Science, Geography, English

1.Science – I think I have seen this guy at a rugby match. The science behind this is pretty amazing though. Well worth a close look ! Would be interesting to get students to ‘evolve’ a human who is totally sedentary and electronics based.


2. Geography

I think anything like this, that shows so graphically the way the world is becoming less ‘border defined’ is a valuable tool to show our students how the world we know is changing.


3. English…kind of…..I have been re-reading Game of Thrones and this handy little reference map is making it all so much easier to follow. Gotta love GoT!





Last one for term…Photography, Science, English

1.Photography…Load this up and prepare to have your mind blown….


2. Science. If your science teachers have not found this site, flick it to them and they will be forever grateful.


3. English. The history of words is fascinating…

Fascinate: 1590s, “bewitch, enchant,” from Middle French fasciner (14c.), from Latin fascinatus, past participle of fascinare “bewitch, enchant, fascinate,” fromfascinus “a charm, enchantment, spell, witchcraft,” which is of uncertain origin. Earliest used of witches and of serpents, who were said to be able to cast a spell by a look that rendered one unable to move or resist. Sense of “delight, attract and hold the attention of” is first recorded 1815.

To fascinate is to bring under a spell, as by the power of the eye; to enchant and to charm are to bring under a spell by some more subtle and mysterious power. [Century Dictionary]

Possibly from Greek baskanos “slander, envy, malice,” later “witchcraft, sorcerery,” with form influenced by Latin fari “speak” (see fame (n.)), but others say the resemblance of the Latin and Greek words is accidental. The Greek word might be from a Thracian equivalent of Greek phaskein “to say;” compareenchant, and German besprechen “to charm,” from sprechen “to speak.” Watkins suggests the Latin word is perhaps from PIE *bhasko- “band, bundle” via a connecting sense of “amulet in the form of a phallus” (compare Latin fascinum “human penis; artificial phallus; dildo”). Related: Fascinated;fascinating.

If [baskanos] and fascinum are indeed related, they would point to a meaning ‘curse, spell’ in a loanword from an unknown third language. [de Vaan]