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Getting bored in the evening

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I bought some economics books to read in the evening.. but i am getting bored now.

What with it still being July i have so long to wait until the study planner opens up and i can get year 4 underway.

I think though, trying to do a September and February start would be to much for me.... especially as the February start would be a level 3 module.

So i am stuck with the part time pathway and the long summer wait to get going again.  

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Still raining.

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It is pretty solid rain today and most of last night.

My garden is saved.

Now hopefully is a weeks time, all that straw yellow grass in parks and verges all over the country will be able to green up again.

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Rain....

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It's raining!!!!!!!

Will it be enough to save my garden.

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Views versus temprature

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The counter is about to hit 25,000 views...

25,000 which is also the current temperature in Fahrenheit.

Cannot wait for the storms tomorrow night, my garden cannot wait for that rain.

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My poor garden

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It is now 6 weeks since a single drop of rain fell on my garden.

The nice happy people on BBC weather tell me it is not going to rain this week either.

My poor garden is being burnt to a crisp.

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Doing the facebook thing

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I don't know, i have the facebook thing.. but i don't seem to enjoy it.

It just seems full of arguments and aggravation. 

The is so little humour or wisdom in any of the posts. 

No i don't wish to sign your petition..

No i don't think we should ban Trump from entering the country...after all that's playing into his phobia.

No i do not wish to attend the boutique fair this Saturday

No i do not need to share a picture of someone with a dead lion that they hunted.. after all i can express contempt for those people without sharing pictures of them with the animals they kill.

I am probably best served by my current policy of going on facebook once in a two week period and hardly ever posting on there.

Facebook seems to be becoming a race to the bottom of the barrel... especially any page that starts with the title,

Spotted....

So many of the pages, groups and comments seem to have become little franchises of hatefulness.

Like so many things in life.. the internet was a good idea, that got filled with people and people's unkindness.

It's sad really.

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Wow 24,000

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24,000 views. How fantastic.

Thank you everyone.

It might be a sign, but 24 was the age i was the last time England went out of a world cup at the semi final stage.. 

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Uniforms

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William finally got his air cadet uniform ready for the final parade of this term, which was tonight.

Bless him he looked very smart.

He also passed his duke of Edinburgh award as well. So more patches to go on his fatigue uniform.

Can't believe it is the last day of this academic year tomorrow, a half day at that. Summer holidays are here. 

Except for those of us who have to work for a living..  which is me.

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Getting the breakdown of your exam score

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Lol. I passed, philosophy is done with... but i could not resist looking at the detailed breakdown of my performance... if i hated A222 before, then i despise it now....

I got 64%, but looking at the beakdown i have 4 out of 12 marked as 'weak' and 2 out of 12 marked as inadequate.

It's a miracle i passed... 

To study Philosophy and A222 is truly a 'special' experience, never to be repeated and never enjoyed.

Now the chore, sorry, experience is complete i can retire the hash tag...

#bloodyA222 is no more

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Looks like rain..

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It has not rained on my house for 4 weeks... my garden is burnt to a crisp... cloudy skies today... come on rain.. save my garden.

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satire

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As i mentioned before, i volunteer for a local micro news site as a satirist. They are publishing an anthology of the work all the volunteers have submitted through out the year in October.

Which is very exciting for me, as i will become a published satirist, in print, because being published online does not really count.

The hard bit is that between myself and the editors, Tom and Sarah, we have to decide which one of my satirist infographics go into the book, so far i am leaning towards this one...

i think this one is most on the money


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and the results are in...

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And the results are in...

64% in the exam.  

60% already from the OCAS...

So a grade 3 pass then..  i will take that considering how much i loathed the course.

I hope everyone's results were good.

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Too hot for decking.

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There is a deck outside my sun lounge. It's where i sit and have a fag, think and play guitar.

Six of the 36 boards need replacing. I am doing that this afternoon. It is too hot to really do much work.. however i need to replace them. 

Also Wickes are currently doing half price on 140mm by 2.40 meter boards... 5 pound each. Which is a bargin.

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soul sold...again

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Hey Hey, just had the email to say that SFE has approved my loan for 2018-19.

There we are , my soul sold slightly further down the river to Student Finance England.

It's okay because i don't have a soul, perhaps to escape my debt i could change my name by deed poll to 'David Hume' and see how long it takes the hell hounds of student finance to find me....

