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Esoteric, eclectic, electric, eccentric - these are just some of the words that appear on this page. Here are some more:

Can you spare some change?

I'm not thinking about money.

There's an old story about a king (for some reason it's always a king) that was prone to excess. When he was feeling on top of the world his largesse knew no bounds. He showered his favourites with goodies and ran up huge deficits in the process. He was just killing the kingdom with kindness. But then, when he was down, his fear and loathing ran rampant. Yesterday's favourite was the day's danger and the prisons would be filled to overflowing. Even with the inmates working for no wages it cost a fortune. Bankruptcy and ruin were but a breath away. The kingdom was desperate for respite.

So the king commanded his advisers to find some third way to help him keep the middle ground. And being a king, and this being a story, he commanded them on pain of death.

Now, it's said that fear of death focuses the mind wonderfully. But not by this author. Fear feeds fear and fear of death feeds death. The king had all but run out of advisers when his mood changed and he came up with the idea of offering half his kingdom and the hand of his daughter in marriage to the one who found a solution. Not fancying any of the advisors his daughter was quick to offer a suggestion. She presented the king with a ring upon which were inscribed four simple words.

Ring - this too will passNow those of you who know your stories and those of you with good eyesight may well think you know what the words were. You may think that the king was touched by his daughter's wisdom and learnt to live without excess. After all, the story supposes, the king was just a man and as such just needed a reminder to be good.

Not on your life, and not on mine.

The real problem was less the king than the notion of kingship. Of course, a tyrant is worse than a non-tyrant but what people in their right minds or their left ones would give one man so much power? Why would they submit to such a structure? Why accept something so baseless and unjust?

Fear, greed, disdain, ego - more words that appear on this page, but hopefully are not manifest elsewhere in this site.

This introduction seems to be going on a bit. There's a switch somewhere near the top of the page that will hide it. The same switch is on most pages. There's a certain element of randomness running through the site and the switch can be used to hide it. The randomness contributes to a further sprinkling of juxtaposition.

Anything that helps us to think and to feel is surely a good thing. This site is about change. Best get on with it.

Word Doodle
November 2004

Happy Birthday!

I'm one year, six weeks older today.

As part of the consternations:

A mini-review of Wilful Blindess
A follow up activity to Earth Day
A quick sheet focusing on not vs never
It's May Day...
A quick worksheet for conversation
The Shanghai Auto Show finishes today....
A one minute alternative to a timer.
John Taylor Gatto and the quake in Nepal
A cooperative geography game
A quick report on my Earth week
Updated: A Letter of Apology added.
A simple technique for timed activities
Happy Earth Day!
A scary tag game about the rainforest
More worksheets for Earth Day
Fill in the gap sheets for Earth Day 2014
A simple song to get ready for Earth Week
A few refections on the week just gone
A quick activity to build/check rapport
A communal wordsearch reading sheet
Basic Twenty Questions practise
Don't stop talking!
A game board for whatever...
A blast, well video, from the past
Introducing Song Strips with that ship
Simple number practise with the Titanic
Sign a petition
Is it OK to make money from misery?
Easter Monday (back to work)...
A song to learn the days of the week
A quick activity to practise numbers
Read and consider
Two videos - how many differences?
Holy Wednesday? Spy Wednesday? Or...
Superficial analysis of a superficial show
A song written for a kindergarten
An Easter vocabulary board game
Active pronunciation practise
A worksheet for more able learners
Hello Tag A dramatic action game.
Happy Fall Of Sauron Day See a photo from long ago...
Hi! Hello! A song for starting classes

Earth Day

The Earth Day Flag

Are you ready? It was Earth Day on April 22nd

Do You (Still) Do Tests?

Some thoughts on language,, violence and testing and why it shouldn't be compulsory. Have a look.

Think Like a Champion (Horse bites dust)

A response to an article posted online by The Guardian this week. It brought back some unpleasant memories. Have a look.

Link Away

A change to the layout! I've decided to add a section to house all the new links away from this site. Not that I want you to leave. I thought about adding a section to the Alternative Media Index but since that was the creation of Richard Wilcox I decided to leave it intact. Have a look.

Count Convulsively

Turn counting into an extra activity with this simple tip.


This page last updated by Chris (Hunt), 5th May 2015

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