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In lands I never saw -- they say
Immortal Alps look down --
Whose bonnets touch the firmament --
Whose sandals touch the town --

Meek at whose everlasting feet
A myriad daisy play --
Which, Sir, are you and which am I
Upon an August day?

Emily Dickinson
Learn English in July

Your diary in LE forum



  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,394 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2014
    Oh dear! Is it your right arm or your left? Do you have to wear a plaster?
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 657
    @Helvio I am so sorry about that. get well soon.
    Be careful next time that you are ridding your bike.
    By the way, you are free from doing any housework about a month. :D
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,394 ✭✭✭✭
    I was sorry to see that no one seems to wear a helmet riding bikes even on main highways. On the other hand, in Kerala, the next state to the west, everyone seemed to wear them.

    Maybe it's a case of education. While Kerala is one of the best educated states in India, Tamil Nadu is much poorer and has quite high rates of illiteracy.
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0 Inactive
    Thank you @mheredge and @nil, these days will be fine.
    It is my right arm Marianne and I won't wear a plaster.
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0 Inactive
    And Diary, I can play videogame yet.

  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,464 mod
    edited January 2014
    Oh @Helvio. Poor you. You look like half a mummy, or as if you've been attacked by those spiders from the Hobbit. Keep well.


    PS - I had to look up Rubber Side Down, I think @pryfllwyd means this:-



    But the road is free of that
    It is the steady air against the skin
    whipping hair and clothes
    and flawed thinking from my mind
    with the steady hum of opposing carburetors
    passing by dinosaur Buicks
    traveling to destinations of work,
    lifestyle, maintenance, drone hood
    while I follow no map but that of whim
    and its steady song of
    It’s okay.
    It’s okay.
    It’s okay.
  • pryfllwydpryfllwyd Posts: 1,405 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2014
    Yeah thats right @Lynne / @helvio - The full phrase is "Keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down" :) - I always thought that was widely known but it turns out it's not that common.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,394 ✭✭✭✭
    @Helvio, at least you're smiling. Take advantage of the time to have a good rest. And you can always spend more time with us on the forum.
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 287 ✭✭✭
    Get well soon.
  • amatsuscribbleramatsuscribbler Posts: 3,748 mod
    Aww! @Helvio! :(( I can't press 'like' but send you best wishes and good vibes.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,394 ✭✭✭✭
    There aren't quite so many bikes evident here in Sri Lanka as in India. Maybe this is due to a higher standard of living as more people seem to have cars and there seem to be lots of buses going everywhere, frequently.
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0 Inactive
    Hi diary!! These days I am full around by my sons and I have almost no time to be here. When I have more time I will be here more frequently.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,464 mod
    Dear diary,

    I am booking my next break. I hope everyone keeps an eye on the calendar.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,394 ✭✭✭✭
    Dear @nil
    Good luck with the last exam. What next? Are you continuing with your studies? If so, what?

    Dear diary
    I was very happy today to receive an email from someone I met nine years ago for a couple of days when I was last travelling in south India. She found me from my charity website and remembered me from when we stayed at the same guest house. She wants to build a school in Nepal.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 657
    Thanks @mheredge. I will continue studding in second term of school. After this year I am going to high school.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,394 ✭✭✭✭
    @nil, do you mind if I ask how old are you? At what age can you start at high school?
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 657
    @mheredge that is okay. I am 14 years old and I will start high school 15.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,394 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2014
    Well @nil, I thought that you were much older, like 17 or 18! So high school runs for four years, up to when you're 18? How do they call the classes? Classes 9, 10, 11 and 12? Do you have to specialise in certain subjects yet or do you have classes in all subjects?

    In British schools, students have to start selecting which GCSE's they will take from age 14 (usually about 10 subjects, give or take) and then at 17 they have chose three or four A'Level subjects. I think the French baccalaureate is much better as this includes all subjects up to the end of high school.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 657
    No @mheredge high school is 3 years and usually every body enters in high school when they are 16. but I am a little bit younger than them.
    They call the classes in high school 1st,2nd, and 3rd.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,394 ✭✭✭✭
    In India and Nepal they would probably call the school an upper secondary school.

    When does the new school year start? In Britain it starts in September but in Nepal it's April.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 657
    it starts in October and it finishes in June @mheredge.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,394 ✭✭✭✭
    So you get a long summer break. All the very best for your exam. Will you get any holiday after or is it back to the grindstone straight away @nil?
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 657
    First of every thing congratulations @mheredge. I won't get any holiday but the teachers wont ask us any thing for a week. Yay!
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,394 ✭✭✭✭
    They'll have to mark all those exam papers. They'll be too busy to worry about giving you any more work to do. Make the most of it @nil!
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 657
    Busy with marking the exam papers???? They have already marked them @mheredge.
    There aren't a lot of students in our school. We are just 40. So teachers mark the papers very fast.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,394 ✭✭✭✭
    It's a good excuse @nil. Teachers are just as good as their students in coming up with good reasons for a having a restful week! I bet they will say that they're too busy, even if, like you say, they would have finished the marking in no time. :-)
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 657
    edited January 2014
    @mheredge they may be kind this week. But next week the teachers are hell guardians and school is hell again. It is just a trap. :D
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