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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:26 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I personally have no trouble "tuning out" the TV if the book I reading is compelling enough and interests me enough to do so. I literally switch myself off from everything that is going on around me. (I learnt this by tuning out my kids when they are arguing with each other  Wink ) I like to read in the evening but I do do other things like watch TV, go on Facebook sometimes but I don't play the games I used to but it got ridiculous with the bloody farms and other crap or play on photoshop - I like photography but I also like playing with photos and merging them together and adding stuff and changing things to make pieces of art (I'm totally self taught though so its not brilliant but it give me pleasure!)

I don't read in the car (as a passenger obviously) as it makes me feel sick and I don't use public transport at all so never tried it but am assuming I would get the same result.

The other time I read is at work in my lunchbreak.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Commuting is still when I do most of my reading. The train takes half an hour each way, and, once you add in the time spent on the platform waiting for late trains, that amounts to well over an hour a day. I like to read another half-hour or so in bed as well, but the brain is so tired by that stage that I can’t take in anything much heavier than some Sherlock Holmes, or a ghost story.

(We live a mile from the local station, and at the other end, the office is half a mile from Bracknell Station, so merely travelling in and out of work means walking three miles  three miles every day: I try to walk another mile or so at lunchtime.)

We don’t really watch television too much (and I watch even less than the rest of the family), but even without the distraction of the television, reading time in the evenings is limited: I like to converse with the children (well – they’re not really children any more, but I still refer to them as such!) and make use of what little time I have with them. The girl is sitting her GCSEs this year, and the boy is sitting his A-levels, so my evenings lately have consisted of going through the various past papers they have been doing for revision. (The mathematics A-level papers that the boy has been doing are quite an intellectual challenge for me these days, especially after a hard day in the office! But it all comes back after a few minutes…) And in the weekend, there are various household chores to be done: that doesn’t really leave much time for reading.

When I retire, I shall spend all my time sitting in my garden reading Tolstoy and Wordsworth. But until then…



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The girl is sitting her GCSEs this year, and the boy is sitting his A-levels, so my evenings lately have consisted of going through the various past papers they have been doing for revision. (The mathematics A-level papers that the boy has been doing are quite an intellectual challenge for me these days, especially after a hard day in the office! But it all comes back after a few minutes…)
So the million dollar question here is then have exams got easier??


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A-level mathematics is of a reasonabl e standards. GCSEs are a joke. And why they're wasting everyone's time pretending to teach English, I don't know.



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll take that as a yes then! When it was the old CSE and GCE O Level back in the day, I was told CSE's weren't worth the paper they were written on, and you had to be at at least a grade C O'Level standard to do anything - and as I recall a Grade 1 CSE was equivalent to a C grade O level, so I am guessing it is as I always thought that when the two exams were amalgamated to produce the GCSE instead of raising standards to the O level they dropped them to the CSE.

Which on a positive note, if I were to take GCSE's now then I'd probably be an A* student  Wink



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