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Getting ready for TMA

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Tuesday, 27 Oct 2020, 17:04

Taking lots of notes for TMA 01

Phrases, sentences, more notes, vocabulary, more notes, relevant quotations, more notes, recycling sentences, reading, rereading over and over again, gathering information, checking rechecking words in dictionary and on google.

Begin first draft of assignment. Pens run out, chewed my pencil, Lost my rubber, battery ran out on I pad racking my brain starting to feel crazy! Aah!

Think I need a large drink after this.

Tomorrow is another day but will try a little more note taking and  writing later today.

Looking forward to having mediteranean chicken/ quorn for the meal a big trifle and plenty of wine!

All the best for those with TMAs in the next couple of weeks !

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The Mystery

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Friday, 9 Oct 2020, 10:36

The living mystery of the incarnation.
The sanctuary of the redemption
thanks to the sacrifice of the one who is God.
The wrath of God falls upon humanity until the end of time.
The abyss of culpability escapes us in its comprehension.
The betrayal of the divinity of our Lord, oppresses us every day of our life.
But! after the accumulation of pains and suffering in this life, with the useless thoughts, will come the belief in the faith in God
rewarded by him.
The sacrificed virtue will give an exquisite fragrance after crossing the threshold of existence.

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Le Mystère

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Thursday, 8 Oct 2020, 23:51

Le mystère vivant de l'incarnation
Le sanctuaire de la rédemption
Grâce au sacrifice de celui qui est Dieu.
Le courroux de Dieu tombe sur l'humanité
Jusqu'à la fin des temps
Le gouffre de la culpabilisation
Nous échappe dans sa
La trahison de la divinité de notre Seigneur qui à été la violence humaine du sacré nous oppresse tous les jours de notre vie.
Mais ! après l'accumulation des peines et souffrances dans cette vie, avec ses pensées inutiles,
viendra la croyance dans la foi en Dieu
récompensée par Lui.
La vertu sacrifiée donnera une fragrance exquise après avoir
franchi le seuil de l'existence.

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Friday, 2 Oct 2020, 20:46

L'hiver, la morte saison
La nature est en deuil
Le silence étouffe la voix

Gill Burrell

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Study requires peace and quiet

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Friday, 18 Sep 2020, 10:13

Hi everyone,

Getting into my course L222 induction. There is a lot to read so I downloaded some of it, this will enable me to read it off line. At the moment it's  all about reading the materials and trying to absorb all the information.

You need a lot of peace and quiet to do that. I try to do a bit of reading in the morning before anyone is up and about. I have to do washing and clean house then shopping hope the phone doesn't  ring with my various family members and friends calling. 

I hope I may find a quiet time this afternoon again or this evening to read some more.

I Hope you getting on alright with your courses and finding it all interesting.

Good reading and good studying!

Bye for now Gill

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Just some jokes to lighten the mood

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Thursday, 12 Nov 2020, 16:19

What do you call your mum’s angry French sister?  A croiss aunt

My friend found a fish who thought she was a radio. It was a nightmare to tune a !

What do you call a cold you get twice? A De ja-flu

Which country’s capital is the fastest growing?

Ireland- every year it’s Dublin !

The police came to my house and asked me where I was between 3 and 5.  I told them  I was  Pre school

My son’s maths teacher called him average. I think he’s mean

Started a band called 999 Megabytes. We haven’t had a gig yet.

I can’t believe I forgot to go to the gym today. That’s five years in a row now!

What do you call a group of whales on a TV show?

A pod cast

Who is the greatest chicken -killer in Shakespeare?Macbeth because he did murder most foul!

My boss said I needed a pay rise - I said that three other companies were after me. He said  “Which ones?“  I replied  “The electricity, gas and the water”

Did you hear about the computer that got thrown into the ocean?  Now there’s A Dell rolling in the deep!

I answered the door this morning and a 6 foot beetle punched me. Apparently there’s a nasty bug going round!

* Have You heard the joke about Covid 19?


If tell you you might spread it!


Dad jokes by Kit&Andrew Chilvers

* unknown source

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Saturday, 12 Sep 2020, 18:26

My soul there is a country

Far beyond the stars,

Where stands a winged century

All skilful in the wars.

There, above noise and danger,

Sweet peace sits crown’d with smiles,

And one born in a manger

Commands the beauteous files.

He is thy gracious friend

And O my soul awake!

Did in pure love descend

To die here for thy sake.

If thou can get but thither,

There grows the flower of peace,

The rose that cannot wither

Thy fortress and  thy ease.

Leave then thy foolish ranges

For none can thee secure

But one who never changes,

Thy God, thy life, thy cure.

