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DD209- Week 2

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Crikey, week 2 is dense stuff.

Now we have moved onto balances of income ( flows) both credit and deficit of national economies and the current accounts ( stocks ) of those countries and how flows and stocks are balanced across three main national activities, public, private and personal spending.

This is a very intense and demanding module so far... best pay attention and make sure i set aside re-reading time for the materials.

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Son #1

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Number 1 son enjoyed his first week of University.

He caught the Fresher's flu, so is taking as much flu plus as he can get crammed in him.

It has also worn him out, he has been asleep by 9.15 pm every night.

He did make me laugh, moaning about his timetable, which is 16 hours a week!

Mon 10am- 4pm

Tues 11am - 5pm

Wednesday- OFF- reading day.

Thursday 12pm-2pm

Friday 1pm- 3pm.

Apparently for son #1 this is a 'harsh' work load!!!!

So i shared with him my workload..

Mon 8.30 am to 5.30pm work.... 7pm to 9.30pm OU study

Tue 8.30 am to 5.30pm work.... 7pm to 9.30pm OU study

Wed 8.30 am to 5.30pm work.... 7pm to 9.30pm OU study

Thursday 8.30 am to 5.30pm work.... 7pm to 9.30pm OU study

Friday 8.30 am to 5.30pm work.... 7pm to 9.30pm OU study

Sat- OFF- reading day and doing the garden, shopping, housework and ferrying 3 ungrateful children around to various activities.

Sun- 2pm- 6pm OU Study.

Apparently it's okay, i 'am older' so i can cope with this workload and complaining about it is just me 'being dramatic'

Son #1 might live to see week 2 of university, only 'might' mind....

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1st views, 2nd study groups

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so firstly, 36,000 views, that's is really awesome.

Thank you everyone, it is much appreciated. Always.

Secondly, i popped onto the FASS website and the PPE and economics forums.

There i exchanged posts with a nice chap called Barry.

Barry is on a different pathway to me, not Q45 Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

The good thing is that Barry is has just finished DD209- economics and is starting A222- Philosophy.

I have just finished A222 and am starting DD209.

So that sounds like an excellent opportunity to exchange experience's and tips.

So my unofficial study group of me, Simon and Stephen would benefit from Barry's advice and hopefully, Barry from ours.

I do like it when things work out like that, it makes me happy.

It is also a good way to help break down the barriers of remote/online study and stop any feelings of isolation when studying with the O.U.

I do use the LINE messaging app on my phone, all i have to do now is convince another 3 chaps, over 40, that it is the best way to communicate as a study group, instead of long email chains, like we currently do.

 

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Following the OU on Facebook

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I do follow the OU on Facebook.

Today their page is full of graduation ceremony pictures for today

Very inspiring, great to see all the graduates getting their degrees today, how fantastic for them and their families.

Hopefully in Spetember 2021 i will get to take part in graduation too.

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Tutors and tutorials

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Got an email from my tutor, so that is sorted and tutorials are at southampton again this year, same venue as 2 years ago with DD211.

So thats sorted.

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Half way through the working week...again

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Half way done with the working week again.

Need to punt my c.v out there to try and find a job where i spent less time counting the days away..

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Woah-- DD209

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Wow, DD209 chapter one is hard... CPI,GDP calculations, inflation, real wages verses monetary wages..

Formulas, difference between percentage point change and percentile change.

From week one the first thing that becomes clear is that notes are going to be important, i am going to have to add in 3-4 hours every week to produce the revision notes... they do provide a downloadable revision note template, i am going to be using that plenty.

But wow, what a lot of algebra and formula's to take in...

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Fairly bombing along now

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Well the views counter is fairly bombing along now...

35,000 views.

I am made up by that, thank you everyone.

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And now the Mrs is back at uni..

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I also found out the my Mrs is going back to uni on a part time basis on Wednesday.

Her work are paying for her to do a ASYE this year, so that she can assess and mark social work students in the workplace.

So whilst son #1 and i lurge through our undergraduates degrees, the Mrs is doing post graduate!!

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Family induction day

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So Son #1... starts Portsmouth University tomorrow.

Having attended the open day... today is family induction day... i have no idea what that is, but we are doing it at the uni this afternoon.

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OU facebook groups

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Each year i join the facebook group for the module and each year i rage quit them by Christmas...

This year i have joined the DD209 october start group.

Yesterday i nearly quit on the first day of the module start date.

Some smart arse posts, on the day the module planner opens, about some thing they don't understand in chapter 3...

FFS, no one is impressed by your passive aggressive gloating about chapter 3 on day 1 of the course... thats 48 hours of study, or 3 weeks, away... of course you didn't understand it, you have compressed 48 hours of study into an 8 hour period....just because you think it will impress your fellow cohort... it does not impress us... some of us work full time,study and have 3 kids...

Did not rage quit the group, despite the gloating first post...  

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34,000

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Wow 34,000 views.

Thank you everyone.

34 is sarm,sap,say in phonetic Cantonese.

Enjoyed the crickets highlights yesterday, Cook retiring as englands leading test batsman and Anderson becoming the fast bowler with the most ever wickets.

With Cook retired i wonder if Jimmy Anderson will also call it a day or if he will go on the winter tour. 

