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January 31, 2006

There's a dog in the school

Do you remember what it was like when a dog got into your school? Stuart and I were discussing this today, the ensuing chaos, cheering children and a very confused canine. We went to very different schools on separate continents, so this may be an under-recognised universal phenomenon.

Must-read lists for children! It’s a fun article, except that Andrew Motion recommends Ulysses, that pretentious fecker. Anyway, I will make my own Kid Lit Must-Reads, as follows, in no particular order: Madeleine (Series) by Ludwig Bemelmans, Miffy (Series) by Dick Bruna, Dogger by Shirley Hughes, Olivia by Ian Falconer, Ramona (Series) by Beverley Quimby, Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery, A Handful of Time by Kit Pearson, Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer and A Wrinkle in Time (Series)- particularly A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle. For one who so distains Science Fiction/Fantasy (sorry), I am confused as to why almost all the YA Books I remember, love and recommend are about time travel.

On peddling words.

And I toted Woolf in Ceylon home from the library today!

One thought on “There's a dog in the school”

  1. Mike says:

    A dog got into my first-year poli sci course with Prof. Nelson Wiseman.

    A crazy guy started yelling in the back of the class (this was at University College – in the two-level room).

    Wiseman asked the man if he wanted to share his thoughts. Keep in mind that the guy was obviously a lunatic.

    Cue much yelling and barging around.

    Then all of a sudden something falls down the stairs and lands at my feet (I’m the one guy sitting next to the stair case).

    Oh God, I thought, it’ll be the crazy guy.

    Nope, it was a golden retriever. (Apparently a dog had gone missing on campus earlier that day – the crazy guy expropriated him from some random dog owner, and then brought the poor thing to poli sci).

    The crazy guy then headed out in the hallway, yelling and carrying on. Concerned students took a gander only to see the fellow covered in blood punching himself in the face.

    The dog was unharmed.

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