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7 days in a week, or the tale of the silly regulations

Yet another busy week, but I have started really knocking off a few of the tasks I want to get done before the arrival of my little boy. One thing I've got done is the exam preparation. For obvious reasons, I'm not going to say anything about the exam that I wouldn't want the students to see. One thing that I was surprised at was the details which we are apparently required to include.

Anything we ask for has to have the units we want the answer in, as well. This is disappointing, because determining the appropriate units is a valuable skill in itself, and shows understanding. What really got me, though, was that, apparently, any unit conversions we want the students to know, we have to put in. Fair enough if it is a conversion of chains to furlongs. But ml to litres? So I retaliated and put in the conversion between days and weeks. In case anyone is wondering, a standard conversion goes like this:

One week = a long time in politics = a short delay at Heathrow Terminal 5.

Most notable thing during the week was that last night Rebecca and I were invited to dine with the people who invited us to their place after Yom Kippur. The Rabbi and his wife were also there, and it was a lovely evening, with excellent food and wonderful conversation.

Not surprisingly, one of the major topics of conversation was the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow. No one was particularly surprised at the level of incompetence and buckpassing of BA and BAA. At least there wasn't a lot of ABBA playing.

Also this week, I was very heartened to read this story in the Jewish Chronicle. While I like to think that Jewish leaders tend to be sensible and look at things properly, rather than in the absolutist, rigid and unthinking terms favoured by people like Keith O'Brien, it is always nice to have it reinforced.


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