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I suppose for any sporting event, when you get out on that track or in the ring, and you look at the person against who you are competing in a spirit of friendship but to win, I'm sure the heart palpitates and the mind says to itself, 'I'm not going to do this'.
Teaching is one of the most daring of all professions--indeed, I believe that perhaps next to neurosurgery it is the most daring--and teaching children to read and to understand what they read and to write and in their writing say what they mean, with precision, carries with it so formidable a responsibility that whenever I hear "If all else fails I'll go into teaching" my heart palpitates.
Each 28ft high tower has a hollow base that can be used for storage, signage or seating and each is topped with synthetic canvas that gently palpitates with light, bathing the park in a warm glow after dark.