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What a day. My first class was awful and I made them copy off the board in the end, the whole start of Acts Chapter 2! I'd had a really interesting lesson planned, too *pout* but there was something in the air, girls were crying all over the place today. Luckily my other lessons went fine. I played Gregorian chants quietly throughout my Year 12 RE lesson, since we were looking at that era in Church architecture. And then just as I got the day under control, my children's school phoned to say that Asher had gashed his leg and might need stitches. I had to get my car from the garage where they were fine tuning it (usesless prats, I pay $1100 and the car starts idling badly and stalling for the first time ever), then drive over to school, take Asher and Finn home, assess the damage and head up to Rob's surgery. He decided we could get away with steri strips, a pad and a fat bandage so that was good news.

This evening I have a meeting at my children's school, some sort of information evening. And Steve has squash. At least I get Thursday off this week *g* I'm actually really looking forward to doing some serious writing, as opposed to housework!


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Jul. 31st, 2007 06:07 am (UTC)
The car business sounds really annoying... you expect a car to work well when you've forked out that sort of money on it... hope you get it sorted!

And keep hanging out for Thursday!
Jul. 31st, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
I think the car is fine now. I fixed them with my evil eye and said in a sweetly acidic kind of way, 'Is there any charge?' and the girl said, no.

-And keep hanging out for Thursday!
They're onto me now. I don't have a choice, they are forcing me to take the day off every fortnight!!!
Jul. 31st, 2007 08:20 am (UTC)
'Something in the air' - schools have days like that!!

Hope they're enjoying the architecture. Europe has lots of Romanesque churches (the round, almost squat ones) as well as Norman and Gothic spires and arches. England hasn't as many, as a lot of the monastery churches were pulled down when Henry VIII called for the dissolution of the monasteries in order to get his divorce... but there are some beautiful little Saxon churches hidden away in tiny villages. Anything pre-Henry was originally Catholic, of course.
Jul. 31st, 2007 10:50 am (UTC)
-Hope they're enjoying the architecture.
They're trying to! Some of them are really interested, but some of them look like I'm trying to stab them to death with a wet fish *g*

-England hasn't as many, as a lot of the monastery churches were pulled down when Henry VIII called for the dissolution of the monasteries in order to get his divorce.
Those worshippers of the syphilis king (as Steve would say), well, they sure got hold of the Catholics back then LOL!

We have no Romanesque churches... we had no Romans *g*
Jul. 31st, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
I assume you have nothing earlier than neo-gothic (or Victorian gothic as we sometimes refer to it). There are some lovely modern churches in Poland - apparently the freedom from communism plus the last pope being Polish inspired them to start building! And of course the Spanish Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is out of this world. There's a stylish modern catholic cathedral in Liverpool, too.
Aug. 1st, 2007 06:14 am (UTC)
-Spanish Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is out of this world.
My friend, David, was there just a couple of weeks ago or so, and took heaps of close-up photos of that church, so I showed it to the girls today and they were fascinated by it!
Aug. 1st, 2007 09:26 am (UTC)
The really fabulous thing about the Sagrada is the way Gaudi took all his inspiration from natural forms - trees, shells, animals, fungi, seeds etc. etc. and turned them into a celebration of life/creation. He also specified natural materials and there is an exhibition of the kinds of stone he wanted for various things. However, since his death, costs have spiralled and some of the later columns are concrete. They have just put in one stained glass window and it is glorious - it also reflects rainbows onto the surrounding stone.

The sad thing is that work has currently stopped. The authorities want to take the new TGV rail line right past the church. To begin with, the architects are worried about the effects of vibration over time. To make matters worse, while the train tunnels are dug, the square will have to be closed, preventing access to the Sagrada both to visitors (whose contributions are helping fund the building) and trucks of mterials for further work. There seems to be a kind of deadlock in the negotiations.

When we were going round we were very aware of how it must have felt to be on the site of the first gothic buildings, the first churches, the first cathedrals, and to be privy to the thoughts and plans and dreams of the people who built them.
Aug. 1st, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)
And there you have given me another half a lesson plan! Thanks!!! *is copying and pasting for reference*

Aug. 1st, 2007 10:55 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I expect all those points might be of interest to teenagers! They turn faceless 'builders' into real people! Have fun!
Jul. 31st, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)
Yay for a day off.....hope you can do something nice.

Jul. 31st, 2007 10:52 am (UTC)
A day off. I intend to write, dye my hair, maybe get a haircut?! I dunno. I shall NOT waste it on housework!

Jul. 31st, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
It's a good thing Asher didn't need stitches!

Hooray for an approaching day off!
Aug. 1st, 2007 06:14 am (UTC)
-Hooray for an approaching day off!
I still feel guilty taking it. But I know I'll appreciate it at the same time!
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