Comments for en-gb 30 Wed 27 May 2015 22:10:53 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at Looternite #40. lucien desgaiI wont be handling his bags I can assure you. Mon 04 Jan 2010 16:14:37 GMT+1 lucien desgai 39 LnHe's waiting at the bus station for you to carry his bags.;o) Mon 04 Jan 2010 16:09:16 GMT+1 Looternite #38 lucien desgaiThat reminds me where's davmcn. I bet he is busy with the art challenge. Mon 04 Jan 2010 15:54:39 GMT+1 lucien desgai 37 LnYou're getting a little more St Albanian with each and every post ... you'd better go catch your bus!;o) Mon 04 Jan 2010 15:50:59 GMT+1 Looternite #36. lucien desgaiBefore the bowel cancer "sample collection" or after. I think a steady hand will be required, during the sampling if you know what I mean. Mon 04 Jan 2010 15:30:59 GMT+1 lucien desgai Well there's an excuse for a celebratory drink if ever I heard one.:o) Mon 04 Jan 2010 15:23:50 GMT+1 Looternite #34. lucien desgai Not today. I cannot say say exactly when, for security reasons. Must get my bus pass and head over to St Albans.I have received the bowel cancer screening kit so I must have reached a health milestone, or millstone. Mon 04 Jan 2010 15:12:30 GMT+1 lucien desgai Happy Birthday old man! Is it today? Mon 04 Jan 2010 15:08:02 GMT+1 Looternite I'm now 60, so let's put an end to ageism. Mon 04 Jan 2010 15:04:42 GMT+1 GeeDeeSea @SindyWell, I would still prefer to say 'defeatist.' Mon 04 Jan 2010 14:19:12 GMT+1 Sindy "I'd say those are the words of a defeatist."I'd say those are the words of a twit. Mon 04 Jan 2010 13:46:04 GMT+1 GeeDeeSea @SindyAs a teacher of five year olds in the early years, who are just starting out in their education, you write: "I've always taken the view that if the kids don't want to be there, you've lost the battle before you start."I'd say those are the words of a defeatist. Interesting to note as well, that you regard it as a "battle." Mon 04 Jan 2010 13:42:08 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus I laughed when Darling said 'credibility gap' about the Tories finance plans. Bless. He even did a Brown like stumble over his words. Mon 04 Jan 2010 13:40:09 GMT+1 GeeDeeSea Regarding two of the news items in World at One:If the 1994 chinook helicopter crash might have been due to an equipment malfunction, it raises the question whether the pilots’ next-of-kin entitlements have been affected by the fact the pilots were found guilty of gross negligence. As Labour claim to have identified a £34 billion black hole in the Conservatives’ spending plans, perhaps that means the Conservatives are planning on closing down the Ministry of Black Holes……, I mean, Ministry of Defence. Mon 04 Jan 2010 13:30:26 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus So the 45 minute warning would have been more plausible if it was presented to us on TV by some wrinkled and respected female TV news anchor? More style over substance soundbites from Harman? Harman thinks some of the Blair babes can have second careers as respected TV news anchors?Harriet aren't you being disingenuous to plough that furrow when Royal Mail make their staff retire at 65 because you want to free up vacancies for youngsters or just reduce the headcount at Royal Mail? Harriet, when are MPs and Lords going to be forced to retire at 65?Harriet, I listen to the radio and hardly watch TV I don't care. Aren't there bigger issues you should be considering? Like the economy and pensioner poverty and loads of other things? Mon 04 Jan 2010 12:55:34 GMT+1 Sindy GDC - "So, if I understand you correctly ..."Well, you obviously don't. Mon 04 Jan 2010 12:17:03 GMT+1 GeeDeeSea @DoctorDolots #23Which probably explains why Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran are such important targets. And why Rwanda wasn't. Mon 04 Jan 2010 11:53:57 GMT+1 GeeDeeSea @SindySo, if I understand you correctly, you are a teacher and a defeatist, you are against extra tuition - and would have determined the very bottom 2%-ish at age six are beyond hope. Extended nationally, you would have written-off around 1,200,000 of our current population at the tender age of six. Mon 04 Jan 2010 11:48:51 GMT+1 DoctorDolots Whistleblower finds key IEA oil figures were distorted by US pressure - seems a suitable topic for PM since we've been told not to worry as oil isn't about to run out for a long time. It appears that's just so markets don't go into panic mode and cause capitalism to crash round our ears. Mon 04 Jan 2010 11:47:18 GMT+1 injected Eddie, despite PM's