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Starting again

I'm keen to get back into the art of memory and start training for the 2019 Australian competition next November.

Last night I pulled out my cards PAO system. I'm pretty happy with it and still remember probably over half of it pretty easily, and I don't think it will take me long to solidify the rest.

I previously (3 years ago) used a PAO system for numbers as well, but I was never very happy with it. I'm exploring the major system as potentially a better method.

Memorise entire novel

In 6 weeks I am booked for a full recital of Candide by Voltaire, in the original French. I'm already reciting the novel in the 4 hour - 4 and half hour time suitable for a fluent recital.
The venue is The Pond in Edinburgh at the performance begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be finished by 10:30 p.m. at the latest. Everyone is welcome. There are 3 nights booked, the 4th, the 7th and the 9th.
It has taken a few years to get here from a standing start and not having any French to speak of.
Wish me luck.
I intend to launch a crowd funder from the first night

Chinese primary education: the survival of the fittest

The education system of China is bifurcated into various levels, about 3 years of kindergarten, 6 years of primary school and lastly, 3 years of secondary education.

The same is further followed by few years of higher education.

There are local education authorities and even private enterprises that generally run kindergarten and primary schools.

A typical school year in China comprises two semesters and runs from the month of September to July.


My experience at the 2018 USA Memory Championship Qualifying Round


After my dismal performance in my first USA Memory Championship in 2016, where I finished 35th, but had a great time and met a lot of great people, I knew I had to redeem myself. There was no 2017 competition, as the organizers were busy overhauling the way the championship worked, but I was excited to head back this year and give it another shot.