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Mr Tim Deyes: Weekly Update 06/01/17

06 January 2017

Today I would like to share with you a short narrative about an issue that has nothing to do with education, but more to do with a very personal issue that all of us run through with varying degrees of happiness and joy at least once a year.

  • Update from the Principal of British International School HCMC, Mr Tim Deyes.


It has been a closely guarded secret that yesterday was my birthday and an even more closely guarded secret that I reached the quite astonishing age of 51.  My daughter celebrated this by sending me the following emoji, which is actually called “old man emoji”!

Mr Tim Deyes celebrates his birthday at British International School HCMC

My reply to her was that I have far more hair than that and that I am not old, but in the prime of my life.

I have been desperately searching for something of importance that happened on the day I was born, but nothing of note seems to have taken place.

Here are some rather feeble examples:

“In that special week of January people in US were listening to We Can Work It Out by The Beatles. In UK Yeah Yeah by Georgie Fame was in the top 5 hits. The Slender Thread, directed by Sydney Pollack, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1966 while Those Who Love by Irving Stone was one of the best-selling books.”

Now, I know who the Beatles are, but, as for the rest, what and who are they?

So, some statistics to try and make myself not feel too old and decrepit:

“If you were born on 5th January 1966, your age is fifty-one years and one day. 18629 days have passed since day of your birth (or 2661.3 weeks). But you are not alone with this! In world 346000 babies was born on that day. You were born on Wednesday and your zodiac sign is Capricorn.”

Well, this makes me feel neither better nor worse and 2661 weeks doesn’t really sound all that many does it?

How about this one,

“Gene Autry's "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" hits #1 on the Billboard Pop Charts. It sold over 8 million copies and was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1985.”

The pinnacle of my birthdate seems to have been a Christmas song about reindeers! That really is not too good.

Perhaps the most interesting things to note are that,

If I had never cut my hair since my b-day, today, it would be 6.52 meters long and I have had 1877.8 million heartbeats since my birth.

But, without sounding too corny, it doesn’t really matter how old, or young, I am.  I am happy with a wonderful family, working in a great school and living in a beautiful country.  What more could I really want?

Tim Deyes, Principal