efforts I am unable to detect any lasting improvement to the presentation of radio weather forecasts - have they actually changed anything? Aside from the presentation, accuracy is also pretty noticeably down: they said -2 for us last night (BBC forecast after 10PM news), but is was actually -9. Maybe forecasts should start with a review of what they said the previous day and quickly describe what actually happened vs what they forecast. It seems to me that forecasters are still completely unaccountable even for gross errors... Mon 04 Jan 2010 11:21:09 GMT+1 Sindy pithywriter - I agree with much of what you say. What we really need to do is start at the beginning - what is school for? What do we want education to provide for individuals and society? (What we actually do, of course, is bolt more and more 'knee jerk' bits onto a creaking machine.)re your final point - not in my classroom! I've always taken the view that if the kids don't want to be there, you've lost the battle before you start. I've always put emotional well-being first - and that pays off later. Mon 04 Jan 2010 11:14:16 GMT+1 Sindy Thanks Lucien - I thought I'd explained myself as clearly as I could. Mon 04 Jan 2010 11:09:11 GMT+1 pithywriter #16 just leave the kids alone until around 7....or in proper kindergarten, do it in such a way as to not make it all such a 'big deal' as is the way elsewhere, where kids appear to have less problem with the basics than Uk kids. Also, it is a crime to move kids onto secondary school if they have not grasped well the basics - only in the UK does this happen. Then the kids should be kept in 'junior high' until 14 when, by then their inclination as to which way they want to go i.e. the tech or trade way or the more academic way would be showing it self (always with the flexibility to swap over at a later date should they feel they chose the wrong path.... So many of our kids in comps are ready to leave academic by 14 it is no wonder they become 'difficult' when they realise that they are just pawns in some political game 'studying' for dodgy gcse's in a formulaic way so that they scrape their passes just to make the politicians and schools look good.I allowed my kids to leave school when they felt they hated (and had grown out of) being in a fairly violent sausage machine .... eventually they all five have found their way into well paid chosen professions and currently my youngest is at Cambridge doing an Mphil - none of them did gcse or A level - not bad considering thier background - me single mum no money etc etc..... I have always thought the average schooling is very over rated AS IT WAS IN MY DAY. KIDS SHOULD BE ABLE TO LEARN THE BASICS WELL IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS - YET MOST IT SEEMS COME OUT WITH MEDIOCRE ABILITY AFTER 11 YEARS - We have CCTV everywhere in this country - yet not in the school classroom, while the exception proves the rule of course, I would like to know what it is about teaching and teachers that produces such poor outcomes - In my time (50s /60s) there was a lot of teacher 'scolding', 'telling off' and spiteful and sarcastic comments for petty things which stopped my learning - is it still the same today? Mon 04 Jan 2010 11:00:31 GMT+1 lucien desgai 16 SindyI get your point and suspect that most others do too. There will always be a small proportion that can't or won't understand it no matter how much you try. I fear that there's little that can be done for them. Mon 04 Jan 2010 10:59:02 GMT+1 GeeDeeSea @Sindy #16So, what do you propose doing for "the very bottom 2%-ish" after the age of six? Mon 04 Jan 2010 10:53:34 GMT+1 Sindy GDC - regrettably, there is a small proportion of the population who will never learn to read and write, no matter how much extra tuition they get.I think you've missed my point again - if you teach five and six year olds properly, you don't need extra resources for failures. By a good grasp of the basics I mean reaching the agreed standard for their age (or roughly what you expect children to achieve in SATs). Mon 04 Jan 2010 10:27:30 GMT+1 GeeDeeSea @Sindy #14So, how about extra tuition for the bottom 2%? What about extra tuition for age groups other than just six year olds? How do you control the extra resources? Define what you mean by, "get a good grasp of the basics." Mon 04 Jan 2010 10:15:39 GMT+1 Sindy GDC - I fear you may have missed my point. If there are extra resources (and that's unlikely over the next ten years), they would be better spent ensuring that all