April 06, 2009

On blogging and the like.

To quote from my Dad’s blog:
“I have been a poor blogger recently”. Although the “recently” in that sentence is pretty redundant.
Life has continued without my little updates to the world. The trouble is that whenever I think of something interesting to write for the world to read, I’m never near a computer, and when I am sitting in front of my laptop screen I can’t think of anything even vaguely interesting to fill this little box with.

Many things have taken place since my last post. Easter is nearly upon us, and term finished weeks ago.
I have had my last ever lecture, which was a strange experience. I must now just learn all the material from a year to cram into 9 exams next term. 5 of them are in the first week of term, and I’m still not sure if that’s a curse or a blessing.

I have also done quite a bit of singing, including my first pro gig in Coventry, with the Finham Choral Society . It was the Mozart Requiem, which was quite good fun (I think it’s a great piece of music), with the added bonus that the conductor now has my contact details.

The first week of the Easter break was spent in Officer Training, which was great fun. It did mean that I spent an evening running around campus dressed in bin-liners, a big paper strawberry, and a pair of girl-boxers on the outside of my trousers, masquerading as Strawberry Man during one of the social events. Fun times.

Last week was spent equally in Cottenham and at home with my darling Charlotte. We wandered round a lot of places, had some nice walks, and generally enjoyed each others’ company.

At this precise moment I am in Cornwall with the lovely Charlotte and Mr. Jon Parker to sort out lots of things for UWCC Tour in July. I can’t go on this tour because I will be in training, but it’s going to be awesome. We’ve got lots of places to go and visit tomorrow so that everything runs smoothly in the summer.

I had a million and one other things that I thought of to write about but, naturally, they now all escape me. I might carry round a little pad to jot things down on in the future.

That’s all for now. Another update to follow…when I next update.


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  1. Sue

    I’d love to read your Dad’s blog as I’ve only ever read the blog of one older man and that was someone I used to know and I came across it by accident but it was very interesting. I only read it once because he didn’t know I was there and I didn’t want to inhibit his expressiveness.

    06 Apr 2009, 23:14

  2. archies friend

    why do we have to wait till you go to Cornwall for a blog? – little and (more) often is the answer.

    07 Apr 2009, 06:26

  3. Herself

    Dear Sue
    http://pedthered.blogspot.com/
    will take you there.
    Enjoy the photos of Chris’ bedroom particularly (worth scrolling down for)
    Dear James,
    well done on finally managing to post. Suggest the pad is a good idea!
    Herself x

    07 Apr 2009, 21:52

  4. Hobo

    He looks like a Peter doesn’t he? A right Peter, I’d say.

    08 Apr 2009, 15:06

  5. Hobo

    I’ve been reading a book which says that people who own blogs have sociopathic tendencies and i wondered what you thought about that. Apparently “These individuals are basically anti-social and, because of this, are always in trouble, never seeming to profit from the unpleasant experiences and punishment which their behaviour causes them to suffer. These people appear to have none of the usual loyalties to the community, their parents, or any of the people around them. They do not seem to have any particular defect when it comes to talking or reasoning about anything; rather the defect seems to be in their inability to conduct themselves with decency, responsibility, and respects for the rights of other persons. In short, they are socially defective.”

    08 Apr 2009, 15:37

  6. Hobo

    I am fascinated by people’s names and what having a particular name can do to a persons psyche. That’s why I’ve decided to take on other names recently. In another book I’ve been reading it says ” While a debutante who happens to be named Celeste is apt to have a different career from a proletarian girl who happens to be named Mabel, this is not because of the numerology of the names. Similarly, some people may possibly be affected by the moon and the barometric pressure, but it should be a matter of indifference to any sensible person, unless he is interested in the science of astronomy, as to whether Mars or Mercury whic is having a conjunction with Venus at any particular moment. We must attribute lucky hits on the part of numerologists and astrologers either to chance, to vague language, or to the types of observations mentioned previously. The same applies to the readers of tea leaves, birds’ entrails, and so on.

