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Monday, June 20, 2005


The other week I was at the Stewart Household when we began to discuss and later play the fantastic game - hopscotch.

The Hopscotch

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For those who have yet to be introduced to this wonderful sport...here is a brief history.

Game origin

Hopscotch began in ancient Britain during the early Roman Empire. The original hopscotch courts were over 100 feet long! Can you imagine that? They were used for military training exercises.

"Hey, Claudius! how bout a game of Hopscotch?" "Okay Brutus, but first I have to put my gear on! Hang a minute and wait for me?"

Roman foot soldiers ran the course in full armor and field packs, and it was thought that Hopscotch would improve their foot work. Roman children imitated the soldiers by drawing their own boards, and creating a scoring system, and "Hopscotch" spread through Europe. In France the game is called "Marelles", in Germany, "Templehupfen" (try saying that three times fast!) "Hinklebaan" in the Netherlands (probably played with Heineken beer cans) "Ekaria Dukaria" (played while while watching Daria) in India, "Pico" in Vietnam, and "Rayuela in Argentina."

In order to begin the game, each player must start with a marker. Common stones were used in the days of the Roman Empire, but in more modern times, items such as bean bags, pennies, and other assorted items were used.

Hopscotch boards were usually found in playgrounds, but if there weren't any, a good piece of chalk could easily remedy that.

How to Play Hopscotch

The first player tosses her marker into the first square. The marker must land completely within the designated square and without touching a line or bouncing out.

i.e. Not like this!

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If the marker lands in the wrong square, the player forfeits his/her turn. If the marker is successful, the player hops through the court beginning on square one. Side by side the squares are straddled, with the left foot landing in the left square, and the right foot landing in the right square. Single squares must be hopped on one foot. For the first single square, either foot may be used but this foot must then be used for all hops on subsequent squares.

When a player reaches the end of the court, he/she turns around and hops back through the court, moving through the squares in reverse order and stopping to pick up his/her marker on the way back. Upon successfully completing the sequence, the player continues his/her turn by tossing his/her marker into square number two, and repeating the pattern.

If while hopping through the court in either direction, the player steps on a line, misses a square, or loses his/her balance, his/her turn ends. The player starts on his/her next turn where the player last left off. The first player to complete one course for every numbered square on the court wins the game.

Here are some amusing photos of me (I'm the one who looks like an angel), Mrs Stewart and Chard the Sith playing this fantastic game.


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Mrs Stewart

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Chard the Sith

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Later we also played around with the saber and the cloak...this is the 2 headed sith:

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Chris running from my deadly weapon

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A striking ressemblance between me:...

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and the emperor palpatine:...

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Tee he..ok enough photos for now...enjoy :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

It's official...

Hurray...I finally have proof that I was in Madagascar!
Picture 1. The Zebu Carts arriving on camp, (real live zebu can be seen clearly on the left hand side of the picture. The photo itself was taken from the hill where we spent two days camping out after the flood. The large tree to the right /centre of the photo was our cooking area and to the left was the river which later became a sea!
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Picture 2. ME in the jungle holding a Tenrec!!!!! Woooooo!!!! Ok, so I know I look scared but it is just about to jump out of my hands! Isn't it just soooooo cute...look at that little nose!!!! (The tenrec - not me!)
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Wednesday, June 08, 2005


Teee heeee...I am truely addicted to this game.


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woo hooooo


Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Ummm....ooh a title!

01. Comment with your name and I will write a short phrase describing you.
02. I will then tell you what I admire about you. - if there is something...no only joking!
03. I will make up a short drabble with the both of us in it.
04. I'll tell you the most memorable moment I've had with you.
05. I'll then tell you something that I've always wondered about you.
06. Put this in your journal - I don't really understand this question....um...but I will try...hey I know...you tell me what question you want me to answer for no. 06. ....yes that is a much better thing...

HUZZAH HUZZAH she says as she shamelessly copies from all the other blogs!

Oooh by the way I have just got back from choir so I shall sing you a little song too:

la leeee la la deeee de dummm de daaaa de laaaa de doooooooooooo

Could this be more wrong?? - stupid internet tests

Disorder Rating
Paranoid: Moderate
Schizoid: Low
Schizotypal: Moderate
Antisocial: LowBorderline: Moderate
Histrionic: Moderate
Narcissistic: Moderate
Avoidant: Moderate
Dependent: Moderate
Obsessive-Compulsive: Moderate

URL of the test: http://www.4degreez.com/misc/personality_disorder_test.mv

URL for more info: http://www.4degreez.com/disorder/index.html

Yellow Saber
You've made a yellow Lightsaber
Yellow is the color of Honor and Loyalty. It
symbolizes caution and foreboding in either
direction of the blade, Meaning that the owner
is relatively cautious...but also to be
cautious of them. Since Yellow stands for both
Honor and Cowardice, Once should always think
twice before attacking someone with a Yellow

What Colored Lightsaber Would You Have?
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Oh yeah..and apparently I am a poser...be honest people...am I really?? - Stupid Quizzes playing on the paranoia they say I don't have...ARRRGH!

Monday, June 06, 2005


So what with a pirate themed Adventuretime this summer and my involvement in a production of Treasure Island I am in a very piratical frame of mind...yo ho ho etc and searching the seven seas of the web I came across this treasure trove of useless information via a truely silly quiz!
My pirate name is:
Dread Pirate Flint
Like the famous Dread Pirate Roberts, you have a keen head for how to make a profit. Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!


Ooh and happy birthday chard!

Thursday, June 02, 2005

A word of warning to all you jokers...

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

About a month ago I played a fantastically funny practical joke on MSN…this is how it went…

Phase 1 – Myself, Snoph and Sarah B were online having a conversation and I most amusingly changed my screen name and font etc to match Sarah’s…I then proceeded to finish off her sentences, much to the confusion of Sophie and the amusement of myself.

Phase 2 – Richard was added to the conversation but asked by myself (in a separate conversation) not to speak. I then changed my screen name to Richards and pretended to be him. So convincing was I that Sarah phoned Richard to discover the truth…Richard lied through his teeth and said it WAS him on MSN.

AMUSING INTERLUDE – Richard and Sarah start talking with matching screen names much to the confusion of me and Snoph.

Phase 3 - In another conversation window, myself and Snoph decided to go one step further. We exchanged passwords and then signed in to MSN as each other. Sarah had no way of knowing that she was talking to me when she spoke to Snoph and talking to Snoph when she spoke to me.

Phase 4 – (and this is where it gets even better) – My dad (who works in the same office as me) sets up a hotmail account – mrsgibbs@hotmail.co.uk – and comes on to MSN pretending to be our old headmistress Mrs Gibbs. Sarah believing it to be me says some things that she wouldn’t dare to say to the real Mrs Gibbs before realising that both myself and Sophie are also talking and therefore cannot be Mrs Gibbs!


All would have been well and good, but apparently Sarah was quite upset by this (sorry Sarah) and blocked us all on MSN. Oops…

TUESDAY – Jess sends Sarah e-mail saying that she has met up with Mrs Gibbs in Dulwich and discussed the MSN conversation…ie. Implies that it really was Mrs G online.


Anyway…although I have tried to apologise many times, Sarah is no longer talking to me….like never ever again talking to me….BUT…I thought she might still read my blog so here it is … for the record… in front of all you bloggers…

Sarah. I really am sorry that I hurt your feelings. I understand that we went too far with the joke by sending the e-mail and I’m really sorry that it has meant I have lost such a good friend.


ps. Bloggers…am I alone in finding the joke most amusing??