Is this the end? by Elliot30-04-2014 | 12:50:34 | No Comments

When Mrs Walters told year 6 we were going to be preparing for E.S.B I racked my brain for things I knew about; Wicked, Water Aid and Joseph Priestly ( my great relative who found out about oxygen.)

One day we went to a pub near my house, called The Star, when my dad started a conversation about a man named Captain James Cook. I soon became interested and began to research.

It turns out that there was more information about him than any of the other topics I wanted to do. In fact there was so much  information that I had to do Cook’s first voyage.

Choosing a book was easy as I only have three favourite books and two are in my attic so I choose the one that was not in the attic called Mr Nobody’s Eyes.

Then, choosing a poem was also easy as ever since I saw the Rhyme Of The Ancient Mariner being performed in an underground tunnel near Waterloo have wanted to do it in the future.

The actual day of E.S.B was  much better than I had expected. I listened to talks about the war in Syria, Roald Dahl, Underwater Caves, Nelson Mandela, Turtles, Greyhounds, Jazz, Pop up 38 and all about Evacuees.   I did my poem, then my talk and finally my book. I asked a question on everyone’s talk and I tried to respond to the questions people asked  me as best as I could.

I got a good result but it’s sad because I might never do E.S.B again. I’ve enjoyed E.S.B each year and if you are in year three going into year four you are in for a treat next year when you do your E.S.B solo.


Never Say Never by Sarah30-04-2014 | 12:35:42 | No Comments

E.S.B. — the scariest abbreviation ever! Weeks of preparation  and months of worry all lead up to two little days — Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th of March. No matter how much you practise (which, in my case, I must admit was not a lot!) the day approaches, slowly but surely.

My talk was on Warwick Castle, a remote yet busy stone castle located in Warwick, Warwickshire. I have been going there since I was tiny, and of course, E.S.B. just gave me an excuse to go again (yay!). I kept putting off starting my talk, but, after the visit to the castle, I couldn’t put it off much longer! I prepared a lot at home, making a PowerPoint and then structuring a very long talk, and after a few failed attempts at an exam-worthy talk in front of my class, I finally pulled through with a talk under 4 minutes (the limit for a talk).  I talked about everything from the trebuchet at the castle to William the Conqueror (the original designer of Warwick Castle).

My poem was The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, a poem that I chose because it seemed quite deep and meaningful to me, about decisions that you might have to make in the course of life. It turns out that, when I looked it up, it was just a simple mocking of the poet’s indecisive friend. The poem was the easiest, as I seem to have a talent for memorising poems quickly! I practised every day, and soon I had a reasonable introduction as well. The hardest part had been choosing the poem!

My book was called Revived by Cat Patrick, and the most difficult part of this was choosing the section that I was preparing to read from — I must have changed around three times! It was about a top-secret government drug named Revive that brings people back from the dead. However, Revive is only used on specific teenagers, and the book is basically about a Revived teenager fighting for love, even though she knows she can’t stay with her boyfriend. I read from the very end, where the main character moves to Alameda, USA from Omaha, USA. As I had read the book loads of times, all I really had to concentrate on was making eye contact — a crucial part of gaining marks!

The day arrives. I dash into school as fast as I can. I know I am late as I went to swim squad. Head pounding and heart racing with nerves, I dump my bags outside the door just a little out of breath. I scurry in and sit down, glancing at the clock. Five past nine. I was meant to be at school twenty minutes ago (oops!). The examiner smiles at me as I take a seat, and I feel myself relaxing just a little bit. Maybe it isn’t going to be so bad after all, I think. Break comes after several good presentations, and when I come back from running around, hot, rosy-cheeked and laughing, I feel ready for anything E.S.B. might throw at me.

My turn came and I chose my best  first — my poem. I feel that I produced a steadfast introduction and my poem was learnt well. The examiner asked a few questions afterwards, and then it was onto my book. I think that I did this well too, as I was bombarded by questions and requests to borrow the book. My talk was last, and this was mostly because the projector has a very loud, rather annoying fan, and it takes around ten minutes to switch off. I really enjoyed my talk, and the question-and-answer session that followed. All too soon, my last E.S.B. was over.

I have learnt that sometimes, you just have to banish the negatives and make a show out of all your positives.

Sometimes you have to create what you want to be a part of.


