It was a passing exchange on a busy corridor. The Head of ICT cornered me and opened with those dreaded words “I know you’re busy but…” Before I could launch into just how busy I was with organising the day’s exams she asked me about EDI and whether I used it much as Exams Officer. Do I?! It’s the sine qua non of exams organisation these days, I suggested, and reeled off all the processes. Well, could she bring some of her A Level students up to the Tower and could I give them a run-down on its benefits to an organisation? Quite a happy certe, followed by a “make sure you remind me”. By the time I returned to Tower Control – the memorandum was waiting in my inbox: “3.20pm ICT group in exams office for a party!!!” I couldn’t resist it. cenabis bene, mi Fabulle apud me…. I can quote this verbatim but just so that I wouldn’t have to type it all in, I quickly googled the text and easily found it, of course - with this entry first up. Be sure to play the sound file for the discussion.
(and there are more poems of Catullus here:
I enjoyed it ( pace one or two issues of pronunciation) as a charming piece to bear in mind for the next time you are teaching this poem.
Anyway, I pasted the text into my email reply to the Head of ICT, translated it, tolerably well, for her and await her response. I can’t wait for 3.20!
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