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    Claire Medcalf posted a note on 10 December 2008 - 8:30am.

    Crochet a Red-Nosed Reindeer

    (To the tune of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer…)

    Crochet a red-nosed reindeer
    With a very woolly nose.
    And when you start to make him,
    You will stitch him row by row.

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    Clive Holtham posted a link on 9 December 2008 - 7:50pm.

    Generation Y attitudes

    Toby Ward says:
    "Consider for a moment the powerful Telindus study of 1,000 European employees that should serve as a warning to all employers and communicators:

    39% of 18 to 24 year-old employees would consider leaving itheir employer if they were not allowed to access sites like Facebook and YouTube

    A further 21% indicated that they would feel 'annoyed' by such a ban

    The problem is less acute with 25 to 65 year-olds, of whom just 16% would consider leaving and 13% would be annoyed "

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    Claire Medcalf posted a note on 9 December 2008 - 8:39am.

    Write Christmas

    Christmas Letter Tips

    It’s time to put pen to paper (or touch up your typing skills) and inform friends and family what the heck you’ve been up to in the last year. If it’s been a while since you’ve composed anything longer than 140 characters, here are some helpful hints.

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    Heleana Quartey posted a link on 8 December 2008 - 11:30pm.

    My Blog

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    [video]Hugo Rumens posted a video on 8 December 2008 - 5:42pm.
    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 8 December 2008 - 5:18pm.

    Friend or more than friends?

    I just got back from visiting some friends in Lyon and I asked them to explain how to talk about friends versus boyfriends/girlfriends in French; something I've never been sure about.

    In school I was taught that:

    un ami - a male friend
    une amie - a female friend
    un petit ami - a boyfriend
    une petite amie - a girlfriend

    then there is the more casual vocabulary:

    un copain - a male friend
    une copine - a female friend

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    Claire Medcalf posted a note on 8 December 2008 - 8:31am.

    (Old) School Christmas Decorations

    How to make a Paper Snowflake

    How to make a paper snowflake

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    Clive Holtham posted a link on 7 December 2008 - 9:47pm.

    Participative citizenship

    "Us Now" new film by Ivo Gormley including various UK case studies such as Couch Surfers and Ebbsfleet United.

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    Clive Holtham posted a link on 7 December 2008 - 8:04pm.

    Networking by experts via blogs

    Lilia Efimova interviews a diverse range of expert bloggers.

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    Clive Holtham posted a link on 7 December 2008 - 7:58pm.

    A rationale for social networking

    Great example from Simon Berry.

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    Clive Holtham posted a link on 7 December 2008 - 7:23pm.

    Key Questions from Amplified 08

    Very good write up with some pertinent questions from David.

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    Claire Medcalf posted a note on 7 December 2008 - 8:41am.

    Good Wreath

    How to Make a Christmas Wreath

    Pretty up your front door with festive foliage.

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    [video]Raga Rani posted a video on 6 December 2008 - 7:51pm.
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    A Malhar-Basant-Bahar Fusion...

    Ragas, Bandishes and Rabindrasangeet, Sounak Chattopadhyay (see his website )has today established himself as one of the most promising and significant artists of his generation.

    You will enjoy this wonderful performance in the true mood of Raga Malhar (Raga for the rains)...... with the steady rainfall within the auditorium during his performance.

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    Claire Medcalf posted a note on 6 December 2008 - 8:35am.

    Christmas Chemistry

    Make Your Own Snow Globe

    Find out how to make your own snow globe here. Apparently choosing the right liquid and sealant is quite a science. Seasonal Science = fun times.

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    Raga Rani posted a note on 5 December 2008 - 11:04pm.

    Indian Classical Music

    The pillars of Indian Classical Music are

    * Raga
    * Mood
    * Expression

    Raag, in the Sanskrit dictionary, is defined as "the act of colouring or dyeing" the mind and "any feeling or passion especially love, affection, sympathy, vehement desire, interest, joy, or delight".
    In music, these descriptions apply to the impressions of melodic sounds on both the artist and listener. A raag consists of required and optional rules governing the melodic movements of notes within a performance.

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    Raga Rani posted a link on 5 December 2008 - 10:33pm.


    There are an estimated 350 talas in North Indian music, of which ten are in common use.

    Each tala is a number of beats in duration. The beats have different degrees of emphasis within a tala, and are marked with a system of hand claps, hand waves and movements of the fingers.

    The most important point of rhythmic emphasis is the 'som' the first beat of the tala and point to which all variations eventually return. It is represented by the symbol "+," and is marked by a hand clap.

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    Raga Rani posted a link on 5 December 2008 - 10:25pm.

    Rhythm of Life

    The concept of the ever-recurring cyclic rhythms of the universe is one of the basic tenets of Hindu philosophy.

    The perception of the cyclic nature of life is reflected in Indian classical music through the device of tala, a recurring time-measure or rhythmic cycle.

    Just as in the Hindu religion, man is born, lives his life, dies and is then reincarnated to begin a new life, so the tala cycle begins, develops and then returns to the 'som', the first beat of the cycle, the anchor of all melody and rhythm and the leading beat to which all returns.

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    Claire Medcalf posted a note on 5 December 2008 - 8:30am.

    Joyeux Noël!

    Merry Christmas in 7 languages

    French: Joyeux Noël

    German: Fröhliche Weihnachten

    Russian: Счастливого Рождества! Schaslivovo Rozhdestva!

    Italian: Buon Natale

    Spanish: Feliz Navidad

    Polish: Wesołych Świąt

    Icelandic: Gleðileg Jól

    Visit the languages section to learn a whole lot more. Bien.

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    Clive Holtham posted a note on 4 December 2008 - 10:33am.


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    Best Practice Forum

    Slideshare allows you to upload PowerPoints (ppt, pdf, pps, pot, odp, keynote) and store them in your personal presentation area. You can share them with colleagues, link to them or embed them in many social network sites, blogs or VLE’s . There is also a facility to synchronise a podcast with your presentation for virtual presenting (a slidecast).

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    Claire Medcalf posted a note on 4 December 2008 - 8:26am.

    Silent Night Light

    Make a Tin Can Lantern

    Refrain from putting your empty baked bean cans in your green recycling box - this is a much more festive way to reuse them. Have a look at the Arts & Crafts section to learn more crafty tricks.

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