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The joy of slang. 25 October 2013Last updated at 20:19 ET Slang such as ain't, innit and coz has been banned from a school in south London. Author Charles Nevin celebrates modern slang and revisits phrases that have fallen out of fashion. Cor lummy! Please do not misunderstand me. I love modern slang. It's as colourful, clever, and disguised from outsiders as slang ever was and is supposed to be. The other banned words are equally interesting. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote Cockney rhyming slang survives well beyond its original inspiration, as in the currently popular marvin for starving hungry” End Quote And who would not admire rinsed for something worn out or overused - chirpsing for flirting, bennin for doubled-up with laughter, or wi-five for an electronically delivered high-five?

Mouse potato for those who spend too much time on PCs is as striking as salmon and aisle salmon for people who will insist on going against the flow in crowds or supermarket aisles. Nor is tradition ignored. Doner kebab 'inventor' Kadir Nurman dies in Berlin. 26 October 2013Last updated at 11:14 ET Meat carved from a skewer had long been a popular choice in Turkey - Kadir Nurman's innovation was to serve it in a flat bread The Turkish immigrant credited with inventing the doner kebab has died in Berlin aged 80. Kadir Nurman set up a stall in West Berlin in 1972, selling grilled meat and salad inside a flat bread. He had noticed the fast pace of city life and thought busy Berliners might like a meal they could carry with them. While there are other possible "doner inventors," Mr Nurman's contribution was recognised by the Association of Turkish Doner Manufacturers in 2011.

The combination of juicy meat, sliced from a rotating skewer, with all the trimmings and optional chilli sauce, has since become a firm fast-food favourite in Germany, and elsewhere. A doner kebab with all the trimmings According to the Berlin-based Association of Turkish Doner Manufacturers in Europe, there are now 16,000 doner outlets in Germany. Every sci-fi ship ever in one mind-blowing chart | Illustration. Some of the best designs in sci-fi movies have come from the ships. Iconic in their own right, the designs of these huge machines have often overshadowed the characters - stealing the limelight as soon as they appear on screen. This comparison chart presents a seemingly accurate size-comparison between famous sci-fi starships. Created by DeviantARTist Dirk Loechel, the chart includes ships from Star Wars to Warhammer to EVE Online to Halo and more. The chart is absolutely breathtaking in its comparisons, proving that sometimes size isn't everything.

Take a look at the illustration (although be warned - it's a huge 9.7MB) and let us know if he's missed any out! [via Kotaku] Like this? The best 3D movies of 2013 Discover what's next for Augmented Reality Download free textures: high resolution and ready to use now What do you make of this comparison chart? UK Energy Watch - Electricity: Real-Time Data. Electricity: Real-time Data Data provided by Elexon under licence. Indicative only; no warranty given, no liability accepted. To further exploit this data contact Elexon. Electricity Generation by Category ? ? Updated: 23 April 2014 14:40:00 Settlement Date: 23 April 2014 Settlement Period: 30 Information - Electricity Generation by Category Electricity in the UK is generated from: Large power stations within the UK. Large power stations can be categorised by which fuel they use to generate electricity, as shown in the table.

Information - Generation Type Power production within the UK is split into categories, depending on the source of the electricity. Note that most energy in the UK is poduced by burning fossil fuels. Information - Power The power being generated now by each category. 1 MW = 1,000,000 Watts Compact fluorescent light bulb One household energy efficient lightbulb will usually use between 5 Watts and 15 Watts of power. Information - CO2 Emissions How are CO2 emissions calculated? Tap for Beats Per Minute BPM. Emoji symbols. Because, this is a site for people who hate reading long texts, at first they didn't read that to fix the "All symbols show up as squares! " problem you have to install an Android font. So I'm highlighting this: Install Android Emoji font if you see squares. If you're on a desktop, or laptop running Windows OS, you're probably not seeing these symbols. You can download and install Android Emoji font from my server which weights only 440kb (consider them a gift) and reload this page to be able to see the emoji symbols here and on the rest of my website, or you can click to view emoji in Symbola font that weights 1,7 mb, again, on my server.

