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Phonetic Alphabet

The term “phonetic alphabet” can be applied to lots of things, including the “Initial Teaching Alphabet which had dramatic effects on teaching reading in the short term and unfortunate consequences for spelling in the long term. The one I refer to is the one used by radio operators and telephonists:

Alpha Bravo Charlie Delta Echo Foxtrot Golf Hotel Indigo
Juliet Kilo Lima Mike November Oscar Papa Quebec Romeo
Sierra Tango Uniform Victor Whiskey Xray Yankee Zulu


Power to the people, power to the people.

Power to the people, power to the people

Power to the people, power to the people right on.

1. You say you want a revolution,

we'd better get on right away.

Well, let's get on your feet, into the street, singing


2. A million workers working for nothing,

you better give them what they really own.

We gotta put you down when we come into town, singing


3. I gonna ask you comrades and brothers,

how do you treat your old woman back home.

She's gotta be herself, so she can give us help, singing


Power to the people, power to the people

Power to the people, power to the people right on.

(John Lennon)

English pronunciation

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I!  Oh hear my prayer.

Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it's written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plague and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.

Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.

Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation's OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.

Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does.  Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.

Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.

Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
. . .

Finally, which rhymes with enough-
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!


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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam click here for the text

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Santa's reindeer

Dasher. Dancer. Prancer.
Vixen. Comet. Cupid. Donner. Blitzen. Rudolph

Self injury

Links to sites on self injury and depression

Send the Marines

When someone makes a move
Of which we don't approve
Who is it who always intervenes?
UN and OAS
They have their place I guess
But first
Send the Marines.

For Might makes Right
Until they've seen the light
They've got to be protected
All their rights respected
Till somebody we like can be elected

Members of the Corps,
All hate the thought of war,
They'd rather kill them off by peaceful means,
Stop calling it aggression,
We hate that expression
We only want the world to know
That we support the status quo
They love us everywhere we go
So when in doubt
Send the marines.
(Tom Lehrer. When used on the Rory Bremner show during the Iraq War it scarcely needed any adaptation)


Star Wars II Cast list

Ewan McGregor .... Obi-Wan Kenobi

Natalie Portman .... Padmé Amidala

Hayden Christensen .... Anakin Skywalker

Christopher Lee .... Count Dooku

Samuel L. Jackson .... Mace Windu

Frank Oz .... Master Yoda

Ian McDiarmid .... Supreme Chancellor Cos Palpatine/Darth Sidious

Pernilla August .... Shmi Skywalker

Temuera Morrison .... Jango Fett/Clone Troopers

Jimmy Smits .... Senator Bail Organa

Jack Thompson (I) .... Cliegg Lars

Leanna Walsman .... Zam Wesell

Ahmed Best .... Jar Jar Binks

Rose Byrne .... Dormé

Oliver Ford Davies .... Governor Sio Bibble

Rose Byrne .... Dormé

Oliver Ford Davies .... Governor Sio Bibble

Ron Falk .... Dexter Jettster (as Ronald Falk) (voice)

Jay Laga'aia .... Captain Typho

Andrew Secombe .... Watto (voice) (as Andy Secombe)

Anthony Daniels ....

C-3PO Silas Carson

Nute Gunray/Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi

Ayesha Dharker .... Queen Jamillia

Daniel Logan (II) .... Boba Fett

Joel Edgerton .... Owen Lars

Bonnie Piesse .... Beru

Anthony Phelan .... Lama Su (voice)

Rena Owen .... Taun We (voice)

Alethea McGrath .... Madame Jocasta Nu

Susie Porter .... Hermione Bagwa

Matt Doran .... Elan Sleazebaggano

Alan Ruscoe .... Senator Lott Dod

Matt Sloan (III) .... Jedi Master Plo Koon

Veronica Segura .... Cordé

David Bowers (II) .... Mas Amedda

Steve John Shepherd .... Naboo Lieutenant

Bodie Taylor .... Clone Trooper - aged 25

Matthew Rowan (II) .... Senator Orn Free Taa

Stephen Boyle .... Senator Ask Aak

Zac Jensen .... Jedi Master Kit Fisto

Alex Knoll .... J.K. Burtola

Phoebe Yiamkiati .... Mari Amithest

Kenny Baker (I) .... R2-D2

Jerome Blake .... Jedi Master Oppo Rancisis

Hassani Shapi .... Eeth Koth

Gin (II) .... Adi Gallia

Gin Clarke .... Adi Gallia (as Gin)

Khan Bonfils .... Saesee Tiin

Michaela Cottrell .... Even Piell

Dipika O'Neill Joti .... Jedi Master Depa Billaba

rest of cast listed alphabetically

William Clay .... Senate Member (uncredited)

Hayley Mooy .... Pooja Naberrie

Liam Neeson .... Qui-Gon Jinn (uncredited) (voice)

(archive footage) Steve Sauers .... Senate Member (uncredited)

Juan Sánchez (V) .... Temple Jedi Chris Truswell .... Multiple Characters (voice) Ian Watkin ....

