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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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SFE

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What is going on with student finance england?

I am now on my second week of trying to apply for my next student loan.

Will the SFE website ever work again???

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Summer reading

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I am enjoying the BK book of economics.. i am up to the 1800's already.. you can never get enough David Hume in your life..

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And in other news, the counter went past 21,000 today!!

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Summer reading

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I changed my mind about my summer reading.

To get my next module DD209- ECONOMICS of to a good start, i bought Das Capital by Marx, the communist manifesto by Marx and Engals and People, interest and money by Keynes.

I also bought the DK book of economics.

So that will give me some light summer reading.

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And the counter says. .

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So it was a few days after the exam, but the counter has made it to 20,000 !!!!

That is mad really, that so many people take the time to read my posts.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to visit my blog.

I think i might try and be a bit more interactive from now on... instead of just posting closed questions and statements, post more open questions and generate more conversations with comments left on posts?

So lets try this one.  

Will you be doing any extra study activities during the summer? Or will you just enjoy the time off?

I have never read Richard Dwakins ' the bi-cameral mind' and i think it would be rewarding to read it, so that's my summer suggestion. What would be yours?

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The long wait

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So my exam result is scheduled to the 17th of July; so begins the 5 week wait to find out the result.

And i am 136 views away from the magic 20,000 views.


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And i'm done.....with Philosophy

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Got the exam done.. 

Went alright, i did questions 2, 8 and 11.

Which in Philosopher bingo is...

Hume, Kuhn and Nozick, which almost rhymes....

Happy to be finished

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The exam venue

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Well here i am, sitting in the car park outside the exam venue. 2 hours early, but better to be early than be in a rush and risk being late.

So a bit on bonus revision time, a spare 90 minutes to sit in the car with my books and try and gain one last burst of insight....

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259 to go

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So the exam is tomorrow, i am all revised out, and am ready to go, i downloaded the last 6 years of exam papers, i am doing questions/revision for Book 1 -The self, book 4- Knowledge and book 6 - political philosophy. Checking the questions from the previous six years, i can answer all the potential questions- apart from 2016 when then threw a cheeky- what does novak's public address thought experiment show- question.... That's is the only curve ball question i found. Just in case they do wish to drop a curve ball in this year, i have revised Thomas reid's major/general objection to Locke's position of personal identity.

So this is it, i have really despised this module, and tomorrow i will be finished with it and philosophy for good. I am happy about that and i hope i do myself justice in the exam.

GOOD LUCK to everyone tomorrow.... may the revision and remembering gods be with you... and may your work books fill with retained knowledge that is both relevant and answering of the questions asked of you.

As for the 20,000 views by tomorrow target, i am 259 short, and i cannot reasonably imagine many of you will be surfing blog posts tonight, when we still have revision to do.. so i think i will miss by a couple of hundred, not that 19,800 views is anything to sniff at.

So lets do the exam thing tomorrow, stay focused everyone and stay on target... and may your arguments be incisively inductive, unless you are doing Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Law, then let them be deductive... Piori and postpiori and all that......bloody Rene Descartes....

#bloodyA222

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335 to go...

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The revision is going well...and

Only 335 views to go to hit the magic 20,000 views, with 2 days left to the exam.

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Nearly there...

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I had the ambition to reach 20,000 views by the time i sit my exam on Tuesday.

Only 494 views to go..

How fantastic.

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Finally TMA of A222

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Got my final TMA06 back.

The last essay of #bloodyA222...

I got 60%, so i end up with an OCAS of 60% for the module, so a grade 3 pass in O.U speak, or a 2:2 pass in normal undergraduate speak.

Just happy to be shot of this module in all honesty, it has been awful.

So just the exam to knock out and i can move onto the first economics module.

Lets hope the A222 exam goes okay.

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