exhibition competition

solo and pair

Yuuri!!! On Ice || Victor Nikiforov/Yuuri Katsuki || Hasetsu, Part VII
notes: also available on ao3.
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part vi


After Yuuri fails to qualify for the Grand Prix series, life returns to the same monotonous rhythm: morning runs, school, evening practice, school work, and sleep. Occasionally, a minor competition or exhibition will shake up the monotony. Yuuri wins a majority of them with the same routines he performed at tri-regionals, though at the gentle behest of his part-time coach, he minimizes the two quads in his free skate to triples.

“You don’t have the right number of rotations,” his instructor says. “We can continue to practice of course, but for now I think we should increase your number of combinations and focus on your presentation. That should buff up your points.”

Yuuri acquiesces, and only the plethora of prizes—the ribbons and trophies, the monetary consolations and the small prestige—help soothe the sting of disappoint. He needs to start landing quads if he wants to further his career, but it seems that not matter how hard he tries, he cannot pass the point he has reached.

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Society of Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition 2015

Disappearing leather spine Bradel binding with wood veneer boards of chestnut burr, sepele and chenchen. Hand-sewn Japanese silk endbands, hand-painted endpapers. Finished with ghosting gold leaf sunago and traditional French polish. The natural figures of the burr are skin to an ancient map, with Singapore being “the little red dot”. Traditional French polishing on boards of books and solid maple slip case box by Louis Kwok. 

It is my greatest pleasure and joy to be able to be here, in Keele University, in Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom, to be part of the Society of Bookbinders Education and Training Conference. And together with the conference, is the exhibition of the Society of Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition Exhibition 2015. I am really happy and grateful to all those who supported me by pledging and helping me raise funds to be here. I am proud to say, I am here, as a representative, of Singapore’s one and only fine binder. This is one of the two books I entered for this competition. I will be posting the second book up in the next post. 

The view of the black speech community which we obtain from our work in the ghetto areas is precisely the opposite from that reported by Deutsch, Engelmann. and Bereiter. We see a child bathed in verbal stimulation from morning to night. We see many speech events which depend upon the competitive exhibitions of verbal skills: singing, sounding, toasts, rifting, Iouding–a whole range of activities in which the individual gains status through his use of language. We see the younger child trying to acquire these skills from older children–hanging around on the outskirts of the older peer groups, and imitating this behavior. We see, however, no connection between verbal skill at the speech events characteristic of the street culture and success in the schoolroom; which says something about classrooms rather than about a child’s language.

There are undoubtedly many verbal skills which children from ghetto areas must learn in order to do well in school, and some of these are indeed characteristic of middle-class verbal behavior. Precision in spelling, practice in handling abstract symbols, the ability to state explicitly the meaning of words, and a richer knowledge of the Latinate vocabulary may all be useful acquisitions. But is it true that all of the middle-class verbal habits are functional and desirable in school? Before we impose middle-class verbal style upon children from other cultural groups, we should find out how much of it is useful for the main work of analyzing and generalizing, and how much is merely stylistic–or even dysfunctional. In high school and college, middle-class children spontaneously complicate their syntax to the point that instructors despair of getting them to make their language simpler and clearer.

Our work in the speech community makes it painfully obvious that in many ways working-class speakers are more effective narrators, reasoners, and debaters than many middle-class speakers, who temporize, qualify, and lose their argument in a mass of irrelevant detail. Many academic writers try to rid themselves of the part of middle-class style that is empty pretension, and keep the part necessary for precision. But the average middle-class speaker that we encounter makes no such effort; he is enmeshed in verbiage, the victim of sociolinguistic factors beyond his control.


William Labov, Academic Ignorance and Black Intelligence, June 1972

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