An Ordinary Education is presented by its author as a guide to gaining an education, though not in the usual sense of colleges, universities, degrees and diplomas. Rather, his approach is very much in the tradition of the 'university of life', with a strong emphasis on autodidactic learning, though formal teaching is included.
John Raymond Dawson joined the Royal Navy in Leeds, his home town, in December 1940 aged 19, with his best friend Norman Brooks. He served until early 1946, which was when he wrote up his 'diary' sett ing out his experiences during the War. His son promised him in 1985 that one day he would write this up for publication. John agreed but only if this was aft er his death. Sadly this came too soon in the following year when he was aged just 64. In 1999, lett ers John had writt en during the War to his elder sister Eileen were found in her att ic when she was moving.
“Tiff” is a derogatory label for Artificers who were trade trained, having served a naval apprenticeship for four years in a chosen discipline. In consequence, when they entered the fleet they were accorded accelerated promotion which other branches envied, and were peeved about. Some used “Tiff” and a spit as a show of hate or jealousy, which in a strange way we accepted and made a joke of. But they all knew who to call on when they had a technical problem both official and personal (motorbikes, cars, etc.)
Teaching language and literacy through the sounds of animals.
In this delightfully illustrated book, we are introduced to many animal characters and their antics; including the true stories of Zoe the abandoned black puppy and Perky the amazing green and red parrot.
In this delightfully illustrated second volume of Animal Stories for the Young, we meet many more animals and read about their antics; including the Sammy the gazelle and Ollie the owl.
We also meet Lucy who loves to paint animals and Rupert the toy clown as well as Bobbie the boxer dog and many others.
Educational and informative, with wonderful colour drawings of all the characters, this book will feed the imagination of children worldwide helping to increase their knowledge and encouraging creativity.
In the third volume of Animal Stories we are introduced to some old and new friends. Open the pages of this enchanting illustrated book and discover why Rushy the cat loses his purr, and how his owner helps to get it back. Read about lots of animals with their individual personalities like Oscar the St Bernard, meet Sleepy the Sloth, and discover delightful Ollie the Owl and his many exciting adventures.
The author continues the efforts of the first three books which are to make young people understand that animals are living beings. When we crush a fly or a beetle we do not hear the scream of pain because it is too small, but it is there. They can suffer pain and sadness just as much as we can. Be kind to animals and they will return the affection. To show this is true, some true life stories which have actually happened have been included.
The author continues his four Animal Stories for the Young with this story of the dog he rescued. His aim once more is to show that animals are living beings which, in the same way as human beings, can respond to kindness and suffer from ill treatment. They are not objects.
Penny Gerner grew up in Canberra in the 40s and 50s, the only child of an entomologist father and embassy secretary mother. Annual holidays were regularly spent at Narooma, the setting for the story. In those golden days it was a peaceful seaside village, becoming busy only in holiday times with the large influx of holiday makers. Whilst the story is largely autobiographical and seen through an eleven year old's eyes, it is very close to the spirit of that time and place.