Learning Technologies Newsletter

ISSUE 77 - November 2011 - by Phil Chambers


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Welcome to the November 2011 issue of the Learning Technologies Newsletter. Please continue to forward it to friends and colleagues who you think would find it useful.

My apologies for the lateness and brevity of this month’s Newsletter. The reasons why can be found in the ‘What I’ve been up to’ section. I promise to produce a more comprehensive newsletter with a useful main article next month.

This month in an abbreviated newsletter we have results from the Third Indian National Memory Championships plus our regular features of Quote of the Month, Mind Map Tip and what I’ve been up to.


Mind Map Tip of the Month

Combine words and images. For example the ‘oo’ in the word ‘look’ could be a pair of eyes or the ‘O’ in the word ‘world’ could be a globe. You can also use other symbols in words like ‘MON€¥’ or ‘$AL€$’. Play with rebuses (puzzles in which words are represented by combinations of pictures and individual letters).


November's Quote of the Month


"Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream."

~Khalil Gibran (1883 – 1931)

More quotes here



What's Phil Up To?

Casino Monte Carlo

At the end of October I returned from the Third Indian National Memory Championship, after having a great time at the tournament and a couple of days’ sight seeing. (see report below)

On the plane out I watched the movie ‘Limitless’. It has a lot of Hollywood nonsense, but the plot centres around a miracle pill that activates all of your brain to achieve remarkable results. Whilst I don’t have any magic drugs and I can’t claim that I can make you the instant genius portrayed in the film, with the right training and practice, you can store data in such a way that you can access it whenever required and assimilate much more than the average person would believe possible.

Unfortunately as soon as I got home I went down with a viral infection (probably contracted on the trip back). This meant that I was largely out of action for two weeks. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic called Erythromycin (that I had a Mind Map on from 2004!). Thankfully I have now fully recovered.

This Newsletter is being written in my hotel bedroom in Monte Carlo where I have been running some Speed Reading training. Hence the delay in sending this out.

All my efforts for the next few weeks will be focused on the preparations for the World Memory Championships taking place in China in December. Wang Feng will be defending his title against tough competition especially from the German team so it promises to be an exciting event.


The Third Indain National Memory Championships

In a very exciting and closely fought contest, Ashish Rao triumphed over more than 60 competitors at the Indian National Memory Championships. His overall score of 2975 points confirmed his resounding and well-deserved win.

Second place went to Dongari Lakshman with 2205 Championship points, just pipping Rajendra Jain who scored 2201. Probably the smallest margin in Memory Sports history!

The standard of Indian competitors continues to improve year on year with several new Indian records broken in the championships. The Kids and Juniors performed extremely well and may go on to become future champions. With some of the best competitors entering the World Championships in China, the Mind Sport of Memory is thriving in India.

The championship was the first ever event to take place in the newly built five-star Marigold Green Park Hotel. The main banqueting hall of which and giant bannered stage led a great deal of splendour and style to the event. As in previous years, the tournament was masterminded by Squadron Leader Jayasimha: MD of 'Jayasimha Mind Dynamics' and Chairman of the National Memory Sports Council of India.

In a grand awards ceremony many VIP guests paid tribute to his vision and dedication to making India a Mentally Literate nation. He was ably assisted by former competitor, Kranthi Raj and an efficient team of more then 30 arbiters.

I am delighted to confirm that competitors' scores will be entered into the World Rankings in due course. I have no hesitation in confirming that all WMSC requirements were met or exceeded. Well done to all involved. Full scores can be seen here:


That’s it for this month. The next newsletter will be dropping into your inbox in Mid-December when I am back from China.

Best Wishes