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1984

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Well i am greatly enjoying rereading 1984 again.

So much Gin in the story, makes me wonder if all the people who currently drink Gin, cause it is trendy, realise they are fulfilling part of Orwell's bleak future....

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Remember, remember the 5th of November

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Remember, remember the 5th of November.

Nice picture of some ironic Advanced Warning Signs 

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Blogtober

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Edited by Michael Gumbrell, Monday, 30 Sep 2019, 11:59

So the OU are promoting blogtober, which is encouraging all students to blog every day for the month of October. 

So here is my preparation blogtober post.

It will be interesting to see if lots of people get onboard.

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Set books

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My set book for this module is Orwell's 1984.

I have been enjoying rereading it again.

The first TMA of this module is about populism and the idea of what makes us English.


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Nelson

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Anyone like Cricket?

 if you do you will know what a Nelson is.

My blog counter is about to hit a big Nelson, 111,@@1, lets hope it is not a bad omen.

I might well do a Dickie Bird dance when it does, just to ward off the dark spirits.

If you don't know what a Nelson is, they don't worry, it is only a bad omen if you are superstitious, if you are not, then no need to worry.... touch wood.

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Jump in views

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The view counter just clocked 110,000. So a 10% increase in 10 weeks. Thank you to everyone who reads my blog.

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Familiar faces

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Edited by Michael Gumbrell, Friday, 20 Sep 2019, 21:04

So, although the tutors have not been assigned yet, the tutor in charge of the module forums is my old DD211 tutor.

So i expect i will assigned to them again, that is a good thing, my DD211 tutor was the best i have had so far, and so i am pleased that they will be my DD316 tutor as well.

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Study planner

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So got me book, got time to study, all i need now is for Thursday to roll around, the study planner will open, and off we jolly well go.

I only have to write 4 essays and a double length final essay for this module, which is nice.

Here we go again.

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One book

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My books arrived, i should say my book, singular.

One text book for a whole year 3 module.

Most of the learning materials must be online then.

£3000 for the module, and i get... one book.

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Dispatched

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So according to my module planner, my books have been dispatched  so hopefully they will be here soon.

The module website opens in one week.

Here we go again..

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Still no books

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I still have no books.

My postage date was the 24th of August.

No tracking number on the module website and

According to the OU dispatch page, the books are still waiting to be sent out.

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Where is my tracking number

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My books should have been dispatched yesterday.

But no tracking number has appeared yet on my student home.

Hopefully they were dispatched alright

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I am ready to get going again

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Well my boredom threshold has been reached.

I am ready to get going again now.

I only have to modules left to do, so i am keen to get nearer the finishing post.

My books should be here at some point next week.

I am ready to get studying again.

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Getting ahead of myself

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Get home from work, see a yodel parcel on the mantle.... oh great i think... text books have come early.

No... it's a book my lovely Mrs has bought.

Stand down Michael....

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Just found the Fass you tube channel..

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FASS have a you tube channel.

Quite a bit of good stuff on it.

Glad i found that

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Not long to go

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Text books for DD316 should arrive in 4 weeks.

Not long to go before it all kicks off again.

Bored with not studying now... ready to get going again.

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Getting into the Facebook group

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I have been negative about Facebook groups before.

However i am enjoying the general open university Facebook group. It is very inspiring to see all the people who graduate this week, being excited about booking their graduation ceremonies.

It is an interesting read, from newly enrolled students, excited about starting, to finished graduates, excited about graduation ceremonies, and everyone inbetween.

And a lot of excitement about stationary..... 

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Actually getting to 100,000

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Edited by Michael Gumbrell, Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019, 20:38

I actually got there. Well, i didn't get there, you got me there.

Into the 6 figure club... 100,000 views.

Thank you everyone, frequent visitors and new visitors.

I hope you all did the best you could in your exams, i did okay, but wasn't expecting to do better than okay.

I did not revise that much, so could not hope for a good result, so much of DD209 went over my head, instead of going into it.

However, a pass is a pass, so happy days.

After 5 years with the OU i have amassed;

1 CertHe

1 DipHe

1 hundred thousand blog views

1 student debt

And

1 desire to finish with the OU and move onto a Masters.


I am a lucky 1.

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100,000

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I have a really busy day at work tomorrow.

Which means i won't be around when i get to 100,000 views.

Thank you everyone. That is truly amazing. I am very humbled that so many of you have taken the time to come to my blog and wade through the stream of posts.

Thank you all so very much.

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Exam results are in

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Got my exam result today.

53%. So i passed.

Overall score for the module 60% a grade 3 pass.

No more exams for me.

Essays all the way home now

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Claiming credit

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This is good news.

Did you know that for a fair few path ways, you can claim your qualifications as you go along.

Since i am 4 years in, i have finished level 1 and level 2.

That means i can claim a;

Certificate of Higher Education- for level 1.

CertHe 

And  i can claim a;

Diploma of Higher Education- for level 2.

DipHe


Claiming them will not effect my continuing to study for the whole degree.

I have the contact details for the relevant department, so just comment below if you would like to know them

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Waiting upon waiting

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I am waiting for my exam result.... so that i can move onto DD316....

The OU are waiting for Student Finance Hades, sorry England to approve my loan, so that i can move onto DD 316


It's all waiting at the moment.


Oh DD316... will you ever be mine?

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Writing a personal statement

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I have never written a personal statement before.

The OU did not require one from me.

I would like to apply to the university of Winchester to do a masters in liberal arts... so i will have to write one.

I have looked at some advise notes about writing one, so hopefully i will be able to write a good one.

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Views creeping up. .

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Views to my blog are creeping up all the time, just about to top 95,000.

I still have no idea how to celebrate getting to 100,000

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Do i double down

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Well, i have been thinking about this long and hard.

None of the OU masters programs would suit my degree study.

I live on the South Coast in Hampshire.

The University of Winchester does a part time (2 years) masters degree in Modern Liberal Arts.... it is tempting, another 10k in student loans, but i would be 56 when i finished it, so l would never pay back the full loan.

I am definitely thinking about doubling down and applying for it, in a couple of years, when i get this degree finished

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