    08 Apr 2009, 16:00

  7. Andrew Parfitt

    One thing we learnt while at university was that one of the aims of parenting is to turn child’s self-love around so that he is not in love with himself. I’ve always been rather wary of this idea as I think it’s very important for a person to love themselves. Even as I write those words I’m reminded of how much I adore myself. When I trained as a psychiatric social worker we were reminded of the Greek legend about Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image when he saw it reflected in a pool of water. Libido directed inwardly towards ourselves is narcissistic libido whereas libido directed outwardly towards outside objects, is object libido. This is necessary in order to be happy living among other people and is especially necessary for successful marriage and parenthood because in these situations the individual is going to have to love and cherish and take care of other people even at some sacrifice to his or herself. His/her superego helps in this task.

    08 Apr 2009, 16:39

  8. Andrew Parfitt

    “What is a psychiatric social worker?” is a question that I’m often asked. Psychiatric social workers, like psychoanylists, are professionally trained to treat people with emotional problems. When a patient arrives for his first interview at a psychiatric clinic he often finds that his therapist is a psychiatric social worker; statistics show that throughout this country the majority of patients seen at psychiatric clinics are treated by psychiatric social workers. Social agencies and the various parent-child counselling agencies, are staffed and administered by psychiatric social workers, with psychiatrists available to prescribe medication and serve as consultants. In mental hospitals psychiatrists evaluate patients and determine treatment methods, if psychotherpay is indicated, the therapist may well be a social worker. Although most psychiatric social workers are employed by psychiatric hospitals, clinics or social agencies, many also treat patients in private practice. All of this surprises some people because they think of a social worker as a “welfare lady” or, in the old fashioned stereotype as a spinster in flat heels and longish skirts who goes around “doing good” by taking food baskets to the needy.

    17 Apr 2009, 07:05

  9. Andrew Parfitt

    “What is a psychiatric social worker?” is a question that I’m often asked. Psychiatric social workers, like psychoanylists, are professionally trained to treat people with emotional problems. When a patient arrives for his first interview at a psychiatric clinic he often finds that his therapist is a psychiatric social worker; statistics show that throughout this country the majority of patients seen at psychiatric clinics are treated by psychiatric social workers. Social agencies and the various parent-child counselling agencies, are staffed and administered by psychiatric social workers, with psychiatrists available to prescribe medication and serve as consultants. In mental hospitals psychiatrists evaluate patients and determine treatment methods, if psychotherpay is indicated, the therapist may well be a social worker. Although most psychiatric social workers are employed by psychiatric hospitals, clinics or social agencies, many also treat patients in private practice. All of this surprises some people because they think of a social worker as a “welfare lady” or, in the old fashioned stereotype as a spinster in flat heels and longish skirts who goes around “doing good” by taking food baskets to the needy.

    17 Apr 2009, 07:06

  10. Alan

    Andrew, regarding psychiatric social worker, I too am surprised, didn’t realize that psychiatric social workers were the first line of defence (or attack), or even existed…lol

    Mmmm…

    03 May 2009, 05:00

  11. The Durhamite

    One month today…will you ever do this blogging properly?
    Thomas

    06 May 2009, 16:02

  12. Ant

    Well, it’s almost two months and you’ve finished your exams, so no excuses in the lack of blogging imho

    02 Jun 2009, 23:47

  13. Herself

    C’mon, you don’t answer your phone, you’re not on Skype so the least you could do is let us all know what you’ve been up to :-)

    06 Jun 2009, 19:12

  14. Herself

    BLOG!!!!! You have loads of exciting stuff to write about! Hurry up or we will have to expel you from the list of linked blogs on our blog.

    10 Jun 2009, 12:51

  15. The Fatherhood

    I have now removed the link from my blog to this one. It is simply embarrassing to leave it there.

    13 Jun 2009, 14:16

  16. Herself

    This is pretty rubbish now you know….

    20 Jun 2009, 07:21

  17. Herself

    BLOG!!!!!!
    Or we will be forced to strike you from the list of linked blogs.
    I can’t believe you have nothing interesting to blog about…............................

    14 Jul 2009, 08:41

  18. The Durhamite

    4 months. You really are pathetic, in every way. How about your exams, your graduation, your exciting new position?
    Fail
    N00b

    Talk soon,
    Thomas

    09 Aug 2009, 19:57


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