A big update covering all the things I wanted to update about, but haven't yet.
Gathered from various colleagues :
And while we're arguing the so-called "anti-smacking bill", which it most assuredly isn't
by the way, it is merely removing an ugly defence for child abuse, the UK empowers teachers to use reasonable force
, which includes :
- fining parents up to a thousand pounds for not parenting well.
- making detention legally binding regardless of parental wishes.
- Giving teachers legal rights of search and seizure (they will now legally be allowed to search for weapons, confiscate cellphones, i-pods, etc.)
- Extends these powers to when pupils are off school premises, i.e.: travelling on public transport or in shopping centres
Personally I think this is a good thing. It may not be necessary in New Zealand yet, but UK school's are generally more violent and dangerous than even USA ones. Though there is less gun-play at UK schools, it doesn't make them any safer. A major part of the problem has been that the offenders knew teachers had no legal power over them, so police had to be called in whenever the teachers needed to enforce a rule, which is both a significant drain on police resources, and dangerous for the teachers involved, as by the time the police arrive it may be too late. The UK teacher's union has been pushing for something like this for years.
In personal news, I am becoming heavily in demand at work, thus not very much time to update. A bit of a lull this afternoon, I have work to do, but I need a wee
bit of relaxation, and this is it!
Friday night was fun, catching up with rivet
and all their peeps at their second house-warming in the same building, only this time for owning
it rather than renting, and their birthdays too. Then on to the thing that wasn't happening at the Welsh Dragon
, it felt good to catch up briefly with a lot of people thru those two parties.
Saturday was a day of running around geting my car serviceable and my internet serviceable. I now have a Linksys wi-fi hub and router, and while it works nice and simply, I don't like it. It doesn't give me any where near as much information as my old Level One one which completely died at about 2.00am Saturday morning. And it gives less control as well, which meant I had to modify my server settings to match the router, rather than the other way round, and that took a while. So Saturday several of the sites hosted at my place were down for most of the day.
Sunday I really only had time to do some washing and go to superlate
's game, but on the way there, my car, containing A, H, and superlate
was forced off the motorway by a car with the number-plate "URIEL". Scary!
I slept really badly last night. I was sweaty and had numerous nightmares, of the type where there is a pain in your back, in this case it was being caused by a woman with a knife. I was holding off other people at the door to a house with a pistol, trying to convince them that they should leave, that there was nothing to be worried about, I had it all under control, trying to protect the woman behind me in the house. All was going swimmingly until I felt the knife enter my kidney. It was a very Silent Hill
I woke quickly, after only a little knife-twisting and associated pain, to a dark room that was horribly warm, oppressive, and scary. The Silent Hill
feel of the dream made me wary of the patches of light and dark n the walls and ceiling, and the odd sounds I was hearing from outside. At one point I started hearing crackling noises from inside my pillow, like the feathers were moving around, trying to get out, as they had demonstrably done before.
I knew I was falling asleep again, I was only barely awake, and I didn;t want to go under with the fear still in my head. I thought that it must be some form of "Skill" attack, as per the Robin Hobb Farseer
trilogy, the third book of which I am currently reading , making me fear my room, and fear going under where I would be open to more manipulation.
I resolved not
to enter that dream again, and tried to think nice comfortable thoughts like lying next to seraphs_folly
in Hagley Park and the sun, as when holding_pattern
visited us. But it is surprisingly hard to maintain warm and fluffy thoughts in such an environment, and whatever it was I was fighting (whether it was my own fear or an actual opponent, I know not) kept insinuating around the edges twisting fluffy thoughts to dark and bloody ones.
Later I awoke to Lancelot sitting on the head board, as I awoke he chased something out of the room.
Now only two days and five hours till I see my love again! is happy