Henry Vaughan

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Induction today

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Thursday, 24 Sep 2020, 12:40

Yay Induction day!
Today was induction day for L222 module. At last ! The module website appeared, just like magic! well not all of it but the first 2 units. I was able to get some idea of what lay ahead. Explored all the different sites to visit and places to go back to, which I thought could be useful. Got a bit tired ,(all the excitement!)  so had to stop at one point but hopefully it will all still be there tomorrow! 

There's still a lot to discover but couldn't do everything all in one session. Found the TMAs on assessment page had a look at TMA no 1 already.  Feel that it is going to be a very interesting course and there will be a lot for me to learn. I must just take it a step at a time like a tortoise!  (as Jan said)  Armed with my note book which is ever beside me, I keep jotting down new words, as I learn them. I feel like my young son used to feel when he got a new game like he wants to explore what it was and how it works!  But so far so good!

This is looking achievable !

Hope everyone is ok and looking forward to their various courses.

Bye for now Gill

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The Garden

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Saturday, 10 Oct 2020, 19:50

My garden has lots of flowers in
Roses, dalias,lavenders to name a few
The bees like to visit there
And the butterflies do too

I have a pond with waterlilies
Where dragon flies like to skim
Where little tadpoles all hatch out
Where Frogs sit around or swim

Birds fly down to take the seed
The finches like a bath
And a lovely pair of collared doves
Have landed on the path.

The pine trees are tall and proud
Within them  birdsong sweet
At nightime the owls will hoot
And the sheep nearby will bleat.

Gill Burrell

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The kitten

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Friday, 9 Oct 2020, 11:42

I like my little kitten
and she likes me
She likes to drink some milk
And sit upon my knee

She meows when she is
She purrs when she is glad
She's the cutest little kitten
That I have ever had

Gill Burrell

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The shepherd

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Wednesday, 9 Sep 2020, 01:19

Jesus knows his sheep
He calls them all by name
He leads them in green pastures
Through the sun and rain

The people who are there
Are sheeplike kind and True
There will be none that's bad
But will be like me and you

God will live there too
His love will comfort all
He will care for them
Be they great or small

I hope you will be there
And we can meet again
So let us do what's right
And believe on Jesus name

Gill Burrell

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Covid 19 was hard

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Sunday, 1 Nov 2020, 19:12

The Covid plague had struck our lands
We all wore masks
And washed our hands
We stayed indoors for weeks on end
We couldn't even meet our friends

Had to stay 2 metres appart
From our family,and friends depart
We all Stayed home
We watched TV
Played video games and dvds

Our hair grew long our beards too
Locked up indoors
like in the zoo
For exercise we were just let out
Only 30 minutes to walk about

At supermarkets we had to queue
The guards were there to count us through
Some things were limited to " just buy two"
As panic buying grew and grew

The news report spoke everyday
Of those who fell ill
And passed away
But we clapped each week for the NHS
Brave men and women
Who did their best

The government has said It's now ok
And that we can all come out to play
But I ponder every day
Has Covid 19 really gone away?

Take care !

By Gill Burrell

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New blog post

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Monday, 7 Sep 2020, 17:27

At last my OU study books are here
I clapped my hands
And gave a cheer

I tore the package and looked inside
A brand new shiny book I-spied

I must now be patient and bide my time
My course will soon be here on line

My induction will take place this week
I am so excited
I can hardly speak!

I have my note book, labels and pens
So bring on the studies
Let battle commence !

Game on!

By Gill Burrell

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020, 00:33

Goodnight and God Bless!

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The term has come along.
The time is rolling on,
I will not be here for long.
My blog will soon be gone.

I have enjoyed this blog,
It has been fun to do,
But my course for me awaits.
So on to pastures new!

Bye for now!

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A poem by Béranger

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020, 00:35

"Une plainte touchante
De ma bouche sortit.
Le bon Dieu me dit: Chante,Chante, pauvre petit:

"Chanter, ou je m'abuse,
Est ma tâche ici-bas.
Tous ceux qu'ainsi J'amuse
Ne m'aimeront-ils pas?"

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Reflection on Brexit

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Saturday, 5 Sep 2020, 20:26

When we were members of the European union, the EU allocated hundreds of millions of euros
as a contribution to their members states.
Unfortunately in this country that contribution was going straight in the pocket of the rich to enhance the lifestyle of the most wealthy in this country, by reducing their taxation and promoting their already successful businesses. 

