Monday, June 04, 2007

Relaxing weekend...I wish.

Sorry I wasn't around at the weekend but I was bringing a group of 10-16 year old girls on a trip to Dublin for an introduction to waterpolo from the Women in Sport initiative. I gained a lot of knowledge and insight from the day (including spending 7 hours with them on a minibus) as follows:
  • waterpolo is a very violent sport especially when the kids get to "tackle" their swimming coach at close quarters.
  • I now know every feature on my phone (and all of their phones)
  • I have had a crash course in how to play Animal Crossing (a game on those little machines they all have)
  • If you let a bunch of girls loose in a shopping centre they will spend all the money they have brought for lunch on shoes and hair accessories.
  • I now have an intimate knowledge of Hannah Montana, High School Musical and how "hot" Orlando Bloom is.
  • Teenage girls feel that saying "whatevah" is too much like hard work. They now say "vah" instead.

It is a relief to be back in the laid back and relaxing atmosphere of the NHS.

14 comments:

Mangonel said...

Sort of thing that makes you realise how empty and meaningless your life is, then.

ziggi said...

Orlando Bloom!?? How very 2003! That's NI for you I suppose (comment from my 15yr old girlteen) - I think he's quite nice myself in a wet sort of way.

Arabella said...

You are brave. And saintly!

Billy said...

"Teenage girls feel that saying "whatevah" is too much like hard work. They now say "vah" instead."

I see there "vah" and raise them a sigh.

Vicus Scurra said...

You are lucky. I am not allowed to go out with a group of teenage girls.

Annie said...

Working in the NHS by day, spending weekends with a busload of teenage girls - you deserve a medal.

Chaucer's Bitch said...

egad. i'd rather spend the afternoon trapped in a van full of syphallitic ferrets. well done you.

Betty said...

If you let me loose on a shopping centre I will spend all my money on shoes and hair accessories, so I'm not in a position to pass judgement on anyone.

llewtrah said...

You have my deepest sympathy. Do you also know all of their ringtones? Did they text each other on the minibus?

Valerie said...

You learned all the features on your phone? Productive weekend, then...

Despite my best efforts to march boldly into the 21st century, it makes teenagers snicker behind their hands to watch my slow, deliberate "texting" (we are inventing a great deal of new verbs this century, we are).

May you recover soon, yet retain the ability to program your phone.

realdoc said...

They did text each other on the bus despite the fact that as soon as we crossed the border I informed them they would be subject to roaming charges. They just said "vah".

Anonymous said...

I will be spending all day Friday dressed as a Roman soldier with 36 12 year old boys, practising marching, doing the toroise formation, stabbing Celts and cleaning the barrack huts. How does this rate? You need to know that this is the 14th time I have done this school trip and it is ALWAYS exactly the same. And between Sept 2006 and the end of this term I will have done this trip 4 times!!! AND I had to write the risk assessment, book the thing, check all the health stuff (yes, we are taking a kid with a peanut allergy...) etc etc...

Chaucer's Bitch said...

tell them how roman toilets worked. sponge-on-a-stick will keep them captivated for hours.

rivergirlie said...

blimey - i'd rather be with a minibus load of girls than boys - speaking as a mother of teen boy/girl twins (and therefore an expert)