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realmayo

Pleased to hear it. 

 

BTW your earlier report of the outside of the hospital, people screaming and boxes with blood slopping remains the most vivid, and disturbing, discription I've come across in all that I've read about this disaster so far. Others I know in Wuhan/Hubei are just hunkered down - and trying to persuade me to wear a mask in London. 

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imron
3 hours ago, Tomsima said:

ive ordered a neo geo

old school!

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Meng Lelan
5 hours ago, Tomsima said:

so bored ive ordered a neo geo to the quarantine centre

 

Is everyone required to stay inside their assigned rooms for the entire two week duration at Milton Keynes? What is the plan for the 14th day as in where will the quarantined go after completion of the quarantine?

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Dawei3
20 hours ago, Tomsima said:

When we were indoors for those few weeks

Thank you for your updates.  The details you provide on your situation and hearing about your feelings makes your posts particularly interesting.  

 

Please keep posting (I expect many would agree with me).  

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thechamp

Agreed. These posts are fascinating.

 

Metal Slug is fcking awesome. Good lad. I'd definitely want to play Metal Slug if I were quarantined.

 

Also, which classical poets?

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murrayjames
19 hours ago, Tomsima said:

i am closing in on completing my written memorisation of 千字文, I have written it out so much now I am starting to really hate it…which is always a good sign, shows I'm definitely reciting it enough

 

Curious: is this your recommended way of memorizing texts? Writing out and reciting them repeatedly?

 

Thank you for all the updates. I am glad you are safe.

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realmayo
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... for hundreds of years educators did seem to sense that children’s brains had to be built up through exercises of increasing difficulty that strengthened brain functions. Up through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries a classical education often included rote memorization of long poems in foreign languages, which strengthened the auditory memory (hence thinking in language) and an almost fanatical attention to handwriting, which probably helped strengthen motor capacities and thus not only helped handwriting but added speed and fluency to reading and speaking. Often a great deal of attention was paid to exact elocution and to perfecting the pronunciation of words. Then in the 1960s educators dropped such traditional exercises from the curriculum, because they were too rigid, boring, and “not relevant.”

 

But the loss of these drills has been costly; they may have been the only opportunity that many students had to systematically exercise the brain function that gives us fluency and grace with symbols. For the rest of us, their disappearance may have contributed to the general decline of eloquence, which requires memory and a level of auditory brainpower unfamiliar to us now. In the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 the debaters would comfortably speak for an hour or more without notes, in extended memorized paragraphs; today many of the most learned among us, raised in our most elite schools since the 1960s, prefer the omnipresent PowerPoint presentation—the ultimate compensation for a weak premotor cortex.

 

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, Norman Doidge

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somethingfunny

Luckily, in the UK at least, we are returning to such traditional methods of teaching. There are high performing state schools that now require their pupils to memorise and recite great works of poetry on a daily basis. Some people hate it, but I’ve seen it in action and I find it massively impressive that 15 year olds are able to recite the charge of the light brigade from memory and then discuss the meaning of it.  Certainly much more impressive than being able to google the text and it’s meaning - which is the common argument against rote memorisation.

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Tomsima
11 minutes ago, StChris said:

For people old enough to have been a child in the 90s, I think the NeoGeo has an almost mythical status. I could never afford those games back then, so had to make do with the Sega Megadrive.

 

Exactly the same as me haha, of some interest I bought the neogeo mini asian-pacific version, as a friend has it in China and not only is the build quality good, but games can be played in Chinese (not that beat-em ups are exactly dialog heavy…but still)

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StChris

The Harbin city government is now offering 2,000 RMB rewards to anyone who dobs in what it calls 潜在传染者. Needless to say, I'm going to be keeping a close eye on my neighbours from now on 🤑🤑🤑

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StChris
8 minutes ago, Tomsima said:

Exactly the same as me haha, of some interest I bought the neogeo mini asian-pacific version, as a friend has it in China and not only is the build quality good, but games can be played in Chinese (not that beat-em ups are exactly dialog heavy…but still)

 

I bought a 16 game NeoGeo collection for the Nintendo Wii a few years back, and despite it only costing £20, I treated that disc with reverence like no other. Even if those games have since been ported to every modern system under the sun, in my mind they are each still the enormous £130+ cartridges I used to drool over in the back of Mean Machines magazine.

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roddy
13 minutes ago, StChris said:

The Harbin city government is now offering 2,000 RMB rewards to anyone who dobs in what it calls 潜在传染者.

What's your address? It's for a.... prize. 

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StChris
12 minutes ago, roddy said:

What's your address? It's for a.... prize. 

 

That reminds me, I should tap up the foreign community here. They probably haven't read the news and will just think that I'm being really considerate when I ask how they're doing...

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