Newsletter May 2012

Titanic: The Untold Story

This exhibition has been on at the Maritime Museum for a couple of months now and will continue until next year. It has been installed because 2012 is the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The famous ship set off from Southampton on April 15th1912 but was registered in Liverpool, making Liverpool her home port.Lots of our students have had the opportunity to visit this exhibition, where they have been able to see a large scale model of the ship and other similar ships, the only surviving first class ticket, letters written by passengers, telegrams from the rescue ship Carpathia, and photos. It is an interesting and atmospheric exhibition that is well worth a trip to Liverpool’s Albert Dock to see.

Rolf Harris at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool

Rolf Harris is a childhood hero of many British children and teenagers who marvel at the way that he can paint something so quickly. He has a quirky sense of humour too, and often paints in a way that makes children tip their head from one side to the other as they try to figure out what Harris is painting. Suddenly, one paint stroke makes it obvious, and children will be heard to shout “It’s a bird!” He will often turn and smile at the camera, saying “Can you tell what it is yet?” This catchphrase has become the title of this exhibition, where we can also see that Harris is a serious and accomplished painter, taking his native land Australia as his subject, London, Europe or famous paintings from the Impressionist period. He was also commissioned to paint the Queen for her jubilee, and this painting is included in the remarkable exhibition.

The Chester Giants Carnival

During this carnival, school groups, companies and organisations make giant models (12 – 14 feet tall) that can represent themselves or other famous people. It is based on a Roman, Celtic and Medieval tradition of giant building, which Chester has traditionally been at the centre of. Subjects in the past have included Kate and William, footballers and churchmen. However, this year is a special year! The Queen’s Jubilee has inspired the Carnival’s organisers to aim to have 60 (the number of years Elizabeth has been on the throne) giant Queen Elizabeths parading through the streets of Chester on June 4th! Other attractions will include street entertainers, singers and dancers. So the Palladio Work Experience group can meet the Queen… or 60 Queens… during their lunch break that Monday!

The Olympic Torch

This weekend, the Olympic Torch started making its way through the UK, carried by thousands of people, starting with Ben Ainslie who has won three medals for sailing in previous Olympics. On Tuesday 29th May, the torch arrives in Abergele, and will pass our Abergele centre. It will be carried by Andrew Goodwin, who is the International Coordinator and teacher in the local EmrysapIwan School, and who is working closely with Conlan School to organise our own North Wales Schools Games in July, when we are hosting children from all over Europe as they compete in sports and learn English. Later the same day, the Torch will arrive in Chester, where students from our new school can watch the famous symbolic flame pass through the streets as it begins to make its way north. So good luck to Andrew and all those who are taking part in the carrying of the Torch, and let’s hope for a nice sunny day!

Phrase of the Month: Like it or Lump it

A Is there anything else for my sandwiches, mum? I don’t like cheese much.
B No, there isn’t, so you’re just going to have to like it or lump it.
Said of an unpleasant outcome that one has no choice but to accept - one can either endure it willingly or endure it with suffering.
But how exactly do we 'lump' something? Although 'lump' is almost always used as a noun rather than a verb, there are many meanings of the verb form of 'lump' to choose from:
- To bet all of one's money on a single wager (first recorded in the 19th century)
- To make something into a lump (18th century)
- To classify various things as a group, i.e. lump them together (17th century)
- To slouch along lazily (17th century)
- To look sulky or disagreeable (16th century)
Of course, it is the last of these lumps that is the alternative to 'like it'.

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