The Best ESB Ever! by Skylar30-04-2014 | 12:29:42 | No Comments

When I did my E.S.B I was scared, scared that I wouldn’t remember what I needed to say! But I wasn’t  the only one who was traumatised by fact on having to memorise everything that I needed to say. In E.S.B you have three things to do which are, give a Talk, read from a Book and recite a Poem. Also in E.S.B you choose what order you do these three things. I started off with my poem, then my talk then my book!

My poem was called ‘I like words’ by Steve Turner from the book ‘The Day I Fell Down The Toilet’ and my talk was about a charity called ‘Pop up 38’ that raises money for a school called Lapis Lazuli schools in Kabul, Afghanistan. My book was ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl.

In E.S.B people will ask you questions and I got loads of questions from my friends such as ‘How many      children are at the school ?‘and  ‘What language do they study? ‘and ‘Why do girls as young as thirteen need to get married?’  I managed to answer all the questions and even tried when I was not too sure on how to answer it.

E.S.B means so much to me because in the end I feel like I have achieved something.

In E.S.B we are organized into groups! There was a Wednesday group and a Thursday group. I was In the Thursday group with all my friends. One of my friends did their talk on the war in Syria and another did theirs on turtles and another did theirs on underwater sea caves. I enjoyed all of the talks!

E.S.B is NOT scary at all!


ESB is Cool! by Belle30-04-2014 | 12:25:12 | No Comments

No matter what, you still feel nervous like you have never done it before. Your heart is thumping in your chest. When the examiner comes in you shake even more and your heart thumps even quicker. Then it’s your turn. You stand up. You start to recite your poem and then it’s your talk. You start to sweat but when you get started you feel like a whole weight has been lifted off your shoulders. It’s your book next and you don’t feel as nervous.

When the assessment is over you want to it again, even though you were so nervous before. Afterwards you can enjoy all the talks after yours and you get  to ask questions and learn more about the subject others are talking about.

The day you get your ESB result. Your hands start to shake and you start to sweat. Did all that preparation do its job?  Did your visual aids help you.?


I chose to talk about wolves because I was fascinated  about how all dogs descended  from wolves and I wanted to find out more.  Whilst I was researching I found out a lot more about wolves like when they became extinct in Britain  and that they were brought back to Yellowstone Park in America.


I chose to read from Toro Toro by Michael Morpurgo because it is a really moving book. I recommend this book to all ages.


E: Exciting S: Scubadiving B: Blast by Daniella30-04-2014 | 12:22:05 | No Comments

Have you done ESB before? If you have not, do not get the wrong idea about it. You could think it is a scary and boring thing to do, but it’s not. It’s useful, educational and fun! When I first heard I was going to do a thing called ESB, it was a group one so it went well, but then I found out I would be doing one on my own! I was petrified and angry at the same time. I did not want to do it at all! But with lots of  preparation, I was able to get a distinction (hurray!) Then, in the end I liked ESB.

Year 6 ESB was the hardest for me because in year 4 I got distinction , in year 5 I got distinction  so in year 6 I really wanted to get a distinction, so the pressure was on. For me, all the way through my years of doing ESB, I have done a routine that always worked well and made me feel comfortable. And with the routine I did get me a distinction this year.  However, you should find your own approach, because this is just my way, and you will have a different way. As you will find out, you have to do a poem, talk and a book. My routine was poem, book and then talk. My approach is start with a roar of expression and save the most important for last.

This year my highlight was doing my talk because, although underwater caves was my topic, before ESB, I did not even know they existed! Now I want to go cave diving! My poem was The Fly Away Horse which gave me some (very vivid) dreams. My book was Kidnap in the Caribbean and I was really happy about choosing it because it gave me another chance  to read it.  You do not only have to do a talk, book and poem, you also have to ask questions so that’s why it is important to listen. I hope you enjoy ESB as much as I did and this has given you a few tips and a bit more information. Good luck!


Save the Best ESB Till Last by Honey30-04-2014 | 12:19:02 | No Comments

I have a dog. Do you have a dog? Lots of people do, but not so many people have a Greyhound which is why I chose Greyhounds as my subject. You may have heard of greyhound racing or even seen it, but do you know how it started? Before ESB I didn’t either, but now I do. It was all because of a man called Owen Patrick Smith. But that’s not long enough for a talk! So what about Greyhounds’ history? I didn’t know anything.   All I knew was that the Ancient Egyptians had dogs that looked a bit liked Greyhounds, but that was it! So I decided that was my starting point and then I would go through their history. My biggest fear at the beginning was that I would find nothing about Greyhounds throughout history. What would happen if I couldn’t find anything? I would have to change subjects and  I’m so enthusiastic about Greyhounds! Luckily I found out a lot! More than enough, too much!

