The bridge of the Starship village

At the weekend I was visiting a Youth group in a village not a million miles from Oxford. The group meet in the village hall, a really great village hall that’s BIG, nicely decorated and is obviously really well used. (We followed the bowls club celebration tea). On this particular visit I got to go into a room behind the stage area that I’d not encountered before. It’s clearly a room for committee meetings and the like and I was gobsmacked by just how cool it was. It’s the first village hall where the meeting room was SO well appointed (and possibly by a designer who was a Trekkie), how cool is this?
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I’m actually on a couple of days off at the moment and thoroughly enjoying the mixture of coffee, music, decorating the hallway and longer to muse over scrabble turns with my various nemesi. On of my regular lexicographical fellow warriors has just returned from the states where FB scrabble is not licensed and therefore unplayable. I was pleased quodding.jpgwith this particular ‘welcome back’ turn of mine that produced 230 points in one turn. (But pride comes before a fall I know so will expect a crushing riposte before too long.)
I’m also taking the opportunity to listen to lots of radio while I’m off (something that’s tricky to do in a communal office). This morning there was thread asking people to reminisce about unjust punishments and telling offs at school. Wow did it ever open a vein of injustices, absues of power, victimisation, failure to listen and plain random pettiness. I nearly texted in about the time I was banned from the classroom for a week for being put in the dustbin but they had clearly received more than enough material. I often think that the person who coined the phrase that ‘school is the happiest days of your life‘ must have had a spectacularly miserable adulthood for this maxim to be true.

8 Replies to “The bridge of the Starship village”

  1. How do you calculate the score when you you manage to use 2 triple word scores and I assume all 7 letters!
    What does ‘Quodding’ mean? As it’s a word you generally don’t come across.

  2. Tim,
    when it’s across 2 triples then you triple then triple … and if you use all your letters then its an additional 50. My dream is to repeat the trick with ‘Quizzing’
    Quod is an enclosure or prison so I tried quodding as a word to mean enclosing or imprisoning.
    Luckily scrabble recognised it as legit’ 🙂

  3. Love the retro futurism of the ‘ready room’.
    But with my cynical head on, I wonder how youth friendly the place actually is. (Clearly they don’t let teenagers in the committee room – because its too clean).
    One of the villages that I used to work in had an ultra modern lovely village hall, which they wanted the youth club to use. But it was so laden down with rules and so impractically designed (although very lovely), that *I* ended up banning the youth group from it, because it was completely unworkable. We went back to our scruffy church hall, which gave us so much more freedom.
    I am currently involved in a village hall project. We have gone for a model that is very eco-efficient. But also quite basic and hopefully designed for a variety of needs.
    Not knocking the star trek place, because I don’t know anything about it. But just wary of village halls that are a little bit too nice.

  4. having been the recipient of the 230 point blow, I hereby promise to try and bring you back down to size ! Note the word try – and I have a Donald Miller book to give you when I next see you. Hope you feel bad now…

  5. I agree with Ray…and I have a hunch that parenting which is too tidy and over organised can confine and stifle creativity. I think minds need nurturing to think outside the box and it helps if the box isn’t too tidy.No real evidence to back my hunch!

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