He might go and pick some wickets...just to give Stuart Broad an even bigger total to chase. 

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Work

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Sitting here at lunch break from work.. and its only Tuesday... fed up already.

Might be time to chuck my c.v out there again and see if i can land a new job.

Contract management is very boring... and i am very bored doing it.

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Readings

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Working through chapter 1 of book 1 for DD209.

Lots of mentions of JM keynes being a key topic is book 2.

So have set text book 1 aside for 2 weeks and am reading Kenyes' General theory of employment, money and interest.

Its a good book... no honestly it is...and because i bought the Wordsworth classics version, it also has the book economic consequences of peace printed in it as well.

So that is now my pre-reading, will need to get a move on though, the module opens in 2 weeks

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Got to a double carpet !!!!

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33,000 views or as it is known in slang ' a double carpet... in the old days if you had done 30 years in the nick, the guards would buy you a 3 feet square roll of carpet for your cell. Hence 3 is known as a 'carpet' so 33 is a double carpet..

So i have hit a double carpet of bags...

A bag of sand... a grand.. one thousand.

Hence 33,000 is a double carpet of bags.

Stick another neves on and it would by big plymouth of bags...

Anyway i want to say thank you to everyone who has visited my blog.

For 34,000 thousand we can go with some more details about slang counting, perhaps look at jacks, stripes, bottles, scores, ponies and cockles...or even half'a'bar.

For advanced counting slang we could switch for phonetic Cantonese?

Yat = 1

Ee= 2

Sarm= 3

Say=4

Mmm=5

Low=6

Chat=7

Bah=8

Gow= 9

Sap=10

It goes in the 10 unit style... so for example 33 is said as 3 10 3... so 33 is sarm,sap,sarm...

Anyway, thank you for visiting my blog.. it makes me happy to know that you do...

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No smoking

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Well the vape machine is alright.

Keeping me off the fags.

No change in health yet, give it a couple of weeks.

I don't feel quite so tired all the time, i used too.

Lets see if reintroducing 2 hours of study every evening affects my energy levels...

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Views

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Thank you everyone... the counter just rolled through 32,000. How amazing is that !

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So if it is a time for new beginnings...

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Well since it is all change in September, new modules, son starting university etc...etc.

I have decided to stop the smoking... 51 years old, been smoking again for 10 years after having stopped for 11. Started when i was 14.

So 14-29.....smoker

       29-40... non smoker

       41-51.... smoker.

I bought one of those vape machines at christmas, and it has sat on my shelf for 9 months gathering dust... whilst i tried to gather will power.

Today the vape machine is out of the box, getting charged, oil soaking the wick and will be ready to go at 5pm.

Here goes again at knocking the fags on the head... before they knock me on the head...

At £ 8.50 a packet of fags... i smoke cheap fags, if you smoke a big brand name they are £ 10.00, so saving the money would be handy too...

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The book delievery..

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The books arrived... only two of them and no other materials..  so thats good DD209 must be a newer module where most of the material is on the module website, just like DD103 and DD211.

Only the exception was #bloodyA222 with its 6 books and 7 audio CD's. Oh t and the Access module YO32, that some 2 books and 2 CD's.

So pleased to be back to a modern module again.

I will have a glance through book 1 of DD209 in the morning.

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And so it begins again...

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Well, it all begins again tomorrow.

The DD209 books will be sent out tomorrow and the module website will open in 2 weeks tomorrow.

So off we go again, for me this will be year 4 of study out of 6 and my last level 2 module.

So as i sit here now i am 50% done and after this upcoming module it will be 66% done 

Starting to get a view of the home straight now.

So roll on DD209- Economics, lets get level 2 done. Getting level 2 complete means i will have completed diploma level. Happy days.

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BBC 4

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Does watching the programme ' the science of winning' count as preparation for DD209?

It was all about game theory and in particular evolutionary game theory.

It was an interesting watch, turns out i am one of the 66% of the population who have dove behavioural chatacterists, i am not a hawk. 

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31,000

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Gosh 31,000 came round quick...

Thank you everyone

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Best movie ever

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Just watched Groundhog day on Dave. There is a split in our house. Ella and I love the film. We think it is the best film ever, and watch it together whenever it is on. Ros, James and William think it is a good film, but can't understand why Ella and I love it so much and are happy to watch it again.

Do any of you share my and Ella's opinion, that Groundhog day is the best film ever made?

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Uni registration

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Son #1 just finished all his registration stuff for the university of portsmouth.

So he inducts on monday 17th of spetember, they even have a parents induction day of the sunday 16th.

So thats all sorted then. Just have to book an appointment with the accountants departed to pay the first year fee's.

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29,000

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Wow, 29,000 views.

The counter is fairly racing along now.

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to visit and hopefully read this blog.

It has been a funny few days.

The 12th of August would have been my dads birthday, and it is 18 months now since he died.

Son #1 turned 19 on the 15th of August, and got his A-level results on the 16th.

It turned out that when he went onto UCAS to be cleared, the university of Portsmouth had upped his unconditional anyway.

So i have had a week off from work, but am now emotionally exhausted and have to go back to work tomorrow 

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