One big disappointment was when I went on a ‘research trip’, an excuse to go to the British Museum! When my Dad and I got there to find and take photos of the Ancient Egyptian’s  dogs, we found that the exhibit we really wanted to see was closed! No! Luckily it did not matter since I had found lots of pictures!

My talk was not just about the Ancient Egyptians! I also talked about the Middle Ages, royalty owning Greyhounds and Greyhound racing, its history and my opinion on it.

A lot of preparation went into my talk and on the day it went well!  But ESB  is not just about the day! It’s  about the weeks and months beforehand! That is one of the reasons that ESB is so special! Another reason is that you get to do your talk, poem and book in front of  your friends, which makes ESB far less scary!

My favourite part of ESB is listening to everybody because everybody has got a different, original talk, poem and book. It’s so fun listening to them all!

I also love doing my own ESB, especially my poem since over the three years I have done ESB, my poem subjects have completely changed! This year my poem was Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen.  This poem is about a gas attack, but the poem has a message in it too. The message is that people say (using a Latin phrase) that to die for your country is a proper and sweet thing but the poet, Wilfred Owen is saying, well is it?  This poem is written and set in WW1.

I also really enjoyed reading from my book, The Book Thief, since it is a book that I did, and still do, love! It is about a girl called Lisel who lives in Nazi Germany WW2. This book is about her life, air raids, Hitler, her foster parents and a man called Max who is a Jew hiding in their basement. Once I finished reading it I just knew it had to be my ESB book!

One of the most important parts of ESB is called listening and responding. This is where you have to listen attentively to other people’s ESB, ask interesting questions and give good answers to questions. This is the part where you learn lots about subjects that you did not think you were interested in, but you find out that you really want to learn more! For instance this year I learnt about underwater caves and really want to find out more!

ESB is the best exam there is because you get to talk about something you are really interested in or love, learn a poem and read from your favourite book! What’s not to like? Another bonus is that you get to talk, recite and read to your friends, a friendly examiner and of course the wonderful Mrs Walters!

This year was my last but best year.  I would not change my ESB experience for anything in the world!


The Final ESB by Lola30-04-2014 | 09:41:34 | No Comments

Endless preparation  comes down to this moment.  No matter how much  you murmur your poem, read your book, practise your talk, still your nerves still take over your body.

Your choices varies  over the years but eventually,  in the last year, it has to be something you are passionate about. For me this is the whole wizarding world of Harry Potter and a little bit of J.K.Rowling .You start at the beginning with a first draft then like magic and a little help from  my parents, it suddenly transforms into a four minute talk.

The book may sound like an easy section, but when you start to read at first it’s too fast then too slow then  you are not making enough  eye contact.  Finally  you get it right and with enough expression it becomes just right.  Of course  then I had to do the introduction, why I like it, then what happing in the passage I am going to read from.  That was one of the hardest  things to chose as l liked all of my book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

The poem is the first thing you prepare for E.S.B. You search and search for the right poem for you ,then finally I found my poem, Garden By The Sea by William Morris.  This was about a man who has lost the love of his life and now his life is coming to an end he is remembering  his time with her and how wonderful it will be to be reunited with her.

My favourite talks were from Emma, Belle and Eve.  My favourite poem was from Yasmin and Emilia because of all their expression and they knew just what to do at different times in the poem.  My favourite book was from Alex because she  looked up enough, read without stumbling and the story was really touching.

Then suddenly it’s your turn  and all that’s left to do is to deliver with style!!!


The Last ESB Ever! by Maja30-04-2014 | 09:35:15 | No Comments

I have a Romanian nanny called Loredana and when I found out that it was time to do ESB I decided to speak about the Romanian Revolution. Surprisingly, I thought that  it was the best and most exiting ESB of all time!!!

My nanny talked to me about her childhood and I realised I wanted to learn lots more so I could share it with the rest of my class. The Romanian Revolution started in 1989 when Loredana was 12. During that time the country was ruled by a dictator, Nicole Ceausescu. When researching all of that, I realised how lucky we are to live in a country like England.

My book was Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Wonder is about a boy with a face deformity and how he goes through his first year of primary school.  This book shocked me by realising how some people react to how people look.

