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embarrassing phone incidents

Posted by hema on February 22, 2008

My boss’s phone rang today during a meeting. she’s just one of those people that never put a foot wrong, so it was hard not to smile as she looked a but flustered and tried to switch it off and ending up playing a dubious sounding song instead.

i did feel a bit bad for her though, while i was enjoying the show. it reminded me of when i forgot to switch off my phone whilst invigilating an exam, back when i was a student…

i was standing at the back of the room when it happened. i gave everyone disapproving looks along with the other invigilators. one of them walked towards the bags and pulled out an unmistakable bright pink phone which i was stupid enough to be showing off earlier in the day. oops.

and to make matters worse, i couldn’t switch it off and forgot how to put it on silent, what with the pressure of 100 plus eyes glaring at you whilst trying to finish their exam, so i had to keep fiddling about with the buttons until i got it.

i wouldn’t mind so much, but afterwards when the students complained, they said i was texting! they could have gotten their facts right!

luckily, my boss was quite understanding about the whole thing. although i did have to hand in my phone before i went into the exam hall after that:(

have you had any embarrassing mobile phone incidents?


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Maryam’s tag

Posted by hema on February 16, 2008

book meme! books.jpg

As it’s holidays, and also because i’m just not normal, i’m reading about 6 books at the moment, that way if i get bored of one, i just switch.

One of them being Gone with the Wind, kindly donated to me by a certain gorgeous lady.

i actually haven’t read up to page 123 yet, so i hope this doesn’t ruin the story for me..

here are the rules.

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages)2. Open the book to page 123

3. Find the 5th Sentence.

4. Post the next 3 sentences

5. Tag 5 people


“They’ll hear you all over the house!”

Honey lowered her voice but went on.

“well, you saw how she was carrying on with any man she could get hold of- even Mr. Kennedy, and he’s her own sister’s beau.”

hhm sounds…….interesting..

some others i’m reading at the moment:

spot-the-dog.jpg Remember these!!! i came accross it in W.H Smith the other day, and it brought back memories of learnign to read. i was going to give it to my three year old baby cousin, but he didn’t seem to impressed with it to be honest. He just added it to his growing pile of books. i think i should stop buying him “educational” presents, and just buy him ordinary ones. kids toys are just the best though! they are so immaginative, i could spend hours in the ELC.

the-lovely-bones.jpgOne of my students came to see me last week and suggested we have a reading club (starting with this book) and meet once a week to discuss avbook of their choice. isn’t that great? she reminds me of Hermoine, she’s so cute. (i think i should stop saying that to her though). i miss her :(when can i go back to work again?

teachers-toolkit.jpgi know it’s not fiction, but I love this book. it’s my second favourite book for teaching. i pick up a new idea from it everytime i read it.

surfacing.jpg just reading this to see if i want to add it to the syllabus next year. i don’t. and i usually really like Margaret Atwood’s books. there is nothing in here that i think the students can relate to though.

has anyone got any books they would recommend??

Now for tagging. this is quite hard, as most people seem to already have done it.

i definitely need to tag Ymiss, partly because i want to see what book she’s reading at the monent, and partly because i want to ask her who has the Saudi Arabain Princess book, i want to read it 🙂

American Bedu, seems like someone who likes to read a lot.

snowdrops– likewise.

i really can’t think! will come back to it.

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the power of words

Posted by hema on February 8, 2008

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them
fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit
was, they told the two frogs that they were as goo It is therefore our task, as creative participants in the universe, to re dream our world. d as dead.

The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit
with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop,
that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took
heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down
and died.The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again,
the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He
jumped even harder and finally made it out.

When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us? ” The frog explained to them that he was deaf.

 He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

Author Unknown

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