixth form, he went on to inspire my interest in Wagner's Ring. At University, Dr Kuran's unusual approach to analysis and to the management of a class were also inspirational. He was able to deal with a class of 180 freshmen, some of them majoring in mathematics, some of them majoring in sciences, and teach them the foundations of mathematical analysis in such a way that they wanted to attend the class. A remarkable man.

A question for the blind

I don't know how many of you read my journal rather than reading what I write in your own friends journals. I'm updating the styles of my journals at the moment, and want to hear from you if I'm doing anything that makes it hard to read. I'm sure the people I am asking know who they are.

For everyone else, here's a link for meat-eaters.