What have the unions ever done for us?

January 29, 2008

Ok, I put this on my spinster site as well, but it is so worth repeating!

This is from Manic Times. Check out their other videos at Youtube including one on offsets other than carbon offsetting.

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Private schools (in Australia) getting 'disproportionate' share of funding

January 28, 2008

From ABC News Online:

A new report on how schools are funded looks set to reopen the debate on where taxpayer money goes in the education system.

The Australian Council on Educational Research report says private schools are getting a “disproportionate” share of the state funding pie, while public schools are having to shoulder extra burdens.

The report’s author, Andrew Dowling, explains the system.

“The Commonwealth funds non-government schools as well as government schools based on the average cost of educating a kid in a government school,” he said.

“So if the costs of teaching kids in government schools increase, then that’s flowed on into the funding that the Commonwealth gives… to all schools in Australia, as more kids move out of government schools into non-government schools.

“It seems apparent that a lot of those kids are the least expensive to teach, in a sense, they’re the ones that are easiest to teach and are less expensive to teach.

“As they move into non-government schools, the residualisation in the government schools, ie, the more expensive kids who are harder to teach, who stay in government schools, increases the average cost of teaching a kid in government schools, and that flows in to the Commonwealth funding for all schools.”


Private schools (in Australia) getting ‘disproportionate’ share of funding

January 28, 2008

From ABC News Online:

A new report on how schools are funded looks set to reopen the debate on where taxpayer money goes in the education system.

The Australian Council on Educational Research report says private schools are getting a “disproportionate” share of the state funding pie, while public schools are having to shoulder extra burdens.

The report’s author, Andrew Dowling, explains the system.

“The Commonwealth funds non-government schools as well as government schools based on the average cost of educating a kid in a government school,” he said.

“So if the costs of teaching kids in government schools increase, then that’s flowed on into the funding that the Commonwealth gives… to all schools in Australia, as more kids move out of government schools into non-government schools.

“It seems apparent that a lot of those kids are the least expensive to teach, in a sense, they’re the ones that are easiest to teach and are less expensive to teach.

“As they move into non-government schools, the residualisation in the government schools, ie, the more expensive kids who are harder to teach, who stay in government schools, increases the average cost of teaching a kid in government schools, and that flows in to the Commonwealth funding for all schools.”


Aliens Vs Predator and Lord of the Rings

January 26, 2008

Today Paul and I went into town and wandered around (mostly Soho and Covent Garden) looking for a suitable salon to get our hair cut. We didn’t find one (or rather, couldn’t be bothered) so we decided to go and watch Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem at the cinema. It was quite entertaining and quite silly but better than the first Aliens Vs Predator film (which we watched on our first date! heh heh heh).

Afterwards Paul bought The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Special Extended DVD Editions! So now I can watch them all – I haven’t seen the third film and I didn’t really like the second film because I didn’t know what was going on as I couldn’t remember what happened in the first film. I guess it must be obvious now that I haven’t read the books! So many people I know love the books. I’ve been told that the English-speaking world can be divided into two groups – those who have read the Lord of the Rings trilogy and those who haven’t. I haven’t even read the Hobbit! But maybe I will one day.


No visa for Carmen… yet?

January 26, 2008

Yesterday (Friday) morning Paul and I got up rather early and got ourselves out to Croyden (south London) for our interview for my unmarried spouse visa. In the pre-interview interview we were told our documentation wasn’t good enough so we have another interview in three weeks’ time. Hopefully Paul’s Mum will be able to find some more documents of mine and send them over otherwise we’ll have to get married! Or go back to Australia! At least we didn’t have to pay. And we got a tram which I haven’t taken before in London which was kinda cool.


Rat-eating plant discovered in Cape York

January 23, 2008

I love science news!

From ABC online:

A rare new species of plant that eats small rats has been discovered at the tip of Cape York.

Pitcher plants, otherwise known as flesh-eating plants, grow throughout Cape York but now a new, larger species that grows like a vine has been discovered.

The new species has been called “Tenax”.

Cape York Peninsula is the top of Queensland, Australia and Cape York is the northern-most tip of Australia.
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I'm on Schmaps

January 22, 2008

I have two photos on Schmaps online city guides.

There’s a photo of Cleopatra’s needle in London and Florian’s Cafe in Venice. I’m quite excited about it.