Playing or watching table tennis
We were also playing table tennis this weekend in Kuala Lumpur. As our children are starting their long school and university holidays, we’ve been getting out more of the equipment for games. Yesterday we put up a darts board outside the house and in the same small space we now have a full size basketball hoop, a table tennis table and now a darts board. Mustapha is very sporty and competitive so he enjoys getting all this stuff out and playing either with the kids or his friends. I’m a spectator only I’m afraid!
I blame my lack of interest and enjoyment of sports on my experiences at school. I think I was quite a gawky girl and although I could run quite well, I wasn’t blessed with good hand-to-eye coordination. So I didn’t excel in many sports and I didn’t get much encouragement from our PE teacher. She was one of those teachers who was really only interested in the stars in the class and didn’t have the patience to encourage those of us who weren’t very successful. So I started to avoid sports, convinced that I’d never be any good. A sad story! Well as a parent it made me want to encourage my children to try out lots of sports and enjoy them. I get a lot of pleasure watching them now.
Congratulations on your DIY efforts Alex, you are a man of many skills. You refer to making and installing plinths in your flat. Did you mean shelves? A plinth is a stone block on which a statue stands and somehow I can’t imagine that you were making these? Building shelves on the other hand is a common DIY job.
Some suggestions for reformulations from you last blog, Alex;
"Elder people are much sensible with distant relocation due to their organism is more subjected by climate and time variations."
Did you mean?
Older people are much more affected by long distance travel as they are more sensitive to climate and time changes.
I mentioned yesterday that gardening was a national hobby in UK. Another British passion is for DIY. We love our homes and seem to be in a continual process of improving and decorating them. There are endless TV programmes that are devoted to the subject too, not to mention magazines and shops. It's a bit puzzling to me sometimes as I can't imagine wanting to spend so much of my leisure time on such difficult jobs. But then as I've said before, I'm lazy!
Lexis and patterns from today:
a spectator (a person who watches sport)
a gawky girl ( tall and awkward)
to excel in something ( to be very good at something)
hand-to eye coordination (the ability to make your hand and eye work together)
PE teacher ( a physical education teacher)
a plinth ( a piece of stone on which you put a statue)
DIY ( Do it yourself)
endless ( never seeming to stop)
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