children get a good grasp of the basics rather than waiting for some of them to fall behind and then helping them to catch up.My expertise: teacher of young children. Yes, there is always a bottom 10% - but they can all learn to read, write and add up by the age of six if taught properly (apart from the very bottom 2%-ish). Mon 04 Jan 2010 09:59:31 GMT+1 GeeDeeSea Insert 'know'. Should read: But how do you know which ones they are, if all at kept at the same level? Mon 04 Jan 2010 09:59:05 GMT+1 GeeDeeSea @Sindy #3"Extra tuition for children who fall behind? Much cheaper not to let them fall behind in the first place."But how do you which ones they are, if all at kept at the same level? In reality, there will always be a bottom 10%, though the names may change when they are given extra tuition. Better to have a clear definition of a standard, as well as a consistent means of assessment both locally and nationally, in order to allow extra resources to be directed accordingley. Mon 04 Jan 2010 09:54:35 GMT+1 Looternite #10. Big SisterI know it's not a euphemism, now Mon 04 Jan 2010 09:44:43 GMT+1 Big Sister Magnolia (definition)1. Any of numerous evergreen or deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus Magnolia of the Western Hemisphere and Asia, having aromatic twigs and large showy white, pink, purple, or yellow flowers.2. The flower of any of these plants3. An insipid shade of off white used to decorate the majority of British homes.4. Not a euphemism. Mon 04 Jan 2010 09:41:51 GMT+1 Looternite Body scanners at Airports don't bother me as long as the temperature is high as I would like to be seen at my "best". Mon 04 Jan 2010 09:40:31 GMT+1 Big Sister 4: Perhaps you could approach Mark Thompson .....? ;o) Mon 04 Jan 2010 09:38:19 GMT+1 Looternite Last spring the lady over the road invited me round to look at her Magnolia.I of course accepted the invite and eagerly followed her.She was so proud of her Magnolia and I dutifully expressed appropriate words of admiration.Turned out that “Magnolia” was not a euphemism. Mon 04 Jan 2010 09:38:13 GMT+1 Big Sister In the interview between P.D. James and Mark Thompson, he disclosed that his salary was 17 times that of the lowest paid worker in the BBC. He also claimed that there are people in the City who earn hundreds of times the salaries of those of the lower paid members of their organisations. There was a time when only those who invested their own capital into an organisation was rewarded so excessively. Now, by contrast, these overpaid executives can be confident that, if their performance fails and they are asked to move on, they will receive inflated compensation for their failure. Indeed, arguably, they are indemnified against all risk. Unlike, of course, the minions who may lose their jobs through executive incompetence and whose redundancy packages are miniscule by contrast.I am confident that I am not alone in thinking that, in this New Year, a national debate of these issues is not only urgent, but overdue. Mon 04 Jan 2010 09:35:41 GMT+1 GeeDeeSea TERROR! TERROR! TERROR! Panic! Panic! Panic! Body scanners needed by the plane-load!Calm down. There is a 1:10,000,000 chance of being blown-up in a plane by a terrorist. You are ten times more likely to be struck by lightning in the UK. The chances of earth being hit by a large asteroid in the year 2036 are estimated at 1:45,000. And, if you smoke, you have a 1:3 chance of premature death.Even with body scanners at every airport, it doesn’t stop the terrorist blowing himself up in the crowds queuing for the body scanners inside the airport, unless they put the body scanners at the airport entrances. Then, he’ll blow himself up in the queues outside! So, where are they going to put these body scanners? At the airport car-park maybe, but then...I’m sure we were told this war in Afghanistan would make us more safe, but not surprisingly, it has made us less safe. I could have told them that, before they started bombing Afghanistan. Mon 04 Jan 2010 09:35:32 GMT+1 Looternite #2 Big Sister Pay for the past couple of weeks. Mon 04 Jan 2010 09:20:45 GMT+1 Sindy Extra tuition for children who fall behind? Much cheaper not to let them fall behind in the first place. Mon 04 Jan 2010 09:19:53 GMT+1 Big Sister What will you do for the rest of the year, Looternite? ;o) Mon 04 Jan 2010 09:18:40 GMT+1 Looternite Well that's Christmas, New Year, My Birthday, My sons Birthday and my ex-wife's birthday over and done with for another year. Mon 04 Jan 2010 09:15:48 GMT+1