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Everything below is just opinion and rambling, feel free to ignore it.

Where to begin eh? You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Being outside of a school environment and having time to take in the world at large is having a detrimental effect on me. Listening to Radio 4 isn’t helping. I heard a fascinating The Long View and Unforgettable this morning. The former was about fake news (William of Norwich) and the latter about Mary Whitehouse. I won’t bore you with the content of the programmes or the way that each affected me but please don’t let me stop you from listening to them.

Not having marking, record keeping, and preparation for lessons to complete any longer, I’m able to get out into the world more (like some web encrusted cleric or academic cut loose from their discipline). It’s a world not unlike that of that of the Stepford Wives.

It’s difficult to understand how human beings can be so subtly (and forcibly) influenced and misled. I would be a conspiracy theorist but I have a feeling that conspiracy theory is just a part of the conspiracy.

I watched a youtube video about the rise of the Rothschild family but wonder how much of the information may be propagated by antisemitics. And here lies the problem (discussed in the The Long View programme. Human interaction and communication (it seems to me) has always enabled misinformation and dishonesty to move from the parochial to the international but social media has accelerated the process and created a situation where it is impossible to retract the kernel of the lie (Why do we say kernel now instead of nucleus and why are the words narrative and propagated used so frequently?) .

Apologies if this post has seemed to jump about and lack cohesion. But then, that is my view of the human condition – we don’t experience our existence in a linear and continuous way. Rather a piecemeal, fragmented fashion which we try to stitch together in our understanding.

And I bet that none of this is new thinking c.f. William of Norwich.

I expect I’ll be returning to this post, adding to it and editing it as the whim takes me out here in ether-land.

Please don’t mistake the tone of this post for passive aggression.

John Everett Millais – Mariana. Posted because it’s my favourite painting ever, no other reason!


Tolkien ap Azard

In ‘Where was The Shire?’ I mentioned a tradition, local to the Vale of Usk, claiming that Tolkien had not only written part of The Lord of the Rings in Talybont-on-Usk, Powys, Wales but also based his notion of The Shire — the hobbit homeland — on aspects of the Black Mountains landscape. Huge questions and objections had loomed […]

via Wales and Tolkien — Calmgrove

Back to work

I’ve enjoyed the summer break and having the time to post fairly regularly on WordPress (and Twitter) but now it’s back to work. I have to plan the coming term’s work for my school class and get all of the resources ready.

Thanks to everybody who visited this summer, special thanks to everybody who took the time to comment and extra special thanks to those people who took the time to be part of a conversation.



2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,300 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you to everybody who has taken time and effort to visit the blog during the last year. Have a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2015.