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4 more days to go...

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My exam result date is Tuesday 17th of July....so

4 more days to go...

Do we get our results on the same day? do some of you get them before or after that date?


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They think it's all over... it is now

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Well that was heart breaking... it took Croatia till 10 minutes into the second half to work out our game plan... once they had, it was heart ache all the way.

Still England gave us quite a ride at this world cup...we thank them for sparking hope within us.

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Views

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Very excited to reach 23,000 views today..

Thank you everyone...

23 is also the age i was the last time England were in a world cup semi final... that is a good omen.. hopefully...

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

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Just saw that q45- politics, philosophy and economics was left unchanged by the academic review.

That is a relief... my heart goes out to any one who has had their course removed or amended.

Hopefully all your courses survived without too much upheaval.

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Days to remember..

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Wow... a world cup semi final. Well done England.

The open day at portsmouth uni was good. Son #1 has a conditional offer there, so A level results willing, he will be going to Portsmouth Uni to study International Relations and Politics. 

We spent 40 minutes in the library looking through the selection of politics book.

All being well, in the second year he will be able to do a semester at a european university under the Erasmus scheme... or he can spend a semester at a American or Canadian university.

What a fantastic opportunity.

 

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Appointment conflicts

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Was it only three posts ago i was looking forward to son #1's university open day in Portsmouth?

Then England went and played their way into the world cup quarter finals...

Now we will have to rush back from the open day for 3pm to watch it...

Saturday 7th of July 2018 will indeed be a day to remember....

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public service announcement

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During this heat wave you will hear many messages, and see thousands of Facebook post's about taking care and looking after yourself in this heat wave...

here is my own public service announcement...

'husbands- whilst paying compete attention to the world cup,and quite right too, you may not have been aware there is a heatwave sweeping the country... due to the extreme heat and blistering sunlight you need to take extreme care.

Is your partner, you remember her, the one who walks past the T.V and says 'watching the football again?' a red head?

If so please be aware that redheaded partners can suffer with exposure to any sunlight, let alone this kind of blistering heat and extreme sunlight.. your red headed partner is at risk in this weather. If your partner is suffering from the extreme heat you may notice the following symptoms;

Drinking 28 cans of diet coke every day.

Erupting into billions of freckles.

Her complexion changing from Milk white to Lobster red in milliseconds.

Large floppy hats appearing all over the house and in your car.

Maxi dresses

Red heads have also been known to prowl around in this extreme heat muttering 'where are my bloody sunglasses, i know i left them here somewhere'

I am only joking of course, with the greatest of love for my darling red headed partner Ros,

Who, in this weather, incinerates faster than a vampire exposed to a single shaft of sunlight....


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Linkedin..

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Edited by Michael Gumbrell, Sunday, 1 Jul 2018, 11:11

I have my doubts about LinkedIn,

i get so many requests to 'connect' and so many people trying to sell and instigate transactions through LinkedIn.

I must admit i do not advertise my phone number through the app... i keep my number private, i tend to lean towards the idea that if i wish to do business with someone, i will phone them and politely discuss the possibility by qualifying them, very gently of course, then politely suggesting there could be opportunities to do business.

I rarely do any business directly online without any form of verbal conservation with any potential clients.

however so many people on LinkedIn seem to think that just spamming on my page or through email will generate my custom. This is not my preferred way to do business and to be frank it pisses me off....

however not as much as the posturing on the comments section, people posting meme's and articles which perfectly sum up their own perceived shared brilliance in motivating people or being ethically driven to succeed and achieve success. It is all so false and contrived, and yet people think it will be well received and even believed.

It did used to frustrate me, until a chap i know posted this meme, which i believe sums up the whole ethos of self promoting bullshit that gets posted on LinkedIn...

This is quite brilliant,


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Views

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22,000 views... how wonderful.

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to visit my blog.

It is much appreciated.

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Children Studying

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Looking forward to next Saturday.. it is open day at the university of Portsmouth.

Taking number one son to the open day, he is down to start Politics and international relations in September.

I had a look at the course modules... looks very interesting.

He can extend to 4 years and do a one year placement between year 2 and 3... the university has some excellent placement options.

Number one son is very lucky..looks like an excellent course.

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Sunny days

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Too hot to work...  too hot to work,

Must get some work done...

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