Monday night October 13 playlist: Study notes

I am at choir rehearsal but by the magic of the interwebs here is a running commentary on tonight’s @TunnFM playlist put together by yours truly. 1. Pixies – Bird Dream of Olympus Mons – start with a classic they always say. Well, I say anyway for this evening. And we all know all Pixies […]

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a year on…..

So today is a year since I took a leap into the great unknown and left my secure, nicely paid position at the university. I didn’t let myself think too much about the future at the time. It really was time to leave. I was lucky to be able to do so on my own […]

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perhaps the dumbest time for a holiday

July and August have disappeared in a flurry or work placement, study and assignments, violin practice and an exam, preparing piano students for their exams, choir concerts, choir rehearsal, NGAC stuff, contract work developing a QA manual (gah) and contract work developing information literacy/intro to research resources (excellent fun times). And now it is September […]

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Last day of June

I was going to write something but decided to wrap up #blogjune with a song instead  

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a (very) short history of me and blogging

Tomorrow is the last day of #blogjune. How quickly it has made June zip by. Over the month the challenge to post something everyday has really made me reflect on the way my blog has changed over the years. A couple of days ago I tried to remember when and why I started blogging in […]

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no tidy desks here thanks…I’m Wendy

Today’s post is inspired by @SonjaBarfoed’s Cubicle Zoo¬†which was inspired by Peter Green’s the personal touch¬†. I’ll start by saying that I’m a little bit suspicious of people who have really tidy desks. It just doesn’t seem quite right. Or maybe that’s justifying my complete inability to work from a spotless, tidy desk. Whatever it […]

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Owning my not-perfect

I had an interesting conversation with my violin teacher at the end of my lesson today. We’d been working through some technical things, tiny micro-problems and challenges. We’d spent nearly half an hour on the first 8 bars or so the Beethoven G major Romance. Every time I played it, I was dissatisfied with the […]

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a few of my favourite things

There are no raindrops on roses but if you look carefully further down you will see whiskers on a kitten. There used to be just one brass bell that belonged to my Grandmother. When I was younger it was the “sick” bell. If you were sick in bed you rang it to pieces if you […]

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the unexpected kindnesses of friends

Completely stuck for today’s blogjune inspiration, I decided to see what I wrote about last year on June 25. Coincidentally, this June 25 and last June 25 have a lot in common. They are the days of the unexpected, kindly gift from friends. Last June 25 I was arriving at work, earring-less to be greeted […]

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Ahab and the whale become good friends

      Little did I realise that in 2011, when I tentatively purchased my first Kindle, that it would change the way I read and consume books. My hoarding tendencies and love of books meant that I adored buying books in hardcopy. Whether it was to read once or many times, I had a […]

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