Saturday, February 07, 2009
I was always useless at the Sciences at school and spent more time outside the classroom than inside. In fact the only thing I can remember learning during Chemistry was that there are only eight English families who are really entitled to have double-barrelled names. I've got no idea why we should have been discussing that during a science lesson but, since my school blazer used to be covered in chalk from having the board rubber thrown at me during these lessons, it is no wonder I've got no recall about anything.
Incidentally, French words that start with *Ch* do not have a hard sound, e.g. chemistry is said as chimie ,only it's a *sh* sound not a *k* sound, likewise there is archie-tecture and, taking this 'off at a tangent thing' to an extreme, English words like subtle (with a silent letter) have that letter sounded in French - e.g sub-til.
My new OU study Block is due to begin and it is about...Chemistry, one of my least favourite subjects in the world. I know that might seem shocking to you bloggers of a scientific nature, but that is about the truth of it. It perhaps could be more about the formation of the subject itself as opposed to old-school test tube and symbols stuff, but I still wonder what it is doing during a Humanities course.
Anyway, here's another titbit of rubbish that I heard on BBC Radio 4 the other day - the Maths *A* level students who in 1988 got a Fail, would get a B grade today. I can't talk - I needed a tutor to help me scrape through Math's *O* level, but it's great being an adult because then you can pontificate.