The Secret Seven convene for yet another meeting…

Part Two: Password please!

Jack and Colin entered the shed and took a box each while Peter addressed the meeting.

`Since we’re all here we’ll start by talking about some issues that I have to raise. When we’ve finished talking we can eat.’

Everyone looked approvingly at the table which stood at the back of the room next to Scamper and George where Pam’s sweets had been added to the rest of the food provided by Peter and Janet’s mother.

`Apples. Buns. Potted meat sandwiches. Ginger biscuits and cocoa for everyone. A jolly good feast.’ said George.

`George, I thought I told you last meeting not to do that,’ snapped Peter, `We can all see the food without you providing a commentary.’

`Sorry.’ said George humbly.

`I have two matters to raise at today’s meeting.’ said Peter, `First, I am interested in developing a strategy for establishing the Secret Seven as the Kingdom’s premier child detective unit.’

`We already are the best.’ said Jack `Everyone loves the Secret Seven. Our friend the Chief Inspector said so.’

`The Chief Inspector was telling fibs.’ said Peter, `I read this morning that the Famous Five have just captured a serial rapist and uncovered a heroin smuggling ring in Northern Ireland. They’ve been going after the big fish while the Secret Seven fusses over idiotic small fry like the mystery of the disappearing grapes at the grocery store or that stupid schoolgirl who went missing last year.’

The Goon Show

From The Goon Show, The Red Fort, Series 8 Episode 7:

Major Bloodnok OBE, late of the 3rd Disgusting Fusiliers,

“I say Major your medals are showing.”
“Yes!” “And they’re all long service you know.”

Update: broken link so here are some alternatives:

Listen online:

Podcasts and link to Goon Show mp3 resources

Radio Echoes – 206 Goon show episodes

Uncle Nolli’s Astro-Tarot-Feng Shui Horoscopes

This week:

Neptune, the planet of true and eternal love, moves into Pisces, the sign of feeling angry because the dishwasher has been filled up badly. Meanwhile, Mercury attempts to reverse into a really small space in Capricorn this week, and ends up scraping the paintwork. He should have used his wing mirrors, and so should you.

Lucky Motor Oil: Castrol GTX

The Pedagogy of Civic Participation

A Lecture by Howard Rheingold held at the Gonick Amphitheatre of the NMC Campus in Second Life Sat Oct 21st 2006

“Education – the means by which young people learn the skills necessary to succeed in their place and time – is diverging from schooling. Media-literacy-wise, education is happening now after school and on weekends and when the teacher isn’t looking, in the SMS messages, MySpace pages, blog posts, podcasts, videoblogs that technology-equipped digital natives exchange among themselves. This population is both self-guided and in need of guidance, and although a willingness to learn new media by point-and-click exploration might come naturally to today’s student cohort, there’s nothing innate about knowing how to apply their skills to the processes of democracy.

We have an opportunity today to make use of the natural enthusiasm of today’s young digital natives for cultural production as well as consumption, to help them learn to use the media production and distribution technologies now available to them to develop a public voice about issues they care about. By showing students how to use Web-based tools and channels to inform publics, advocate positions, contest claims, and organize action around issues that they truly care about, participatory media education can draw them into positive early experiences with citizenship that could influence their civic behavior throughout their lives.”

– Howard Rheingold

see also:
where you can catch an audio podcast of the event. (Oct 30th)

Shakespeare King Richard 3rd III Summary

William Hogarth: David Garrick as Richard III, 1745 (Detail)

The Life and Death of Richard the Third, Act 5, Scene 3
Ratcliff, my lord; ’tis I. The early village-cock
Hath twice done salutation to the morn;

Your friends are up, and buckle on their armour.

O Ratcliff, I have dream’d a fearful dream!
What thinkest thou, will our friends prove all true?

It May All End Tomorrow: A Smiths And Morrissey Website

Cemetery Gates by the Smiths

A dreaded sunny day
so I meet you at the cemetry gates
Keats and Yeats are on your side

A dreaded sunny day
so I meet you at the cemetery gates
Keats and Yeats are on your side
while Wilde is on mine

So we go inside and we gravely read the stones
all those people all those lives
where are they now ?
with loves, and hates
and passions just like mine
they were born
and then they lived and then they died
which seems so unfair
and I want to cry

You say: “ere thrice the sun hath done, salutation to the dawn”
and you claim these words as your own
but I’m well-read, have heard them said
a hundred times (maybe less, maybe more)
if you must write prose/poems
the words you use should be your own
dont plagiarise or take “on loans”
there’s always someone, somewhere
with a big nose, who knows
and who trips you up and laughs
when you fall

You say: “ere long done do does did “
words which could only be your own
you then produce the text
from whence was ripped
(some dizzy whore, 1804)

A dreaded sunny day
so let’s go where we’re happy
so I meet you at the cemetry gates
Keats and Yeats are on your side

A dreaded sunny day
so let’s go where we’re wanted
so I meet you at the cemetry gates
Keats and Yeats are on your side
but you lose
because Wilde is on mine.

NMC | the new media consortium

“The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international not-for-profit consortium of nearly 200 leading colleges, universities, museums, corporations, and other learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies.

The consortium serves as a catalyst for the development of new applications of technology to support learning and creative expression, and sponsors programs and activities designed to stimulate innovation, encourage collaboration…”