Jaffa way to do it – a different path to fitness
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.