Saturday, 8 November 2008

What's It All About Alfie?

This week I was trained (to level 1) in P4C which means philosophy for children. Another training day another dollar more or less sums up my feelings about the training before it started. However, I was wrong. It was one of the best courses I have ever done-truly inspirational. We were being taught by a teacher from another school who is teaching now (so often we are taught by people who have been out of the classroom for years), has taught philosophy in her school for four years and has seen it make a real difference and who was a genius at remembering everybody's name-she only heard them once and didn't falter! We all took part in two days of really intensive thinking, discussion, soul searching and, fairly across the board-honesty. I still can't quite work it out-it was great and seems to have inspired everyone. My first step on the road is making some philosophy bears-more of those on another day. Well. What has all this got to do with this post? Well it has made me think in a different way about how to do my post this time. Normally I just tell you where I am and what I am doing. The only difference this time is I am asking you to guess. That's it I think! I was going to write about my exciting day out in London today as a tourist with my Dad, Joan, Polly and Andy. Including a taxi ride to Harrods. There were lots of anti fur protesters outside Harrods but I didn't buy anything so I feel fairly guilt free. Anyway-when I was downloading photos from my phone I found these instead.











Oh-before I go-just a quick rant. I kept seeing this advert today and I saw people talking about it on the telly the other day. I think it is a terrible advert. It is like a nasty trick is being played. You get this sense of pride that you are being praised for recycling. Then you realise that you are being criticised for excessive drinking. There is something wrong about this approach. Good people in one area of their lives are made to feel bad in another so the real message is lost.

7 comments:

Sarah said...

I am going to comment myself. Maybe they are not criticising, just asking you to think, but I still don't like it.

Liz said...

Those are beautiful pictures. As for the advertisement... how do they know that's not a years worth of bottles. Or for that matter the person had 20 people over and they drank 1 per person. I really don't care for that one either. At least the person is recycling.

I do live in a rural area. It's actually an agricultural district. I drive along side dairy farms, tobacco fields, and even a sunflower & corn field. It's very pretty during the spring and summer months.

MorbidMiss said...

I completely agree with the advert!!! I recently went to a poetry evening in that yacht club - the building on stilts in your picture. It's an amazing place inside. Like some kind of magical floating bar.

Lynne said...

Sounds like a great course. Unfortunately not sure where the photos are of..it's late, so I'm finding it hard to think. (We're an hour ahead here and it's late for me). Could it be the south coast? Haven't been there in years so don't know about the buildings in the background.

Lynne said...

Don't understand the time given on my post. It's actually 00.52 here!

the projectivist said...

oh i definitely hear that critical tone in the advertisement!

but on a completely different note:
sarah, your phone takes fabulous pictures - the quality is great. is it some kind of fancyschmancy camera phone?

Laume said...

Hi Sarah - I finally have the rest of the guidelines and a button for the Magical Yule Swap up on my studio blog. Thanks for your patience!