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Happy new year

Happy new year everyone, 2014 was a fantastic year for the blog thanks to all of you and my original goal of 100 followers by next Christmas looks like it may by achieved in a few short months. 166 more words



Quite a few years ago now my mum, Grace, decided to study a course at The Open University on The Arts & Humanity. Through her time studying this she taught me quite a lot about different artists I had never heard of before, but have grown to completely fall in love with. 292 more words

Fumbling through

Where has the time gone? I swear that I literally blinked & lost a few weeks! I’m feeling a little dazed right now but I guess it’s OK as I’m still here & I haven’t given up my studies. 542 more words

The Open University

World War 1: Trauma and Memory

Word War 1: Trauma and Memory: The Open University

Fig.1. Though I’ve visited many sites of the First World War, this rather poignant stone I came across struck me as the most touching. 87 more words


How to read a mind

How to Read a Mind: The University of Nottingham Fig.1. The image I’ve used for a decade to represent my blogging under the pseudonym ‘mind bursts’. 90 more words


Why online you should 'start writing fiction' with The Open University on FutureLearn

Start Writing Fiction : The Open University

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Fig.1. Over eight weeks I baulked at pen and paper, sticking to digital on iPad, laptop and desktop though in time turning to  A6 and A4 hardback notebooks.  158 more words


Completed 'Start Writing Fiction' with The Open University on FutureLearn

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Fig.1 Start Writing Fiction

I’ve been blown away, shaken up, put back together, slapped on the behind, smacked on the back and learnt a huge amount. 151 more words