Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Wednesday Hodpodge 23/1

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge!  I woke up thinking it was Thursday today and thought I had missed the boat in taking part this week. Check out other people's answers on the link over at Joyce's blog.

1.  The popular saying 'All is fair in love and war' is originally credited to English writer John Lyly.  Is he right?

I really detest this saying and I really don't know what was going through John Lyly's mind when he said it. There's nothing fair in war and I wouldn't say love is fair either - since, as human beings, we are quite selfish. In my opinion if it REALLY is fair in love and war then it's okay for me to go and have an affair, or think it's okay to drop bombs on innocent people, because it's fair right? I really don't agree with this saying at all! However, the only logic I can maybe see where John Lyly is coming from is that when it comes to affairs of the heart/love then everything can be seen as a war or feel like one. For instance, like maintaining a marriage, keeping the spark alive etc. If so, he needed to word it better!

2. Are you a cereal eater?  What's your favorite kind?

I prefer toast but I do love good old Weetabix and Jordans Country Crisp!

3. A five year old in Pennsylvania was recently given a ten day school suspension for talking with a friend about shooting one another with a Hello Kitty Bubble gun (the toy blows bubbles).  She did not have the gun with her at school. 

A psychological evaluation was also ordered and the incident was recorded on her permanent record.  The suspension was later reduced to two days and her parents are suing to have the incident removed from her file. Your thoughts? (If you missed the story, click here for details)

I just think this is crazy and I am sorry to sound mean but only in America would you hear of something as absurd as this! I looked up a picture of the toy and it looks nothing like a gun. Plus, she's a 5 year old girl? She probably doesn't even understand the full meaning behind what she said. In saying that, the media sensationalise everything and we will never know the full story. Yet, the suspension is too heavy and maybe all she needed was to be spoken/reminded of how she expresses things. Poor kid!

4. Whatever happened to_______________________?

Good children's TV!?!  I was speaking to one of my colleagues (who has a 6 year old) who is really into something called Ben 10 (he sounds a little violent to me!). I remember when The Clangers, Tots TV, Wizadora, Wacky Races and Fun House used to make up my childhood TV! It was the best and totally tame!

5. January 23rd is National Handwriting Day, billed as a day to reacquaint yourself with a pen and pencil.  Do you like your handwriting?  Do you prefer to print or write in cursive?  This date was chosen because its the birth date of John Hancock.  What's the last thing you signed your name to? 

I like my hand writing when I make an effort to write neatly. I write all day for work in patients notes, so by the end of shift it is a mess! I always make sure my hand writing is legible though- nothing worse than handwriting you can't read (and Drs/Consultants I am referring to you!) 

6.  Speaking of John Hancock, ever been to Philadelphia?  Do you have any desire to visit the city of Brotherly Love?

I am having a job of thinking which state Philadelphia is in?! (* Google's it and finds out it is in Pennsylvania*). No I have no desire really to visit it but I am sure if I did go I would think it's a lovely city!

7. Share something funny you've heard a child say. 

I will never forget my little sister, Rachael, when she was little. I think I have mentioned it on this blog a few times but when she was 3 (I was 5) we went to Christmas pantomime. We were seeing Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and afterwards we got to meet the cast. As we entered the room Rachael shouts at the top of voice screaming "MUMMY LOOK AT SANTAS ELVES. THEY'RE HERE!!!" And the Dwarves just looked around trying to make light of the situation. My Mum was red faced and so apologetic

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Home & Away is back this week and it looks like it's going to be a good season. Although, from the promo someone dies and I really want to know who it is!!! I am thinking either Romeo or Liam.


laura anne said...

I don't know if kids tv is any worse/better than when I was a kid. I was watching the old skool CITV stuff and thinking...this is truly awful and yet I love it! After all Peppa Pig, Tracy Beaker, In the Night Garden is the new Magic Roundabout (always got to have one kiddle's tv show that was made while someone was clearly tripping out on drugs...) and Horrible Histories isn't so bad... (though not great while having breakfast).

Oh, and I'm SO with you on the handwriting thing. I worked in hospitals for about two years, and in a care home for 4 years. Doctors are the WORST for bad handwriting, and it's especially scary when it's referring to drug prescriptions! I actually think they must have training in how to write terribly during medical school.

Wayne W Smith said...

That was a fun kids story. Thanks for sharing.

April said...

Your funny story made me laugh...I needed that this morning!

Lighthousegal said...

I enjoyed reading your answers and I totally agree with you on the children's tv. When my niece visits I try to find something for her to watch and the choices are few. Even she is not interested in a lot of the so called children's shows.

Kathy said...

Just stopping by from The Hodgepodge.

I agree, there is very little decent programming available for children, these days. It's sad.

retired not tired said...

I loved your sister's story. When my grandchildren come to visit they ask if they can watch "Kid's TV". WE watch "Max & Ruby" and "Cat in the Hat". It is a treat because they don't have TV at their house.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Thanks for stopping by yesterday. Your well wishes for DD#2's recovery is appreciated. Hopefully, she'll learn to avoid all the sickies whenever possible. lol I know sometimes you just don't know when someone is ill, but to look into the face of someone who is and not avoid them is neglectful behavior many are quilt of.

You know I haven't linked up with Joyce's Wednesday Hodgepodge in a few months. I so gotta get back into doing this!

Anywho, in response to your answer on #3. I think that's simply ridiculous how two 5-years were suspended. What an over reaction to something so innocent! If the kids were several years older, then I would say attention would need to be paid, but 5-year olds? The US has gone bonkers. Not all of the US, just the liberals. Wait, liberals are bonkers already. They are getting more bonkery (is there even such a word?) I hope the parents who are suing wins big time. There is no fixing stupidity.

Have a great week, my friend!

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