Meetup In Wolves

Lucy and I met up in Wolves today for the first time since December! We planned to meet at two, but Lucy’s train had signalling problems around Wellington (I say it was probably stolen cables), and I had to go buy some electric (6 pence left on the meter, all the emergency used up), so we were both a few minutes late. We met at Beattie’s clock, which is a clock on an island outside a department store now bought out by House of Fraser.

We went into Costa (I have a points card), and both got lattes YUM and Lucy gave me my birthday present. HOUSE!

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House, every season EVARRRR

We had a bit of rude and lewd conversation, as usual, about nothing in particular, talked about Michael J. Fox, Dick Van Dyke and Lucy’s nan, then we decided to move round the corner for food.

SUBWAY (I have a card)!

Then we went round town, and Lucy was umm-ing and argh-ing over what new handbag to get (not my area).

Back to River Island, to look again at said bags, she gave me a choice. I told her to buy this one –

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As you can tell, by the evening we resigned ourselves to the pub. Hog’s Head being pub of choice, a callback to uni days.

And here’s what I drank.

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That’s Goldschlager and Red Bull, with a side of Toffee Apple cider.

Then we went to Asda. For mini cheddars and hummus.

That’s my autocorrect, I like to spell it hommous. But hey.

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.

Uni Has Officially Started!

Yay! It was Saturday just gone that my course with the Open University started. I know it’s an odd day, but hey, that’s what the paperwork said!

I’ve watched one section of the DVD and made notes. I have started to write them up too, i’m about halfway through that.  I have just over three weeks now to write my first TMA, which I think is an acronym for Tutor Marked Assessment. It’s only small, 750 words, so i’m not too bothered about it. That’s one evening’s work really, just for the writing. I have to watch some more of the DVD and find out if any of it is actually relevant, as the last part I found completely useless.

Oh, and of course, i’m still waiting for Student Finance to get back to me.

George

Starting TMA01

Last night, I started watching the supplied DVD in preparation for the first essay, labelled as TMA 01.  It’s a small, 750 word essay, about how material things, such as street furniture, CCTV and buildings, are built, installed or made to favour one group over another.

Thing is, I didn’t actually find it all that useful.  It gave insight into the local businesses and business owner’s opinions, which would be alright if I was doing a business degree, or even town planning (at one point, they discussed a bus lane), however, nothing really came up about material objects.

I do have two more sections to watch, so hopefully they’ll give more relevant information to help with this first mini essay.

My Learning Materials Have Arrived!

I was informed on my way home from work on Tuesday, that during the day, I had received a package.  As the OU StudentHome page said my learning materials had been sent, that is what I assumed the parcel to be.

And I was right!

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See?  Box.  I’ve covered my address with a pen, and the pen also adds scale.  It was the only thing I could find at the time.

This is what I found inside –

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Three learning companions, two MAHOOSIVE textbooks, two boxes of audio and DVD discs, an assignment booklet, and some stuff not in the photo, which includes my student loan forms, a module calendar and some one page documents.

This is only a 60 credit module, something you would usually study in, say, four months or so, on a full time university course.  This is a lot of reading!  Also, I took a photo of the textbooks, again with the pen for reference.

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I haven’t actually looked at how many pages there are in the books, but these are some pretty hefty books.  Saying that though, I also took a picture of the audio and DVD discs –

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Twelve discs, two I believe are DVDs, the other ten are audio.

I’ve got lots of work coming up!  Even if it only reading . . .

George