This year I decided not to do a poem but a dramatic monologue. It was about a rich girl who was sent to a boarding school. In her dormitory a little girl was crying.  The monologue was her comforting the little girl. I am disappointed that it was my last E.S.B for I always enjoyed it.

My favourite talk was probably Alex’s because I found the codes that she told us about really interesting and cool!! Emma read from Noughts and Crosses.  I loved the sound of the book and I really want to read it. Belle did a poem called Talking Turkey and I found it hilarious and enjoyable.


Extra Specially Brilliant by Eliza30-04-2014 | 09:32:12 | No Comments

No matter how long you practise your book, your talk and your poem your heart will still thump hard in your chest and your hands will shake and then it happens. The examiner walks in. Your heart goes even more mad and then your hands start to sweat too and your body starts to tremble. All the work will be over soon. Your brain freezes for a second. Have you remembered your poem? What about your talk?

After a couple of  minutes of panic you stop, smile, look at your friends and remember that there is nothing to worry about;  this is just for fun.  It’s just you and your friends and a special guest….the examiner. The examiner is never as scary as you think. She is not a giant, ferocious  monster that is going to eat you!

My poem was “ The Jabberwocky.” It was quite  hard to learn , but when I finally got there I really enjoyed performing it to the class, but unluckily I had to start it again because my nerves took over. However the examiner was really nice and said that I could start again. Then I was fine.

I personally really loved listening to Sylvie and Honey’s poems and books and Caterina’s  talk because both of the poems and readings had loads of expression and energy and Caterina  knew so much about Syria and got me really engaged and made me want to learn more, so even when E.S.B was over I kept asking her questions.

In year six your talk has to be about something or someone  that you are interested in, but you don’t know loads about. You then have to research quite a lot about your chosen topic. My talk was about turtles because I have always loved them.

This year Mrs Walters leaves you slightly more to your own devices. I panicked  at first; so did everyone else but it’s ok. That just makes it more rewarding at the end when you are pleasantly surprised  by your mark.

If you are feeling really nervous, just take some deep breathes in, smile and everything will be alright.


Last but not Least by Sylvie30-04-2014 | 09:29:53 | No Comments

This year I really enjoyed doing my E.S.B.  My E.S.B talk was all about World War Two evacuees.  For my board I had to do a lot of research, and put in a lot of effort at making a  board and thinking about what I was going to say, but it was great fun.

My poem was called The Duke of Fire and the Duchess of Ice by Carol Anne Duffy.  t was really hard to learn but when I learnt it I enjoyed giving it  expression and doing it in my own way. When I performed it in front of the assessor I felt very nervous, but I did enjoy It.

My book was Demon Dentist by David Walliams.   I loved doing all the different voices, but it was very hard to choose a section because I love all of the book!!

The reason I love E.S.B so much is that you can do it in front of your classmates, which made me feel very comfortable, because I had done it in front of them before.

I really liked answering the questions because I could show all my knowledge.

My favourite E.S.B ‘s were Honey’s, Martina’s and Eliza’s.  I liked theirs  because they had put lots of life into their presentations and you could see that they had put a lot of effort in it.

Overall I really enjoyed E.S.B this year,  and I hope everybody got a good mark!!!


Meditating is Always Useful by Yasmin30-04-2014 | 09:26:35 | No Comments

Weeks of practice  comes down to one day.  Your hands sweat ,your heart thumps and your body trembles, especially  if you’re first. You can’t think;  have you remembered your talk and poem?  What if you would stumble on your book?  Then you remember you have done it all before .

I was slightly relieved when I finished my talk.  Everyone asked amazing questions and I knew my friends were with me. I felt confident.

For my talk did Buddhism, even though I am  not a Buddhist. I was inspired by the religion even though it required lots of work because I had to explain two thousand five hundred years  in 4 minutes!  For my poem I did Augustus Gloop.  It was quite a hard poem because it was very long.  For my book I did Little Women.  It was  quite challenging.  For the listening and responding everyone asked really good questions.

The examiner was really nice.  There was nothing  to worry about because  Mrs Walters had prepared us very well because she is an examiner herself so she perfected us and made us all get amazing results.

Even if you think E.S.B is scary,  it’s an amazing opportunity and helps a lot  in the future.  Most  schools don’t have it  and we are very  fortunate to do E.S.B. at The Cavendish.


