How to tell the gender of a french word

I hated French at school, but all us dummies had to learn it. The more average kids learned French and German, and the clever ones Latin, French and German. So there I was on the bottom rung of the academic ladder, but still having to struggle with a subject that…

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The law of diminishing returns

I was reminded of this law when lockdown moved to level 3 and we were able to buy wine again. As a special treat, I bought two bottles of Sauvignon Blanc for R185 each. We normally spend around half that price. The wine was divine, but then I commented to…

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Do smaller classes result in better education?

Interestingly, there are varying results from different studies conducted in the USA and apparently advocates of Class Size Reduction (CSR) are as guilty of cherry picking results to suite their argument as their opponents, who argue that the cost of CSR outwieghs its benefits. Having said that, although many states…

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Rosy faced lovebirds in Morningside

My wife and I were thrilled to watch a small flock of at least five Rosy Faced Lovebirds from our balcony in Morningside. They appeared to be nesting under the eves of a house, but despite many later sightings, they have not re-visited that particular house, so perhaps they were…

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Should I move my child to another school?

If you’ve ever been an investor in say, listed shares or property for rental, you will know that some investments will be better than others. The wise investor knows when to pull out of one and re-invest in a better one. He or she has to take into account the…

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Private Schools vs Public Schools Education

I guess that if funds are limited (and what family actually has money to spare at the end of every month?), the choice between public and private schooling can be largely influenced by the family income. However, there are other considerations. I guess you have to start by looking at…

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Holiday boot camp

During the March holidays, seven of our top learners joined four volunteer educators at the school for an intensive boot camp to prepare them for the upcoming Olympiads.

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What is this stuff called money?

Probably the thing that is most worried about is money, or lack of it, but what is this stuff we call money? Early man used barter to exchange anything that they had in excess for other goods that they required. The problem with barter is that you need to find…

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How to make your dreams come true

First off, you’ve got to have a dream and that can be the most difficult part. Why? Because few people can dream the impossible dream! Most of us think “I’d love to do ……” or “I’d love to be ……”, “but I can’t because ……”…

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Catching flies

My mum was an expert at catching flies and she taught me how to do it. It’s usually a two hand job, but once you know the trick a single hander will also often work. If nothing else, it’s a good party trick.

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My quick way to solve Sudoku puzzles

I assume you know how sudoku puzzles work. I’ve studied the techniques and enjoy the challenge of “Expert” puzzles. However, because of my abacus maths training, I don’t just want to solve the puzzles, I want to find the quickest way to do so. Here’s what I’ve found -…

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