Archive: April 2013 - Deborah Tuite

Mr. Webber’s Lovely Unintended Consequence

I’ve always wanted to be a doo-wop girl – you know, one of those backup vocalists who stand behind the lead singer of a band and spry the tempo with an occasional doo-wop-de-waddy-waddy! So when the notice was posted in my South Warwickshire village of Tysoe calling for members of the community to participate in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, well Carpe Diem Deborah!! What caught my eye was the fine print at the bottom of the poster: chorus members do not need to audition. Oh, I am so in! Being new to the parish, I thought singing in Joseph...

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Space, Still the Final Frontier!

For several years now my son, along with many other talented souls, has worked on a rocket that will one day take supplies to and from the International Space Station. The launch pad at Wallops Island, Virginia was several time-zones away, but I was able to watch the test flight of the Antares rocket in real time on NASA’s WebTV. After mechanical and a weather postponements, Antares finally left our planet for a spectacular orbit and deployment of two small cantlope-size satellites! I would guess that most people, including Americans, are not aware that there is a spaceport on the Atlantic...

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How many cornflakes fit in a 1kg box?

O.K. I confess! I am a former science teacher who struggles with the metric system – always have! Yes, dear former students, I know I forced you to think and work in metrics the minute you entered my classroom and would tolerate nothing else. It was a “do as I say, not as I do” sort of thing. All one needs to do is look at my online shopping order here in the U.K. to see how I, indeed, lack a clear understanding of metric quantities. I mean, who knew that 500g of sugar came in a teeny tiny bag that can fit into a coffee mug? And seriously! A 1-Kg box of Cornflakes is the size of an orange...

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The Village Life

"No one could know Serling, or view or read his work, without recognizing his deep affection for humanity ... and his determination to enlarge our horizons by giving us a better understanding of ourselves." – Gene Roddenberry American author, Rod Serling, was noted for his quick development of tension and twist endings. I truly admired his work. One particular favorite of mine was a short story called, A Stop at Willoughby. In the story, Willoughby was a peaceful village, “a place where a man can live his life full” and was a complete fabrication from the imagination of an over-worked...

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Immigration Situation!

Becoming empty-nesters is an awkward status, one my husband and I found difficult to accept. Our thirty-something progenies have careers and families of their own and despite the recessional development of “boomerang children”; we eventually had to accept that our children were not coming home for more than the occasional visit. One day, while we were enjoying the Virginia sun on our deck, I asked my husband, “Why are we still in this five bedroom house with a half acre garden and a pool?” It was time to downsize! When I asked him where on this planet he would like to live, he replied,...

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