On the other hand, the poor and working class had to suffer the so called "austerity measures" and never saw a single penny to better their lives.This was because the European union had no say in how individual countries should spend the money that they gave them. This was up to each government of each country at the time on how they would spend it. 

That is why the dispossessed and working class voted for Brexit and blamed the foreigners, making them a scapegoat for the neglect they had received at the hands of this British government. 

Evil won the day thanks to the Tories!
Now we will now all have to pay a hard price for this!

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The TV licence scandal!

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Thursday, 10 Sep 2020, 22:34

I just don't understand why the conservative goverment have forced the BBC,  to charge the pensioners over 75 making them pay for their TV licence!

This tax was forced on the BBC by Osborne and co. This is a despicable action !
A way to keep the BBC and the government richer while the poor and old get poorer.

These poor pensioners of 75 years old are facing yet again another tax by the government at the closing of their lives.
After working hard all their lives, and some only receiving a small pension. What sort of thanks is that for their continuing loyalty and their contribution to the licences year after year for so many years.

Pensioners of 75 and over,  are often frail and disabled, they depend on the TV for all their news, information and entertainment in their later years. For many it is the only company they have all day, living on their own , it keeps them in good spirits, for making life a little bit more bearable.

How cruel it is to make these poor  old pensioners pay so much money!
Some have to go short of food or heating , in order to pay for their TV licence.

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Vegetable growers and sellers

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Saturday, 5 Sep 2020, 20:22

I wonder why they are not many more vegetable growers and independant sellers?
Organic vegetables taste superb. I have never before tasted vegetables that have tasted so good, so sweet and so fresh.

The vegetables in the supermarkets do not taste as fresh and delicious as these that I usually buy. This is mainly because they keep them for five days before actually delivering them to the shops or supermarkets, then they keep them in refridgeration before placing them onto the shelves. Then there is the sell by date for a few more days, so they sit there even longer, losing their freshness and their flavour.

I stumbled upon this little vegetable seller by chance, when I was outside walking one day, after I had turned onto a little lane where I had never been before. Next to a little house in the drive I saw the sign 'Fresh Vegetables for sale'. I looked at the beautiful display of vegetables under the canopy. They appeared to look just like jewels of greens, reds, yellows and purples. All organically grown and collected from the field earlier on the very same day!

Ripe red tomatoes of different shapes, not all perfectly round shaped (like in the supermarket) but slightly mishapen.
Purple sprouting broccoli, big plump potatoes, baby potatoes also in various shapes, bright orange carrots and Emerald green Calabreese, Kale dark green and some leeks, courgettes and some green beans.
The price was reasonable too, at 50% cheaper than the supermarket! 

The only drawback is that it is mostly available in rural locations. However there are some allotments or small holdings on the edges of town that grow vegetables. There you can find a few places that sell vegetables near the town so it is always worth looking out for when driving.
After tasting how good they were, I have been going back there again and again ever since!

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A nice day with friends

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Monday, 5 Oct 2020, 02:59

Today we spent the day with friends S&D in their home. It was good to meet up again after lockdown with our friends( in our bubble) We brought a bottle of red wine with us and there was a nice friendly atmosphere.

At first we caught up with each others news ie their daughter and her family and how they coped, our family and how we had all coped. Our lockdown beards and haircuts!

She is worried about her granddaughter for travelling to school on the public transport. She thinks the school are mostly well organised and they will operate the classes in bubbles and will have the mandatory social distancing, but she is a bit worried about the bus journey. We  spoke very seriously about Covid 19 Crisis.

S made a delicious veggie roast, 'rotis avec legumes ' a meal with lots of vegetables, gravy and yorkshire puddings. For the dessert it was ice cream with plums in a sweet sauce and some flaked almonds on top.

We were pleased with the meal which we ate at the table in their spacious well ventilated conservatory (withsocial distancing) overlooking their pretty little garden. They like birds and have lots of bird boxes, bird tables and  bird feeders etc so we could see all the various birds flying and landing to feed. There were some blue tits, some finches and a pair of collared doves. Their little chihuahua he looked out the window at all the birds excitedly and wagging his little tail, it was so funny to watch!

The usual topics came up about our past travels and our family events. Their past travels and their past events. isn't it funny, when you become older, you always want to talk about the past!
Of course the good old days were better! well maybe, but maybe not!
We had our protest marches and won some and lost some!
The 60s & 70s music was great too!

We finished as we often do with a sing-a-long D played guitar, me on keyboards, hubby drumming out the rhythm on the table with myself and S softly singing the melody and all joining in with gusto to the Chorus!

