Hello out there

July 7, 2012 2 comments

So it’s been almost six months since my last post.

I decided against pursuing the wish posts, partly because it was unmanageable and also because it seemed likely that those of you who read The Reall Battle might not be that interested in your feeds being clogged up with them!

So I’ve now spent six months out of the classroom, in a job I absolutely love, working with some fantastic people and on a steeper learning curve than I’ve been climbing for many years. Hasn’t left me much time for blogging and many of the things I used to blog about are no longer priorities for me.

I considered stopping this blog altogether, but have decided I am still in a daily battle against many things, not least of which is the battle between keeping my thoughts and ideas as an inner monologue – often while I’m in the shower! – and sharing my thoughts online via Twitter, Facebook and (although rarely now) Google+

So I’m going to continue this blog, but it will be less specific than before, more a place for random musings that I feel need to be extracted from my head. Learning will still be a major focus as that’s still a pivotal element of my life both in and out of work, but it may not be the only thing I focus on here.

So if you wish to unsubscribe, I quite understand. It seemed only fair to give you a warning. And I’m afraid I’m no more likely to be regularly posting than I ever have been before – my life often doesn’t seem to leave much room for it – sometimes the only time/ space for monologues is in the shower – and I really don’t think any of us want to contemplate joining those!

So we shall see what happens… Thanks for listening.

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Wish #10 – to visit Dartmouth

January 19, 2012 2 comments


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As a child, many of my family summer holidays were in Devon, generally staying in Dartmouth. I have fantastic memories of the steep streets, harbour, crabbing, Dartmoor and the Red Arrows and fireworks during the regatta.

I’ve not been back for years – not for any particular reason, but mainly due to the length of the drive and the holiday traffic. But now that I don’t have to go during the holidays, this might be the year to go and explore for a long weekend…

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Wish #9 – to learn to code

January 17, 2012 2 comments

When I was 10 I was given my first computer – a Commodore VIC 20 (20 meaning it had 20k of memory…!) that plugged into the TV. As well as enjoying playing a few games on it (loaded up from its tape cassette drive of course, although a couple were cartridges that plugged in the back) I learned some very simple BASIC programming.

I never got very far with that, but I do remember enjoying getting the computer to ask me what my name was and getting it to create pretty text patterns using the repeat command.

So now I’ve enrolled with the free online Code Academy and have completed the first few sessions. I thoroughly recommend it.

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Wish #8 – to get control over my daily body clock

January 8, 2012 2 comments

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Well this one links with Wish #5 but it’s part of a bigger picture.

I think the real issue here is that my body clock is far too firmly aligned with natural light. It doesn’t want to start till its properly morning and it’s pretty much ready to shut down my dusk. My sunrise alarm clock definitely helps with the waking up, but it’s not a real solution.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated but I think I might just have to grin and bear it…

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Wish #7 – to reawaken my love for piano playing

January 7, 2012 2 comments

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Now this one has been on my list for many a year. I’ve never been an amazing pianist, but I have loved playing, I do have a very underused piano and I did pass Grade 7 with distinction about 20 years ago!

Probably what would make the difference is to have some new repertoire to learn – not so tricky that I’ll never get there, but not so easy that I can do a decent job of sight reading it so there’s not much incentive to work at it properly.

Fortunately/unfortunately (I really haven’t decided which yet…) I’m going to have to work at it a bit over the next couple of weeks as I may be needed to cover for one of the pantomime performances in two weeks time so will need to be prepared. Kill or cure I guess!

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Wish #6 – to make sensible decisions about sleep

January 6, 2012 5 comments

I know I need a decent amount of sleep, so why do I put off going to bed some nights until I cam barely keep my eyes open…

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Wish #5 – to write a song

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

For my music GCSE and A level I had to do modules on composition. And again for my degree. I wrote songs, instrumental pieces, even an orchestral piece.

One of my degree modules was ‘how to write for the musical theatre’ and the professor teaching the module had written a book on Sondheim’s musicals. I have had lots of experience of song writing but I don’t do it any more.

And I should.

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