You can thank me later. =) I tried to implement Android Emoji font on my website for several hours, but the only place it got me to is.. state of being nervous. These symbols are natively available on Android, across Apple's devices and on Windows Phone since version 7. Samurai. Translator. List of humorous units of measurement. Many people have made use of, or invented, units of measurement intended primarily for their humour value. This is a list of such units invented by sources that are notable for reasons other than having made the unit itself, and of units that are widely known in the anglophone world for their humour value. Conventional[edit] These units may or may not have precise objectively measurable values, but all of them measure quantities that have been defined within the International System of Units. Systems[edit] FFF units[edit] Most countries use the International System of Units (SI). One furlong per fortnight is very nearly 1 centimetre per minute (to within 1 part in 400).

Great Underground Empire (Zork)[edit] Potrzebie[edit] According to the "Date" system in Knuth's article, which substitutes a 10-clarke "mingo" for a month and a 100-clarke "cowznofski", for a year, the date of October 29, 2007 is rendered as "To 1, 190 C. Quantity[edit] Sagan[edit] Length[edit] Beard-second[edit] Mickey[edit] How to subvert target grades. Target grades are good aren’t they? They must be otherwise why would Ofsted be so damn keen on them. Consider this: how would Monsieur d’Ofsted respond when asking an unsuspecting student in your class whether they’re achieving their target grade only to be told that their teacher didn’t let them know what their target grade was? Doesn’t bode well, does it? Here’s a somewhat contentious piece of information: if you grade (or level) students’ work you are actively preventing that piece of work being used formatively.

That’s not right, you may be thinking, I can provide formative feedback on a piece of work which helps students make progress whilst also giving them a grade as a useful signpost to measure their progress against, can’t I? I’m afraid to tell you that you can’t. Even worse, ‘target’ grades are nothing of the sort. But what about Ofsted?

Grades can also have a pernicious effect on mindsets. Unless they have something like this stuck in their books: Is this ethical? Related posts. An Introduction to World Literature by a Cast Of Literary & Academic Stars (Free Course) P. World Statistics, Country Comparisons. Separating neuromyths from science in education - opinion - 02 September 2013. Are you a creative, right-brain type? Do you learn best visually? These are all neuromyths that badly need debunking, says a UK teacher and writer WHEN it comes to making the classroom more "scientific", there is good, solid research into the best ways of helping children with dyslexia or autism, or encouraging kids to become bilingual.

And then there's the other stuff. Having recently completed my book Teacher Proof, which looks at whether research translates into the classroom, I now have so-called educational neuroscience right at the top of my hit list. It makes the attractive claim that understanding the brain will do everything from boosting grades and curing ADHD to raising IQ and reversing ageing. Advocates are not hard to find among both educationists and people who publish teaching materials. But this can blind us to the fact that, historically, claims linked to neuroscience have often turned out to be backed by scant evidence.

Tom Bennett is a teacher and writer in London. About Frankenstein's Cat - Emily Anthes. For centuries, we’ve toyed with our creature companions, breeding dogs that herd and hunt, housecats that look just like tigers, and teacup pigs that fit snugly in our handbags. But what happens when we take animal alteration a step further, engineering a cat that glows green under ultraviolet light or cloning the beloved family Labrador? Science has given us a whole new toolbox for tinkering with life. How are we using it? In Frankenstein’s Cat, journalist Emily Anthes takes us from petri dish to pet store as she explores how biotechnology is shaping the future of our furry and feathered friends.

As she ventures from bucolic barnyards to a “frozen zoo” where scientists are storing DNA from the planet’s most exotic creatures, she discovers how we can use cloning to protect endangered species, craft prosthetics to save injured animals, and employ genetic engineering to stock farms with disease-resistant livestock. Thwart the Grim-Reaper: #Ofsted reworks (Sep ’13) Here are some key Ofsted (September 2013) updates relevant to teaching and learning in the classroom. I have provided a summary of what will change for the teacher alone; ignoring all other updates. Any text in red, is crucial to ‘Thwart the Grim-Reaper’ from entering your classroom this academic year. N.b. (Nota bene) I have written this post to incorporate some serious messages, but with a light-hearted twist.

Thwart the Grim-Reaper: #Ofsted reworks. Definition: “In some cases, the Grim Reaper can actually cause the victim’s death, leading to tales that he can be bribed, tricked, or outwitted in order to retain one’s life.” The above definition in Ofsted speak: “In some cases, the inspector can actually cause the teacher’s death, leading to an Ofsted report where the inspector can be bribed, tricked, or outwitted, based on a 25 minutes observation in order to keep you in a job.” Cartoon by Malcolm Laverty (Copyright) Which way have the goalposts moved? Gathering and recording evidence: Debunking Grammar Myths. This week we're joined by a special guest blogger. Patricia T. O'Conner, a former editor at The New York Times Book Review, is the author of the national best-seller Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, as well as other books about language.

