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Reflecting on Tony Benn

I am apolitical. My in-laws used to laugh, saying they cancelled each other out: Tory, Labour and Liberal. (That’s, mother, father and grandmother). I never asked and could never figure who voted which way; they kept their politics to themselves.

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An early morning walk on a beach 5,600 miles from home …

The rare beaching of a 42ft fin whale and the equally rare sighting of sharks off a popular California beach.

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The Oxford Theatre Group on the Edinburgh Fringe, August 1982

Thirty years ago I took a Sony Betamax kit to the Edinburgh Fringe and shot all the action around the Oxford Theatre Group as they set up, rehearsed then put on five productions: Titus Alone, Edward II, The Thirteen Clocks,

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Posted in Blogging, Creativity, Diary, Memory, Oxford, Video

Vomit Bobbins

As a child whenever I was going to be sick I dreamt of bobbins drifting through the sky like clouds, as if my head was upside down in a brightly lit drawer of the things. I saw bobbins yesterday and

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Posted in Diary, Dream Bursts, Memory, Mind Bursts, Visualization

When in Rome

Watching a drama series has become like reading a book – in the case of ‘Rome’ it is something of an epic. Though produced in 2005 it has the qualities that make a series for the era of Netflix. It

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Posted in Creativity, Diary, Fiction, Film, Mind Bursts, TV, Visualization, Writing

On reflection

It has been refreshing not to blog for a month. It is easier to reflect.  Had it become compulsive? A necessity to post whether I had something to say or note? Now qualified with a Master of Arts in Open

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Posted in Blogging, Diary, E-Learning, Life, MA in Open & Distance Education, Memory, Neuroscience, Reading

31 Years Ago – Oxford 1982 on video

Fig.1. The author/auteur with his Sony Betamax out. My study, Staircase 11, Balliol College, Trinity Term 1982 31 years ago I was an undergraduate at Oxford University. In my second year, eager to develop my interest in TV production I

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A plague on my underpants!

Playing Mercutio in ‘Romeo & Juliet’ 1983 Thirty years ago, possibly to the week, I performed in a university production of Romeo & Juliet as Mercutio. I’ve just been watching, to my horror, a digitised copy from the Betamax original.

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Posted in Diary, Metaphor

I keep getting this crazy panic that I can’t know enough soon enough to ‘make a difference’

Fig. 1. Testing ahead of an MBA Webinar I keep getting this crazy panic that I can’t know enough soon enough to ‘make a difference’ – the learning bug has set off a tempest in my brain Just as well

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Where do I stand academically? Where and what next? And the madness of being.

Where do I stand academically? Where and what next? And the madness of being.

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