We finished off the wine and talked about their upcoming trip to visit their daughter and their grandchildren. How they would travel there, and would they stay in a hotel on the way because it was a long journey. They offered to give us a lift to see our son before they go there, which was very kind of them. The time flew by and before long it was time to leave. We'd had a wonderful day with our friends and promised to stay in touch.

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Saturday, 5 Sep 2020, 20:11

Kindness glides about my house
Dame kindness, she is so nice!
The blue and red jewels of her rings smoke
In the windows, the mirrors
Are filling with smiles

What is so real as the cry of a child?
A rabbits cry may be wilder
But it has no soul.
Sugar can cure everything, so kindness
Sugar is a necessary fluid,

It's crystals a little poultice
O kindness, kindness
Sweetly picking up pieces!
My Japanese silks, desperate butterflies,
May be pinned any minute, anaesthetized.

And here you come, with a cup of tea
Wreathed in steam.
The blood jet is poetry,
There is no stopping it.
You hand me two children, two roses.

By Sylvia Plath

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Show Compassion

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Saturday, 5 Sep 2020, 20:29

Many dictionaries define compassion as; sympathy, pity or concern - all emotional responses. Compassion should also transcend emotion and translate into action.

1) It recognises the needs of others; Taking an interest in the concerns of others. Are they are poor? Elderly? disabled? Lacking? Excluded?

2) Relates to the needs of others; When you have been there you yourself you can understand and relate.
Pressure, illness, pain, poverty, grief, slander, discrimination, rejection

3) A response is needed; 

Taking an action. By listening and being a sympathetic ear or giving encouragement, a friendly word or deed, helping out, giving wise advice, giving a meal, making a donation. All these are actions we can take to show compassion.

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For Mature learners

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For those of us who may be labelled senior it is never too late to take root and bear fruit.
There is a psalm ( psalm 92)  it talks about bearing fruit in old age.
' They (the wise) will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green'

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Observations of Pigs in Mud

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Friday, 4 Sep 2020, 18:34

A sheep and a pig will react differently in a mud bath. A sheep who falls into the mud will not be happy there. It will struggle and cry until he gets out.
On the other hand, a pig goes around looking for a mud bath!
When it finds one, it slides in with a grunt of satisfaction. In fact it will squeal if an attempt is made to pull it out.
By nature we sometimes act like the pigs, we can't wait to jump in the mud and wallow in it. Thats when we do bad things. There are some of us like pigs and some like sheep. Sheep are soft and wooly,  gentle, timid and kind by nature. Whereas Pigs are greedy, self indulgent, grumpy, noisy and smelly. They are always doing bad things. I hope I will never become like a pig myself, I prefer the sheep because they are wise, kind, sweet animals who are considerate of others. They are more people who are more sheeplike.

I am sure in life we all know some sheep and some pigs ! 

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Emily Wilding Davison Suffragette 1872-1913

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Edited by Gillian Burrell, Tuesday, 8 Sep 2020, 11:09

Emily Davison was a suffragette. A suffragette was someone who fought for women to have the right to vote. Until 1918 no woman had the right to vote in an election at all, only men could vote. One woman Emmeline Pankhurst (and soon joined by other women)  founded a movement for Women's 'suffrage' it had originally been known as the Women's Social and Political Movement ( WSPU) but they liked the new title of 'Suffrage' which they felt described them well. Thats how they became known as the Suffragettes.

The methods they used to raise awareness to their cause and to fulfil their purpose, which was to win the right for women to vote in elections, the way they did this was by direct action, marching, heckling, civil disobedience, throwing stones and hunger strikes.

Another active member was Emily Wilding Davison who had come from a middle-class family, studied at St Hughs College Oxford she then became a teacher and governess.
Before long she was known in the organisation, for her daring militant actions including breaking windows, throwing stones, setting fire to post boxes and hiding in the cupboard at the Westminster Palace. She was becoming increasingly bolder and was taking more risks.

Sentenced to a month in prison for throwing rocks at the carriage of chancellor David Lloyd George, she  then attempted to starve herself and resisted being force-fed. Her treatment was harsh and cruel. She was flooded out of her cell after she angered the guards. Eventually she was released and went on to sue Strangeways prison for the sum of 40 shillings.

Unfortunately the action she was most remembered for led to her death. The fateful day of the Derby Horse races she had not told anyone of her intentions, but the women who were there knew they would be protesting and that the king would be present. However, they did not know Emily would step straight out onto the racetrack and be immediately run over by the king on his horse. She was severely injured and died soon after. Whatever her motives that day, she will always be remembered as a fearless Suffragette devoted to the cause. Women finally got the vote first in1918 for women with property then in 1928 for all women aged over 21.

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