The End of an Era by Emma30-04-2014 | 09:20:57 | No Comments

Someone once asked me to sum up E.S.B. in one word, but how could I? E.S.B. is so many things, exiting, nerve-racking, challenging and fun. It will push you to your limits, then you break through. What more could I say? For my last E.S.B. I talked about Martin Luther King Jr, and his fight against racial inequality.

All too soon, it was time for my talk. As I walked up, my heart was going 1000 miles per hour and beating so loud I thought someone might hear! It awakened my old suspicion that examiners can smell fear. The months of preparation couldn’t even begin to prepare me for what was about to happen. When Mrs Colyer, (the assessor) told me to begin, my mind shut down and my mouth started to go over the words that I have whispered in my sleep for the past month. Once I had started, both the speaker and the audience fell under the same spell that King and his listeners had fallen under. As quickly as it had begun, it finished.

Then came my book. I read from Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. This book has surprises at every twist and turn. Warning:  do NOT read this book if sad endings don’t suit you. I would recommend this book for children 10 or older. I know this book so well, I tried to read it with as much passion as it was written.  Every time I looked up, I saw the same facial expression that I had on my face when I first heard a passage  from this book,” I want to read this book…NOW!!”

Last, but certainly not least, came my poem. I recited Still I Rise by Maya Angelou. When I started, there was complete silence. No hushed commenting, no nervous shuffling, even the examiner stopped taking notes. When I finished, there was nothing. I was so afraid that I would have to walk off without anyone clapping. Then, Eve started to clap, and others joined in. Unsure what to do, I gave an awkward, half bow and walked off.

E.S.B. in one word? Impossible. Well, almost. E.S.B. is everything I have just described, and so much more. Still, I get butterflies in my tummy every time I think about it. When I do, I just remind myself that’s its over.  E.S.B. is just, well it is. For most people, it is a moment to forget about, but for me, that moment is just the beginning of a bigger picture.


Epic ESB by Emilia30-04-2014 | 09:17:30 | No Comments

This E.S.B was Epic. This was partly because, for me, it went well.   I enjoyed it actually more than I expected!  This E.S.B was our 3rd, so I was more prepared and less nervous. But after I did it I wanted to do it again and this was also our last one! So I was quite sad!

For my talk, I spoke about my biggest interest this year, Knitting! I spoke about old knitting, such as the Arabs’  knitting,  and modern knitting, such as graffiti knitting and a modern knitting group called Knit The City!  E.S.B has helped me learn so much, because I never knew there were graffiti knitters or ancient knitting before  I carried out my research. I enjoyed my talk and loved answering all the questions and especially enjoyed talking freely and hearing praise!

For my poem, I recited the very long, rhythmic poem, The Night Mail by W.H. Auden. The poem is about a train delivering letters from London to Scotland. I used rhythm to make it sound like an old steam train. I enjoyed learning the poem and also reciting it. There were lots of different sections like one where I had to make it sound like the train was going up a hill, so I spoke slowly and started building up the speed of he poem. I loved doing my poem!

For my book, I read Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomary. I adore this book because I find it funny to find out what scrape Anne will get into next . I also love all the characters, especially Anne, because I think I can understand how they feel, and that helped me put expression into the voices!

Basically, (as I said ) this E.S.B was EPIC!!!!!


Have any of you heard about the civil war in Syria? by Caterina29-04-2014 | 12:52:52 | No Comments

I really enjoyed listening to everyone’s talks because I really learnt a lot about things from UNDERWATER CAVES to writers like ROALD DAHL!


PREPARATION:  I  spent weeks worrying if my talk did or didn’t make sense because I knew that this would be my last E.S.B. so I wanted it to be remembered, to enjoy it and to choose the most appropriate and dramatic subject that no one else would choose or know much about.

ON THE DAY:  On the day of the E.S.B I was so nervous as I didn’t think that the assessor would like my talk. But before we started, because I was first, I went to get changed. When I put on my brand new shirt which  had HELP SYRIA written on the back and a picture of the Syrian flag on the front, I tucked all my worries at the back of my mind and when I did the exam I felt like all my worries had just been washed away. You know what?  I didn’t make a single mistake unlike how I made a mistake in every single practice!


PREPARATION: Preparing  for my poem was hell; not because I was nervous, but because I had chosen a really long poem and was always forgetting the words and also, because I was always doing the verses in the wrong order.  ON THE DAY: I did my poem right after my talk so I wasn’t nervous at all. Instead I felt extremely refreshed. I remembered my introduction, words and order of the verses. I was so happy!


