Saturday, October 16, 2010


I loved English when I was at school until I met Mrs Powell in my 3rd year or Grade 9, as it is commonly known these days, my formative years.

Day one of English class and being introduced to my new English teacher went something like this:
Dulce decorum esque by Owen. We were sitting at a table of four we were handed a poem, I, being me, skim read it. I looked around while others were sitting in silence and I was wondering why everyone was still reading it. I spoke to my friend next to me, asking what she thought the poem was about...Instantly I was seen as the trouble maker and was told to shut up and to read the poem. That day onwards Mrs Powell and I had an understanding, we did not like each other.

I must state that I was never a trouble maker at school, NEVER. But for whatever reason she had decided instantly that I was to be disliked and downgraded for my efforts. It did not stand me in good stead, in fact it made life that little more challenging and my academic confidence had knocked me back a peg or two.

I loved English and I wanted to take this further after school but the influence I had received from my teacher made matters difficult and I had decided that I was not good enough to do English. If I had tried harder and put the effort in I would have been an A grade student instead I came out with an unforgivable C, and I partly blame my teacher for knocking the confidence out of me.

Thanks to Mrs Powell I have never forgotten and never forgiven. Bad teachers sadly are remembered particularly since they can influence your future decisions.

Have you experienced a bad teacher that influenced your life?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

It's October!

It's official, Autumn has arrived, the nights are colder and the mornings are brisk. I am lucky though, October can be warm here in B.C. and the beautiful colours of nature are vibrant. However, with the cold brings illness, flu, coughs, sneezes, sleepless nights. Let's look on the bright so though, it will be, Thanks Giving, then Hallowe'en and Christmas will fast approach.

The turkey has been ordered for Thanks Giving, and food will be a plenty, not sure what dessert will appear on our menu, perhaps apple crumble (without the over seasoned cinnamon they insist using in Canada) and custard, certainly not a tradition in North America but who cares, it is damned tasty.

Hallowe'en will be filled with dressing up, kids crafts and making treats as well as trick or treating. Even though Hallowe'en was something that my parents insisted that I did not participate in, or at least not banging on doors for treats, it is fun here and very welcomed. If you are not welcome you know this as the light outside of the house is turned off, so there is a system to it. Furthermore, you know if teenagers come around trick or treating they are doing for the fun of it all, and not to come and mug you (unlike in the UK) - it is innocent and children today are told to grow up too quick so I do not begrudge teenagers getting in the last bits of their childhood.

Christmas this year will be lots of fun. I am hoping family will fly over and spend sometime with us. If this is not the case a trip to New York maybe more appropriate. I would love to go to NY, Christmas is such a big deal out there, not unlike London, big cities are fun, I wonder what Paris would be like at this time of year? Beautiful no doubt. Paris being another fave place of mine.

All in all this time of year may be cold but presents loads of fun.