Friday, 24 October 2008

The Death of the Dollar? (from Radio 4)

This is an excellent 30 minute programme which casts a historical as well as contemporary eye on the role of the dollar in the world's financial system.
"Dollars and Dominance" from "Analysis".
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00f07g5

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

The Outline of The Course for AS English Lit.

The Exam Board is Edexcel.

Unit 1 Explorations in Prose and Poetry

AO1
Articulate creative, informed and relevant responses to the poems, using appropriate terminology and concepts (poetic terms and ideas) and using clear, accurate written expression (10% of the final exam)

AO2
Demonstrate detailed critical understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meanings in the poems.
(10% of the final exam)

AO3
Explore connections and comparisons between the poems that are informed by interpretations of other readers. (5% of the final exam)

Section A: Unseen poetry/ prose, short answer response (AOs 1-2)
Section B: Poetry essay response (AOs 1-3)
Section C: Prose essay response (AOs 1-3)

(You will study and analyse a novel and a novella for section C.)
100 marks (combined)


Unit 2 Explorations in Drama – “Hamlet”
In addition to the other assessment objectives there is this one:

AO4
Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the historical and social contexts in which literary texts are written and received.

2000-2500 words maximum, including quotations.

Two responses: an explorative study and a creative response
Teacher assessed, internally standardised and externally moderated.


80 marks (combined)

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

John Embry- "Rescue will send gold to surreal price level"

Even if things have been tough for John over the last few years, John Embry remains a key caller for gold and PM stocks. Here's his latest investment review from Sprott Management.
http://www.sprott.com/pdf/investorsdigest/digest.pdf

Thursday, 16 October 2008

The gold share panic!

Why press this?

When its only volatility


Now's the time to BUY, not sell!
Gold and PM stocks have NEVER been bigger bargains than today.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 from the BBC's modernised production of Much Ado About Nothing

A marvellous rendition and analysis from the Beeb's production of "Much Ado About Nothing". It was clever of them to insert it into Shakespeare's play, even if The Bard did not do so. Benedick and Beatrice are the estranged characters who were earlier tricked into falling in love - even though their love-hate relationship always indicated their love for one another. This scene is placed before Claudio and Hero's "wedding".

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

The Assessment Objectives for AS Poetry, Unit One

These are the key assessment objectives for Unit One (Poetry) for AS English Literature. Click on the image to enlarge. Remember that AO4 is for the Shakespeare text.

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