PREPARATION: When I was preparing for my reading I was so frightened and nervous. I had only chosen the book, let alone the fifteen pages I had to prepare, two weeks before the day. Whenever I was practising the reading my dad went on and on about how I should fix my different voices. He was right because I was reading it all in the same voice. ON THE DAY: After my poem came my reading. That was the worst part of my E.S.B exam, but I did it and I did with all the right voices!




I enjoyed it and all my hard work and preparation helped me achieve wonderful results. My parents and I were so proud.




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First the Worst, Second the Best by Daisy29-04-2014 | 08:26:08 | No Comments

Oh my gosh, how fast it has gone. Three months ago we were told that we had to get ready for ESB! I was afraid. The merit+  last year was great but would I do as well this year? So I tried hard and practised, and the saying, practice makes perfect is true!

I did Nelson Mandela for my talk. I did a PowerPoint that was fun! It contained 13 slides, all fascinating in different ways.

Have you heard of  Emil and the Detectives? Well guess what I did that for my book? I read it in front of twelve people.  The book is packed with adventures and I have read it FIVE TIMES!!!

My poem was Television by Roald Dahl. I chose it because it is exactly the opposite to what I think about television, which makes the whole thing ironic.

Twelve of us sat in a semi-circle  and listened to people giving brilliant talks, reciting poems and giving readings. We all asked questions and that got us marks.



Scary ESB by Martina29-04-2014 | 08:22:23 | No Comments

I have now done three E.S.B’s and each one has been great fun. All my examiners have been very nice, kind and reassuring and they definitely try to get the best out of you.

All of those weeks of practice and research on your subject all lead up to one day. My poem was Horses on the Camargue . It was a very beautiful poem but I did forget the last few words but I kept on going and I felt very good about it and that I had not broken down and just kept going. My book was by Roald Dahl just like my talk, because  I really love Roald Dahll .My book was called The BFG which stands for the Big Friendly Giant.  I chose this book because it shows that you are what you are because just because you are a giant doesn’t mean you have to do what the  other giants do,  which is eating other humans.  Instead the BFG puts up with eating horrible snozzcumbers.

Overall this E.S.B was great fun and I think you will have fun doing  yours too.


Goodbye ESB by Alex29-04-2014 | 08:19:19 | No Comments

Practice, practice, practice. This E.S.B was the best, mainly because it is the last! But I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I was not very nervous as it is our third E.S.B. I think it went quite well as I did not make any big mistakes. For my book I did Private Peaceful which is the saddest book in the world.  For my poem I did Lucy Gray, and for my talk I did  Code Breaking.

We practised lots in the lessons and I practised even more at home. The examiner seemed very nice and surprisingly we had had her before! Everyone asked lots of questions which let people show off their knowledge. In my talk I explained about two types of codes and a lot about Mavis Batey. I had to work on my talk the most and my poem the least but I tried my hardest to put expression in.


Giant Rats Caught!05-04-2014 | 12:22:35 | 4 Comments

Did you read about the giant rats caught recently in Sweden and Ireland?  It got me thinking. Perhaps there are scientists in laboratories performing experiments on rats, just like Doctor Schultz and his assistants.  Perhaps Robert O’Brien’s fictional story was not so far from the truth?  Only look at this link if you don’t mind looking at a picture of a dead rat!  And, no, the people in Dublin are not relations!

If you’ve read the very funny, science fiction novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, you will remember the super-intelligent mice.  Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh is not the only book to use the idea of a species of animals that is as intelligent (or more) than human beings. Usually however, in science fiction writers give an alien species super-intelligence.  In The Hitchhiker’s Guide it is the mice!

Here is an article from BBC Newsround about the possibility of rats growing much larger and the scientific reason for it.

All food for thought……………..feel free to add your thoughts, comments and ideas for your own story.


I am a Full Stop.04-04-2014 | 12:18:20 | 3 Comments

I am a full stop,

Helping you to catch your breath

And giving you the time and space

To make sense.

Without me you will go on and on and on…..

Don’t confuse your readers; I’m special.

I’m always there,

And  when you read aloud

You will hear me quietly lurking in that pause.

Now here’s the challenge.  Write your own poem about punctuation.  What would the exclamation mark have to say about itself?  The question mark?  The comma?  Speech marks?  Capital letters?

Choose a punctuation mark or rule and write a poem from its point of view.

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