Thursday, September 22, 2011

Famous Cairo Tessellation


So today I got an email from somebody called ‘tessellationfanatic’ , via the blog comments thingy, who tells me one of my pavement photos I took when we first got here is famous! They sent me a link to 2 sites both with further information on them.

So this is all quite exciting. I have emailed David Bailey at the second site to see if it was him but if not I’m not too sure what to do next and how to email back my mysterious tessellation fanatic!

The picture was taken in a district of Maadi in September 2010 as I was wandering the streets, probably on the way to church or Road 9. Now I know it is famous I will have to incorporate it into a lesson somehow. Oh and the picture ? . . . this one

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and there was me getting excited about Ada Lovelace Day on October 7th

Picture1 and the online comic about The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage that Maddy and I chuckled our way through.  It has to be read! (Geoff was very boring and painted models while we did this).

Saturday, September 17, 2011

21st September

We have completed our first week at school are are now getting ready for the second. New children to meet, books to organise, meetings to have, procedures to follow. The maths department have new text books for year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 so we have lots of things to put in place.

Geoff now works in the British section of his school and is much more at home with the material he needs to cover this year rather than last when he was teaching in the American section.

Maddy (and many other students) are waiting for the uniform shop to restock with the new PE kit and polo shirts. She has also signed up for singing lessons after school which will be on a Monday night for 30 mins at 150 LE (£15). She has started her GCSE courses this week and seems to be happy with her choices. All 3 sciences, drama and business studies as well as maths, English language and Lit. She also has to take Arabic as an ex-pat at the school.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

4th September Geoff’s Leg

We are back at school working hard while Maddy sits at home. I brought her back the first 4 books of the Percy and the Lightening Thief from school to keep her busy, no doubt she will finish them in a couple of days.

Geoff took it upon himself to train the ruby squad after school today, about 14 boys turned up even though there had been no school, he managed to do this to his leg!


Quite impressive for his first session.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

3rd September ‘Twas the night before

‘Twas the night before school and all through the house

Not a creature was stirring not even a Mo(use).

The laptops were packed by the front door with care,

In hopes that their owners soon would be there.

And so began the last night of freedom before school! We had a busy time last week. I finally found and purchased a photo quality printer and then printed off some of my favourite snaps , then we went to the photo shop and bought frames. The walls look a little less bare now although I have lots of other pictures to print. I want to do a series of 6 Ascension prints into one of those partitioned frames, so I will work on those when I have time.

These are 3 on the New Zealand pictures I choose. 



these are some of the St Helena pictures.


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Maddy is back from Suknah with a deep tan line, washing and tales of jet skiing. She is now catching up with her TV watching (we have already seen one and a half series of Psych since we got back and all of Grey’s anatomy series 5. all of Pushing Daisies and some of 30 Rock). After tomorrow we may not have all that much time to watch!