Monday, 13 February 2012
Sometimes I think my brother and his sons speak a foreign language - that concerned either with Physics or computer programming. Today, during gift-giving for my nephew's 18th birthday - which featured the grand prize of a 750 gig hard drive with a 5-year guarantee - I gave him a humble keyring (apart from a cash donation) - cute, because it features an LED light feature which had my brother saying he would like to '...run it through a diffraction grating to see the rainbow'. Suitably awed, until I was told that any 17-year old physics student would know what he was talking about, I reflected that to some of us it is given to have given up science in favour of languages at age 13. Thank goodness there are 'others' though. It is half term week here in the UK for both my nephews. The elder has been closeted in his room all morning - no longer playing computer games - no indeed: he has a 250-page project to complete for his computer-programming course. Whew! NB - The younger one has been packed off to school for a day-long 'French refresher' pre-exam course - much to his disgust. Predictably, although he is the best student in the class regarding the grammar side of the language, he finds it incredibly difficult to think up essays, and mostly just refuses to answer those questions. His A-level subjects are to be Maths, Higher Maths, Computer Science & Science. Maybe he would have been more motivated if his school had offered Chinese - an increasingly popular option these days.