COO-2180 Keira Wingate ....

Ryoo Naberrie

Eric Wong .... Temple Jedi (uncredited)


Statins are brilliant colesterol-lowering drugs but can have rare unfortunate side-effects.

The following information about Statins comes from the website http://www.baycol-law.com/rhabdomyolysis.htm

Definition of Rhabdomyolysis

          Rhabdomyolysis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when a large number of skeletal muscle tissue dies (necrosis). Such extensive muscle damage results in the release of the contents of the muscle cells, including muscle protein (myogloblin) into the bloodstream. The major complication of rhabdomyolysis is acute kidney failure.

Symptoms of Rhabdomyolysis

          Symptoms of rhabdomyolysis include unexplained muscle pain or weakness. This may be accompanied by fever, dark urine, fatigue or malaise, nausea, and vomiting.

          The pain may involve specific groups of muscles or may be generalized throughout the body. Most frequently the involved muscle groups are the calves and lower back; however, some patients report no symptoms of muscle injury. In some cases, the symptoms of rhabdomyolysis were mistaken for the flu, and the cause of the patient's illness not recognized as associated with Baycol.

How Rhabdomyolysis Injures the Body

          Rhabdomyolysis is extremely rare as a drug side effect, but has been found to be associated with the use of one statin drug, cerivastatin or Baycol. It is most commonly seen after massive muscle trauma (after an auto accident, for instance,) or as a chief component of heat stroke -- the condition that killed Minnesota Vikings football player Korey Stringer. The muscle protein or myogloblin released during rhabdomyolysis becomes entrapped in the kidneys, clogging up the filtering process of the kidneys, leading to kidney or renal failure and other organ system disorders. As the muscles degenerate, phosphokinase and myogloblin are released into the bloodstream.

          Diagnosis of rhabdomyolysis can be done through a blood test to measure one's creatine kinase (CPK) levels. Marked elevation of CPK levels in the blood is an indicator of skeletal muscle necrosis. The presence of myoglobin in the urine also indicates rhabdomyolysis and kidney failure. By having a blood test to measure one's CPK levels, one can be certain if there has been muscle injury.

          While all statin drugs are known to cause a low-grade muscle disorder in some patients -- a disorder similar to rhabdomyolysis but on a much smaller scale -- Baycol is the first statin to be associated with causing death by producing a severe muscle disorder.

Report on Statins, Baycol and Rhabdomyolysis

          On December 10, 2002 in the New York Times, June Brody, one of the nations premier health correspondents, wrote an article entitled, "Statins: Miracles for Some, Menace for a Few." The following contains excerpts from the article:

          Statins have been hailed as miracle drugs for their ability to prevent deaths from heart attacks by lowering cholesterol. Some doctors go so far as to say the statins have had a greater effect on heart disease than anything else introduced in the last 50 years. Last year, a national group of experts issued guidelines saying statins should be prescribed to some 36 million Americans, three times as many as were taking them then, to reduce their risk of heart disease. In addition to protecting people at high risk, statins protect people who have already suffered one heart attack.
          Given their apparent wide range of actions, statins have been called the modern-day equivalent of aspirin. But like aspirin and all other drugs, statins sometimes cause serious side effects. The most serious involves the muscles, a disorder called rhabdomyolysis, rare but debilitating and deadly if not detected in its early stages.
          In August 2001, Bayer voluntarily recalled cerivastatin, marketed as Baycol, after 31 people died from rhabdomyolysis caused by the drug. This complication occurs far less often with the five statins still on the market, but any and all of them can occasionally cause muscle disorders, even years after the drugs have been used with no apparent ill effects.
          And, it appears, many patients are unaware of the signs of trouble associated with statins, and many prescribing doctors fail to warn patients about dangerous drug interactions or to perform the periodic tests needed to assure continued safe use of a prescribed statin. Statins may also cause a liver disorder in about 1 percent of patients. Because of that, everyone taking them should have a periodic blood test to spot early signs of trouble.
          In a clinical advisory issued recently, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute noted that statins had proved "to be extremely safe in the vast majority of patients receiving them." But the advisory warned doctors about possible serious adverse effects and factors that could increase the risk of statin-caused muscle disorders.
          "A common complaint," the advisory stated, "is nonspecific muscle aches or joint pains." But far more rare is severe myositis characterized by muscle aches, soreness or weakness and associated with greatly elevated levels of an enzyme, creatine kinase, indicative of muscle breakdown.
          If this occurs and the drug is not immediately discontinued, myositis can progress to complete muscle breakdown, or rhabdomyolysis, kidney failure and death. These conditions can occur at any time in statin therapy. The advisory noted that adverse muscle reactions were less likely when lower doses of statins were prescribed, rather than the maximum dosage approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
          Severe muscle damage is more likely to occur when statins are combined with certain other medicines, including fibrates (like gemfibrozil) and niacin (used to treat blood lipids); the immunosuppressant cyclosporine; certain antifungal drugs (including ketoconazole); macrolide antibiotics, erythromycin and clarithromycin; H.I.V. protease inhibitors; the antidepressant nefazodone; verapamil, used to treat certain heart abnormalities; and more than a quart a day of grapefruit juice. Other factors that raise the risk of adverse muscle reactions include advanced age, especially over 80; a small body frame and frailty; chronic kidney disease, especially related to diabetes; and concurrent surgery.
          Statins should be stopped in anyone soon to have major surgery. Anyone experiencing muscle pain of unknown origin while taking statins should contact the doctor without delay. If a blood test shows a very high level of creatine kinase, the drug should be stopped immediately.
          All patients taking statins should have periodic blood tests for the liver enzyme transaminase, which is elevated when the liver is being damaged. In addition, the advisory stated, statins should not be prescribed for patients with acute or chronic liver disease, although there is as yet no clear evidence that statins worsen existing liver disease

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Tainted love

Sometimes I feel I've got to

Run away I've got to

Get away

From the pain that you drive into the heart of me

The love we share

Seems to go nowhere

And I've lost my light

For I toss and turn I can't sleep at night



Once I ran to you (I ran)

Now I'll run from you

This tainted love you've given

I give you all a boy could give you

Take my tears and that's not nearly all

Oh...tainted love

Tainted love


Now I know I've got to

Run away I've got to

Get away

You don't really want IT any more from me

To make things right

You need someone to hold you tight

And you'LL think love is to pray

But I'm sorry I don't pray that way




Don't touch me please

I cannot stand the way you tease

I love you though you hurt me so

Now I'm going to pack my things and go

Tainted love, tainted love (x2)

Touch me baby, tainted love (x2)

Tainted love (x3)



"There is no such thing as society, there are individual men and women, and there are families." Margaret

Thatcher, 1987, quoted in Woman's Own.


They fuck you up, your mum and dad.

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with all the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another’s throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Go out as early as you can,
And don’t have any kids yourself

Philip Larkin

This Town's Not Big Enough For The Both Of Us lyrics.

Zoo time is she and you time
The mammals are your favourite type, and you want her tonight
Heartbeat, increasing heartbeat
You hear the thunder of stampeding rhinos, elephants and tacky tigers
This town ain't big enough for both of us
And it ain't me who's gonna leave
Flying domestic flying
And when the stewardess is near do not show any fear
Heartbeat increasing heartbeat
You are a khaki-coloured bombadier it's Hiroshima that you're nearing
This town ain't big enough for both uf us
And it ain't me who's gonna leave
Daily, except for Sunday
You dawdle in to the cafe where you meet her each day
Heartbeat, increasing heartbeat
As twenty cannibals have hold of you, they need their protein just like you do
This town ain't big enough for both uf us
And it ain't me who's gonna leave
Shower, another shower
You've got to look your best for her and be clean everywhere
Heartbeat, increasing heartbeat
The rain is pouring on the foreign town, the bullets cannot cut you down
This town ain't big enough for both of us
And it ain't me who's gonna leave
Census, the latest census
There'll be more girls who live in town though not enough to go around
Heartbeat, increasing heartbeat
You know that :
This town isn't big enough,
not big enough for both of us
This town isn't big enough,

not big enough for both of us

And I ain't gonna leave

Thought for the day

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot Change, the courage to

change the things I cannot accept, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of

those people I had to kill today because they pissed me off.

And also, help me to be careful of the toes I step on today as they may be

connected to the ass that I may have to kiss tomorrow.

Help me to always give 100% at work......

25% on Monday

25% on Tuesday

25% on Wednesday

25% on Thursday

And help me to remember... when I'm having a really bad day and it seems

that people are trying to piss me off, that it takes 42 muscles to frown

and only 4 to extend my arm and smack the bastard in the mouth.





Posted on the internet newsgroup uk.education.staffroom by Debs Waller


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