Sunday, 23 March 2014

Aware of the change

It's not often that we notice changes while they are happening. Generally we only realise later on that something is different. I am, however, very much aware of the change that is about to happen, and is happening, as I move into my second placement and begin looking on to what happens next.
     My time at Uni is at an end (or almost) and it was strange saying goodbye to coursemates who will remain coursemates over the coming months despite the fact that I'll probably only see most of them a few more times. Tomorrow I head to a new school and a new class and many new challenges. I must hit the ground running and keep my head above the water, as they say. (Got to love a good mixed metaphor).
     As well as adjusting to this full time work situation (after a fairly relaxed 5 weeks) I must crack on with my final essay, due shortly after Easter - the year is going so fast - and be constantly on the look out for potential jobs for the autumn. Juggling all of these balls (while running and keeping my head above water) will no doubt keep me insanely busy, so if you don't hear from me/see me much for a few months my sincerest apologies, but I will endeavour to keep you updated on my progress, as well as anything interesting or amusing that occurs!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


I am:
I am:
I am:
Not perfect
Still trying
I am:
I am:

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Life is for the friends

Oh, beautiful day,
The sunny, Sunday afternoon
In the park.
The fun, the food, the frisbee
And the friends.
Life is for the friends,
With the frisbee, the food and the fun,
In the park,
On a sunny, Sunday afternoon.
Oh, beautiful day.

Monday, 10 March 2014


I don't know if anyone else saw the 3 part, BBC drama, 37 Days that ran from last Thursday to Saturday. It portrayed the intense political period between the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28th July, 1914, and 11pm, 4th August, when Britain declared war on Germany. Some of the events I knew about, many were new, but most fascinating of all was the way in which a small situation between Austria and Serbia became a global crisis that apparently nobody (or no country) could avoid.
     Alliances and friendships were tested. Some survived and others didn't. Russia backed Serbia, while Germany backed Austria. France sided with Russia, although they might not have been drawn in if Germany hadn't pre-empted their involvement and attacked first. Britain had strong ties with France, connections with (or rather, relations in) Germany, but had also, more recently, made links to Russia. This complicated web of friendships, which existed for purposes of peace and trade, was further reason to not go to war (beyond the fact that war in general is not good).
     In the end it was a different reason that we declared war. Germany invaded Belgium, merely to get to France, but this broke the agreement on Belgium's neutrality, something which Britain had promised to protect. Even then this old arrangement could have been let go, but expectation was too much. There was apparently no choice.
     But this raised a thought in my mind.
     People often believe that they have no choice, but this is not true.
     People always have choice.
     They can of course make a choice that is wrong (knowingly or not) because of the outcome. They can also make a choice that is wrong in the eyes of everyone else, and yet, if it is what they firmly believe then they should see it through.

Monday, 3 March 2014

A changing view

Thought I'd drop in a picture post.

Here are some of the many beautiful sights I see from my window...