How I learned a valuable life lesson from the crew of Red Dwarf

How I learned a valuable life lesson from the crew of Red Dwarf

If you were a sci-fi fan in the eighties and early nineties, you will no doubt remember the satirical British series Red Dwarf.

Not only was it a brilliant romp through time and space, but it also had some surprisingly wise things to say about life.

For those of you unfamiliar with…

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How to be as nice as Hugh Jackman

How to be as nice as Hugh Jackman

I have a colleague who teaches drama. She studied musical theater with Hugh Jackman at WAAPA and once went out to dinner with him.

She tells her students about this so often that they roll their eyes and play with their phones whenever she brings it up.

(I have another story, one about Russell…

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What I learned from Drew Barrymore

What I learned from Drew Barrymore

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Drew Barrymore said something so insightful that it resonated with me immediately.

She said that a simple feel good rom-com like Never been kissed, in which she starred and produced, was a successful film because:

She added that you can strive to be profound, but in the end it’s the simplest things…

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How Carrie Fisher can body shame Hollywood

Dear Carrie,

Recently, I  wrote an article that expressed my concerns about the facelift/botox/rhinoplasty/lipsuction or whatever it was you used to hide the aging process in The Force Awakens.

Was I wrong to be concerned?

Perhaps it’s the Force that keeps you looking so young. But why does Mark Hamil look his age?…

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What if coding were invented by women

I teach technology, mostly digital design but also entry level coding.
I learned to code in my early 30s. I started with HTML which is not considered a programming language but it’s coding nonetheless. I moved on and taught Javascript, CSS and eventually Actionscript.
I’ve learned one thing during my teaching practice: coding was created…

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Why schools must teach unemployment skills

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A few months ago I posted about making a documentary I was working on with several Year 10 students. We have just finished the film and uploaded it to YouTube.

The documentary called, Why schools should teach unemployment skills, examines the grim employment prospects facing students when they graduate from school.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KztEJ7W3pQo

The day it snowed in Burnie

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Yesterday, it snowed in Burnie.
It hasn’t snowed here since 1986.
The snow fell while I was marking attendance and my students asked if they could go outside.
I’d never seen snow in Burnie, so I joined them in the courtyard. We felt the snow melt as we caught the drifting flurries in our hands. We took pictures, laughed, shivered and…

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Can anybody on Quora answer this question?

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I want to know why strangers often appear in our dreams, yet we interact with them as though we know them already. How is this possible?

So I posted a question to Quora today.

Quora, as you may know, is a Q&A forum full of really smart people (or mostly smart people). You…

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