Jaffa way to do it – a dif­fer­ent path to fit­ness

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

HUR­RAH – times ta­bles are back in fash­ion. I loathed maths, but loved ta­bles. Un­like trigonom­e­try and al­ge­bra, ta­bles made sense – you can learn them like a poem or sing them like a spir­i­tual.

When I was a pri­mary teacher in the 1970s it was very un­fash­ion­able to teach mul­ti­pli­ca­tion ta­bles, but I did any­way. I used to chant them with my class while we jumped up and down, clapped our hands and raised the roof.

Un­for­tu­nately an HMI paid a sur­prise visit (the pre-Of­sted regime of in­spec­tors) while I was get­ting into my stride, so I was rum­bled.

Luck­ily she was amused and turned a blind eye, pre­sum­ably also see­ing the ad­van­tages of learn­ing ta­bles by rote. I also liked frac­tions and Venn di­a­grams be­cause of their re­la­tion to cakes. Well that’s how I learnt about those as a pupil.

I have been known to keep a graph of my weight as record­ing that in­for­ma­tion each week con­cen­trates the mind won­der­fully.

Along with many of you I have made a res­o­lu­tion to yet again get down to tar­get weight this year. I have no de­sire to be the size of a Posh Spice or a Ch­eryl Thingummy who make 1960s Twiggy look obese, but I’d pre­fer to be nearer to a sapling than a tree trunk.

Mr F is also watch­ing his weight, hav­ing lost a stone af­ter three weeks in hos­pi­tal last year, and put most of it on again. Nei­ther of us has any in­cli­na­tion to set foot in a gym, so I’ve just or­dered us a tread­mill for home.

Hope­fully he’ll be able to ex­er­cise and read the pa­per at the same time, while I in­tend to ex­per­i­ment with walk­ing at speed with a coffee and a Jaffa cake (just the one.)

We all need even­tu­ally to use maths, whether for pay­ing rent, cal­cu­lat­ing mort­gages or weigh­ing in­gre­di­ents for recipes. Now that many of us are free­lance work­ers we also need to do our own tax re­turns.

I con­fess Mr F does mine, and I’ve just no­ticed that the dead­line looms. I must sort my pa­per­work and put it where it’ll be no­ticed. Next to the wine cooler.

Still fairly new to be­ing free­lance, I was amused re­cently af­ter do­ing a small job for ITV’s This Morn­ing to find my fee in­cluded hol­i­day pay!

Now I’m scan­ning brochures to see where I can I go for £26.92.

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