She is a regular monthly guest on public radio station WNYC in New York. Learn more at her website, grammarphobia.com. Make her feel welcome! When I think about the rules of grammar I sometimes recall the story—and it's a true one—about a lecture given in the 1950s by an eminent British philosopher of language. He remarked that in some languages two negatives make a positive, but in no language do two positives make a negative. Don't we all sometimes feel like that voice from the back of the room? English is not so much a human invention as it is a force of nature, one that endures and flourishes despite our best attempts to ruin it. Myth #1: Don't Split an Infinitive. Where did the notion come from? The Edithorial.

Dambusters: 'Lost' faces of the squadron revealed. 2 September 2013Last updated at 07:20 ET RAF files are incomplete but collectors, museums and families have kept pictures of the Dambuster crews Photographs of all the men who took part in the Dambusters raid have been published for the first time. The operation, on 16 May 1943, saw RAF bombers break two large dams in Germany using experimental "bouncing" bombs.

A 1955 film cemented its place as one of the most famous episodes of World War II. Started as part of the 70th anniversary of the attack in May, the online gallery has been put together by the BBC, helped by Dambusters enthusiasts. Continue reading the main story George 'Johnny' Johnson DFM "My first reaction on seeing the Dambusters photo montage was one of both amazement and the realization I was looking at faces of colleagues I last saw previously at RAF Scampton at 'All Crews' briefing on the afternoon of 16 May 1943. But eight planes were lost, 53 men died and three were captured. True story Continue reading the main story Analysis. If You Care Enough, You Can Change The World. Come Help Us! #StopChildAbuse.

What is the UK Constitution? Constitutions organise, distribute and regulate state power. They set out the structure of the state, the major state institutions, and the principles governing their relations with each other and with the state’s citizens. Britain is unusual in that it has an ‘unwritten’ constitution: unlike the great majority of countries there is no single legal document which sets out in one place the fundamental laws outlining how the state works.

Britain’s lack of a ‘written’ constitution can be explained by its history. In other countries, many of whom have experienced revolution or regime change, it has been necessary to start from scratch or begin from first principles, constructing new state institutions and defining in detail their relations with each other and their citizens. By contrast, the British Constitution has evolved over a long period of time, reflecting the relative stability of the British polity. The British Constitution is derived from a number of sources. Photos du journal. Blog. Pastabagel (@pastabagel) is a blogger who doesn't blog. So The Last Psychiatrist (TLP; @thelastpsych), who doesn't blog for himself at this time either, does it for him. Pastabagel currently sends TLP long emails, TLP edits them for typos and puts them up on the Partial Objects site. It works, in a way. Whatever Pastabagel has to say is very much worth listening to - and that not only despite but because he is often wrong.

His first comes very close to making a point made in a post of my own - the strange lack of science and theology in Game of Thrones, the lack of any real development, a lack both unreal and simply non-human. So much for Pastabagel's first. Yet Pastabagel doesn't bother giving an alternative (anything like the alternative outlined just above). Pastabagel goes on: "... so many people, mostly white people, want that period to have mattered because that was the time when their ancestors held sway. ... A hint: GoT is most definitely not about ancestors. Lucy Dawson, Dog Artist | dogco.com. ONE OF MY favourite dog illustrators is the largely underrated 20th century canine artist, Lucy Dawson (aka Mac). Since becoming interested in her work a few years ago I have noticed her band of collectors grow, however many of her book and postcard illustrations can still be bought for a reasonable cost. Someone At The Door ... MAC - Lucy Dawson - vintage dog postcard.

Lucy Dawson was British born and noted for her paintings and etchings of dogs of all breeds. Dawson worked in pencil, pen, ink and oil and was best known for her work in pastels. Dawson was invited to Windsor to paint the Royal Family's favourite corgi, Dookie. She enjoyed regular commissions and one of her most famous requests was that by the Royal family who took her to the Royal Lodge at Windsor to paint their favourite corgi, Dookie. Under the pseudonym Mac, Lucy Dawson is best known for her dog postcards published by Valentines & Sons as the Tailwagger series. Baggage, Sealyham terrier from Neighbours. No related posts. Photos du journal.

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