Picbomb – Religious Propaganda In Schools

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What Can I Say? REALLY?

BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) tweeted at 8:06 PM on Tue, Oct 30, 2012: Disney to buy Star Wars production company Lucasfilm from George Lucas for $4.05bn (£2.52bn). Details soon http://t.co/E9netdUR (https://twitter.com/BBCBreaking/status/263371225957543936) There isn’t much I can say to this really. Except for – the second three, episodes 1, 2, 3 were shit. And they’re making THREE MORE.

Hat Shopping

Aside from costume making, dressmaking and all the other sewing related things I do, I also sell textile items, jewellery and soaps on Etsy. Soaps are a relatively new thing for me, as bought some base items as an impulse buy when in Hobbycraft with Lucy last December. I may not get massive sales, but I seem to get a lot of interest. I also used to do Christmas craft fayres, taking children’s items, some jewellery, and once, cards.

Now, you may have noticed that Christmas is just around the corner. Eight weeks, according to a friend’s mother on Facebook. So, I’ve been booking up the fayres again. Today, I was here –

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I took my soaps. My friend Elle gave ne a lift, assisted by her mum Su, who has a few broken ribs so REALLY shouldn’t have come out (but she was needed for directions). I was meant to catch the train up, but the first train leaves Wolverhampton after 10am, and I was expected to be set up by 9.45!

I got there in good enough time, set up and had a wander round. The lady next to me sold hats, fascinators, masquerade masks and hairbands. So I ended up with this hat –

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This hat caused a substantial amount of ‘WANT’ Facebook comments!

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You can see and buy her hats and other items on Maison De Cantern, there is a link to Etsy and she is also on Facebook.

You know how it is . . . You always end up buying something!

Buy a hat from Maison De Cantern!

George.

P.S. Here’s my stall. And thanks to @LucyPeroxide for popping by and buying lots!

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A trip To The Motherland – And University

Yesterday was my first tutorial with the Open University. It was also my first trip to my birthplace for the best part of three years or so, so I was quite excited to go, do some learning, meet people, and then walk round with Lucy, drink coffee, and shop. It was due to take place from 10.30 to 14.30.

I don’t feel my day was quite as positive as that, however. I had already enquired as to whether I could attend the Birmingham tutorials, but decided against it based on my tutor being in Shrewsbury that day, and meeting up with Lucy afterwards.

After spending £8.80 on the train ticket, I found a friend on Facebook saying there were signalling problems, cable theft and a freight train refusing to move all within 5 miles of the station. I did manage to get a train, however. One that had come in late, delayed for over half an hour.

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We went through the village where I grew up.

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It was a very foggy day.

When I got to Shrewsbury, I found the place no problem. I saw two different rooms on the information screen using the abbreviation OU, so I went to check them both out. As I was looking into the one room, which was locked with the lights off, someone informed me it was the wrong one. Then I found the right one.

We started with an introductory round, which i’m never that keen on, and then we were informed we were to go into the town and perform a small exercise to help us see the world as social scientists. The less said about this, maybe, the better.

After an hour and a half, we were all back, and we reported back on what we had found. There were two tutors there, one sociology and one geography (historical geography to be accurate). They were talking in their own terms, which was fine, and nearly all the group were combined social science students, but with this first TMA (essay), I am finding myself thinking ‘but how does this work for criminology?’

The truth is – it doesn’t. It’s a very general module that all social science students appear to take. I knew this when I saw it, but it doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

We then spent about an hour and a half going over Harvard referencing. Now, I’m not keen on the technicalities of referencing, but I see it’s importance, and I understand it. I have to remind myself, it’s an open course, open to everyone, and some people will not have come across this before.

I think I’ll be attending the next tutorial in Birmingham, to see if that is any more helpful to me personally.

On the upside, I ate two Subways that day. I had two coffees and I had a muffin – based toastie. It was a bready day. And I bought a new liptint, which I suppose I should review? What do you think?

George

Tutorial, and a return to the Motherland

Yesterday was my first tutorial with the Open University.  It was also my first trip to my birthplace for the best part of three years or so, so I was quite excited to go, do some learning, meet people, and then walk round with my friend, drink coffee and shop. It was due to take place from 10.30 to 14.30.

I don’t feel my day was quite as positive as that, however. I had already enquired as to whether I could attend the Birmingham tutorials, but decided against it based on my tutor being in Shrewsbury that day, and meeting up with Lucy afterwards.

After spending £8.80 on the train ticket, I found a friend on Facebook saying there were signalling problems, cable theft and a freight train refusing to move all within 5 miles of the station. I did manage to get a train, however. One that had come in late, delayed for over half an hour.

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We went through the village where I grew up.

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It was a very foggy day.

When I got to Shrewsbury, I found the place no problem. I saw two different rooms on the information screen using the abbreviation OU, so I went to check them both out. As I was looking into the one room, which was locked with the lights off, someone informed me it was the wrong one. Then I found the right one.

We started with an introductory round, which i’m never that keen on, and then we were informed we were to go into the town and perform a small exercise to help us see the world as social scientists. The less said about this, maybe, the better.

After an hour and a half, we were all back, and we reported back on what we had found. There were two tutors there, one sociology and one geography (historical geography to be accurate). They were talking in their own terms, which was fine, and nearly all the group were combined social science students, but with this first TMA I am finding myself thinking ‘but how does this work for criminology?’

The truth is – it doesn’t. It’s a very general module that all social science students appear to take. I knew this when I saw it, but it doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

We then spent about an hour and a half going over Harvard referencing. Now, I’m not keen on the technicalities of referencing, but I see it’s importance, and I understand it. I have to remind myself, it’s an open course, open to everyone, and some people will not have come across this before.

I think I’ll be attending the next tutorial in Birmingham, to see if that is any more helpful to me personally.

Have some more pictures.

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The Man Who Flew

TheRealYamYamBloke (@RealYamYamBloke) tweeted at 7:26 PM on Sun, Oct 14, 2012: E day evan land on the red cross. it wor that gud.

Joking aside though, the Austrian freefaller, parachute man and BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner has just broke a few world records. As the solo jumper for the Red Bull Stratos project, he has jumped from some 128,000 feet to become the man who jumped from the highest point that any man has ever done.

After two aborted attempts on the 9th and 11th October, because of radio equipment and wind speed issues, today went ahead, with a few minor issues. Mission Control thought his visor wasn’t heating. It ended up working fine. He went into a bit of a spin at the start but regained control. He also pulled his parachute too early to claim the freefall record, and there is a query over whether he actually broke the sound barrier.

But he has these – the highest manned balloon flight, and the highest altitude jump.

This was our generation’s moon landings.

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Well done, Felix!

Conversion

Due to my netbook not having a DVD drive, I have been trying for a week or so to get my other half to rip and convert my study materials into MP4 format so I can watch the videos on both my netbook AND my phone. Ok, my phone may not be ideal, but I can study during work hours if I take the footage with me . . .

It seems to be going good so far, he’s ripped them and is now converting them. However, I downloaded a video onto my phone last week and we couldn’t get it off without linking it to his laptop. And I hate plugging phones into computers. So much effort, usually some software. I hope this is much easier.

Then I can be laughed at for studying at lunchtime again.