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Friday Poem – A Poison Tree

poison treeThis is quite a poignant poem by the English poet William Blake (1757-1827), and to me seems to reflect the world we live in today.

The poem is like football, a poem of two halves – albeit the first half is only the first 2 lines.

In the first half the writer says that when he is angry with his friend he tells him and the anger is forgotten –  oh, how the power of communication works so well!!!

The rest of the poem deals with what happens when we are angry with someone we actually don’t like so well. We don’t say anything, we suppress the feeling and what happens? The feeling doesn’t go away, instead it grows and grows inside of us, fed by all that negative energy and hatred until it explodes as a mighty and destructive force.

I think the underlying theme behind the poem is that communication is always a good thing. Always keep the lines open!

A Poison Tree

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

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School PE – Is anyone else scarred for life?

Urgh! The mere thought of PE lessons at school is enough to fill me with dread.

Primary school wasn’t too bad.

But secondary school – OMG! Scar central.

I don’t know what was worse – the obligatory uniform PE knickers (they had nothing on Bridget Jones’s big pants) or freezing in mid-winter trying to avoid playing sport I absolutely detested, namely hockey.

I get the whole “children need exercise” that is rammed down our throats, to make us feel better that we are being forced to play something we:

a) clearly have no interest in

b) are absolutely no good at whatsoever

c) would prefer to be doing pretty much anything else but

BUT surely over the years the educated bods in education might have actually cottoned on to the fact that not all children like all sports.

So why are thousands of school-kids still being put through the torture of having to endure sports lessons in sports they have absolutely no desire to play?

Most secondary schools these days (or maybe it’s just the ones where I live) have had shed loads of money thrown at them to build state-of-the art Gym blocks – complete with fitness gyms, dance studios, etc. But yet, they still insist on making the students do the bog standard crappy sports subjects of old.

I applied for a job in Australia a while back (wishful thinking, one day I’ll make it down under … do you think I could claim asylum? Nah, didn’t think so.)  Anyway, I thought I’d better check out schools for SC, just on the off-chance Lady Luck was smiling down on me.

And frankly, they seem to have nailed the sports thing.  One school I checked out offered the children a variety of sports from which they could choose what they wanted to play during the winter and summer seasons.  So boys weren’t forced to play football or rugby – they had a choice from football, rugby, basketball and hockey (I think) – and similarly in the summer they weren’t forced to run around a track or play cricket but again had a choice from cricket, tennis and swimming.

Surely, this might be a more sensible option for secondary schools in this country to adopt.  After all, they have a huge number of PE staff and not all teachers are teaching every lesson.

And if the students were given a choice as to what to play, maybe they might actually begin to enjoy PE instead of having this looming sense of dread every time a PE lessons sails into view on the timetable.

So were you left scarred by your PE experience at school or did you enjoy it?

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They think it’s all over ….

…IT IS NOW!!

After, apparently, the worst World Cup performance since 1958, there will obviously be, as there always are, questions to be asked and lessons to be learned.  However, these would be my questions:

  1. Why does the blame of such a shambolic display always lie at the feet of the manager?
  2. Would my local pub team play better? (Answer, probably yes)
  3. Is the reason the English team fare so badly is that the players have failed to recognise the first and fundamental rule of teamwork …. that it doesn’t contain I!
  4. And obviously, the biggest question I would be asking if I was a Premiership Manager, judging by their performance are they actually worth their £100k + weekly salary?

I mean, seriously, in the real world, if you were paid an outrageous amount of money and spectacularly failed to provide a decent service, or conduct yourself properly in your employment you would be frogmarched out of the building before you could even say “Flaming Ferrari!”  So how come, the England players still have their job, are still paid their salary and the manager always gets the boot.

I get that the manager is in charge of strategy, line-up, etc, but all he can do is put forward what he considers the best strategy against whatever side the team will be facing, at the end of the day if the players can’t actually, as it would appear, pass the ball to each other, then surely they should be penalised as well?

I mean would they actually play any better if their international appearances were paid on a performance basis, i.e., if they didn’t win they didn’t get paid, or do they just need a good old fashioned team-building day to get them working as a team, so they know how each other thinks?

I would just like to reiterate that these are my own general observations. I am not a huge football fan. I do have certain teams that I support, but I don’t get upset if they lose – it’s just a game!  Besides Wimbledon starts on Monday 😉

 

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Separated at Birth?

…or is this just me?

I happened to walk into the living room whilst my dad was watching the Spain -v- Italy match on television. The camera panned to the Italian manager (Cesare Prandelli) and I said that I didn’t realise that the guy who plays Bob Hope in Emmerdale had another job.

Tony Audenshaw.jpg   Prandelli6

 

 

Now is it just me, or does anyone else think they have a striking resemblance?

 

 

What other unlikely combinations do you think could have been separated at birth?

 

 

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