The human portrait

I’ve recently taken up coloured pencils and attempted to learn to use them. I find that I am drawn to portraiture and that I like to use only three coloured pencils – red, yellow and blue. When my daughter and son-in-law visited us recently, we took them to a beach…

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Cause or consequence?

If A gets bigger whenever B gets bigger, did A cause B or did B cause A?┬áThis correlation is so often misinterpreted that it probably led to the expression “Lies, damned lies and statistics” Correlation can be positive (both things increase together) or negative (when one goes up, the other…

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When is a cost a “sunk cost”?

You run your own company. It’s doing well, so you have been able to book and pay for a two week cruise at a cost of R80 000 plus airfare of R10 000. Just before your holiday is about to start, you get an offer to present a series of…

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When to put a comma before “and”

I was brought up to believe that “and” was never preceded by a comma. My daughter said it always is (she loves her commas). Seems we were both wrong. Evidently, these are the rules – You can list A, B, and C as in James, Thabo, and Rista had a…

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How Covid changed my life

No, I didn’t catch Covid, at least, not yet. But it’s interesting to look back on these past two years and see the effect of the pandemic on my life and that of many like me. Enter Covid. Enter Zoom. Exit Derek. Before Covid came onto the scene, most of…

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Forgive my English. It is not my home language.

Those of us whose home language is English find it easy to criticise others for spelling, pronunciation, grammar and meaning. But hang on! Can you speak the other person’s home language? Are you, like most of our population, forced to speak a second language most of the time when away…

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High level Dominoes

Here’s the next level of the game – Level 3 Same as Level 2 except that when a player lays down a domino that brings the total of the two ends to a multiple of 5, they add that total to their score. This player scored 6 + 4…

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Lies, damned lies and statistics

You see it so often on your news feed. A headline something like this – Researchers have found that 70% of road accidents happen within 5km of the drivers home. “It appears that as drivers leave or approach their home they pay less attention to their driving. Perhaps because they…

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Anyone for dominoes?

Drag your child away from the TV and the smart phone, and play dominoes with him or her! Why? Because it is great for their brain and mental arithmetic. There are different levels of the game which will be appropriate for different levels of child development. The level at which…

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How to choose your school

I belong to the Facebook community group “People who live in Midrand” and occasionally see someone asking for recommendations as to the best school for their child. The result is that someone or other recommends just about every school in the area. So, really, the question was a waste…

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Gallagher School just bought a new bus

A couple of years back, when we were really struggling, we bought a second hand bus to help those parents with transport problems. It was more trouble than it was worth! This year, thanks largely to the Department of Education grants, we’ve been able to buy a brand new Iveco…

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The magic pyramid of numbers

I was blown away when I came across the magic pyramid. I don’t know who discovered it, but here it is – I simply had to sit and figure out why it worked, and it turned out to rely on the fact that 9 times any of the…

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The end of 2021 was a time for fun!

2021 was a tough year for learners and educators alike and I guess 2022 will continue with similar challenges. But, at least the year ended with a bit of fun at the Mall, where the leaners went for an end-of-term lunch and a chance to climb on the playground…

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A special message

I received this one from Dalene, the school’s next door neighbour (aka grandma to the children).   And, for those of you who have forgotten their algebra, the math is spot on!    …

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