2009年10月20日火曜日

the power of one

The power of one. Great saga-rific, drama-licious book by Aussie author Bryce Courtenay. Yes, he was born and raised in South Africa but he's definitely an Aussie. I hear New Zealand and the US make similar spurious claims about the origins of other true blue Aussie celebrities like the band Crowded House and actors Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson. The cheek.

Anyway, Bryce Courtenay. He wrote a great book about an underdog, a shyster, a Jew, and something vaguely supernatural. Actually he wrote a lot of books about a lot of different things- the Crusades, early Australian history, pioneers, South Africa, his haemophiliac son etc etc and they all seem to boil down to: an underdog, a shyster, a Jew and something vaguely supernatural.

Anyway, he wrote this book called the Power of One and I was reminded of it this week as we are experiencing a bit of a Power of One thing here at the moment. The Power of One, Two and Three in fact.

The Power of One

On Friday one kid at M and A's kinder got piggy flu. One kid out of two hundred kids gets the flu and the village-wide kinder festival and bazaar gets down scaled to a kinder kiddos only affair. That means of the 330 odd fish we painstakingly made, 130 of them will be swimming around in storage for another year as we don't need them. Painful but not so bad for us low maintenance fish cutters as the mums doing the fiddly, pernickety time consuming doodads in other classes who must be shattered.

The Power of Two

Today a second kid succumbed to the oink. There are now twice as many kids ill as last Friday, yes, but still- we're talking about 2 out of 200... Nevertheless, with three days to go before the scaled down bazaar and festival- WHAM! postponed. Postponed indefinitely. Postponed until the flu run is over. As it's only just started, I'm guessing this means the festival will probably be held sometime next February. Oh, hang on... it's an outside festival and there's about 30 cm of snow on the ground by February.... hmmm, wait until the snow melts? Well that would be March.... by which time all eyes are on graduation in the third week of March...., hmmm... thinking there might be ohhh a good 330 fish left over from this year's non-festival at this rate.

The Power of Three

Hasn't happened yet but rumour has it that the power of three is class closures. Three kids sick and a class closes. Three classes close and the whole place closes. Noooooooo!!!!! It's just a rumour so far but I'm already worried. We could really use a shyster and something vaguely supernatural to save us about now...

5 件のコメント:

Vicky さんのコメント...

Gah! Sorry for all the loss of your hard work. At least the fish will keep. But if it runs into next year the next rep will probably be required to do something from scratch....

The panic is a bit over the top. They should come to our town where one school has 107 diagnosed cases and another one has 111. Your Shinshu people's heads would probably explode.

Jo Tomooka さんのコメント...

New Zealand is definately the inventor of pavlova... just to add to the Tasman rivalry!
The flu thing does seem a bit over the top and if a class closes it seems to be for almost a week here. Great... kids home for a whole week and not allowed to leave the house. No one at our school has come down with it yet, but I'm guessing it will just be a matter of time. Here's hoping the fish get used soon....

Gaijin Wife さんのコメント...

Bugger about the flu thing and waste of all those fish. God, imagine if Marina gets sick and all my crabs go to waste. Gutted. I'll have to dig them out for her thirteenth birthday or something.

And...

Mel Gibson can be claimed by anyone but Neil and Tim Finn are OURS. Russle Crowe - hmmmmmm. You guys can have him. Pav is ours though for sure.

Melanie さんのコメント...

Hmmm...I didn`t know Mel Gibson was an Aussie. I did know about Russel Crowe through


Thats too bad that it looks like all your hard work will be for nothing. Hopefully very few students will come down with the flu.

Midori さんのコメント...

Oh no! Can't believe that all that effort is going to be wasted! Hopefully the postponement won't go on indefinitely though and then everything will come in handy!

Swine flu is definitely worrying and a fresh wave of hysteria looks set to hit now that "flu season" has started. I am dreading Joey and/or I getting it but it is almost inevitable, it is just a matter of when rather than if! :-(