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Fig. 1. Betthany Hughes – The ideas that make us. BBC Radio 4.
The volume of ‘educational’ content I gather from BBC Radio 4 is remarkable – there is so much of it. Much of it recalled here over the last three years.
Here is a 15 minutes piece that might make you the fiction writer you have always wanted to be.
She derives the word from ancient Greek and its use in Himer’s Illiad then interviews an eloquent Aussie Cricket commentator during the Ashes and the author Kate Mosse at her publisher’s.
Agony helps us to empathise with another’s struggle.
‘Struggle, in the form of philosophy of ideas, is at the heart of a good novel’, says author Kate Mosse, ‘otherwise there is no story to tell’.
Jeopardy and contest is central to what makes us human.
And when it comes to the effort of writing:
‘Try again, fail again, never mind, fail better’, said Sam Beckett.
I entered this field in 1999/2000 and have migrated rich content from DVD to the web, and for the last three years have been studying with the OU on their MAODE while keeping up some professional activity – working in Brighton companies have a short shelf life as ideas, people, projects, software and platforms get picked up or crushed, spun around then spat out.
There’s constant agitation – on the one hand careful evolution, on the other, a desire by some to be the first with a revolution.
It all goes into the mix.
My view is that we need to feed content to tablets and smartphones and look beyond these to a headset and ear-piece.
Personally I’d like to have chips in my teeth so that I can activate a device without having to use fingers or voice 🙂
M-learning stands for mouth learning?!
Fig.1. Copse – Lewes – Snowfall January 2010
I did a dozen of these and still mean to complete a Triptych on a grand scale with Lewes Castle above the tree tops. Who is going to give me the space and three months to do it?
I’ll keep posting drawings until someone remembers I could draw before I could write or read.
But Mum would put 6B pencils into our hands and even age 4 we had a drawing board and cartridge paper.
Here’s your 2013 reading list – one a week for the year.
Fig.1. It might have been a bad year for badger‘s but that’s not the point.
Thick with cold and in the car unwillingly I wondered what badgers had to do with the state of the economy.
It is true, that you learn from disaster, from economic downturn, from making ends meet … from a death in the family, from making mistakes. Indeed, in many things you learn a good deal in a bad year.
It was a bad year for gardeners
I had a bad year in 1985. The love of my life and I were parting company. I was young. I let it fester. This has been a bad year – my mum died.
I’ll think of 2012 therefore as the year of the Badger.
At least this’ll put a smile on my face.
Do we really learn from our mistakes?
It rather suggests that our personalities are like plasticine rather than alabaster – that we can and do with ease adjust to the circumstances.
Fig. 1. Where My Mind Bursts is read – the last 90 days
Over a decade ago I blogged in Diaryland and responded to the constant feed of analytics to the point that 200+ views an hour was a reasonable goal, until ‘cheats’ who didn’t follow the rules we set as bloggers back then failed to publish either every day, or 1000 words an hour or whatever criteria we set.
Over a decade on consistency of theme is the key.
My consistent theme for the last three years, if not the last three decades, is learning and now e-learning.
E-learning and creativty are the themes that get me noticed.
Perhaps this is why I am yet to be read in Greenland?
Or is that never possible?
I thought that China was a closed country for blogs like this until I found readers from China had started to register.
I have no stance, I just share stuff and offer a point of view.
Must I appeal to a community on Greenland or have a reader from Denmark?
Just a game of course.
Zimbabwe is off my readership. There are plenty of people I know from Zimbabwe living here on England‘s South Coast. Who are they? Second or third generation Brits or Europeans who were getting nowhere and had a way ‘home’.
I’m not about to hop on a plane to Bolivia.
However, were I to blog my way around the world I dare so I could tick off every country on the planet, just as a boy I pencilled in every county in England, then most of Wales and Scotland and in my teens and twenties covered ALL of France (helped enormously being a part of an international TV agency team covering news in France and being commissioned to make a documentary on … every far flung corner of life in France).
A recurring thought, as 25 years ago I had suggested to a potential backer that I take a team off round the world to gather in tasty video footage of everywhere that mattered.
Of course, the where is of far less value than the who.
500 years of Lewes Old Grammar School, so what do they do? Close the High Street and march around town in costume
A school parade through Lewes. This is Lewes. This is normal.
I’ve been marching around in fancy dress for 12 years either as a Confederate Soldier or an early 18th Century Pirate.
Does Lewes produce more historians per head of population than other towns in the UK?
I wonder because all this activity must have an impact, especially on the younger participants. I took over 200 photos this afternoon, and spent a lot of time getting close ups of the 3d ‘Banners’ that were paraded through town.
The detail and craftsmanship impressed.
The entire set could be used as multiple pegs into the 500 year history of England … and beyond, this is afterall the town of Tom Paine.
This on the day Scotland starts its yes campaign for independence and I happened to be reading the chapter in the Norman Davies book ‘The Isles’ on the extraordinary mishaps that resulted in the union of England and Scotland in the first place.
Scotland had gone bust financing an attempt at empire building in central America. I favour independence. Of the 62 ancestors I can trace back to the 18th century one was Irish, and some 50 from Scotland, the rest from the North East or North West of England.