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by Sky Alton
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Gathering and Games
Replies: 21
Views: 2295

Re: Gathering and Games

We’re pleased to announce we’ll be meeting in #gamesroom on Sunday 25th November, 5 till 8 PM HOL-time. Come join us! In October, We had an exciting first session of the school year with a fabulous turnout. We started off with a warm up game of ‘Where Am I’ (essentially a hybrid between hide and see...
by Sky Alton
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: November Prompt: Sell It to Me
Replies: 0
Views: 30

November Prompt: Sell It to Me

This is a synopsis/blurb for Philosopher’s Stone (curtesy of Goodreads): Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the t...
by Sky Alton
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Monthly Book Discussions
Topic: The Phantom Tollbooth - November Book Discussion
Replies: 0
Views: 68

The Phantom Tollbooth - November Book Discussion

This month we’re reading Norton Juster’s ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ and driving through a world where everything and nothing is as it should be. Below is a suggested reading schedule but you don’t need to stick to it in any way – go at your own pace! 1-7 November: Chapters 1-5 8-14 November: Chapters 6...
by Sky Alton
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Monthly Book Discussions
Topic: The Phantom Tollbooth - chapters 1-5
Replies: 0
Views: 31

The Phantom Tollbooth - chapters 1-5

Here we’ll be discussing chapters 1 through 5 of the Phantom Tollbooth On the surface, the style of the story seems incredibly simple: almost like the sparse narration from a fairytale or a fable. However, if you look more closely you’ll find Juster uses some incredibly complicated words (Faintly Ma...
by Sky Alton
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Monthly Book Discussions
Topic: The Phantom Tollbooth - chapters 6-10
Replies: 0
Views: 22

The Phantom Tollbooth - chapters 6-10

We’ve reached chapters 6 through 10 of The Phantom Tollbooth, discuss them here! The City of Reality is one of Juster’s more obvious attempts to open our eyes to the way we think about life. Do you think fantasy and surrealism allow us to see social issues or limiting thought patterns for what they ...
by Sky Alton
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Monthly Book Discussions
Topic: The Phantom Tollbooth - Chapters 11-15
Replies: 0
Views: 20

The Phantom Tollbooth - Chapters 11-15

Here we’ll be discussing chapters 11 through 15 of The Phantom Tollbooth These chapters are all about describing things we can’t perceive, whether it’s a sound we’ve never heard or a complex mathematical or philosophical idea that it might be hard to grasp otherwise. Do you find thought experiments ...
by Sky Alton
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Monthly Book Discussions
Topic: The Phantom Tollbooth - Chapters 16-20
Replies: 0
Views: 28

The Phantom Tollbooth - Chapters 16-20

We’ve reached the end of Phantom Tollbooth. Here we’ll be discussing chapters 16 through 20 as well as the book as a whole. I’ve been warning you throughout to use spoiler tags to avoid ruining the plot for others but do you think that’s really necessary here? The book is full of so many little scen...
by Sky Alton
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: TV Talk
Topic: Reimagination
Replies: 0
Views: 34

Reimagination

With 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' having airlifted the original commics character of Sabrina Spellman a long way from her cheerful roots and the sitcom that made her a 90s household name, it got me wondering. What show or franchise would you like to see reimagined? More than that, do you thi...
by Sky Alton
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Harry Potter Talk
Topic: Potter Pronunciations
Replies: 4
Views: 71

Potter Pronunciations

It's leviosa, not Leviosar Gail's topic about audio books over on Book Talk reminded me of a friend who once said the Harry Potter films annoyed her because when reading the books to her, her dad had pronounced Slytherin very differently. I remember being slightly annoyed myself that the audio book ...
by Sky Alton
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Bulletin Board
Topic: Happy Birthday Maxim Trevelyan
Replies: 8
Views: 91

Re: Happy Birthday Maxim Trevelyan

Seconding Gail: cake is most certainly in order. Happy birthday ;)
by Sky Alton
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Bulletin Board
Topic: Happy Birthday Sirius Fudge
Replies: 9
Views: 117

Re: Happy Birthday Sirius Fudge

Hope it is/was a great one, Sirius! *Joins in the confetti tossing (I hope it's sparkly)*
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Character Clash
Topic: Back to Reality
Replies: 10
Views: 164

Back to Reality

The conference is over! People are saying their goodbyes in the main hall before heading off. The I.O.I..I… oh whatever, you know, the Institute is delighted with the research you’ve helped to further and wishes you a safe journey back to your version of reality. Although they’re still trying to fin...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Character Clash
Topic: The Scoreboard
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Re: The Scoreboard

The final scores have been tabulated and we have a winner! Will Turner – 1330 (Sirius Fudge, 120 HP) Han Solo – 1320 (Cody Lewis, 120 HP) Raymond Holt – 1320 (Maxim Trevelyan, 120 HP) Aladdin – 1300 (Will Lestrange, 120 HP) Robin Hood – 1300 (Gail Allen, 120 HP) Leslie Knope – 1290 (Arianna Stonewat...
by Sky Alton
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Character Clash
Topic: Character Clash
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Re: Character Clash

You only have until 11.59 PM HOL-Time tonight to get those final things in! Go go go.

(And remember that HOL time has now changed as the clocks have gone back so be sure to check the calendar page to double check)
by Sky Alton
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Gathering and Games
Replies: 21
Views: 2295

Re: Gathering and Games

Remember we're meeting in #gamesroom tomorrow at 5 PM HOL-time! But more importantly, remember that the clocks go back in the UK tonight so HOL time will be changing back to UTC [/i][/u]: this means the games might not necessarily be at the time you expect so double check HOL-time on the Calendar Pa...
by Sky Alton
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Book Talk
Topic: Audio Book Narrators
Replies: 1
Views: 36

Re: Audio Book Narrators

Some narrators truly bring another dimension to the text. I can name at least 4 who totally transform the (already excellent) books just with their natural sense of timing and emphasis. I think if I'd read Harry Potter in Braille or on the computer when I was younger, it wouldn't have had the same e...
by Sky Alton
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Gathering and Games
Replies: 21
Views: 2295

Re: Gathering and Games

Glad to announce the return of G and G on Sunday 28th October, between 5 and 8 PM HOL-time! Hope as many of you as possible will drag yourself away from those magical textbooks and join us as we kick back, relax and have some well-deserved fun.
by Sky Alton
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Ghost Towns
Replies: 2
Views: 65

Re: Ghost Towns

I've never visited one but I read a very detailed account of Centralia many years ago so I'm super excited you've actually been! The description I read was from the 80s when it was still more or less a town (with a few people still living there) so it was very unnerving. It's amazing how quickly wil...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Character Clash
Topic: The Scoreboard
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Re: The Scoreboard

The results from week 2 are in! Below is your overall combined score, plus the combined number of house points you’ve earned across both weeks in brackets. Aladdin – 670 (Will Lestrange, 60 HP) Raymond Holt – 660 (Maxim Trevelyan, 60 HP) Robin Hood – 660 (Gail Allen, 60 HP) Hiccup – 650 (Iverian Gna...
by Sky Alton
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: NaNoWriMo
Replies: 20
Views: 2013

Re: NaNoWriMo

It's that time of year again! I know we have some Wrimos on HOL so big question is: who's braving the challenge this year? What are you hoping to write? I can't believe how quickly it's snuck up on me! Our first meeting in my region should be in exactly 2 weeks and the planning is 'mostly' there.......

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