Time to wipe off the cobwebs and push out a School’s out Friday post for the holiday season. Sainsbury’s Christmas Ad this year brings Mog the cat to life. I remember Mog very well from my time spent in the Armata Primary School Library during my childhood years, and the CGI animation captures perfectly the characteristics of the cat who always found herself in a spot of bother.
Back in the 70’s, when I was reading Mog books in the school library, there was no such thing as CGI animation. Take a look at the behind the scenes making of this 3 minute 30 second mini movie and marvel at how far we’ve come. Mog has been lifted from the pages of Judith’s Kerr’s book and seeing her reaction to the ‘coming to life’ of the character she dreamt up in 1970 is a pleasure to behold.
I recently visited Berlin where I presented at OEB, and one of the true pleasures of the experience was being able to see first hand how a European country celebrates Christmas. The Christmas Markets of Berlin exceeded my expectations. I became a convert to Gluhwein and I had my fair share of German culinary delights. Here are a few pics to help you understand why I’m searching desperately for Christmas upon my return to a very warm Melbourne summer.
My recommendation – if you can ever get the opportunity to experience a European Christmas, take it.
Have you been wondering if School’s out Friday or maybe even this blog had bitten the dust? I wouldn’t be surprised if you had, given my lack of activity of late. It’s my hope that I can get some consistant posting happening in the coming weeks, as school commitments slow down and I grab some time to consolidate some thinking and get ideas penned here.
I’m a fan of the festive season. I love a good round of carols and an impressive light show. I’m on the lookout for a halfway decent Carols by Candlelight in my locale and if there’s a well lit house display up for viewing after the event, I’ll be there. Hence tonight’s offerings. Start with the flash mob singing a round of carols in an American shopping centre, then finish with a clever light show from Perth featuring christmas lights synchronised to Psy’s Gangman Style.
All of this reminds me that I must attend to some Christmas shopping this weekend. And I must commit some time to finding the delicate necklace I brought for my daughter earlier in the year, but cleverly hid from her view. If only I remembered where that hiding spot was… wish me luck in my search!
Enjoy your weekend. Hopefully you’re supremely organised and don’t need to hit the shops. If you do, steel yourself for the frenzy you’re likely to encounter. Best of luck! :)
I knew the good folks at Improv Everywhere would create a little something special for the festive season and give me a little something to share with you all this week. Here’s their Mall Santa Musical for you to enjoy.
School holidays have found me, and I very happy to be held captive. It was a full frontal attack on the shops today as I attempted my first spot of Christmas shopping. I can see I am destined to engage further with retailers in the coming days. Wish me luck.
I was excited today to receive the news that my proposal for the ISTE 2012 Conference was accepted. My presentation is about the work I have been involved with this year at my school, much of which I outlined in yesterday’s post as chance has it. It’s validation for a year where my head was down doing my damnedest to make change happen in a systemic sense in my school. I’m proud of what we have been able to achieve, and will be very happy getting the opportunity to travel to San Diego to share our experience with others from around the globe.
A big clean up this weekend awaits me in preparation for Christmas festivities at my house. We have a skip in our driveway right now, and we’ll be filling it to the brim in an attempt to clean up what’s lying around from our back room renovations (that have yet to be completed, but that’s another story!). I hope your weekend sounds more exciting than mine!
Enjoy. : )
It’s actually Christmas morning here (1.36am to be precise!), but it’s still Friday in parts of the world so I’m feeling justified, if not a little bit crazy, for getting School’s out Friday out at this time. This is North Point Community Church’s iBand, playing Christmas tunes using iPads and iPhones. Just imagine if a group of kids could do something like this for a school music concert. There’s another thing to dwell on for the 2011 school year! Thanks Allanah for sending me this link tonight. You saved me a lot time searching for something. : )
Christmas Eve party is over, dishes are done, presents are wrapped. Time for bed methinks!
Merry Christmas to you all, loyal readers, whoever you are. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season. : )
Late in my time zone, but still current in others!
I love the Christmas season. I’m a sucker for smarmy Christmas movies, decorated trees, houses lit to the nines, and a traditional Christmas Carol or two that can bring a tear to my eye. Handel‘s Hallelujah chorus can have that effect on me, and it’s performed to very good effect here in a very non-traditional food court. As with most flash mob efforts, what really captures my attention are the rapt expressions of the onlookers who delight in what is unfolding before them.
Another Flash Mob viewing this week was thanks to Modern Family. I am loving this series and it’s take on relationships within families. Take a look at their treatment of the phenomenom.
Hope it brought a smile your way and got your weekend off to a good start. Make the most of whatever delights the weekend brings. : )
* Thanks to Ann Oro for tweeting out a link to the Hallelujah Chorus flash mob.
Some Christmas lights for Christmas Day. Another person out there who’s put The Black Eyed Pea’s, ‘I’ve gotta feeling’, to good use.
I’ve sat through two Christmas dinners today, one of which I cooked. I think you can probably guess from this that I’m full to pussy’s bow. That’s something my Mother often says, and yes, those words were uttered today!
I hope all of you who read this blog have a wonderful Christmas and New Year with family and friends. : )
Brace yourself. This time next week it will be Boxing Day. In between now and then I am sure you will have a million things to do. Like shop, eat, laugh, eat, stress, eat, sing, eat, socialise, eat, drink, eat, wrap presents, eat, drink some more, eat, cook, eat and on it goes. On Boxing Day I intend to cut down on the eating (and drinking) and embrace the walking and weight lifting. This year has seen my brain active but not much else. A situation that needs a remedy!
While you contemplate the next week and all it will bring, enjoy this little festive number from madeinakqa. This little ditty accompanied the video;
Twas the night before Christmas,
when all through the house
not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse.
Stockings were hung
by the chimney with care,
as the microwaves’ thrum
was filling the air.
I can’t begin to imagine the time it took to put it together, but it makes for compulsive viewing to see the outcome.
Merry Christmas to you all. Enjoy the festivities with your families.