I gather that I have a few new followers of my blog of late, which happen to be students of mine. I have been very touched by their positive comments about my blog and myself. It means so much.
Talking of school, I know I shouldn’t really talk about students and activities, but coming towards the end of the year, teachers often feel like students (shattered) so we tend to do less serious activities which often prompt little works of wonder. One activity I did today was based on the Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan 80s cheesefest, Especially for You, and students had to write a naff poem based on the naff lyrics of this song.
To many people reading, especially from these corners of the world, you will probably not understand the significance of Kylie and Jason, or Charlene and Scott. These days, I don’t watch soap operas, although I was a fan for a while of EastEnders and Neighbours. You have to understand that British soap operas often, they say, reflect the very tragic events of the working class, and not glammed up like they often are in Mexican or Colombian telenovelas. If, however, Albert Square (the setting for EastEnders) were real, one would think the place is cursed; you know something awful would happen to you if you moved there. Whether it truely reflects British life is debatable, but watching it daily could induce depression after a while. Yet, some Brits like that. Misery porn, let’s call it. I have to be careful what I say; I have a distant cousin who writes for EastEnders. I will finish this paragraph by saying that I always wished Phil Mitchell and Kathy got it back on. They can’t though. ‘Cos Kathy’s dead.
British soap opera fans looking for slightly lighter touch of life often turn to those in Australia. Now the Australians are quite the experts at creating ridiculous storylines, such as people dying and coming back to life (maybe Phil and Kathy could have got back together if they’d been from Down Under), which I believe are quite similar to soap operas in the aforementioned countries, Mexico and Colombian. They include beautiful looking people with money or middle classes, and plots involving loved cheats or scandals. I used to watch Neighbours when I was young. It was on BBC1 at 5.35pm. Home & Away would then start at 6pm on ITV. The TV was almost synchronised to change channels by itself, as my sister and I watched on glued to the ridiculous plots. By bedtime I would be able to perfectly mimic a resident from Sydney. Australian telenovelas, as naff as they are, helped launch pop star and acting careers of quite famous Hollywood actors. Guy Pearce, Naomi Watts and Russell Crowe come to mind. But the biggest in the eighties were the aforementioned Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, who were girlfriend/boyfriend in real life, as well on-screen that captured the hearts and minds of folk in the UK. Cometh, some clever clogs in the music industry took advantage of the europhoria of this romance and had them write and sing a song together, making millions and a chart topping single. That single was, yes you guessed it, Especially for You.
Suffice to say, my students, who have been brought up with very critical minds through having a French education, thought the song was utter shite, but they nonetheless followed through with naff poems of their own, which I think they enjoyed, secretly. Because I made my students write daft poems, I thought it was only fair that I write one myself.
So, for Pamela, this naff poem which goes without a name, is especially for you.
You are always in my heart,
When we’re together, we’re apart
You’re sweeter than a French tart,
And I have a million presents for you in my Amazon shopping cart.
I even love the smell of your farts,
Like fresh flowers on the morning cart,
I love seeing your face as the day starts,
That’s why you’re always in my heart.
I’m pleased to say that the students enjoyed it. Now I await Pamela’s response.