Thursday, 10 January 2013

Low Tide02:27 (0.70m)
High Tide08:46 (2.50m)
Low Tide14:53 (0.70m)
High Tide21:11 (2.50m)
Sea temperature: 6.2
Sea conditions: Calm, hardly a wave
Weather: 0 degrees, frosty with a cold breeze, it's on its way down
Joined by: Sara and The Poet
Topics of conversation:
DK - was he alright? I'd been for quite a circuitous walk before I got to the beach and had spotted his car head lights approaching and then stopping on the sluice bridge. The car didn't move for about 10 minutes, by which time Sara and The Poet had arrived and I was getting concerned. It's an odd bridge and people have been known to get stuck on it as it's only wide enough for one car and has a bend in it. Sara was very relaxed and said he was probably just chatting some poor woman up. What at 7.30am? Actually, yes. When he arrived I expressed my concern about his wellbeing and he replied that a 'very nice woman' had tapped on his window to enquire if he was DK, she's a writer and she'd heard about him and his morning swims. She's moving to the village is considering joining us so DK advised her to wait till it's warmed up a bit, which judging by the forecast, won't be for a while.

DK - was his email account alright? Either he had been up in the middle of the night sending grammatically incorrect emails out to all and sundry or he'd been phished. He thought about it for a moment and then remembered that Legs had had a sleepless night - maybe it had been her? He obviously hadn't appreciated the full story, the day Legs sends anything out that's grammatically incorrect is the day hell will freeze over, so yes, he had a problem. 
Teenage students brains - my Wednesday student returned having failed to revise for her maths exam, which wouldn't be too much of a problem as she's rather bright, but she had also forgotten to turn her brain on. Having 3 children who've all been through exams in huge quantities over the years Sara was supportive of my frustration but also pointed out that teenage lifestyles are not conducive to good memories. How true. I had been regaled with tales of her new years eve, which lasted uninterrupted for 36 hours and seems to have involved partying on the tube most of the night "because it's free". I don't/can't use tubes (pathetic I know) so the idea of choosing one to celebrate in makes no sense to me, so I shouldn't have been surprised by her answer to an exam question that afternoon:

Question: Write, in figures, the number - one hundred and five thousand and two
Answer: 100 + 5000 + 2 = 5102
I need a miracle.

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