Tuesday, March 29, 2011

BookGang = Cake!

Tuesday means BookGang here at King's.  At lunchtime we meet in L1, the classroom next to the library and share the new books available, talk about competitions running, such as the 50 Book Challenge and the New Zealand Post Book Awards Quiz Night for which teams have started getting ready and battle hard to get our hands on the latest books. 

Today's big hit books were new copies of old favourites such as Artemis Fowl, the sequel to the Celia Friedman fantasy Feast of souls (the new one is called Wings of wrath), new copies of The knife of never letting go, and Send Simon Savage.  These and lots of other books were also distributed from the famous Big Blue Bag Of Books.  Mr Frost briefly spoke about the best book in the world (in his opinion) Thomas Wolfe's Look homeward angel and encouraged all the BookGangers to read it when they are senior students. Ms Keaney is also part of bookgang now and is a great help to Ms Schaumann in managing to keep her voice above the noise of 40 booklovers in one room.

The main event of course is the cake. Each week two boys make cake for the crowd of around 40 students who now attend BookGang.  Today's cake was a fabulous chocolate cake made by Reuben which was voted very very good by those who were lucky enough to get some.  Pictured below are Nathaniel and Micah handing out cake and serviettes to the hoards.  It has been suggested that we have a link to the recipes for the cakes and we hope to get this underway very soon.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Story of Stuff

For those who study Economics and Accounting, those who have an interest in the environment and - well for everyone really.  Here is a marvellous clip from You Tube on Stuff!  If you've ever wondered why we are consumers, how our economy evolved and why we do what we do when we are shopping this clip will tell you in a really amusing and engaging way.  (Make sure you have plenty of bandwidth left because it goes for 20 minutes)

"From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.  Here is their website


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