Short Story Writing

I’m just posting this cartoon because it’s a good reminder that you can tell a good story without having to resort to anything too grand or, as you might say, epic. Secondly, you might notice that the cartoon is MORE effective because it doesn’t entirely resolve the story. It leaves you to fill in some blanks for yourself. And let’s not forget: it’s *really* sweet. Continue reading Short Story Writing


Leading on from a short discussion with my Int2s… This is a clip featuring the most famous piece by 19th century German dramatist and composer, Richard Wagner. Wagner redefined the whole art form of opera, and expanded the vocabulary of music with his use of what has become known as the “Tristan chord”. As a piece of trivia, he also wrote the bridal march which … Continue reading Wagner

Family Guy/ Abbot and Costello Joke

Okay, the quality isn’t very good but you can see this is the same joke, more or less, as the Abbot and Costello “Who’s on first” clip I put up before the holidays. The confusion here is between Peter’s name and the organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). It shows how well-known the joke has become that Stewie considers it to be … Continue reading Family Guy/ Abbot and Costello Joke

Rats! We can’t be fifty!

// When it debuted in an American newspaper in October 1950, the four frame strip Peanuts introduced a cast of unusually mature kids – Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder and an extraordinarily smart dog named Snoopy – who have since become cultural icons the world over. For more than fifty years Charles M. Schulz wrote and drew this funny, poignant, deceptively simple strip, … Continue reading Rats! We can’t be fifty!